Investment Deal of the Year, CEE

The award is open to any investment deal closed in Central & Eastern Europe between October 2020 and June 2022.

Nominees

Acquisition of 18 retail park assets anchored by Tesco in The Czech Republic and Hungary

Adventum Group, the CEE focused Real Estate Investment Manager, have recently acquired the fourth investment of its PENTA Fund, namely 18 retail parks in the Czech Republic and Hungary anchored by TESCO. The app. 360,000 sq. metres portfolio is a significant addition to Adventum's growing portfolio of assets across the core CEE countries including Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Acquisition of 21 Norauto’s retail buildings by TERG, the Media Expert operator

The year 2020 – a global pandemic outbreak and repeated lockdowns are putting more and more sectors of the economy into lockdown. The network of garages and car accessory stores developed in Poland under the Norauto brand has already been facing financial difficulties for some time. The pandemic further exacerbates these problems when vehicle traffic is decreasing. On the other hand, the household appliances sector is flourishing in the home office era, responding to the purchasing needs of people working at home. INWI, a superior company focused exclusively on land and building investment in Poland, the sole mediator, quickly identifies the situation among sectors and initiates contact with an investor completely unrelated to the automotive industry. Media Expert, a Polish family company specializing in the sale of electronic and household appliances, enters negotiations. Discussions involving INWI allow to smoothly finalize the entire transaction. Media Expert decides to take over the whole portfolio of sale and service points of NORAUTO, which accepts a beneficial offer. This way, perfectly located service points pass from the hands of the French, to a family, native brand. Parties to the transaction take into account the human factor – Media Expert takes over some of Norauto employees. One of the requirements for a successful acquisition is to obtain approval of the Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, which was received. As a result of efforts undertaken by INWI, the transaction that initially no one even considered, is finalized at the beginning of December 2020, when the preliminary contract is signed. The final contract closing the transaction is signed at the end of February 2021 In a fast-paced, rapidly changing world, INWI, acting quickly and precisely, taking up the challenge, perfectly identifies the situation and finds a solution for it. Converting the use of the property proves to be the key to success.

Acquisition of a controlling stake in Archicom by Echo Investment

Echo Investment has achieved its strategic goal of becoming a nationwide leader in the residential sector. In April 2021 the developer finalized the acquisition of a majority stake in the Wrocław-based company Archicom, thus becoming the largest residential developer in Poland as the Echo-Archicom group. After obtaining the consent of the antimonopoly office, Echo Investment concluded the agreement for purchase of a 66% stake in Wrocław-based Archicom. The Echo-Archicom group is the largest developer building apartments for sale and rent in Poland. Only in 2021 it started the construction of 7,000 units in major Polish cities. In total, the group's land bank enables the construction of over 15,000 apartments for sale in the coming years.

Acquisition of a Polish real estate portfolio from 7R by CTP Group

White & Case represented CTP Group in the acquisition of a real estate portfolio from 7R, a Polish industrial developer, with potential to develop 1.2 million sqm of gross leasable area (GLA) in logistics and industrial real estate. The portfolio consists of projects in Silesia and central and northern Poland that are in the development phase, such as in Warsaw and Katowice, as well as other sites across Poland that are still in the pre-development phase.

Acquisition of Ericsson Headquarters and the evosoft Headquarters office buildings in Budapest.

GTC complemented the existing portfolio of modern, eco-friendly office properties in the Hungarian capital with two A-class office projects, confirming the company’s dedication to operate green, quality projects on the CEE markets. Both buildings are conveniently located in the southern part of Buda on the Danube riverbank. One of the most modern office buildings in Hungary, the Ericsson Headquarters (Ericsson) comprises 21,100 sq m of A-class lettable space, including high-tech and high-end finishes and solutions contained in offices, laboratory, canteen and 500 underground parking places. This fully leased building is home to one of the Swedish company’s largest R&D centres. It was also awarded the LEED ‘Gold’ certification confirming pro-environmental solutions applied to meet various needs of the tenant. the evosoft Headquarters (Univerzum) office building is WING’s newest property development project delivered in late 2020. It brings 20,700 sq m of modern space housing research and development functions and providing employees with a sustainable 21st-century working environment. It is fully leased and LEED Gold certified.

