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05
Dec
2016

Rockcastle finalises acquisition of Polish retail portfolio

by Ákos Budai
Rockcastle Global Real Estate has acquired a retail portfolio totalling 62,000 sqm from Aviva Investors, worth €160 million. Cushman & Wakefield, Hogan Lovells, Arcadis and PwC represented the purchaser, JLL, Dentons and Deloitte advised the seller in the transaction. The portfolio comprises two shopping centres: Focus Mall Zielona Góra and Focus Mall Piotrków Trybunalski. Providing respectively 26,800 sqm and 35,200 sqm, they are the largest shopping galleries in Zielona Góra and Piotrków Trybunalski. 
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30
Nov
2016

2016 investment volumes to reach €1.8 billion in Hungary

by Ákos Budai
During the Q1-Q3 2016 period total commercial real estate investment transaction volume reached €1.5 billion in Hungary, nearly double the 2015 total volume, a testimony to the sharp liquidity increase – according to JLL Hungary’s latest statistics.The outstanding performance of the market was backed by the strong market fundamentals and the growing investor appetite for the high yielding Hungarian assets. Approximately 45% of the volume was generated by the office asset class followed by retail (29%) and logistics (14%). The remaining deals included a mix of hotel assets and properties for redevelopment purposes.
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30
Nov
2016

VIA Outlets acquires Wroclaw property

by Ákos Budai
Hammerson plc and its partners in VIA Outlets, APG, Meyer Bergman and Value Retail, have signed an agreement to acquire, subject to regulatory clearance, four outlet centres across Europe. The retail venues, located close to major cities in Germany, Portugal, Spain and Poland, represent total gross asset value of €587 million and a blended net initial yield of 5.5%.  The transaction takes the total size of the VIA Outlets portfolio to €1.1 billion across 10 assets.
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24
Nov
2016

Enterprise Investors sell largest supermarket chain in Romania

by Ákos Budai
Polish Enterprise Fund VI (PEF VI), a private equity fund managed by Enterprise Investors, has signed an agreement to sell 100% of shares in Profi Rom Food, the largest supermarket chain in Romania, to Mid Europa Partners, a private equity firm focused on buyouts in Central and Eastern Europe. The total equity value of the transaction is €533 million and the transaction is subject to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals. This is the largest deal ever completed by a private equity fund in Romania and the largest retail deal in the country’s history. 
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24
Nov
2016

CTP completes acquisition of Westlog in Hungary

by Ákos Budai
CTP continues expanding in Central Europe, with the recent acquisition of Westlog DC (Distribution Centre) 10 km from Budapest’s city centre. The park is situated west of the city, directly on the M1 motorway, near the junction of the main north-south M7 and the M0 ringroad.
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21
Nov
2016

GLL acquires Váci 1 in Budapest

by Ákos Budai
GLL acquired the multi-purpose heritage building that combines retail-, office- and service functions on 13,750 sqm at Vörösmarty Square in downtown Budapest. The seller of the recently completed UNESCO World Heritage listed premium asset is Hungarian developer Horizon Development.  The property has been added to the portfolio of Bayerische Versorgungskammer and will be managed by Munich-based real estate fund manager group GLL Real Estate Partners.
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18
Nov
2016

Marvipol sells Prosta Tower in Warsaw

by Ákos Budai
Marvipol S.A. entered into a preliminary agreement for the sale of Prosta Tower office building in Warsaw. The buyer is an international fund. The seller was represented by Colliers International.
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14
Nov
2016

Immofinanz acquires retail parks in Slovakia and Hungary

by Ákos Budai
Immofinanz is continuing the expansion of its successful Stop Shop retail park portfolio with the acquisition of eight locations in Slovakia and Hungary. The purchase price for these properties totals approx. €79.0 million. The newly acquired retail parks have an occupancy rate of roughly 98% and generate annual rental income of approx. €6.6 million. The transactions will close in several steps, presumably by the end of the first quarter of 2017. Immofinanz‘s Stop Shop portfolio will then cover 66 locations in seven countries with roughly 449,000 sqm of rentable space and a book value of more than EUR 600.0 million. Further locations in Serbia and Poland are currently in the preparation phase for project development. 
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11
Nov
2016

Penta Investments sells in Prague to Chinese investors

by Ákos Budai
Penta Investments has sold its Florentinum office building, the company’s first development completed in the Czech Republic, to Chinese investment group CEFC. Florentinum, a LEED Platinum certified property opened in 2014 and is home to 70 long-term tenants, many of them blue chip companies such as EY, HSBC Bank, Bank of China, Havel Holásek & Partners Law Firm and RSJ Investment Group. The value of the transaction has not been disclosed. 
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11
Nov
2016

Investors love Central European real estate

by Ákos Budai
According to Cushman & Wakefield, commercial real estate investment activity in the core Central European markets of Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania reached €6.05 billion in the first three quarters of 2016, a 37% increase y-o-y, albeit with reduced activity during the third quarter. Investment in the CE region slipped back following a strong second quarter. The volume of assets traded totalled €1.4bn in Q3 2016, down over 20% a year ago and half Q2 volumes.
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  • Raben Logistics Polska has moved into Panattoni Park Gdańsk Airport. The logistics operator will make use of a number of solutions dedicated to specialised logistic operations, which are to be conducted on 7,560 sqm of warehouse space.
  • 108 Agency has leased 900 sqm of industrial space to Czech logistic company HRAL in Pilsen Borská pole and the new pick-up point for IKEA was opened there.

New appointments

  • 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.
  • Skanska has named Aurelia Luca as Executive Vice President for Operations in Hungary and Romania. She has previously managed the Romanian operations of the developer. Luca has more than 20 years’ worth of experience in real estate.


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