Habitat Acquires Plot of Land in Badalona from Emesa for €5 Million

4 September 2019

Emesa, a real estate firm owned by the Barcelona-based attorney Emilio Cuatrecasas, sold a plot of land in Badalona (Barcelona) to the real estate developer Habitat for about five million euros.

The deal will add a total of 2,300 m2 of surface area and 3,000 m2 of buildable area in the neighbourhood of El Gorg, in Badalona, to Habitat’s portfolio. The company is planning to build forty homes on the land, investing more than thirteen million euros.

The acquisition is part of the company’s strategic plan, where it is currently undertaking more than 43 developments with a total of 3,800 homes.

Original Story: Idealista – Custodio Pareja

Adaptation/Translation: Richard D. K. Turner

 

Emesa Sells a 32,000 m2 Warehouse to Blackstone for €18M

17 June 2019 – Eje Prime

Emesa has completed the sale of a logistics warehouse spanning 32,000 m2 located in Valls (Tarragona) to the US fund Blackstone for €18 million, as part of its mission to divest its non-strategic assets.

The warehouse does not currently have a tenant and will have to be renovated before being put up for rent.  

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation/Summary: Carmel Drake

Emesa to Increase Asset Rotation & Invest Beyond Barcelona

9 December 2018 – Eje Prime

Emesa is having a change of heart in the real estate sector. The business corporation, which has just created a Board of Directors to govern the company, is changing its mentality for investing in the real estate market, by reducing its portfolio part and committing to a higher rotation of assets.

The objective of this change is to look for higher returns in the real estate business. Moreover, the company, specialising in the office market in Barcelona, does not rule out diversifying its investment into other types of assets or its expansion into other cities in the country, such as Madrid and Valencia, according to Expansión.

In 2017, Emesa disbursed €38.5 million in the purchase of land for new developments in Barcelona. In the office segment alone, the company incorporated 52,000 m2 of space to the portfolio of properties that it already owned in the Catalan capital. In this sense, last year, the corporation purchased a building at number 632 Avenida Diagonal.

The next most important projects for Emesa are located in Finestrelles and El Empordà, with a combined investment of approximately €105 million. In the first of those areas, the company is going to develop an important office project, whilst in the second, it is going to develop Empordà Golf Club, a complex that it acquired from Habitat last May for €20 million.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Zurich Buys an Office Building in Plaza Cataluña from Sum Capital Spain

25 October 2018 – Eje Prime

The Zurich Group has assured itself of a space in the heart of Barcelona. The Swiss group has purchased an office building in Plaza Cataluña from Sum Capital Spain, the property developer behind OneCowork, a chain of co-working offices that will remain as the tenant of the property, according to explanations provided to Eje Prime by sources close to the operation, whose consideration has not been revealed.

The asset, located at number 9 Calle Estruc, between Plaza Cataluña and Portal de l’Àngel, has a surface area of 1,648 m2. The property is distributed over five storeys with a terrace (and an average surface area of 250 m2 per floor). It will be completely occupied by the coworking chain created by Uri Nachoom, the sole administrator of Sum Capital Spain.

Nachoom is a familiar face in the Catalan capital’s real estate sector as the former co-owner of the Salamanca Group holding company, the firm that relaunched the Marina Port Vell marina and which guided the growth of OneCowork, a company that is going to invest €150 million in the opening of forty centres all over Europe by 2023.

Now, the Israeli businessman has decided to sell this property under the sale&leaseback method, taking advantage of the interest in the Spanish office market from large funds and insurance firms. The operation has been signed through REX Spain, one of the Zurich Group’s subsidiary companies, and has been advised by the real estate consultancy JLL (…).

It’s not all about the 22@ district in Barcelona 

The office market in Barcelona is not all about the 22@ district. Although the city’s technological hub accounts for most of the current investments, Zurich’s purchase of the OneCowork building highlights the interest that the city centre is continuing to generate. Other large players such as Hines, Emesa and Pontegadea have benefitted in recent months from the interest of some companies and startups to work in the heart of Barcelona.

At the beginning of October, WeWork leased two spaces in the centre of the Catalan capital (…).

