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Bain Capital Credit and FREO acquire iconic Estel Building in central Barcelona

December 17, 2021

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Bain Capital Credit and FREO acquire iconic Estel Building in central Barcelona

Bain Capital Credit’s special situations strategy became “Bain Capital Special Situations” in Fall 2022.

London/Barcelona, December 17, 2021 – Bain Capital Credit LP (“Bain Capital”) together with FREO Group (“FREO”) today announced the completion of their joint acquisition of the Estel Building on Avenida de Roma, in central Barcelona. 

Bain Capital now owns real estate assets in Spain in excess of €2.3bn of asset value across multiple asset classes including high quality offices, residential development and leisure led hospitality.

The Estel building is iconic and one of the most recognisable buildings in Barcelona. Located in the city’s desirable Eixample district, the property is well connected and in close proximity to the Barcelona’s CBD, largest railway station Sants and multiple metro lines. The 14-storey building was originally developed as the headquarters of Spanish national telecommunications company Telefonica. 

Bain Capital and FREO plan to develop the Estel building into a modern and unique destination that will offer 47,000 sqm of best-in-class, Grade A office space, as well as retail and dining amenities, and has been designed to appeal to a range of occupiers through the provision of flexible floor plates. In addition, tenant amenities in the building will include an auditorium, meeting rooms, gym, sports and entertainment rooms plus other additional services, and the building will feature two large roof terraces, with spectacular views over the city’s most famous landmarks, as well as the nearby mountains and the sea.

The design of the building will target the highest sustainability and ESG standards including a Leed Platinum certificate.

Fabio Longo, Managing Director at Bain Capital said, “The acquisition of the Estel building is an outstanding opportunity to create a prime office asset of size, that addresses tenants and investors’ requirements in a post-Covid world, in a market characterised by a long-term lack of best in class product with large floor plates in such central locations and constrained by fundamental limitations of new supply.”

Oscar de Navas, Managing Director of FREO said “As the largest Grade A office building in Barcelona, Estel will set a new standard in high-quality and sustainable workspaces and will provide prospective tenants with futureproof and state-of-the-art amenities to ensure the building retains its appeal with future generations.”

About Bain Capital Credit 

Bain Capital Credit is a leading global credit specialist with approximately USD 52 billion in assets under management. Bain Capital Credit invests across the full spectrum of strategies, including real estate, leveraged loans, high-yield bonds, distressed debt and special situations, private lending, structured products, non-performing loans, and majority and minority equity stakes. Founded in 1998 as a private, employee-owned firm, Bain Capital Credit’s experienced team of over 150 investment professionals seeks to identify attractive equity and credit investment opportunities across North America, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. In addition to credit, Bain Capital invests across asset classes including private equity, public equity, real estate and venture capital, and leverages the firm’s shared platform to capture opportunities in strategic areas of focus.

About FREO Group

Established in 1996, FREO Group is an independent international investor, developer and manager of high-quality real estate. From 13 offices in Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Luxembourg and the USA, FREO has worked on more than 50 projects totalling in excess of 2 million square metres. Further information is available at