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Deals May 2024

Kinstellar advises S IMMO AG on its acquisition of a EUR 463 million property portfolio in the Czech Republic

Kinstellar has successfully advised S IMMO AG, a real estate investment company, on the successful acquisition of a property portfolio in the Czech Republic from CPI Property Group. The portfolio consists of two office buildings, two shopping centres, a mixed-use property and a single-tenant retail building. The property value of the transaction is EUR 463 million with an annual rental income value of around EUR 28.3 million. We're delighted to have supported S IMMO AG in their strategic acquisition, enhancing their footprint in the Czech real estate market. We believe our expertise played a role in the successful outcome of this transaction, showcasing our team’s ability to efficiently handle major real estate deals.Klára

Deals April 2024

Kinstellar advises the hospitality division of the House of Julius Meinl group on the purchase of the historic Hotel Ambasador in central Bucharest

Kinstellar is delighted to announce it has advised the hospitality division of the House of Julius Meinl on the completion of the purchase of the Hotel Ambasador, one of the most famous hotels in Bucharest. Operating continuously since 1937, it is an iconic landmark in the city. The transaction structure was complicated, as it involved different, numerous sets of owners and involving both share and asset transaction aspects. It took several months to negotiate and close. Julius Meinl intends to invest tens of millions of EUR to refurbish the hotel and bring it to the standards of its “The Julius” brand operating elsewhere. Kinstellar advised on all aspects of the matter, including real estate due diligence

Deals April 2024

Kinstellar advises Wizz Air on the lease of its headquarters in Hungary

Kinstellar has successfully advised Wizz Air in connection with the preparation and negotiation of a lease agreement for its new office headquarters in Millennium Tower, Budapest. The deal is one of the largest transactions of its kind on the Hungarian real estate market recently. Our team advised on various legal aspects throughout the transaction, the subject of which is the lease of more than 8,000 sqm in a Class A office building in Budapest. Kinstellar’s team was led by Partner Annamária Csenterics (Co-Head of the Hungarian Corporate/M&A service line) and Of Counsel Mónika Frank (Co-Head of the Hungarian Real Estate service line) and supported by Associate Judit Sós.

Deals March 2024

Kinstellar advises S IMMO AG on the sale of Zagrebtower

Kinstellar has successfully advised S IMMO AG on the sale of Zagrebtower office building to the OTP Group. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter of 2024, subject to the necessary regulatory approvals. Kinstellar advised S IMMO AG throughout the process including on structuring of the transaction, due diligence, and transaction negotiations. Located in the heart of the Croatian capital, the class A office building encompasses a total net area of almost 26,000 m² and has a BREEAM International In-Use Excellent certificate. Zagrebtower consists of a 22-storey, 79 metre office tower with a connected nine-storey low-rise building. The tenants include the Croatian Ministry of Economy and

Deals March 2024

Kinstellar advises IMMOFINANZ on the sale of Grand Center Zagreb

Kinstellar has successfully advised IMMOFINANZ on the sale of the Grand Center Zagreb office building to a Croatian real estate investment company. Kinstellar advised IMMOFINANZ throughout the process including on structuring of the sale process, structuring of the transaction, due diligence, and transaction negotiations. Located in the heart of the Croatian capital, Grand Center Zagreb stands as a modern, high-quality office building with a distinctive architectural design. With approximately 16,000 sqm of exclusive office space, the property also provides tenants with access to local amenities, including a variety of bars and restaurants. Kinstellar’s team was led by Andrijana Kaštelan, Counsel, and

News March 2024

Kinstellar announces new promotions to Counsel

February 2024 – Kinstellar is delighted to announce the promotions to Counsel of: Yerlan Akhmetov, Kuanysh Shekerbekov (Almaty, Kazakhstan), Cătălin Dinu, Cătălin Graure (Bucharest, Romania), Barnabás Sági (Budapest, Hungary), Yulia Eismont, Maksym Tesliar (Kyiv, Ukraine), Michal Forýtek (Prague, Czech Republic),  Andrijana Kaštelan, Vedran Kopilović, Marija Vuchetich (Zagreb, Croatia). ALMATY Yerlan Akhmetov focuses on banking and finance, M&A and capital markets matters. Having been with the Firm for nine years, Yerlan has earned a reputation for cultivating strong client relationships, demonstrating leadership qualities and making significant contributions to our firm's success. He has played a key role