Acquisition of Immofinanz shares by CPIPG

As a result of the purchase of IMMOFINANZ shares on May 30, 2022, CPIPG became the owner of 76.8% of the shares in that company. Following this acquisition, CPI Property Group became a European leader in the commercial real estate market. Its portfolio is now valued at €18 billion and it has significantly expanded its geographic reach. The Group has acquired strong platforms across Europe, in highly dynamic markets. In terms of office real estate, CPIPG's existing portfolio has expanded by 44 buildings. The enlarged, high-quality and well-diversified portfolio continues to be concentrated in CPIPG's leading locations in Europe – Berlin, Prague and Warsaw, where it is the segment leader. CPIPG has also gained market share in Austria (Vienna) and Hungary (Budapest). The office portfolio is worth €8,913 million. The average occupancy of all office properties in Europe is 90.9%. In terms of retail properties, CPIPG has expanded its portfolio by 112 locations in 6 countries and the Adriatic region. With the acquisition of the IMMOFINANZ shares, the Group is now the undisputed leader on the Czech market, with all types of large-format retail outlets. CPIPG has also added platforms in Central and Eastern Europe – in Poland, Romania, Slovakia, the Adriatic countries and Italy. The geographically diversified portfolio includes major regional shopping centers and retail parks. All of the retail establishments in CPIPG's portfolio fit the needs of local communities and are popular shopping destinations. They are characterized by a well-chosen, strong tenant portfolio and a stable occupancy rate of 98%. In Q1 2022, the collection rate was 98%. The value of the retail portfolio is €4,398 million.

Acquisition of Postępu 14 office building in Warsaw by CA Immo

CA Immo signed and closed the acquisition of Postepu 14, a landmark Class A office building located in the Mokotow district of Warsaw in November 2020. The purchase price was approximately € 87 m, with annual gross rental income of around € 6.5 m, reflecting a 7.5% gross initial yield. Following the sale of Zagrebtower in October 2020 for a 5% premium to book value, with this transaction, CA Immo takes another step in its core market expansion strategy and capital rotation program, setting the path for continued growth of recurring earnings while improving the underlying quality of the portfolio. Postępu 14 was completed in 2015 and is one of the most modern office buildings in the business part of Mokotów, offering almost 34,500 sqm of space for lease and 775 underground parking spaces. The building stands apart for its environment-friendly solutions, confirmed by a BREEAM Final certificate at the Excellent level, including wind power supply, complete cycling infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations, energy-efficient lifts and lighting, as well as the use of rainwater to irrigate the greenery and cool the air conditioning. The 10-storey office building, built on an H-shaped plan, also features a very large typical floor area of 4,300 sqm. In addition to friendly and efficient workspaces, the building offers a restaurant, café, canteen, grocery store, print shop and a drugstore. The Postępu 14 building provides convenient access to numerous bus and tram connections, and is only 6 minutes from Warsaw Chopin Airport and 15 minutes from the centre of Warsaw. A station for the SKM and KM commuter rail networks is also located nearby. In the vicinity of the facility there are numerous service premises, medical clinics, leisure centres, and hotels. Additionally, Galeria Mokotów, located nearby, offers a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants. The building’s tenants include companies such as AstraZeneca Pharma Poland, Samsung, Ekoenergetyka.

