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Embassy Group in talks with CDPQ arm to set up investment platform for office project development

Bengaluru-based Embassy Group in 2015 formed a joint venture with private equity firm Warburg Pincus to build industrial parks.

Leading realty firm Embassy Group is in talks with Canada pension fund CDPQ's arm Ivanhoe Cambridge to set up an investment platform for development of office projects, sources said. The size of the platform is under discussion, the sources said adding that Ivanhoe Cambridge will have a majority stake in the platform.

Embassy Group's spokesperson declined to comment.

Embassy Group, led by Jitu Virwani, is a major player in the Indian commercial real estate. The group, along with Blackstone, launched India's first Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) last year to raise Rs 4,750 crore through a public issue.

Embassy Group owns WeWork India, which is into co-working and flexible workspace domain. It also has entered into co-living business.

Earlier this week, the group announced merger of its housing and commercial projects with Indiabulls Real Estate.

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After the merger, Embassy Group will have a 45 percent stake in the listed entity Indiabulls Real Estate Ltd, which will be renamed as Embassy Development, as against the existing 14 percent stake.

Meanwhile, sources had earlier said Embasy Group was in talks with Indospace and ESR to monetise its warehousing and industrial parks business at an enterprise value of Rs 1,700-2,000 crore.

Bengaluru-based Embassy Group in 2015 formed a joint venture with private equity firm Warburg Pincus to build industrial parks.

Property consultant ANAROCK is helping Embassy Group in this proposed warehousing deal.

Embassy Industrial Parks, the joint venture, is developing warehousing projects at Chakan in Pune, Sriperumbudur and Hosur in Tamil Nadu; Farrukhnagar and Bilaspur in Delhi-NCR; and Kothur in Hyderabad.

The total portfolio of the JV is 15-16 million sq ft, of which 3-4 million sq ft is operational. Warburg Pincus has a 70 percent stake, while Embassy Group has 30 percent shareholding in the JV.
PTI
first published: Aug 20, 2020 07:36 pm
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