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SOURCE Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
44 Facilities Acquired in England, Scotland and Channel Island of Jersey
ATLANTA, Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- A team of Arnall Golden Gregory attorneys with expertise in real estate, healthcare, and domestic and international tax assisted Griffin-American Healthcare REIT II with its approximately $448 million acquisition of 44 premium senior housing and care facilities in England, Scotland and the English Channel Island of Jersey.
In the complex purchase/lease-back transaction, Griffin also agreed to provide approximately $107 million-plus of construction financing for seller Myriad Healthcare Limited's current and future development projects, resulting in a total transaction exceeding $500 million.
AGG served as Griffin's primary outside counsel, working closely with UK firm Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP.
The transaction was structured as an "op-co, prop-co" split, whereby the seller operator transferred its business assets to an affiliate. Griffin then acquired the entire issued shares of the companies owning the real estate. The extraordinary deal included (i) the seller reorganizing to achieve desired tax results and UK treasury approval, (ii) obtaining regulatory approvals in three separate UK jurisdictions, (iii) writing down and paying off Myriad's debt to the Bank of Scotland, and (iv) international tax matters affecting Griffin's REIT status.
Steven A. Kaye, co-chair of AGG's Real Estate Practice and co-leader of the Healthcare Real Estate Team, and Joseph E. Gotch Jr., partner in the Corporate and Securities Practice, led the team that supported Griffin. Others involved were Heather L. Preston, Cleburne E. Gregory III and Zach Wilson (tax); Robert F. Dow (SEC reporting); Neil W. Hoffman, Ph.D. and Hedy S. Rubinger (healthcare regulatory); James T. Rauschenberger (finance); and Christina W. Malone (real estate).
"We are grateful for the opportunity to help guide our valued client in a transaction of this size, complexity and importance," said Mr. Kaye.
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