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Latham Advises ARA in Acquisition of a Majority Stake in LOGOS

March 5, 2020
Transaction creates best-in-class logistics real estate development and investment management platform.

Latham & Watkins advised ARA Asset Management Ltd (ARA) on its acquisition of a majority stake in LOGOS Group (LOGOS). The acquisition was made via ARA’s logistics arm, ARA Logistics Partners Limited, joining existing shareholders, LOGOS’ founders, and Ivanhoé Cambridge. LOGOS will operate as ARA’s exclusive platform for logistics assets globally, offering ARA’s investors a whole suite of products in the private and public markets. 

The deal combines ARA’s global fund management capabilities with LOGOS’ extensive Asia Pacific logistics property and development expertise to create a best-in-class logistics real estate development and investment management platform. 

“This landmark transaction will create a market-leading leading logistics real estate investment platform in what is a highly dynamic and fast-evolving sector,” said Hong Kong partner Amy Beckingham. “We’re delighted to have assisted ARA with this significant venture.”

The Latham team was led by Hong Kong corporate partner Amy Beckingham, with counsel Richard Watkins, and associates Gwenlynne Lee, Charles Bailey, Elena Yeung, and Joanne Lao across the Hong Kong and Singapore offices. Anti-trust and regulatory work was coordinated by Washington D.C. partner Jason Cruise and partner Sebastian Hauser, counsel Jana Dammann and associates Niklas Bruggemann and Anne Haas across the Frankfurt and Hamburg offices; tax advice was provided by London partner Sean Finn and associates Robert Thomas and Tegan Creedy; London partners Sarah Gadd and Stephen Brown and associate Sophie Cooper consulted on employment matters; partner Timothy Hia and associate Marc Tan consulted on debt matters; and compliance matters were overseen by Hong Kong partner Catherine Palmer.