14 October 2016 – Expansión
The German fund Freo, which opened offices in Madrid and Barcelona at the end of last year with the aim of investing in the Spanish market, has completed its first purchase. The private equity manager has acquired an office building on Avenida de Manoteras in Madrid for €15 million. The property, known as Edificio Orion, used to be owned by the German fund manager Triuva, formerly known as IVG Institutional Funds.
The asset, constructed in 2001, is located at number 26 on the Madrilenian street and has a surface area of 7,300 sqm. According to sources in the real estate sector, the offices are fully occupied and currently house twelve tenants in total, including Whisbi Technologies, Sacyr, TPI Edita, Tento and several companies from the ACS Group. The operation will generate a return of 6% for the buyer.
Freo is a private equity fund manager that also has its own investment vehicle. It was founded in Frankfurt (Germany) twenty years ago and has offices in all of Europe’s major cities.
Last year, Freo hired Daniel Mayans, former Director at GE Capital Real Estate in Spain, as the CEO of its Spanish subsidiary. It also appointed Óscar de Navas, who also came from the US multinational, as the Vice-President of Investment at Freo for the Spanish market. The firm’s purpose is to look for buildings such as Orion to add value to them, in terms of investment by renovating the offices, as well as in terms of returns by making improvements to the rental contracts.
That is the goal of the most international funds, which, given the shortage of assets in the most central areas of Madrid and Barcelona and the strong pressure to buy, are acquiring assets in more peripheral areas of Spain’s largest cities. Other funds that have recently made purchases on the Manoteras thoroughfare include: IBA Capital Partners, Axa Real Estate, Lone Star and Blackstone, as well as the Socimis Trajano Iberia and Merlin Properties.
The seller of the property in this case, the company formerly known as IVG Institutional Funds, which has been called Triuva since 2015, is the largest institutional real estate fund manager in Germany, with 45 funds in total. The subsidiary in Spain and Portugal manages assets worth €300 million, which have a combined surface area of 78,000 sqm.
Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)
Translation: Carmel Drake