Commercial Real Estate – Sold! Boston’s John Hancock Tower Sells at Auction for Half of 2006 Purchase Price

The landmark John Hancock Tower in Boston, New England’s tallest hancock-view2building was sold at a foreclosure auction yesterday for a debt assumption package totaling $660mm. The buyer was a newly formed partnership between Normandy Real Estate and Five Mile Capital. Five Mile Capital, by the way, was the holder of $20mm in mezzanine debt on the building.


hancock-towerIt only took 36 months for Broadway partners to lose the trophy property that they paid $1.3b for just 36 months ago.

Their investors are not thrilled… Broadway defaulted on the mezzanine piece in January and fostered no delusions about securing a refi or attracting equity partners.


Broadway Partners also lost the office tower at 10 Universal Plaza in LA. Normandy and Five Mile were able to pick-off that one for a mere $304mm


Broadway massively leveraged up their investor’s capital in-order to buy over $14b in commercial real estate properties beginning in 2002. Those buildings will now be returned to their rightful owners at reasonable prices and with sensible debt structures. Unfortunately, much damage has already been done, not just by Broadway but many commercial real estate private equity players around the world.


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