Friday, August 22, 2008

AT&T Completes $345 Million Sale Leaseback of Dallas HQ

Atlanta Business Chronicle - August 20, 2008

An otherwise pretty mundane summer 2008 in the Atlanta commercial real estate marketplace is closing out with the biggest of bangs, thanks to a mega-deal involving several big names and a high-profile property.

In a blockbuster, $345 million transaction that closed Aug. 14, global telecommunications provider AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) entered into a sale-leaseback agreement for AT&T Tower, the 1.8 million-square-foot building at 675 West Peachtree St. that is the most visible component of its three-building Southeastern regional headquarters complex.

AT&T sold the landmark 47-story Midtown building — which was known as the BellSouth Tower until the $86 billion AT&T/BellSouth merger in 2006 — to a wholly owned subsidiary of Icahn Enterprises L.P., a holding company headed by billionaire financier and investor Carl Icahn. As part of the transaction, AT&T agreed to lease the building back on an unspecified mid- to long-term basis.

On the brokerage side, the deal was negotiated by a Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. capital markets team comprising managing directors Jay Koster and Brad Armstrong, along with vice presidents Mike Hochanadel and Chris Wagner. Koster and Hochanadel are based in JLL’s New York office, while Armstrong and Wagner are part of the real estate services provider’s Atlanta operations. Sphere: Related Content

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