Also, since May, the real estate company owned by Amancio Ortega, Pontegadea, has been the landlord of Lidl in its building in Plaza Cataluña, where the Zara flagship store is also located. In total, the German supermarket chain leases 3,155 m2, distributed over four storeys.

Original story: Eje Prime (by J. Izquierdo & B. Seijo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

WeWork Leases 2 New Office Spaces in Barcelona

4 October 2018 – Eje Prime

The US group, WeWork, is continuing its conquest of Spain and is getting ready to make its mark in the centre of Barcelona. The company, which specialises in flexible office spaces, will add a new complex to its portfolio in the Catalan capital after signing the lease on a building. The Corner, located at number 444 Avenida Diagonal, owned by Emesa. In parallel, the group is finalising the lease of the former headquarters of Banco Popular on Paseo de Gracia, in a property controlled Hines.

The building on La Diagonal is owned by Emesa, the investor group owned by Emilio Cuatrecasas, and used to house the headquarters of the law firm Cuatrecasas. The Corner, located at the intersection of La Diagonal and Paseo de Gracia has a surface area of 3,400 m2 distributed over seven floors (plus a basement), with an average surface area of 400 m2 each.

Emesa has owned the property on La Diagonal since 2017, when it paid €35 million to acquire it. The asset had been on the market since the beginning of the year after Cuatrecasas abandoned its traditional location to move to the 22@ district. Emesa had considered the possibility of leasing the building to several tenants, but in the end, it will be occupied in its entirety by WeWork.

In the meantime, the coworking giant is finalising another major operation. The company is close to signing the lease on the former headquarters of Banco Popular on Paseo de Gracia, a building that has been owned by Hines since March 2017, which paid €90 million for it.

Spaces, one of WeWork’s main rivals, expressed interest in that building in July. Nevertheless, sources at the company indicate that its operation never materialised. The building, located at number 17 Paseo de Gracia, has a surface area for offices and a retail premise, and has just been renovated by its owner.

With these moves, the US giant is taking positions in the centre of Barcelona; until now it had focused its presence on the 22@ district. In May, WeWork leased 4,500 m2 of space in the WIP building, owned by the Swiss fund Stoneweg.

That building is located next to the first complex that the group opened in Spain, in the Luxa building on Calle Tánger of the technological district. In Madrid, WeWork operates a space at number 43 Paseo de la Castellana, another at 77 on the same street, and a third at number 27 Calle Eloy Gonzalo.

Companies specialising in the management of these types of work spaces are revolutionising the office market all over the world. WeWork and Spaces are just two of the largest players on the global stage and both arrived in Spain in 2017.

Original story: Eje Prime (by Pilar Riaño & Jabier Izquierdo)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Emesa Segregates its Activity & Creates a Dedicated Real Estate Company

14 May 2018 – Eje Prime

Emesa is showing that it’s serious about its real estate business. The investor group owned by Emilio Cuatrecasas is immersed in a company reorganisation, which will lead him to segregate his business into two: one division will be destined to corporate investment and the other to real estate investment. The group has recently created the first company to this end, Emesa Real Estate, which will have Emesa Corporación Empresarial as its sole shareholder and Ferrán Forrellad as the administrator.

According to the Official Bulletin of the Mercantile Registry, the constitution of Emesa Real Estate is the first step being taken by the group to initiate its corporate restructuring. Although the company already operated its real estate business through the holding company Emesa Corporación Empresarial, from now on, it will channel all of its operations in the real estate sector through one specific company.

Meanwhile, the other arm of Emesa’s business, Emesa Capital, will be managed by Vanessa Llopar, who has served as the CEO of that division since March. Through that subsidiary, Emesa is investing in companies in various sectors, from healthcare companies, such as Devicare, to companies specialising in urban storage, such as Boxinfiniti.

Thus, Emesa’s new plans in the Spanish real estate sector will be conducted directly by this new division. The group is going to invest more than €100 million in Barcelona and its surrounding area, as revealed by Eje Prime, in order to launch new residential projects, office buildings and hotels.

Even so, the company’s involvement in the real estate sector dates back years. Emesa first leapt into the property development world with a building in the heart of Barcelona’s 22@ district, which is now the headquarters of the law firm Cuatrecasas in the Catalan capital.

