Hines | September 21, 2022 | Read time : 02:09 min

Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager, announced today the launch of Hines Real Estate Exchange (HREX), a platform designed to serve qualified investors interested in tax-advantaged investment opportunities. The platform intends to make 1031 exchange opportunities available to investors in the form of interests in Delaware Statutory Trusts (DSTs) holding assets sourced from Hines Global Income Trust (HGIT). HGIT will have an option to acquire the properties held by the DSTs.

The HREX platform is intended to provide participants with a solution to aid in the deferment of capital gains and other taxes while providing them with the opportunity to diversify real estate holdings through the ownership of institutional-grade assets.

"Hines Real Estate Exchange is a natural progression for the firm, Given the strong market demand for 1031 exchange products and Hines' vast experience and expertise as sponsor of HGIT, we believe the time is right to launch this initiative."

- Alfonso Munk, CIO of the Americas and president of HGIT

Many exchangers are eager to capitalize on existing pricing environments. A growing number of financial professionals are requesting DSTs to offer their clients tax-advantaged solutions on their platforms, said Mark Earley, CEO of Hines Securities, Inc.

HGIT features a $3.8 billion portfolio of commercial real estate investments that is nearly two- thirds weighted toward the industrial and living sectors. HGIT is diversified by geography and real estate sectors, with a focus on stable assets with strong long-term income potential.

About Hines Global Income Trust
Hines Global Income Trust, Inc. is a public, non-listed real estate investment trust sponsored by Hines. It commenced operations in 2014 and invests in commercial real estate investments located in the United States and internationally.

About Hines
Hines is a privately owned global real estate investment firm founded in 1957 with a presence in 285 cities in 28 countries. Hines oversees investment assets under management totaling approximately $90.3 billion¹. In addition, Hines provides third-party property-level services to 373 properties totaling 114.2 million square feet. Historically, Hines has developed, redeveloped or acquired approximately 1,530 properties, totaling over 511 million square feet. The firm currently has more than 198 developments underway around the world. With extensive experience in investments across the risk spectrum and all property types, and a foundational commitment to ESG, Hines is one of the largest and most-respected real estate organizations in the world.


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VanWest Partners Closes the Sixth and Seventh Acquisitions for Fund III

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Hilco Real Estate | November 24, 2022

Hilco Real Estate, LLC, (HRE) was chosen as part of a competitive process by Alamo Dynamic, LLC, a private equity-backed food producer, to monetize a turnkey, USDA-certified, cold storage facility located in Lubbock, Texas. The property consisted of 224,000± SF across five buildings set on 16.38 sprawling acres. The pandemic took its toll on the company, as Dynamic Foods' main contractual partner, Furr's Fresh Buffet, filed for bankruptcy in spring of 2021. Without this partnership, the facility was only running at about 20% capacity, which led to the ownership's decision to sell the facility and all its associated assets. Due to the property's tertiary location, the existing specialized buildout of the facility, environmental challenges and a tight deadline, the seller was uncertain of the ultimate recovery a sales process could yield. HRE immediately implemented a targeted national marketing campaign that, in just under three months, garnered over 80 direct inquiries from sophisticated buyers (many who were end users), nine tours with well-qualified groups and three viable offers. HRE conducted a multi-phased, competitive offer process in which the ultimate price exceeded $17,000,000, far beyond the initial anticipated sale price. During the due-diligence period, the buyers came across an unknown environmental issue with the potential to delay the closing. Hilco Global institutional knowledge regarding mitigating environmentally challenged properties proved invaluable. The team developed a unique phased closing strategy to accommodate the seller's need for a quick sale and the buyer's desire to begin retrofitting the facility on a specific timeline. The phased closing plan also allowed the seller to responsibly address the ongoing remediation prior to transferring the impacted parcel to the new buyer. "We are thrilled that the sale will allow the buyer to utilize the highly sought-after cold storage component of the facility, and more importantly, provide jobs to the area, many that were lost when the previous operator closed its doors. Simultaneously, our strategic sale process allowed the seller to maximize the property's value, limit time and costs typical in conventional sale processes, and thoughtfully address the environmental obstacles that could have otherwise thwarted the sale." -Chet Evans, a vice president at Hilco Real Estate About Hilco Real Estate: Hilco Real Estate, LLC ("HRE"), a unit of Hilco Global, is headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois. HRE is a national provider of accelerated real estate disposition services for corporations, lenders, servicers, receivers, bankruptcy attorneys, estates, private owners, investment companies as well as local, state, and federal government agencies. Acting as an agent or principal, HRE applies its vast experience to advise and execute strategies, helping both healthy and distressed clients to derive maximum value from their real estate assets. By leveraging multi-faceted sales strategies and techniques, aggressive repositioning and restructuring experience, a vast and motivated network of buyers and sellers, and substantial access to capital, HRE exceeds expectations even in the most complex transactions.

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Clarion Partners | December 06, 2022

Leading real estate investment manager Clarion Partners is celebrating the three-year anniversary of the launch of the Clarion Partners Real Estate Income Fund Inc. (“the Fund”) an innovative fund designed to provide investors of all types and sizes with access to a portfolio of research-backed institutional quality real estate holdings managed by Clarion’s industry-leading team. Clarion Partners, an independent investment manager of Franklin Templeton, has been a leader in building and managing private real estate portfolios for some of the world’s largest institutional investors for more than 40 years. As of September 30, 2022, the firm has more than $83.5 billion in real estate assets under management. The firm’s overall philosophy, which centers around the vision, judgment and execution to generate value for its investors, is the same approach underpinning the Clarion Partners Real Estate Income Fund. “Our goal in launching the Clarion Partners Real Estate Income Fund was to provide financial advisors and individual investors with a meaningful new choice so they could better build out their core real estate holdings. For too long, the ‘democratized’ options meant exposure to sub-optimal properties, high fees, long lockups, and an overreliance on leverage. 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About Clarion Partners Real Estate Income Fund Inc. (CPREIF) CPREIF offers individual investors direct access to a portfolio of privately-held, income-producing commercial real estate properties through an innovative investment fund driven by Clarion's deep real estate expertise. CPREIF is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that continuously offers its common stock. The fund’s investment manager, Legg Mason Partners Fund Advisor, LLC is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. (“Franklin Resources”) and the fund’s investment sub-adviser, Clarion Partners, is an indirect, majority-owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources. In addition, the fund’s securities sub-adviser, Western Asset Management, also is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources. Hard copies of the fund’s complete audited financial statements are available free of charge upon request. 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Through its specialist investment managers, the company offers boutique specialization on a global scale, bringing extensive capabilities in equity, fixed income, multi-asset solutions and alternatives. With offices in more than 30 countries and approximately 1,300 investment professionals, the California-based company has 75 years of investment experience and approximately $1.3 trillion in assets under management as of October 31, 2022.

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McKissock Learning | November 22, 2022

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