Acquisition of the Alchemia Neon

In 2021, DWS Group, real estate investment business acquired Alchemia NEON office building in Gdańsk for around EUR 82 million. Alchemia Neon is a 14-storey modern office building, which is part of a larger complex located at 413 Grunwaldzka St. The facility, designed by APA Wojciechowski Architekci, offers a total of 35,100 sq m of leasable space, of which 33,541 sq m is for office space and 1,559 sq m is for retail and service activities. It is multi-let to 14 tenants (incl. Google, Torus, Hapag-Lloyd). The building provides 332 parking spaces and 374 places for bicycles. There are also specially adapted elevators, changing rooms with lockers and showers for the comfort of cyclists. The building's location, in the immediate vicinity of an SKM station, a bus terminal and one of the city's main arteries, Grunwaldzka Street, allows for efficient and fast access to various parts of Tri-City. Alchemia was designed in accordance with the standards of sustainable construction and equipped with a number of pro-ecological solutions. The facility is one of the first investments in Poland to have received the LEED green building precertification at the highest Platinum level. It guarantees not only a very high comfort of use and environmental friendliness, but also low operating costs. The building uses, among others, energy-efficient lighting systems and hydro-saving sanitary equipment. The property also holds the Barrier Free Facility certificate

Acquisition of the BUMA portfolio

Acquisition of BREEAM Excellent certified portfolio of 11 buildings within 4 projects located in Kraków and Wrocław. Over 120,000 sqm is both standing and under construction assets leased to blue-chip tenants as Google, Shell, Lufthansa or Upm-Kymmene.

Acquisition of the Vale portfolio

Acquistion of 5 five logistics parks located in Lodz, Poznan, Sosnowiec, Bielsko-Biala and Rzeszow with the total area c.a 210,000m² let to 28 tenants including Hutchinson, Omega Pilzno, DAMCO and Pekaes.

EUR 140 MILLION JOINT VENTURE FORMED BY TREI AND PATRON CAPITAL

Trei Real Estate GmbH and Patron Capital have created Joint Venture in order to develop ca. 20 retail parks located across Poland under Vendo brand – which is one of the leading retail parks brand in Poland. Avison Young role here was to introduce the parties and broker JV cooperation.

EUR 160 Million Portfolio Sale of Five Logistics Parks in Poland

Panattoni, Europe’s largest developer and deployer of institutional capital in the industrial and logistics real estate sector, has completed the EUR 160 million sale of a portfolio of five fully-let logistics parks in Poland covering a total of 230,000 sqm GLA, to a North American real estate investment manager buyer. Three of the logistics parks are located in Warsaw; one close to the city’s airport and two in the west of the Polish capital. A fourth is situated in Poznan East, strategically located between Warsaw and Berlin on the A2 highway, and another near the city of Radom in central Poland, 100 kms to the south of Warsaw. The total value of completed warehouse investment transactions in Poland in the first quarter of 2022 stood at EUR 1.7 billion, according to research from agent CBRE. While lower than the previous three-month period, this was the third-highest start to a year since 2016. Although the war in neighbouring Ukraine and rising inflation have unsettled investors, demand from occupiers remains robust and the dip in deal volumes since the end of last year, was more the result of the lack of appropriate product than a waning interest in industrial and logistics assets. CBRE also predicted that the average Polish industrial and logistics transaction yield of 4.35% at the end of the first quarter would remain stable in coming months, buoyed by the market’s resilient underlying fundamentals.

Purchase of Warsaw Green Logistics portfolio in Warsaw by Peakside and Partners Group

A joint venture (“JV”) between Partners Group, a leading global private markets firm and investment manager Peakside Capital Advisors AG with a group of additional third-party co-investors has acquired a portfolio of warehouse properties. The portfolio is located in and around Warsaw and will represent approx. 150,000 sq.m. of modern logistics space once repositioned. The JV is planning to refurbish and redevelop the properties to create high-quality, efficient logistics and warehouse space with robust ESG credentials. The facilities are ideally located to serve the needs of occupiers from the e-commerce sector, which is underpinned by strong structural tailwinds. The assets will be rebranded and include: - City Point Targówek, a logistics park at 14 Matuszewska Street in the Warsaw district of Targówek - Logistics Point Raszyn, a logistics park at 10 Sokołowska Street in Raszyn - Logistics Point Piaseczno, a facility at 13 Raszyńska Street in Piaseczno All new facilities are to receive BREEAM excellent certifications. The City Point Targówek is located only 9 km from Warsaw’s city center, making it a destination of choice for parcel service providers and other occupiers seeking urban logistics space. It will feature small business units, space to accommodate light production, built-to-suit facilities and modern office space. The park will be re-developed over several stages to offer 90,000 sq.m. of space upon completion. Works to refurbish the existing buildings at Logistics Point Piaseczno and Logistics Point Raszyn are slated for a later date. Logistics Point Raszyn offers two warehouses with a combined GLA of 31,000 sq.m. It is conveniently located near an exit of the S8 expressway, just 15 km south-west of Warsaw city centre. Logistics Point Piaseczno will be expanded to provide 25,000 sq.m. of GLA in two facilities. The park is located close to national road 79 and the Nowa Iwiczna railway station, only 16 km south from the capital’s center.

Sale of Galeria Malta Shopping Centre in Poznan

Sale of Galeria Malta Shopping Centre in Poznan (54 000 GLA), one of the largest shopping and entertainment centre in Poznan, to an International Financial Fund– the largest single shopping centre transaction in retail originated and completed in 2021. Galeria Malta is one of the largest shopping and entertainment center in Poznań. 54,000 sqm of retail space contains stores and service outlets of many sectors, including popular and demanded fashion brands as TK Maxx, H&M, New Yorker. The main offer of the Gallery is dominated by local and global brands from the mid-mass market. The gallery is distinguished by its location in the immediate vicinity of the recreational areas of Malta, a restaurant zone with a view of the Maltańskie Lake and a wide range of sport and entertainment activities.

Sale of the 70% share of Towarowa 22 by EPP

The transaction relates to the sale by EPP of 70% of the shares of Towarowa 22 to AFI Europe. It’s historically one of the largest land transactions in Poland in terms of value, with the total plot value exceeding EUR 180m. In the transaction Griffin Capital Partners has acted as a transaction manager and advised EPP. Towarowa 22 - located in the heart of Wola, a dynamically developing district of Warsaw - is an investment plot with an area of 6.5 ha. In the past, the plot was a location of a Dom Słowa Polskiego printing house and most recently, a shopping centre Jupiter. The area is now intended for a balanced office and residential mixed-use development, with city park encircling a modernist pavilion as the central point of the future investment. The current JV partners, AFI Europe and Echo Investment will jointly participate in the development of the office and PRS parts of the complex (respectively holding 70% and 30% of shares). Echo Investment is the sole owner of the residential part, where ca. 1000 apartments will be offered. Echo Investment will act as a developer of the whole project. The investment shall offer more than 200 thousand sqm GLA, out of which approx. 50% with office function and 50% of residential spaces (PRS and residential for sale). It shall be a landmark, city-shaping destination project, with an aim to repeat the success of internationally recognized Warsaw Brewery mixed-use investment.

Sale of the Generation Park Y

Generation Park Y is a 38-storey building (140 meters) crowning of Skanska’s largest office development project in Warsaw situated at Rondo Daszyńskiego (Wola District), with a total leasable area of around 88,000 square meters. It is not only Skanska’s first skyscraper in CEE but also a great example of the company’s commitment to ESG. The tower has a leasable area of 47,600 square meters, and 100% of its office space is leased for ten years to leading Polish insurance company PZU for its headquarters. Generation Park Y, which was completed in the first quarter of 2021, was designed and built according to ESG principles in line with environmental and social aspects. It has already received recognitions to prove this in the form of: the LEED Core & Shell Platinum certificate, WELL Health & Safety Rating, WELL Gold Core & Shell. Generation Park Y is also applying for and Building without Barriers certification. Generation Park Y is a landmark scheme with prestigious certificates in Warsaw and one of the best examples of the Swedish developer’s sustainable approach to designing and constructing office buildings. Thanks to innovative solutions such as green concrete, energy-efficient devices, and gray and rain-water recovery system, Generation Park Y entails using low consumption of resources. The building uses 100% renewable energy. A quarter of the materials used to build Generation Park Y contain recycled components. Apart from sustainable solutions, the Generation Park Y project stands out for its double-height sky-offices, a 15-meter-high green wall with more than 6,000 plants installed in the lobby, and a terrace on the highest level which offers a fantastic view of Warsaw.