The group, which has increased its workforce by threefold over the last three years, from seven employees to twenty-one, is now in the preliminary phase of constructing a new office building in the same area, at number 184 Calle Pallars. Designed by the architecture studio BAAS, Emesa is going to invest €25 million in that new asset, which will have an above ground surface area of 9,200 m2 and 5,000 m2 of space below ground level.

Moreover, in recent months, Emesa has starred in several high-profile operations in the Barcelona real estate market, such as the purchase of the Diagonal 444 building, the former headquarters of Cuatrecasas; and of the Diagonal 632 building, which is the headquarters of the Quirónsalud’s Ophthalmological Institute in Barcelona.

And from one side of Avenida Diagonal to the other. As Eje Prime revealed, Emesa acquired 37,000 m2 in Finestrellas, an up and coming area, which will include offices, residential properties and a commercial area. The project in which Emesa is participating involves an office development spanning 90,000 m2, in which it has invested €80 million and which is expected to be fully operational by 2023 (the construction work will begin in 2020).

Emesa also plans to make headway in the residential sector over the next few years. The company is going to build a development containing 40 homes for rent in Badalona after investing €12 million in this project.

Currently, the portfolio of Emesa Corporación spans more than 180,000 m2 and is worth more than €750 million. Emesa Corporación Empresarial generated revenues of €8.07 million last year.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Emesa Plans to Invest €100M in New RE Projects Between Now & 2023

13 April 2018 – Eje Prime

Emesa Corporación, the investment company owned by Emilio Cuatrecasas, is committed to the real estate business. The group is going to invest more than €100 million in Barcelona and the surrounding area to launch new projects in the residential, office building and hotel sectors, according to explanations provided by Ferran Forrellad (pictured below), CEO of Emesa, speaking to EjePrime in an interview.

Launched in 1980, Emesa Corporación has been turning its activity, step by step, into a business model in which it can operate comfortably. “The turning point came in 2015 when we went from being a company that bought, managed and operated, into being a company that develops and creates business”, explains Forrellad. “We want to be a player in the real estate sector that controls its projects from the beginning until the end”, he adds.

Emesa, which in addition to its real estate arm also has a business area destined to acquiring stakes in the share capital of companies in full growth (such as the case of the company specialising in storerooms Boxinfiniti), threw itself wholeheartedly into property development with a building in the 22@ district of Barcelona, which is now the headquarters of the law firm Cuatrecasas.

The group, which has multiplied its workforce by three-fold over the last three years, from seven employees to twenty-one, is now in the preliminary phase of constructing a new office building in the 22@ district, at number 184 Calle Pallars. Designed by the architecture firm BAAS, Emesa is going to invest €25 million in the new asset, which will have an above-ground surface area of 9,200 m2, as well as 5,000 m2 below ground. “It will be finished during the third quarter of 2020”, says Forrellad.

“We want to create unique buildings in Barcelona and we are on the lookout for new plots in 22@ on which to build more offices since we firmly believe that it is one of the areas of the future in the city, both for business and homes”, said the company’s CEO.

In recent months, the company has starred in several high profile operations in the Barcelona real estate market, such as the purchase of the Diagonal 444 building, the former headquarters of Cuatrecasas; and the Diagonal 632 building, which houses the headquarters of Quirónsalud Barcelona’s Ophthalmological Institute.

And from one side of La Diagonal to the other. As Eje Prime revealed, Emesa acquired 37,000 m2 of land in Finestrellas, a new development area, which is going to include offices, residential properties and a commercial area. The project in which Emesa is participating constitutes a 90,000 m2 office development, in which it has invested €80 million and which is hopes will be fully operational by 2023 (construction work begins in 2020).

Emesa will also focus on the residential business over the next few years. The company is going to build a development comprising forty homes for rent in Badalona after investing €12 million in this project. According to the forecasts of Emesa, which is on the verge of receiving approval for its licences, the project will be launched in 2020 and has been designed by the architecture firm Barozzi Veira (…).

Last year, the company also purchased the Ullastret Palace in Girona, with the aim of turning it into a high-end hotel, which is going to be the first of a chain of select hotels in El Empordà. (…).

