OakNorth completes £1.3m loan to real estate firm, Caissa Holdings, to support maiden acquisition in Scotland

  • Founded in April 2021, Caissa Holdings, is a private property investment and development group;
  • The £1.3m loan from OakNorth will support the acquisition of a five-storey retail property in central Glasgow, occupied by Waterstones and Flying Tiger;
  • The deal follows OakNorth’s expansion into Scotland with the opening of its new Glasgow office in summer last year to boost lending into Scottish SMEs;
  • Glasgow is the UK’s top retail destination outside of London’s West End, generating an annual spend of over £4.2b and £763m in Gross Value Added[1].

OakNorth, the digital bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs, has completed a £1.3m loan to Caissa Holdings, in support of its first commercial property acquisition in Scotland. The time-critical deal was completed within a month, highlighting OakNorth’s execution and delivery capability.

Caissa Holdings, a private property investment and development group, founded in April 2021,  have built up a track record of owning and managing prime residential assets across the UK and Europe. The £1.3m loan from OakNorth will support the firm’s regional acquisition strategy via the purchase of a prominent five-storey building in central Glasgow. Located on Sauchiehall Street, the building is currently let to Waterstones and Flying Tiger and houses Scotland’s largest bookstore, which also contains event space and two cafes located in the basement and second floors respectively.

The deal follows OakNorth’s expansion into Scotland with the opening of its new Glasgow office in summer last year to boost lending into Scottish SMEs.

Cambyz Golestaneh, Founder & CEO of Caissa Holdings, commented: “At Caissa, we take pride in delivering high quality property investment and development projects across the UK and continental Europe. This acquisition marked our first deal in Scotland, and we couldn’t have been more pleased with our choice of lender. Matteas and the wider team at OakNorth provided a level of flexibility, transparency and knowledge of the local area’s real estate market that was simply not offered by other lenders. We look forward to working with them again on our future Scottish-based projects.

Matteas Law, Associate Director of Debt Finance at OakNorth, added: “We are delighted to be partnering with Caissa Holdings on its first acquisition in Scotland. To be able to deliver the funding within the tight timescales required is extremely pleasing and testament to all involved, not least the client and its professional team. The regeneration of Sauchiehall Street coupled with Glasgow’s already strong retail offering should prove this to be a successful transaction for all involved. We look forward to building a strong relationship with Cambyz moving forward, as we look to back more businesses like his and support investment into Scotland over the long term.”

 

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Notes to editors

[1] Invest Glasgow: Glasgow Retail Prospectus

About OakNorth Bank plc

Launched in September 2015 and founded by entrepreneurs, OakNorth Bank provides fast, flexible, and accessible debt finance to the UK’s Missing Middle.

Since its launch, the bank has:

  • Lent over £10bn, directly helping with the creation of 40,000 new jobs and 29,000 new homes across the UK.
  • Raised deposits from c.175,000 savers. 
  • Supported several hundred businesses across the UK with the debt finance to pursue their growth ambitions.

It is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. 

Visit www.oaknorth.co.uk for more information.

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