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The Firm of London Park Global Lead by Frederic Sealey Targets Purchase of a UK Football Club

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MANHATTAN, N.Y. - eTradeWire -- Since the zenith of the pandemic, there have been several notable high-profile acquisitions. (i) Newcastle United: In October 2021, Newcastle United was acquired by the Saudi-backed Public Investment Fund (PIF) in a £305 million deal. (ii) Bournemouth: In December 2022, Bournemouth was acquired by a United States consortium led by Bill Foley, the proprietor of the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team, for £120 million. (iii) Chelsea: In May 2022, Chelsea was divested by the sanctioned Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich to a consortium led by American businessman Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital for £4.25 billion. (iv) Manchester United: In May 2023, they announced a deal to sell up to 25% of the club to British businessman Jim Ratcliffe. Frederic Sealey, whose career flourished in the early 2000s through his direct involvement in negotiating and finalizing deals with global consumer brands as premier sponsors in the motorsports industry, notably encompassing the Indy Racing League, Formula One, and Nascar, later ascended to eminence in private equity investment strategies and complex capital debt structures. The immediate process has already been initiated, and the declaration by London Park Global aimed to bolster its European Real Estate holdings. With the substantial impact of arena and stadium construction, it provided a timely opportunity for London Park Global, under the astute leadership of its CSO Frederic Sealey, to curate a portfolio of redevelopment opportunities that would culminate in the construction of a master plan communities that would consist of hospitality, mixed-use, multifamily, office, and retail structures surrounding a professional sports stadium. This overarching concept has become increasingly pivotal to the American Success plan within the NFL (National Football League) market.

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Regarding the construction cost held at the Emirates Stadium (home to Arsenal F.C.), various estimates suggest a total cost of approximately £390 million ($560 million), covering the stadium itself and associated infrastructure developments. Further breakdowns reveal that the stadium's construction alone cost around £430 million ($600 million), with the overall project, including housing and other infrastructure, totaling around £800 million ($1.1 billion). Financing involved £260 million ($370 million) in debt through bonds and loans, with an additional estimated £60 million ($85 million) for the upgrade of nearby Holloway Road station. Moreover, other football clubs like Brentford Football Club and West Bromwich Albion Football Club are also pursuing mixed-use development plans, emphasizing residential, retail, and leisure components, aligning with the trend of enhancing stadiums with surrounding mixed-use structures for greater community integration and economic development.

Source: London Park Global Strategies
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