27 July 2016 – Expansión
The insurance company Mutua Madrileña has acquired the former headquarters of Fórum Filatélico from Credit Suisse’s real estate fund for €30.8 million. The operation has been performed entirely using its own funds.
The property in question is an office building in the heart of Madrid’s financial district. Located at number 51 on Calle José Abascal, next to Paseo de la Castellana, the building has a surface area of 3,600 sqm spread over seven floors, and 62 parking spaces.
According to the company, the operation forms part of its strategy to dynamically manage its assets, which also includes the possibility of making acquisitions as and when attractive opportunities arise. On the buy side, Mutua Madrileña has been advised by the law firm Pérez-Llorca and, on the sell side, Credit Suisse has worked with CBRE as real estate advisor and Eversheds Nicea as legal advisor.
The real estate market
The building will be rented out in its entirety and, in order to increase its value, the company will undertake renovation work, to equip it with the latest technology in terms of efficiency and sustainability.
Mutua Inmobiliaria , which includes the company’s property investment area, considers that the office rental market in Madrid is in full recovery.
The insurance company has not acquired any new properties for almost 10 years. The last purchases it made for its real estate portfolio were the so-called Pirámide and the Torre de Cristal, also on Paseo de la Castellana. (…).
Original story: Expansión (by Inma Benedito)
Translation: Carmel Drake