Currently, the portfolio owned by Emesa Corporación spans more than 180,000 m2 and is worth more than €750 million. Emesa Corporación Empresarial generated turnover of €8.07 million last year.

Original story: Eje Prime (by C. Pareja)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Emesa’s Storage Space Company Boxinfiniti Debuts in Madrid with 5,100m2

22 March 2018 – Eje Prime

Emesa, the investment group owned by Emilio Cuatrecasas, is continuing to grow the businesses in which it operates. Boxinfiniti, which specialises in the rental of storage space and in which Emesa holds a stake, has made its debut in Madrid with the absorption of 5,100 m2 spread over three locations.

Two of the premises are located in the centre of Madrid (in the Cuatro Caminos-Nuevos Ministerios and Pacífico areas, close to Atocha station) and the third is located in Alcorcón. Together, the sites span a total surface area of 5,100 m2.

In Barcelona, with the upcoming opening of four new centres in the process of being implemented, the total surface area under management will increase by 3,650 m2. The new establishments there are located in the neighbourhoods of Eixample, Gràcia and Sants, in Barcelona and in Santa Coloma de Gramenet.

With these openings, Boxinfiniti, led by Luis Casanovas, is expanding its network to include thirteen storage centres in Barcelona and Madrid. “The company is constantly on the lookout for premises in the best locations of Barcelona and Madrid within the framework of its strategic plan”, according to sources at the group.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake

Barcelona’s 22@ District Will Put 270,000 m2 of Office Space on the Market in 2019

7 January 2018 – Expansión

Meridia, Värde, Emesa and other investors are constructing corporate buildings in the technological district of Barcelona in light of the shortage of available large spaces in the city.

The investment fund manager Meridia Capital, the US fund Värde Partners and the business corporation of Emilio Cuatrecasas, Emesa, are just three of the investors who are backing the development of office buildings in the 22@ district of Barcelona.

A report from BNP Paribas Real Estate forecasts that 405,300 m2 of new office space will come onto the market in the Catalan capital and its surrounding area in 2019, of which 60% will be concentrated in the technological 22@ district, where 270,000 m2 of space is being constructed.

Original story: Expansión (by Marisa Anglés)

Translation: Carmel Drake

Cuatrecasas Buys Another Asset On La Diagonal For €7M

13 July 2017 – Eje Prime

Emilio Cuatrecasas is on a roll on Barcelona’s Avenida Diagonal. The lawyer’s family office, Emesa, has redoubled its commitment to the avenue with the acquisition of the headquarters of the Ophthalmology Institute for €7 million. This purchase follows its recent acquisition of 31,000 m2 of land in Project Finestrelles, located in Esplugues de Llobregat (Barcelona), where it plans to build six office blocks.

The building in question this time, which used to house the headquarters of Grand Tibidabo, has a surface area of 2,000 m2 and is located at number 632 on La Diagonal, at the intersection with c/Sarrià. The property has a long-term rental contract with the clinic, which currently belongs to the Quironsalud group.  The property used to be owned by the former owner of the Ophthalmology Institute in Barcelona, Andreu Coret, through the firm Inmo 632, according to Expansión.

In recent months, the investment arm of Emilio Cuatrecasas has made several acquisitions, including of number 444 on La Diagonal, for which it paid €35 million. That property, known as the Majorica building, has three façades overlooking La Diagonal, Paseo de Gràcia and Calle Còrsega, and until December last year, it housed the offices of the law firm Cuatrecasas.

Last summer, Emesa also completed the acquisition of a unique asset. The investor group purchased the Ullastrer Palace, in the Baix Empordà area, with the aim of promoting a premium hotel chain. The estate, known as Can Romaguera, is currently being restored and offers up to 2,500 m2 of space for hotel use, with an investment of €7 million.

The asset portfolio of Emesa, which is led by Ferran Forrellad, is completed by a building at number 191 on Avenida Diagonal, which houses the new headquarters of Cuatrecasas; number 579 on Avenida Diagonal, where Emesa’s headquarters of located; two office buildings in Mas Balu and a logistics park in El Pla de Santa María, in Tarragona.

Original story: Eje Prime

Translation: Carmel Drake