Riu Negotiates Sale of Retail Space in Edificio España to Corpfin

22 August 2018 – Eje Prime

Riu is taking action and, after falling out with Baraka, it now has a potential buyer for the retail space in Edificio España. The hotel chain is finalising the sale of this space in the property, which spans a surface area of 15,000 m2, to the Spanish Socimi Corpfin Capital.

On Tuesday, the Baraka Group announced that it is going to file a lawsuit against Riu for the hotel chain’s refusal to recognise in the deed the 15,000 m2 of retail space that had been promised to the company Baraka Renta following the sale of the building last year. Moreover, the real estate company has demanded that the renovation work on the building, which began in the autumn of 2017, be suspended.

Following the breakdown of the agreement, Riu is now finalising the sale to Corpfin, which, in the event that it goes ahead, will acquire an asset that will be worth €200 million once the renovation of the property has been completed, according to Expansión.

Corpfin Capital has been extremely active in recent months. Just a few weeks ago, the Socimi led by Ana Granado purchased two prime stores from El Corte Inglés in Madrid and Bilbao for €100 million, as reported by Eje Prime. Moreover, in the logistics sector, the company invested €8 million in the acquisition of an asset from Makro.

On the divestment side, in July, Corpfin completed the sale to the fund Swiss Life of thirteen retail premises for €83 million. That operation was carried out through the two Socimis that the company has listed on the Alternative Investment Market (MAB): Corpfin Capital Prime Retail II Socimi (Ccpr II) and Corpfin Capital Prime Retail III Socimi (Ccpr III).

Original story: Eje Prime 

Translation: Carmel Drake

Corpfin Appoints Ana Granado as New CEO

27 February 2018 – Eje Prime

Corpfin Capital Real Estate has opted for an expert in corporate finance to lead the three investment vehicles that it has in place. The Spanish Socimi has hired Ana Granado (pictured below) as the new CEO of the company.

Granado previously held positions of responsibility at Aguirre Newman and Deloitte. At the real estate company, the director led the corporate finance team for six years and at the consultancy firm, she served for five years as a director of financial advisory in the real estate sector. Moreover, the executive previously worked as an analyst at Santander Investment in the corporate finance department.

Granado is a RICS member and holds a degree in Business Administration and Management, as well as a Masters in Management Skills, both from the Universidad Comercial de Deusto. Moreover, she has completed the Advanced Program in Corporate Finance at the IE Business School.

Corpfin finished 2017 by making new asset purchases for its portfolio. In December, through its vehicles Corpfin Capital Prime Retail II Socimi and Corpfin Capital Prime Retail III Socimi, it acquired two commercial premises, located in Madrid and Vitoria, as reported by Eje Prime. The company is going to invest in up to fifteen more assets and thus plans to spend €100 million between the two vehicles.

Moreover, the company also operates in the real estate business with its vehicle CCPR Retail Parks. That fund targets retail products, primarily medium-sized spaces, with a high management component. According to the group, for that fund, the estimated diversified investment will involve between 12 and 14 operations with an average investment volume of €3 million for each operation, including land, capex, acquisition and marketing costs. Until now, the fund has committed half of its planned investment.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake