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Our real estate team is specialized in a wide range of issues concerning real estate, from commercial property (offices, retail and logistics), hospitality to residential investments, as well as niche areas such as student accommodation, and we can provide you with all the necessary assistance needed to develop your investment.

We work with the largest Polish and international investment funds, private equity funds and REITs, and companies from the construction and development industries, as well as many other sectors of the economy, operating both in Poland and abroad.

Our real estate practice is consistently ranked as a leading practice in Poland and has acted for either buyer or seller on 14% of the total value of commercial real estate transactions in the last 5 years.

Services

  • Comprehensive advice on the acquisition and disposal of real estate projects in both share deal and asset deal formulas.
  • Planning multi-stage tax and legal structures for real estate transactions, including financing and insurance.
  • Analysing the legal status of real estate (due diligence).
  • Providing support in the negotiation and conclusion of real estate agreements (lease, tenancy, leasing of office, warehousing or retail premises, commercial, industrial and hotel properties).
  • Assisting in obtaining all administrative decisions for the development of the investment, particularly, decisions on the conditions of development and land use, building permits, monument conservation permits, decisions on environmental conditions, road operator’s permits and occupancy permits.

Experience

Redefine Properties LTD

With its seat in RPA, listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, regarding the acquisition of a portfolio of 18 commercial properties (offices and retail shopping centres) in Poland in the amount of EUR 1.18 billion, regarded as the largest ever commercial real estate transaction on the Polish market.

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Auchan Group

The French international retail group, on the acquisition of 91 hypermarkets in Poland, Russia, Romania and Ukraine, and 13 shopping centres in Russia and Romania from the company Metro AG (value of the transaction estimated at EUR 1.1 billion). Aerium Properties / Bainbridge Group, advising the private equity fund on the purchase of a shopping centre portfolio in Poland and the subsequent return lease of Carrefour hypermarkets operating within the shopping centres with a value of over EUR 1.5 billion.

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mBank S.A.

Advising the fourth largest bank in Poland, part of the larger Commerzbank group, on its lease of office space at the Warsaw complex deve-loped by Golub GetHouse and Mennica Polska S.A.. The agreement is the second largest ever lease transaction on the Polish market and comprised consolidating a number of the Bank’s functions into one office.

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Echo Polska Properties N.V. (EPP)

Advising on numerous transactions including the acquisition of seven office buildings (O3 Business Campus in Cracow (Phase I, II and III), Tryton Business House in Gdańsk, A4 Business Park in Katowice (Phase III) and Symetris Business Park in Łódź (Phases I and II) for a value of EUR 264 million. Also advising on the acquisition of Galeria Młociny shopping centre for an acquisition value of EUR 115 million and total project budget of approx. EUR 330 million. Advising on the acquisition of a real property at ul. Towarowa 22 (formerly known as Jupiter Centrum), in Warsaw for a value of EUR 120 million.

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Aerium Properties / Bainbridge Group

Advising the private equity fund on the purchase of a shopping centre portfolio in Poland and the subsequent return lease of Carrefour hypermarkets operating within the shopping centres with a value of over EUR 1.5 billion.

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Skanska Group

Advising on the acquisition from the Boryszew Group S.A. of real property located in the centre of Warsaw for the purposes of a high-tech office development. The net value of the transaction amounted to approx. PLN 96 million – one of the largest land investments in Poland.

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Skanska Residential Development Poland

Advising on various transactions including on the acquisition of a real property located at Abramowskiego Street in Warsaw for a purpose of developing a residential project Holm House. Advising on the acquisition of 100% shares in Imopol Pasternik spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością seated in Kraków. Advising on the acquisition of a real property located at Batystowa Street in Warsaw for residential purposes. Value of the transaction: approx. PLN 40 million.

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BSR Europe (BSR Group)

Advising a group of companies specializing in real estate development, project management and engineering on the acquisition and commercialization of Bratislava Business Centres for over 180 million PLN.

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Echo Investment

Advising one of the largest Polish real estate developers/funds on the acquisition of a large property in Kraków, consisting of plenty of plots, as well as representing the company before administrative body in order to obtain final building permit for a giant residential investment on the acquired real estate.

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CTL Maczki-Bór S.A. (part of CTL Logistics Group)

Advising CTL Maczki-Bór, part of the CTL Logistics Group) on the sale of 21.5 ha of land in Sosnowiec to the Panattoni Group which would be used to construct a logistics center for Amazon.

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Team

Our firm consists of nearly 80 people, including lawyers, tax experts and support staff specialising in a range of key practice areas and industry sectors, and located in three offices in Poland.

Rafał Zięba

Senior Partner Warsaw

Paweł Gunia

Partner Krakow

Aleksandra Polak

Partner Warsaw

Roman Iwański

Partner Warsaw

Maciej Schmidt

Counsel Krakow

Agnieszka Wojciechowska

Counsel Warsaw

Anna Grochowska – Wasilewska

Senior Associate Warsaw

Aleksandra Karteczka – Gurgul

Senior Associate Krakow

Piotr Leonarski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Marcin Malinowski

Senior Associate Warsaw

Natalia Leszko

Associate Warsaw

Paulina Milewska

Senior Associate Katowice

Kacper Oleksy

Associate Warsaw

Teresa Pilecka

Senior Associate Warsaw

Aleksandra Bartoszewicz

Junior Associate Warsaw

Dominika Guzek

Junior Associate Krakow

Tomasz Michalczyk

Junior Associate Krakow

Jacek Mizgier

Associate Warsaw

Jakub Przybyliński

Junior Associate Warsaw

Jagoda Michalska

Paralegal Warsaw

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