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Talks to buy majority stake in the assets of Oxford Fairmont, which owns four iconic Fairmont properties, are ongoing, sources said. A potential deal would be a coup for GIC if it values the Canadian hotels at about $1.5 billion ($2 billion Canadian).

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, GIC Pte, is nearing a deal to buy a majority stake in Oxford Properties Group’s Fairmont portfolio, which consists of four of Canada’s most iconic hotels, according to people familiar with the matter.

The talks are advanced and a deal could be announced in coming weeks, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations are private.

The exact price of the transaction couldn’t immediately be determined but any deal is expected to value the whole portfolio at about C$2 billion ($1.5 billion), the people said. Still, it’s possible no agreement will be reached.

Oxford, the real estate arm of Canadian pension fund OMERS, is expected to retain a minority stake in the assets and manage the properties.

A representative for Toronto-based Oxford declined to comment. GIC didn’t immediately respond to an email request for comment outside Asian business hours. A representative for brokerage firm Jones Lang LaSalle Inc., which is handling the sale, declined to comment.

Bloomberg reported in May that Oxford was planning to sell a 50 percent stake in its Fairmont hotels in Whistler, British Columbia, and Lake Louise, Banff Springs and Jasper Park in Alberta.

The hotels have more than 2,200 rooms that draw 1.2 million guests a year, with roots dating to the dawn of the country’s train travel in the late 1800s.

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Photo Credit: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is one of the hotels in the portfolio of Oxford Properties Group that may be sold in part or in whole to the Singaporean wealth fund GIC. George Rose / Bloomberg