August 16, 2008 / 12:28 AM / 9 years ago

Lehman in talks to sell real estate, securities: report

<p>The exterior of the world headquarters for Lehman Brothers can be seen in New York, May 19, 2008. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Lehman Brothers LEH.N is in talks for potential sale of its $40 billion portfolio of commercial real estate and securities in an effort to bolster its finances following costly credit-related write-downs, the Financial Times said in its online edition.

The investment bank wants to sell the assets either as a whole or in pieces, the FT said, citing people who have been involved in the discussions between Lehman and potential buyers.

Lehman has offered to shoulder the first $5 billion of any losses suffered on the portfolio’s assets following a sale, the sources said.

The portfolio includes mortgages and mortgage-backed securities that were valued at $29.4 billion as of May 31, the article said. It also contains real estate assets worth $10.4 billion at the end of May, according to the report.

Lehman officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Reporting by Ransdell Pierson; editing by Carol Bishopric

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