Deals January 2024

Kinstellar advises Evelixon Trading in two transactions in the Serbian wind power sector

Kinstellar advised Evelixon Trading Limited on the acquisition of a 100% share in the project company Grand Wind Park from Windvision Serbia Holding. The project, known as the WN NBT WIND 1 wind farm, is currently in the early stages of development. Located in the city of Pančevo, the farm is planned to have an installed power capacity of 120 MW. Evelixon Trading Limited has a few projects in their portfolio in Serbia in the early stages of development or nearing "ready-to-build" status. Kinstellar’s team provided comprehensive legal advice throughout the transaction – performing a legal due diligence, drafting the transaction documents - including the SPA, and assisting with the signing and closing processes.

Insights January 2024

New legislation in the real estate sector in Hungary

With the adoption in 2023 of Act C on Hungarian Architecture (the "New Legislation"), Hungary’s parliament amended several laws affecting the real estate sector, some of which entered into force on 30 December 2023. At the same time, the New Legislation repeals certain laws, or provisions thereof, including Act LIII on the Acceleration and Simplification of the Implementation of Investments of Special Importance to the National Economy (2006) (the “Previous Legislation”). Among the new changes, special attention should be given to the rules on prioritised investment projects. Below we provide a brief overview of several important provisions. A construction works project and administrative matters relating

Insights January 2024

Attention, Real Estate Developers and Energy Professionals in Hungary! The legal framework of the world behind the meter has arrived!

As of 1 January 2024, material amendments to several Hungarian energy laws have come into effect, including, among others, the Hungarian Electricity Act (Act LXXXVI of 2007), which has been significantly changed. These changes materially affect decentralised (local) power generation, which has been a focus of the real estate industry in recent times. Below we provide an overview of the main changes in Hungary that may facilitate local power generation, storage, and procurement from electricity sources other than power traders. The long-awaited change to the concept of a private power distribution line (in Hungarian: magánvezeték), based on the EU’s definition of a “closed distribution system,” ensures the appropriate

Deals December 2023

Kinstellar advises S IMMO AG on the sale of Eurocenter office building in Zagreb, Croatia

Kinstellar has successfully advised S IMMO AG, a real estate investment company, on the sale of Eurocenter, one of its office buildings in Zagreb, to Atlantic Grupa d.d.  The transaction, which was carried out by way of a share deal, has an asset value of EUR 26.5 million. Eurocenter has been part of S IMMO AG’s commercial property portfolio since 2008. The centrally located, six-storey modern building features around 9,000 sqm and counts IBM, Atlantic Grupa, EBRD, and the Polish, Irish and Finnish embassies among its tenants. The Kinstellar team was led by Andrijana Kaštelan, Managing Associate, and included Duško Žurić, Partner, Senior Associates Tena Pajalić and Matea Sekur, as well as Kristina Marinov

Deals November 2023

Kinstellar advises S IMMO AG on its acquisition of EUR 481 million property portfolio in the Czech Republic

Kinstellar has successfully advised S IMMO AG, a real estate investment company, on acquiring a property portfolio in the Czech Republic from CPI Property Group. The property portfolio comprises 11 office and retail properties, as well as development land. The transaction's property value is EUR 481 million, with an annual rental income of approximately EUR 29 million. Klára Štěpánková, Partner and the Co-head of the firm-wide Real Estate sector and Real Estate, Construction & Planning services added: We are thrilled to have advised S IMMO AG on this large and complex portfolio transaction and assist them in further expansion in the Czech Republic. The Kinstellar team was led by Klára Štěpánková

News November 2023

New senior hires boost Kinstellar Bucharest’s already market-leading real estate practice

Kinstellar is delighted to announce further hires: the additions of Corina Stanciu (Senior Associate) and Cristiana Mic-Soare (Special Counsel) to the Bucharest office’s real estate service line, thus even further strengthening the firm’s market-leading expertise in real estate and related sectors. Corina Stanciu joined the team as a Senior Associate. She has years of experience: she has assisted real estate investors and developers on real estate transactions, project development and construction permitting, covering the full range of business sectors: commercial / retail, office, industrial, logistics, residential, agriculture, renewable energy. She advised on day-to-day real estate, construction, regulatory