Morgan Stanley May Invest $186m In India Office Development

Morgan Stanley May Invest $186m In India Office Development

The global real estate fund of Morgan Stanley is in talks with the Wadhwa Group to invest 9 billion to 10 billion rupees in an office development in India’s financial capital of Mumbai, three sources familiar with the matter said.

Morgan Stanley May Invest $186m In India Office Development

Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing plans to invest in jointly developing 1.6 million square feet of office space in Bandra Kurla Complex, a financial district in Mumbai, said two of the sources on condition of anonymity as the deal is not yet final.

Mumbai-based Wadhwa Group has already begun construction on the project, ONE BKC, which will consist of two office towers and is due to be completed by 2014.

If the deal is concluded it would be the first investment by MSREI in an office development in India, said one source.

MSREI has invested about $850m in Indian real estate, mainly in residential projects, including $100m to $125m in a housing project by Mumbai-based Sheth Developers, Reuters reported in December 2011.

MSREI and the Wadhwa Group declined to comment.

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