EXCLUSIVE-Wren House to buy North Sea firm NSMP for around $1.7 bln from ArcLight - sources

LONDON, July 23 (Reuters) - Intrastructure fund Wren House has agreed to buy oil and gas pipeline firm North Sea Midstream Partners (NSMP) for around 1.3 billion pounds ($1.7 billion) from ArcLight Capital, according to two sources.

Wren House, the London-based infrastructure investment arm of Kuwait’s sovereign wealth fund, KIA, fought off bids from JP Morgan, Blackstone, and private equity fund KKR to buy NSMP, according to one of the sources.

“Wren House was bidding against some very big players and they simply offered the best terms,” said the source. A spokesman for Wren House declined immediate comment.

Wren House is headed by Hakim Drissi Kaitouni, a former investment banker who worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London and New York.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch advised ArcLight on the transaction. Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer was its legal adviser. Wren House was advised by Jefferies and Macquarie Capital. Its legal advisor was Slaughter and May. ($1 = 0.7612 pounds) (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton)