Global law firm Baker McKenzie has advised Colony NorthStar, Inc, a leading global real estate and investment management firm listed on the New York Stock Exchange, on the sale of two special purpose vehicles, CFI Mountain (Switzerland) Sàrl and CFI Lake (Switzerland) Sàrl, the owners of the university campuses of the Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches International School of Hotel Management, leaders in international hospitality management. The asset purchase price amounts to more than CHF 250 million.

Colony NorthStar is a diversified equity REIT with an embedded institutional and retail investment management business. The company has over 500 employees operating in 17 offices around the world. The company focuses on global real estate opportunities. As of today, Colony NorthStar manage approximately $56 billion in investments. Colony NorthStar is one of the largest private equity real estate funds in the world.

The Baker McKenzie team advising Colony NorthStar included Martin Furrer (Partner / Real Estate), Samuel Marbacher (Partner / Real Estate), Alexander Wyss (Partner / Real Estate), Alexander Seiler (Associate / Real Estate), Markus Wolf (Associate / Finance) and Christophe Reitze (Associate / Corporate).

Martin Furrer from Baker McKenzie said,

We were delighted to assist Colony NorthStar on this project from the investment two years ago until the exit now.

"This sale-and-lease back and bond type lease transaction has clearly set new standards with respect to the structuring and collateralization of such transactions in Switzerland."

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