Saunders linked to good buy from Tesco

robin saunders.jpgThe FT fails to mention this morning that former City golden girl Robin Saunders (pictured) is involved in a deal that will see Tesco insert £400m of its stores into a new fund called Index Linked Properties. Even so, the principle (as well as the principal) behind the fund sounds interesting.

Saunders is the photogenic American who used to make the headlines at WestLB bank before leaving after a tiff in 2003. In 2005 she set up a £1b property fund with dealmaker Paul Bloomfield. Not sure what happened to that. But Saunders runs Clearbrook Capital out of  25, Grosvenor Street. Last summer she announced the firm had a £1b to spend.

The FT says Clearbrook and DTZ are to manage Index Linked Properties: a name which betrays the cautious thinking behind the fund. It will be a closed-end Jersey investment company which will only add properties with index-linked leases to the £400m of stock that Tesco are contributing by way of sale and leaseback.

What can go wrong? Finding more of the same stock perhaps? There are now dozens of nascent property funds, many given to empty boasting of having £1b of “firepower”. But here we have a fund that appears to have bagged £400m of safe and solid stock and only wants more of the same. Sounds like a buy.

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One Response to Saunders linked to good buy from Tesco

  1. Here We Go Again October 25, 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    Despite all her personally sponsored PR about being a brilliant investment banker extraordinaire, which she is most certainly not, what is the fascination with Robin Saunders ?

    At WestLB Saunders was essentially a commissioned salesperson. Whether through force of personality, her male counterparts not thinking with their brain, or Teutonic avarice, Saunders led WestLB into risky transactions others would not do for good reason.

    For this, Saunders was paid many tens of millions. When some of the loans and investments she promoted went bad, Saunders’ defence seemed to be, at least to me, that those other guys made the decision. Is this not the type of thinking that nearly wiped out the American financial system!

    Robin Saunders is now a skilled real estate investor. I think not.

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