Cadre in talks with SoftBank for $100M investment

Fund receives billions from Saudi Arabia, UAE

New York /
May.May 22, 2018 09:00 AM

Masayoshi Son (Credit: Getty)

Real estate technology platform Cadre is in talks with SoftBank Group for an investment of at least $100 million.

Representatives for the SoftBank Vision Fund met with a top executive from Cadre recently, Bloomberg reported. The fund gets nearly half of its $100 billion from the Saudi Arabian government and at least $15 billion from the United Arab Emirates.

According to Cadre representatives, co-founder Jared Kushner doesn’t have an active role at the company, but hasn’t divested his stake in the startup, which is valued between $5 million and $25 million.

The deal between Cadre and SoftBank may not materialize, sources told Bloomberg.

At the end of 2017, Cadre was valued at $800 million. Its backers include Andreesen Horowitz and a fund founded by George Soros. Goldman Sachs also committed to investing $250 million of client’s money on commercial properties on the platform.

Kushner’s ties to Cadre could pose some conflicts of interest. SoftBank’s CEO Masayoshi Son is pushing for the merger of Sprint, a subsidiary of Softbank, with T-Mobile US, which would require the approval of federal regulators. Receiving money from Middle Eastern governments could also be an issue, given Kushner’s role as an advisor in the region.

This came up in recent discussions about Kushner Companies’ 666 Fifth Avenue. Brookfield Property Partners is in talks to take over leasing and operations at the office tower, in addition to investing hundreds of millions for a repositioning. The Qatari Investment Authority is Brookfield’s second-largest shareholder, though Brookfield representatives have said it has no involvement in the deal.

Last year, SoftBank made roughly 100 investments through its fund with a combined value of $36 billion in companies. Nearly $5 billion was invested in WeWork and Compass. The Real Deal recently explored whether its investments in disruptive real estate companies would pay off. [Bloomberg] — Kathryn Brenzel 


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
With a cooling trade war, stocks perform well, including real estate. (Credit: iStock)
Real estate stocks push up this week as U.S.-China trade tensions ease
Real estate stocks push up this week as U.S.-China trade tensions ease
Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon on the evolution of the residential data game — and how to stay competitive in the new world
Eric Gordon on the evolution of the residential data game — and how to stay competitive in the new world
Big Tech locations in NYC
MAP: Here’s a look at all the Big Tech locations in NYC
MAP: Here’s a look at all the Big Tech locations in NYC
Building Engines CEO Tim Curran and JLL CEO Christian Ulbrich (Building Engines, Getty)
JLL buys Building Engines for $300M
JLL buys Building Engines for $300M
Signature Bank CEO Joseph DePaolo (Signature Bank, iStock)
Signature Bank reports record results
Signature Bank reports record results
Zillow will resume iBuying, but pause raises questions over model: analysts
Zillow will resume iBuying, but pause raises questions over model
Zillow will resume iBuying, but pause raises questions over model
Hudson Yards (Getty, iStock)
City’s bet on Hudson Yards beginning to pay off
City’s bet on Hudson Yards beginning to pay off
CoStar CEO Andy Florance and REBNY president James Whelan (Getty, iStock, REBNY)
Brokerage execs gush over REBNY, CoStar listing portal. Agents aren’t sold
Brokerage execs gush over REBNY, CoStar listing portal. Agents aren’t sold
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...