Ares Management Corporation announced today that its European Real Estate Debt team has closed on a £300 million senior loan to refinance a portfolio comprised of two marquee central London assets.

Located in the heart of New Bond Street, 21-23 New Bond Street is ideally positioned among the main shopping strip of major international luxury goods and fashion brands. The property is the global flagship of Burberry Limited, which is currently undergoing a transformative refurbishment that is expected to be completed this summer. Additionally, the portfolio includes Hilton London Kensington, a 601-room, four-star hotel centrally located at 179-199 Holland Park Avenue, West Kensington.

“This investment highlights the demand for flexible, creative financing solutions in the current market given rising interest rates and pullback from traditional lenders,” said Philip Moore, Partner and Head of European Real Estate Debt in Ares Real Estate. “We are excited to support this portfolio of high-quality assets with prime locations and long-term tenants. We believe that this is a great example of the role that private credit providers can play in stepping in to provide liquidity during a broader credit tightening.”

Launched in January of 2022, The Ares European Real Estate Debt team has now originated and closed on over £1.1 billion of real estate loans across Europe, including this latest transaction. Over the last year, the team has remained focused on developing its capabilities and infrastructure as it builds a diversified and balanced portfolio across its high conviction sectors in the major cities of Western Europe. Leveraging a highly collaborative approach across the Ares platform, the team is fully integrated into Ares’ global real estate team and benefits from Ares’ global leadership position in credit.

JLL Debt and Structured Finance served as financial advisor to the borrower.