Morgan Stanley fund in talks to buy Moscow mall: sources

MOSCOW Thu Sep 13, 2012 10:14pm IST

Morgan Stanley's New York headquarters are seen at the corner of 48th Street and Broadway in New York May 22, 2012. REUTERS/Andrew Burton

Morgan Stanley's New York headquarters are seen at the corner of 48th Street and Broadway in New York May 22, 2012.

Credit: Reuters/Andrew Burton

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Morgan Stanley's real estate fund is in talks to buy a Moscow shopping center for between $1.1 billion and $1.2 billion from Capital Partners, three industry sources told Reuters on Thursday.

"The buyer - Morgan Stanley's Real Estate fund - is conducting due diligence, the property is not being offered to other potential buyers anymore," said one of the sources, who had also considered buying the Metropolis mall.

Capital Partners Chief Executive Erkan Erkek and a Morgan Stanley representative declined comment.

Built in 2009, Metropolis is one of the largest shopping malls in Russia. Investments in Russia's commercial real estate market could reach between $6.5 billion and $7.0 billion this year, compared with $7.66 billion in 2011, according to consultants Cushman & Wakefield.

Earlier this year, Morgan Stanley's global real estate fund reportedly bought a mall in the Russian city of St Petersburg for more than $1 billion.

(Reporting by Olga Sichkar; Writing by Alexei Anishchuk; Editing by Maria Kiselyova and David Holmes)