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Deutsche Bank (XETRA: DBKGn.DE / NYSE: DB) and Berkshire Mortgage Finance Limited Partnership (“Berkshire Mortgage”), a subsidiary of the Boston-based Berkshire Group (“Berkshire”) today announced they have signed a definitive agreement whereby Deutsche Bank will acquire substantially all of Berkshire Mortgage’s origination and servicing assets. The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2004. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Berkshire Mortgage is one of the largest privately held commercial mortgage lenders in the U.S., specializing in financing for multifamily real estate. The firm is a leading originator of government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) and government-insured multifamily loans with USD 3.5 billion of origination volume in 2003. With a mortgage servicing portfolio in excess of USD 18 billion, Berkshire Mortgage has significant scale and is a top tier servicer of multifamily mortgages in the United States.
Upon closing, Berkshire Mortgage will become a part of Deutsche Bank’s global Real Estate Debt Markets group within the Bank’s Global Corporate Finance business. Deutsche Bank is a market leader in the commercial real estate debt market, with expertise in originating, financing, structuring, securitizing and trading commercial real estate debt. Berkshire Mortgage will advance Deutsche Bank’s existing capital market presence in all of these areas.
Berkshire is a diversified real estate and financial services firm founded in 1969 by brothers Douglas and George Krupp. Berkshire Mortgage was founded in 1987 and has headquarters in Boston, MA, and platform offices in Bethesda, MD, and Irvine, CA. The business will maintain its operational headquarters in Boston, as well as its regional facilities.
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