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Morgan Stanley Real Estate Completes $6.5 Billion Acquisition of Crescent Real Estate

Aug 3, 2007

New York —


Morgan Stanley Real Estate announced today that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Crescent Real Estate Equities Company (NYSE: CEI) for $6.5 billion.

All of Crescent’s outstanding shares of common stock have been converted to the right to receive $22.80 per share in cash without interest and less any applicable withholding for each share of common stock. 

“We are excited to acquire the unique portfolio of properties that Crescent put together,” said Michael Franco, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley Real Estate.  “We believe that the depth and breadth of our real estate investing platform will enable us to maximize the value of the diverse holdings of office, destination resorts and resort residential.”

With the acquisition of Crescent, Morgan Stanley Real Estate adds to its portfolio 54 premier office buildings totaling 23 million square feet located in select markets across the United States with major concentrations in Dallas, Houston, Denver, Miami, and Las Vegas.  In addition, it gains investments in resort residential developments in locations such as Scottsdale, AZ; Vail Valley, CO; and Lake Tahoe, CA and in the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®.

Morgan Stanley acted as financial advisor to Morgan Stanley Real Estate with Goodwin Procter LLP and Jones Day acting as legal counsel.  Greenhill & Co., LLC acted as the financial advisor to Crescent with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP acting as legal counsel.

Morgan Stanley Real Estate is comprised of three major global businesses: Investing, Banking and Lending.  Since 1991, Morgan Stanley Real Estate has acquired $121.5 billion of real estate assets worldwide and currently manages $55.6 billion in real estate assets on behalf of its clients. A complete range of market-leading investment banking services for real estate clients include advice on strategy, mergers, acquisitions and restructurings, as well as underwriting public and private debt and equity financings.  As a global leader in real estate lending, Morgan Stanley has offered approximately $156.0 billion of CMBS through the capital markets since 1997, including $35.5 billion in 2006.

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