This Week's Atlanta Deal Sheet: Law Firm Expanding At One Atlantic Center
A growing local real estate and corporate litigation law firm used a pending loan maturity held by a fund run by Starwood Capital Group to extract below-market rents on its expansion at an iconic Midtown Atlanta office tower.
Krevolin & Horst renewed and expanded a 23K SF lease to occupy the entirety of the 35th floor of One Atlantic Center, the 50-story, 1.1M SF tower at 1201 West Peachtree St. Krevolin & Horst will increase its footprint from 17K SF and move up from the 32nd floor, according to Savills.
Savills Vice Chairmen Bo Keatley, John Flack and David Rubenstein represented the firm in the transaction. The brokers were able to leverage the building owners' “loan maturation uncertainties” to get a long-term lease with “below-market economic and business terms” to stay put instead of move elsewhere in Midtown, according to a statement from the tenant representation firm.
Terms of the lease were not disclosed.
Starwood, through its Starwood Global Opportunity Fund X, and Core Property Capital jointly purchased One Atlantic Center in 2016 for a reported $330M. The joint venture has a $280M modified loan from Deutsche Bank USA that was set to mature in July, according to Reonomy.
Starwood didn't respond to a request for comment. After this article's original publication, a Savills spokesman sent a statement clarifying the wording of the firm's initial press release.
"Savills' initial statement mischaracterized the transaction as negotiated at below market terms," a Savills spokesperson said in a statement. "On the contrary, the lease renewal agreement reflects market terms, and there was absolutely no basis to state that the building’s loan maturity was a factor in the lease negotiation."
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UPDATE, DEC. 1, 5 P.M. ET: This story has been updated with a new comment from Savills about the terms of the Krevolin & Horst lease at One Atlantic Center.