Clifford Chance has advised CPI Property Group on its acquisition of Futurum Hradec Králové shopping centre, from Meyer Bergman, a privately held real estate investment management firm.
CPI Property Group (CPI) is a Luxembourg-based real estate group concentrating on long-term investments predominantly in Central Europe and Germany, whose shares are partly traded on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. CPI is one of the largest owners of retail properties in the region, with more than twenty shopping centres located in the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Romania. These properties play a significant role in the balance sheet of the Group, which has an asset value of approximately €7.5 billion.
The shopping centre Futurum Hradec Králové was opened in 2000 and offers visitors 110 stores anchored by a Tesco hypermarket over a total floor area of 35,000m2. Reconstructed and modernized in 2011-2012 the mall also houses a multiplex cinema.
The acquisition highlights the continuing flow of Czech capital into commercial real estate. Since the beginning of this year, the ownership of at least eight office and business centres has changed hands, with the buyers, with only one exception, being from the Czech Republic.
The Clifford Chance team advising on the transaction was led by real estate partner Emil Holub, with senior associate Aneta Sosnovcová as executive lawyer. The team further comprised of junior associates Klára Hrdličková and Matěj Kučera.