Sale of the Nexus portfolio

European Logistics Investment (ELI), one of Griffin’s investment platforms, has sold the Nexus portfolio of logistics facilities located in Poland totaling 211,803 sqm. This was one of the largest transactions by volume and value completed in the Polish warehouse market in 2021. The portfolio comprises a total of eight buildings across six, Grade A warehouse complexes. This includes Panattoni Park Warsaw Airport I, Panattoni Park Sosnowiec II, Panattoni Park Bydgoszcz II, Łódź Business Centre II, Panattoni Park Poznań V and Panattoni Park Kraków II. All eight properties were developed between 2015 and 2017 by Panattoni in a joint venture with Och-Ziff. At the time of sale, the portfolio is 94% let to a well-balanced mix of tenants.

Sale of The Warsaw HUB complex by Ghelamco Poland to Google

The Warsaw HUB is a multifunctional skyscraper complex in the most dynamically developing part of Warsaw at Daszyńskiego Roundabout. The Warsaw HUB is truly futuristic building. As the most technologically advanced complex in Poland it introduced innovations never used before in any office building. It achieved success despite being opened at the beginning of the pandemic. Now it is almost fully leased. A group of prestigious tenants include renowned international companies such as: Google, Cushman & Wakefield, Oracle, Huuuge Games, Standard Chartered and many more. The modern architecture of the building is the work of the renowned AMC studio of Andrzej Chołdzyński. Complex is fully integrated with the city’s main communication hub plus has a unique direct underground connection to the subway. The Warsaw HUB is the first building in Poland to receive WELL Health-Safety Rating, it also is BREEAM certified on the Excellent level and boast “Object without the Barriers” title.

Sky Tower

Develia, Polish real estate property development group executing commercial and residential investment projects in major cities in Poland, has disposed all of its shares (79.55%) in Sky Tower project. The purchaser is Adventum Group, a group of boutique investment fund management companies focused on Central European real estate investments. The price of the transaction was established at the level of EUR 84.27 million. Sky Tower is the highest building in Wroclaw and one of the highest in Poland. It is a multifunctional complex comprising office, retail and residential functions. The property, erected in 2012 by DEVELIA (formerly LC Corp), is located in the heart of the city with superb public and private transport accessibility. It offers office space of almost 30,000 square metres GLA and retail and entertainment space of almost 24,000 square metres GLA. There are 1,062 parking places available.

The acquisition of a A2 Warsaw Park

The A2 Warsaw Park is located in Adamów, near the Grodzisk Mazowiecki junction of the A2 highway, 35 km from downtown Warsaw. The property is among the most recognizable logistics units in the country, fronting the A2 motorway and featuring very good visibility and access. Half an hour drive to downtown Warsaw and the location next to a key transport corridor make it a sought-after destination for logistics operations for both the Warsaw and national markets. Completed in 2020, the unit is one of the largest multi-let warehouse buildings in the country, offering over 106,000 m2 of flexible and modern warehouse and office space under one roof. A2 Warsaw Park has been designed for both storage and light production use, and meets the most modern technical requirements. The building has been awarded a BREEAM certificate on the Good level and is fully leased on long-term contracts. The property was purchased from Invesco Real Estate on behalf of Savills IM European Logistics Fund 3 (ELF3).

The sale of Serbian portfolio to Indotek Group

The year 2021 for GTC was marked with a landmark sale of a standing office portfolio in Belgrade, including such properties as Green Heart, FortyOne, Belgrade Business Center, 19 Avenue and GTC House. In total, the whole portfolio sold to Hungarian investor Indotek comprises 122,175 sq m GLA. All the buildings were accredited with sustainability certificates. The transaction was worth 267.6 mln euro, 2 mln euro above the book value. The deal was closed in January 2022, being one of the largest real estate transactions on the CEE market in the last 5 years. With that, GTC became one of the first companies to complete the development circle in Serbia – from land acquisition and construction, through years of enjoying the high rent levels and free cash flow, to the exit on respectable terms. This transaction re-balanced the company’s portfolio towards higher rated countries including Poland and Hungary, while the buyer, Indotek Group, entered the Serbian market with a strong portfolio.

