REUTERS: Investa Office Fund said it has set Sep 17 as the date for its shareholders to vote on Blackstone Group's sweetened AU$3.3 billion (US$2.4 billion) bid.
Blackstone Group declared its AU$5.52 per share offer as final. The US private equity giant increased its offer for the Sydney-focused landlord last week in response to a rival bid from Canada's Oxford Properties Group.
Oxford, which already owns 10 per cent of Investa, offered AU$5.50 per share compared with the US buyout giant's previous bid of AU$5.3485 per share.
A Sydney-based spokeswoman for Oxford Properties Group, the real estate investment arm of Canadian pension fund OMERS, declined to comment.
Australia's commercial property sector has defied a softening in home values. With overall unemployment sitting at a six-year low, economic growth surging and city downtown capacity barely growing, demand is outstripping supply.
The face-off between the North American firms is indicative of a reach for yield by global investors amid strong Australian commercial rents, especially in Sydney, where downtown capacity is tight.
(Reporting by Chandini Monnappa in Bengaluru; Editing by Stephen Coates)