Ritblat nears Plantation Place takeover

Kasmira Jefford
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DELANCEY Estates, the investment vehicle led by Jamie Ritblat, is poised to take control of Plantation Place, one of the largest buildings in the City of London, in a deal valuing the property at £500m.

Delancey, which is backed by George Soros’s Quantum fund, is understood to be in exclusive talks to buy the 550,000 square feet property, after improving on a previous takeover approach.

Plantation Place was developed by Ritblat’s father Sir John Ritblat when he was chief executive of British Land. It is currently owned by a consortium including Invista Foundation Property Trust and Stobart Group, which bought it for £525m in 2006.

Jamie Ritblat tried to buy the landmark building earlier this year and proposed putting up cash to pay down some of the £435m of debt secured against the building, but the deal failed after the property recovered its value.

The new deal would see Ritblat buy Plantation Place in a joint venture with Scottish Widows Investment Partnership and assume the debt.