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Blackstone Defaults on Nordic CMBS as Property Values Wobble

  • The notes are backed by a portfolio of offices and stores
  • Blackstone has been trying to sell the underlying properties
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Blackstone Defaults on $562 Million Nordic CMBSPhotographer: Angus Mordant/Bloomberg
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Blackstone Inc. defaulted on a €531 million ($562 million) bond backed by a portfolio of Finnish offices and stores as rising interest rates hit European property values. 

Blackstone, which acquired landlord Sponda Oy in 2018, sought an extension from holders of the securitized notes to dispose of assets and repay the debt, according to people with knowledge of the plan. Bondholders voted against a further extension, the people said, asking not to be identified as the sales process was not public.