Van Lanschot Kempen acted as Sole Financial Adviser to Klépierre in structuring and arranging a €260 million secured Green Loan on its landmark shopping centre Hoog Catharijne, located in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
Klépierre made a strategic decision to attract secured financing on its landmark shopping centre Hoog Catharijne, located in Utrecht, the Netherlands.
With over 30 million visitors annually, recently renovated Hoog Catharijne is the country’s most visited shopping centre. The shopping centre is strategically located between the old city of Utrecht and the busiest train station in the Netherlands.
Van Lanschot Kempen has assisted Klépierre in exploring multiple options to secure financing on the best possible terms, resulting in successfully raising €260 million in non-recourse secured financing from a syndicate of banks.
The facility has been structured as a Green Loan based on the sustainable characteristics of the shopping centre, befitting Klépierre’s profile as an ESG frontrunner.
Guy de Villenaut, Group Head of Financing & Treasury at Klépierre: “With the support of Van Lanschot Kempen, we secured a Green Loan for our iconic shopping centre in Utrecht. We are delighted with this transaction, which reflects the strong commitment of Klépierre to the ESG principles. Van Lanschot Kempen delivered a customised solution that met our goals. We value their expertise and agility, and we appreciate their professionalism and dedication throughout the process.”
Guus de Haan, Head of Debt Advisory at Van Lanschot Kempen: “We are proud to have supported Klépierre in securing a Green Loan for Hoog Catharijne. We thank Guy and the wider Klépierre team for their trust and collaboration. They have been a pleasure to work with, and we hope to continue our fruitful partnership in the future.”
Klépierre is the European leader in shopping malls, combining property development and asset management skills. The company’s portfolio is valued at €19.4 billion at June 30, 2023, and comprises large shopping centres in more than 10 countries in continental Europe which together host hundreds of millions of visitors per year.
Klépierre is a French REIT (SIIC) listed on Euronext Paris and is included in the CAC Next 20 and EPRA Euro Zone Indexes. It is also included in ethical indexes, such as Euronext CAC 40 ESG, CAC SBT 1.5, MSCI Europe ESG Leaders, FTSE4Good, Euronext Vigeo Europe 120, and features in CDP’s “A-list”. These distinctions underscore Klépierre’s commitment to a proactive sustainable development policy and its global leadership in the fight against climate change.
Van Lanschot Kempen credentials
Van Lanschot Kempen has advised on more than €105 billion in real estate transactions across 15 different countries in Europe in the last 10 years. Since 2020 to date, Van Lanschot Kempen advised on more than 110 transactions across different countries, representing a total deal value of over €30 billion in a challenging and unprecedented environment.
This transaction marks Van Lanschot Kempen’s thirteenth Debt Advisory transaction since summer 2022, with a combined deal value of €2.8 billion.