MADRID, March 1 Hedge fund managers George Soros
and John Paulson have both taken a 92 million euro ($127
million) stake in a new Spanish property investment vehicle
called Hispania, the Financial Times reported on Saturday citing
sources close to the deal.
Hispania, created by Spanish-based private investment firm
Azora, last week announced plans to list on the stock exchange
and launch a share offering in order to raise 500 million euros
from qualified investors.
It will operate as a real estate investment trust, or REIT -
listed vehicles that typically invest in income-producing
assets, such as rental properties.
Azora, George Soros and John Paulson were not immediately
available to comment.
REITs are taking off in Spain, where they are known as
SOCIMIs, as foreign investors hope to cash in on the country's
economic recovery and search for real estate bargains following
a 30 percent property price slump since a real estate bubble
burst six years ago.
Outpacing Hispania, Spanish family-owned real estate company
Grupo Lar said on Friday it would list on the stock exchange in
a 400 million euro deal, priced at 10 euros per share.
George Soros has in recent weeks stepped up his investments
in Spain and in European real estate.
He was last month an investor in the European property unit
of U.S. real estate investment fund Kennedy-Wilson Holdings Inc
, which plans to make acquisitions in Britain, Ireland and
He also made headlines in January after buying shares into
Spanish building company FCC.