Wanda Accelerates Timetable For Edificio España Sale

29 June 2016 – Expansión

Wanda wants to get its homework done before it goes on holiday and so has decided to accelerate the sales process for Edificio España. Following a recent visit to Spain by representatives of the Chinese group, Wanda has called on the interested parties to submit binding offers for the iconic Madrilenian property. Candidates have until tomorrow to present their final proposals.

The business conglomerate led by Wang Jianlin, which acquired Edificio España from Banco Santander in June 2014 for €265 million, engaged the real estate consultancy firm JLL to manage the sale of the property a year and a half after its acquisition. The possible buyers include the Chinese group Fosun, the Philippine group Emperador, the Hong-Kong based firm Platinum Estates and the Spanish RE manager Domo. Sources at JLL declined to make any comments about the process.

During their stay in Spain, the representatives of the Chinese group met with some of the candidates and revealed certain information about the property, located in Madrid’s Plaza de España, as well as about the company Renville Invest, which is the immediate owner of the building.

In addition, although the positions adopted by the Town Hall and Wanda, regarding the approach to the renovation of the property, seem irreconcilable, the Chinese group is still in contact with Manuela Carmena’s urban planning team, according to sources at the Town Hall. Specifically, the councillor responsible for the Sustainable Urban Development department, José Manuel Calvo, met with Wanda’s representatives on 14 June to discuss the project for remodelling Edificio España.

The main obstacle in the negotiations between the municipal team and the Wanda group lies in the Town Hall’s demand to preserve the façade of the property, as required by law, a position opposed by Wanda, which had been hoping to demolish the building and reconstruct it.

Original story: Expansión (by R. Arroyo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

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