Chinese conglomerate HNA Group closed on its $2.21 billion purchase of 245 Park Avenue, or $1,227 per square foot, records show.
The deal marks one of the biggest prices ever paid for a Manhattan office tower and is an example of how Chinese money continues to play a significant role in the New York market despite increased capital controls at home.
Very few Manhattan properties have ever crossed the $2 billion threshold — the list includes 11 Madison Avenue, 3 Bryant Park and the GM Building at 767 Fifth Avenue.
The Chinese company, which owns 25 percent stake in Hilton Worldwide Holdings, has been making a splash in recent months with a series of major cross-sector investments around the world. Among its recent deals, the company, which began as carrier Hainan Airline, recently upped its stake in Deutsche Bank to 9.9 percent.
HNA reportedly financed the deal with a $1.75 billion loan from a consortium of banks led by JPMorgan Chase. Other lenders in the syndicate included Deutsche Bank, Barclays, Natixis and Societe Generale.
Its acquisition spree has led to some speculation that its chairman Chen Feng enjoys a special relationship with the Chinese government, which has enacted strict capital controls on the purchase of foreign assets. China state-backed banks have provided HNA with a $60 billion line of credit, according to public filings obtained by the New York Times.