HWL Ebsworth acts for AXA Investment Managers on $2.2 billion Urbanest acquisition

05 May 2020

HWL Ebsworth has acted for AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) on the completion of the acquisition by the Scape Core Fund (SCF) of the Urbanest portfolio of student accommodation housing for approximately $2.2 billion. SCF is a joint venture between AXA IM, Allianz Real Estate and APG Asset Management.

The Urbanest deal completed on 1 May 2020 and was last year’s largest single property transaction. The completion of the Urbanest deal has almost doubled Scape’s existing size as SCF acquired 14 Urbanest purpose-built student accommodation properties which span across Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane, totalling approximately 7000 student rooms.

The completion of the Urbanest deal follows the SCF acquisition of the Atira portfolio of 6 purpose-built student accommodation properties in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane for approximately A$680 million in September 2019.

The HWL Ebsworth corporate and commercial team consisted of Partner James Lonie, Special Counsel Natalya Hards and Associate Wai Lam Au. The HWL Ebsworth corporate and commercial team was assisted by the HWLE tax team which was led by Partner Nima Sedaghat and Senior Associate Dhanushka Jayawardena.

AXA IM is the property arm of the broader AXA group, a French multinational insurance firm that engages in global insurance, investment management and other financial services. AXA IM has around AUD$1,295 billion worth of assets under management.

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Russell Mailler, National Marketing Manager (03) 8644 3569 or rmailler@hwle.com.au

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