ARTICLES LABELLED WITH TAG Rockcastle

28
Feb
2017

€67 million loan for Rockcastle’s Polish shopping mall

by Ákos Budai
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Helaba and ING Bank have jointly underwritten an increase to an investment facility, totalling €67 million, to refinance Focus Mall Zielona Gora in Poland. This facility is in addition to a €164 million facility granted by the same banking consortium in 2016, for the Karolinka, Pogoria and Platan Shopping Centres in Poland. The assets are owned by Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited. The transaction closed in February 2017. 
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19
Dec
2016

Rockcastle completes acquisition of Olsztyn mall

by Ákos Budai
As announced in October 2016, Rockcastle concluded a preliminary agreement to acquire Galeria Warmińska shopping centre in the city of Olsztyn in Poland from Galeria Warmińska Spółka z Ograniczoną Odpowiedzialnością Spółka Komandytowa. All conditions precedent have been met and the transaction was concluded effective as of 15 December 2016.
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15
Dec
2016

NEPI and Rockcastle announce merger

by Ákos Budai
NEPI and Rockcastle have announced that the two companies will effectively be merged in a new entity, NEPI Rockcastle, to be implemented with reference to an effective share swap ratio of 4.5 existing Rockcastle shares for every 1 existing NEPI share. Alexandru Morar and Spiro Noussis, the current chief executive officers of NEPI and Rockcastle, respectively, will be appointed joint chief executive officers of NEPI Rockcastle, with Dan Pascariu appointed as independent non-executive chairman. The merged entity is expected to become the largest listed real estate player in CEE.
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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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06
Oct
2016

TriGranit completes sales in Poland and Hungary

by Ákos Budai
TriGranit has completed the sale of two assets. Millennium Towers, an office complex in Budapest, has been sold to CA Immo for €175 million and Bonarka City Center, a shopping mall in Krakow has been purchased by Rockcastle. The developer will remain the property manager of both assets.
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22
Sep
2016

TriGranit sells Bonarka City Center

by Ákos Budai
TriGranit has completed the sale of Bonarka City Center (BCC) in Krakow to Rockcastle, a property company specializing in retail centres in Central and Eastern Europe. TriGranit, which is owned by TPG Real Estate and was the developer of the shopping centre, will remain the property manager for two years. In addition to managing BCC, TriGranit will remain active in Krakow and is currently developing three office buildings in the ‘Bonarka for Business’ (B4B) area.
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22
Sep
2016

Three banks provide €163m refinancing for Rockcastle in Poland

by Ákos Budai
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Helaba and ING Bank have jointly underwritten an investment facility, totalling €163.6 million, to refinance Karolinka, Pogoria and Platan Shopping Centres in Poland. The assets are owned by Rockcastle Global Real Estate Company Limited. The transaction closed in September 2016. pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, Helaba and ING Bank are acting as Joint Lead Arrangers providing equal portions of the funding, with pbb acting as facility and security agent of the transaction. 
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01
Sep
2016

Aviva Investors Polish Retail Fund sells two retail schemes

by Ákos Budai
The Aviva Investors Polish Retail Fund has signed a preliminary sales agreement for Focus Park in Zielona Góra and Focus Mall in Piotrków Trybunalski. The two shopping centres are to be purchased by Rockcastle for around 161 million euros. JLL advised Aviva Investors on the transaction.
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19
Aug
2016

TriGranit to sell Bonarka City Center in Krakow

by Ákos Budai
TriGranit has announced that a preliminary agreement has been entered into to sell the Bonarka City Center in Krakow, to Rockcastle, a property company investing in retail centers in Central and Eastern Europe. The financial closure of the transaction will take place in the following months.
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18
Aug
2016

Rockcastle acquires three regional shopping centres in Poland

by Ákos Budai
Rockcastle Global Real Estate has acquired three regional shopping centres in Poland for a total of 522 million euros. Bonarka City Center in Kraków, Focus Mall in Zielona Góra and Focus Mall Piotrków Trybunalski will be added to the South African fund’s portfolio.
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New leases

  • Internet radio station, newonce.radio will move its headquarters to the Norblin Factory in Warsaw. On an area of 366 sqm there will be a new radio studio, editorial offices and office facilities, including a conference room.
  • Specjał Group, Polish-owned FMCG distributor, has leased another 1,400 sqm of warehouse space for its Warsaw branch in Panattoni Park Konotopa II. The tenant was represented during the lease transaction process by real estate advisory firm Cresa Poland.
  • Poczta Polska has leased 3,300 sqm of warehouse space and almost 1,000 sqm of offices in 7R City Flex Gdynia. The agreement has been signed for ten years.

New appointments

  • Two new professionals are joining MDC2 - a warehouse and industrial developer operating on the Polish market. Wojciech Kosiór has been appointed as a Head of Development and will be responsible for project development in Central and Northern Poland. Bartłomiej Kazirod has been appointed as a Project Director working within the construction team.
  • Paweł Suracki joined Colliers as the Investment Services Director. He will be responsible for managing sales and purchasing processes on behalf of Colliers' clients and for establishing and maintaining relationships with potential and current Colliers' partners in Poland.
  • Avison Young has announced a key change to its directors’ team in Budapest with the arrival of Martina Cifer at the helm of its Office Leasing department. In her new capacity, she shall oversee both the company's Landlord and Tenant Representation divisions.


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