Jury

Adrian Biesaga
Board Member
LCube
Agata Gola
Head of Property Finance
PKO Bank Polski S.A.
Agata Sekuła
Chief Divestment & Investment Officer
EPP Sp. z o.o.
Aleksandra Bis
Head of Asset Management Poland
Palmira Capital Partners
Alexander Morari
Managing Partner
PropertyTalents
Anna Duchnowska
Managing Director
Invesco Real Estate
Anna Kicińska
Anna Kicińska Partner, Real Estate Advisory Group Leader, EY-Parthenon
Ernst & Young spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością Corporate Finance sp. k.
Anna Łoś
Director Client Services at Vistra Poland/Member of Revision Committee at Polish Council of Shopping Centres (Polska Rada Centrów Handlowych)
Vistra Poland
Anna Wyrzykowska
partner, advocate
WKB Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr Sp.k.
Antonio Pomes
Head of Asset Management
Golden Star Estate
Bartłomiej Kordeczka
Partner, Deputy Head of Real Estate in Poland
Dentons (Dentons Europe Dąbrowski i Wspólnicy Sp.k. )
Bartłomiej Krzyżak
Senior Director, Investment
Avison Young
Daniel Kopania
Partner
Clifford Chance
Daniel Puchalski
Managing Partner
immolab
Dominik Stojek
Partner, Real Estate Advisory
Deloitte Audyt sp. z o.o. sp.k.
Georg Blaschke
Head of Real Estate Finance CEE & Benelux
Helaba
HUBERT MAŃTURZYK
GENERAL MANAGER POLAND
AAREAL BANK AG
IZABELA POTRYKUS - CZACHOWICZ
LEASING DIRECOR
PHN
Jacek Korwin-Małaszyńśki
Board Member
APP-Projekt S.A.
Jacek Kostrzewski
Managing Director
Gleeds Polska
Jakub Jarczewski
Head of PR
METRO PROPERTIES
James Turner
Group Managing Director
Sierra Balmain
Jason Drennan
Head of Investments - Poland
Heimstaden
Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch
Managing Partner
Greenberg Traurig
Justyna Bauta-Szostak
Partner | Tax adviser | Attorney at Law I Head of Real Estate Practice in MDDP
MDDP
Justyna Kędzierska-Klukowska
Head of Berlin Hyp Warsaw Office
Berlin Hyp AG Przedstawicielstwo w Polsce
Katarzyna Dębińska-Pietrzyk
Head of Real Estate
Hogan Lovells (Warszawa) LLP Oddział w Polsce
KINGA BARCHON
Partner
PWC
Krzysztof Kałuża
Partner, Managing Director
Portico Project Management
Łukasz Ciesielski
Managing Director at STRABAG Real Estate Poland
STRABAG Real Estate
Maciej Kamiński
Head of Property & Facility Management
Globalworth
Maciej Runkiewicz
President
Kajima Poland Sp. z o.o.
Magdalena Frątczak
Senior Director
CBRE Sp.z o.o.
Małgorzata Dankowska
Partner
TPA Poland
Mirek Bednarek
Regional Business Director Poland
Matexi Polska
Niall O'Higgins
President
CREAM
Paweł Sztejter
Head of Residential
JLL Poland
Paweł Sapek
SVP, Regional Head Prologis CE
Prologis
Paweł Toński
Managing Partner, Head of the Real Estate Team
CRIDO
Piotr Fedorowicz
partner
Rymarz Zdort
PIOTR KASZYŃSKI
MANAGING PARTNER
NEWMARK POLSKA
Renata Osiecka
Managing Partner
AXI IMMO GROUP
Soren Rodian Olsen
Managing Director, Logicenters
NREP Poland Sp. z o.o.
Tal Roma
COO
AFI Europe Czech Republic
Tomasz Buras
CEO, Head of Investment
Savills Poland
Wolfgang Molnar
Executive Director
Erste Group Bank AG

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