CPI Property Group anticipates the acquisition of a retail portfolio located in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Romania from funds managed by CBRE Global Investors. If completed, this can become the largest real estate deal of the region in 2017.
International real estate advisor Savills has reported that investors into Europe’s retail sector are shifting their interest to some of the continent’s non-core markets. Investment into Europe’s retail sector during Q1-Q3 2016 reached €33.3 billion across the 15 markets that Savills covers, down 28% from the 2015 record volume. However, despite the overall drop of total turnover in the two largest markets of the UK (-18%) and Germany (-46%) during this time period, Europe’s non-core markets in contrast have experienced a significant rise in retail investment. These include: Ireland (223% to €1.46 billion); Poland (126% to €1.4 billion) and Italy (119% to €1.8 billion).
American investor Exeter Property Group has finalized its acquisition of the North-West Logistic Park warehouse and production complex in Szczecin, Poland from Waimea Holding. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed.
Aviva Investors and LaSalle Investment Management have acquired River Garden II & III in Prague, on behalf of the Pan-European Fund Encore+ for €84 million. River Garden II & III, developed by HB Reavis is Class A office building with ground floor retail, located in the Karlin district of Prague. This is the first acquisition that Encore+ has made in the Czech Republic.
According to JLL’s preliminary forecasts, the total volume of real estate deals on the Polish investment market in 2016 may amount to almost €4.4 billion. The real standout performer was the retail market which came in with nearly €2 billion, followed by the office segment with €1.7 billion and the industrial/logistics sector with nearly €0.5 billion.
Prologis has announced that Prologis European Properties Fund II (PEPFII) has acquired M0 Central Business Park in Hungary from IDI Gazeley. Two newly acquired, 100 percent let, facilities totalling 31,443 square metres will become part of the adjoining 98-percent let Prologis Park Budapest-Sziget, which currently comprises seven buildings totalling 150,000 square metres.
GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund, has completed the purchase of P3, one of the leading pan-European owners, developers and managers of logistics properties, from TPG Real Estate and Ivanhoé Cambridge. The deal, which values the business at €2.4 billion, was first announced in November 2016, but had to be approved by EU regulators before it could be finalised. It is one of the largest European real estate transactions of 2016.
TPG Real Estate, the real estate platform of global private investment firm TPG, announced that it has completed the purchase of A&O Hotels and Hostels, the largest fully integrated, privately-owned, hostel platform in Europe. The transaction will help A&O expand and enhance its operations.
M7 Real Estate has completed the letting of a 1,025 sqm retail unit at the newly refurbished Csillag Center in Budapest to Polish fashion brand, Sinsay, on behalf of M7 CEREF I.
Insurer Euroins Romania has leased 2,500 sqm in J8 Office Park, the project developed by Portland Trust in northern Bucharest. The office building with a total leasable area of 44,000 sqm will be delivered later this month.
The PYC-SPORT company, a producer and distributor of professional sports equipment, has decided to lease over 3,000 sqm of warehouse and office space in the Panattoni Park Business Center Łódź II. AXI IMMO was advising the tenant in the negotiation process.
Silviana Petre Badea has been named Deputy Head of CEE Capital Markets at real estate consultancy JLL. At the same time, she will hold the role of Managing Director of JLL Romania.
Adrian Bojczuk has joined Tétris' Polish office to take on the newly created position – EMEA Investors and Landlords Client Development Director. He will work closely with the management and business development teams in each country, as well as with the JLL Investor team in EMEA.
Savills has strengthened its Office Agency in Poland with the appointment of Marcin Sabowicz and its Industrial Agency with Adam Włochyński.
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