Aviva Investors announces joint partnership with PSP Investment to invest in central London real estate

(London): Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), with its client Aviva Life & Pensions UK, has formed a 50/50 joint venture partnership with the Public Sector Pension Investment Board (“PSP Investments”), one of Canada's largest pension investment managers, to invest in Central London real estate.

Aviva Life & Pensions UK has agreed to sell 50% of its stake in a portfolio of central London real estate to PSP. The portfolio of 14 prime assets is located across London comprising existing properties or those with planning consent, representing over one million square feet of space.

Aviva Investors will act as asset and development manager on the joint venture, which will focus on office and retail properties where Aviva Investors can use its specialist skills to realise value for the partners through active asset management and development. The initial portfolio comprises a mix of both stabilised income-generating assets and development opportunities in both the City and West End of London.

Ed Casal
We are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with PSP Investments, an experienced and sophisticated long-term global investor.

Edward Casal

Chief Executive, Global Real Estate

Ed Casal, Global CEO, Real Estate, Aviva Investors commented:

“We are delighted to enter into this strategic partnership with PSP Investments, an experienced and sophisticated long-term global investor. Aviva Investors has a strong pedigree in investing in prime Central London real estate assets and a background in delivering high profile developments. We are well positioned to implement a number of attractive development opportunities within the portfolio and look forward to working with PSP Investments and our Aviva client as we bring these to fruition.

“Conditions remain strong in the Central London office sector as robust occupier demand continues to put upward pressure on rents. Similarly, Central London shops continue to benefit from low vacancy, booming tourist numbers and extremely strong demand from international retailers.”

Neil Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Global Head of Real Estate Investments, PSP Investments commented:

“We are pleased to partner with Aviva, a seasoned real estate investor with a deep understanding of the London market.

“This investment is consistent with PSP Investments’ real estate strategy to invest in prime and dynamic city centres that we expect will outperform in the future, and is complementary to PSP Investments’ existing portfolio in London.”

Aviva Investors has over £31bn of real estate assets as at 30 June 2015. Aviva Investors’ Global Real Estate team offers comprehensive market coverage, with specialist teams covering occupational and investment markets and dedicated in-house real estate strategy and research teams.

For more information contact:

Steve Ainger

Aviva Investors Media Relations

+44 (0)20 7809 8452

 

Grant Bather

Aviva Investors Media Relations

+44 (0)20 7809 6252

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The Joint Venture (“JV”) is a closed ended Collective Investment Scheme between Aviva Investors, its client Aviva Life and Pensions and Public Sector Pension Investment Board.  The JV is structured as a series of English limited partnerships.  Aviva Investors Global Services Limited (“AIGSL”) will be appointed as the investment advisor and operator of the main joint venture limited partnership and asset and development manager of each of the underlying, asset holding limited partnerships.

Where funds are invested in real estate/infrastructure, investors may not be able to switch or cash in an investment when they want because real estate/infrastructure may not always be readily saleable. If this is the case we may defer a request to switch or cash in units. Investors should also bear in mind that the valuation of real estate is generally a matter of valuers’ opinion rather than fact.

PSP INVESTMENTS

The Public Sector Pension Investment Board (PSP Investments) is one of Canada's largest pension investment managers with $112.0 billion of net assets under management as of March 31, 2015. Its skilled and dedicated team of professionals manages a diversified global portfolio, including public equities, private equity, bonds and other fixed-Income securities, real estate, infrastructure and natural resources. PSP Investments is a Crown Corporation established to manage employer and employee net contributions since April 1, 2000, to the pension funds of the federal Public Service, the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and since March 1, 2007, the Reserve Force. PSP Investments' head office is located in Ottawa, Ontario, and its principal business office is in Montréal, Québec. For more information about PSP Investments’ fiscal year 2015 results, please visit www.investpsp.ca .

Aviva Investors

Aviva Investors is the global asset management business of Aviva plc. The business delivers investment management solutions, services and client-driven performance to clients worldwide. Aviva Investors operates in 15 countries in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and the United Kingdom with assets under management of £263 billion as at 30 June 2015.


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