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Two GRATs wanted to diversify their holdings by purchasing commercial real estate in addition to their existing marketable securities portfolio. The challenge was that GRATs needed to maintain a pre-determined amount of liquidity to fund the return of capital requirements to the grantors. In addition, a short escrow was needed to win the bid for the property requiring a closing with all cash proceeds.


Their Abbot Downing team structured a solution that met the short escrow for the real estate purchase, provided a funding mechanism for the annual payment to the Grantors and leveraged the GRATs and the Grantors’ liquid assets to provide equity for the purchase. Permanent financing was to be placed at a future date via a Wells Fargo led Agency loan.


The GRATs investment portfolios were left intact for future appreciation and increased wealth transfer to the beneficiaries. The property was refinanced resulting in a reduction in the acquisition debt and the release of the Grantors’ assets as well as creating future borrowing availability. The GRATs’ holdings were diversified while maintaining sufficient cash flow and liquidity to fund the scheduled annual payment to the Grantors.


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