Budapest-based investment company Wigan Acquisitions has launched CERESA (‘Central Europe Real Estate Separate Accounts’) as a bespoke asset management platform for family offices and other principal equity partners looking to invest in direct real estate across the core markets of Central and South Eastern Europe.

CERESA is focused mainly on city centre retail (high street & food retail), core office buildings and alternatives such as purpose-built student housing projects. The main attraction being the long-term sustainable income prospects, capital appreciation and added-value potential through proactive asset management initiatives.

With a team of six local partners based in Prague, Vienna, Budapest and Zagreb, CERESA’s key advantages include being able to effectively source investment opportunities based on partners’ key preferences; fully appraise; secure debt finance; structure tax efficient joint-venture structures and offer full local asset management capabilities.

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Wigan Acquisitions’ Patrick Wigan outlines why co-investment strategies, NPL writedowns, and ‘deleveraging for growth’ is an effective means to drive attractive returns for institutional investors and a boost to deal volumes.

Our company Wigan Acquisitions is a family office and private equity backed principal investment company specialising in Central and South Eastern European direct real estate co-investments, asset management and private equity fund-raising.

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CIJ Europe

Is the CEE/SEE region likely to attract more institutional investment? (and if so why?)

We tend to work more with family office and private equity capital partners rather than institutional investors, but believe that CEE/SEE likely to attract more commitments based on two main reasons: 1) capital in general increasingly targeting investments across the CEE/SEE region that offer the benefits of core locations/fundamentals at higher yield/opportunistic pricing on a relative basis compared to western Europe; and 2) pan-CEE/SEE NPL portfolios only just starting to be transacted, which should lead to attractive onward sale prospects for individual assets and portfolios without legacy debt liabilities as well as the increased supply helping to prevent yields from compressing too rapidly.

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Henry Foy

It is a region marked by concerns over the actions of illiberal, populist governments, worried by clashes over policies with Brussels and the rest of the EU and with some states under threat of sovereign debt downgrades.

Central and eastern Europe is supposedly becoming a trickier place for investors to do business.

You would not guess this, however, from gazing at the steel and glass skylines, colossal shopping centres and office atriums of Warsaw, Budapest, Prague and Bratislava.

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In preparation for the upcoming CEE GRI on 6-7 June, we interviewed Xavier Scheibli (Director, LNR Partners Europe), Patrick Wigan (MD, Investments & Capital-Raising, Wigan Acquisitions), Ondrej Špalek (Chief Operating & Finance Officer, Panattoni Europe) and Marilena Vuiu (Senior Banker, Property & Tourism, EBRD) to gather their thoughts on the Real Estate market in CEE & SEE.

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By Thomas Duffell

Non-listed real estate funds have been knocked off the top spot for investors’ real estate vehicle of choice, according to a survey published by INREV, ANREV and PREA.

Joint ventures and club deals ranked first in a poll of the preferred access routes to property conducted by non-listed real estate’s three trade bodies.

According to the Investment Intentions Survey 2016, published on Tuesday by INREV, ANREV and PREA, non-listed real estate funds took second place with direct investments in third as real estate investors’ vehicle of choice.

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By Jan Cienski in Warsaw

A period of lacklustre competition is coming to a close for Globalworth, a property business with the lion’s share of its €500m invested in Bucharest, the Romanian capital. The money pouring into central Europe is starting to move beyond the safe and stable Polish and Czech markets to higher-yielding frontier countries.

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By Jan Cienski in Warsaw

As the old saying goes, property is all about location. In central and eastern Europe that used to mean only two places: Poland and Prague – the rest of the region was deemed too economically risky and politically unstable after the crisis

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M&A joint venture agreement… with Moellendorf & Company (‘Moellendorf’), an investment advisory firm focused on international cross-border transactions.

Specialising in mid-sized M&A transactions, Moellendorf provides direct advice and support for opportunities locally and internationally to principal investors interested in buying or selling companies and real estate, as well as for selected financing, capitalraising and corporate restructuring projects.

With its geographical focus historically on transactions across Continental Europe, Russia and CIS, now joined with Wigan Acquisitions, the companies have broadened their global mandates, including to the USA, BRIC and other major emerging countries.

For further information, please visit the webpage:

On 8th June, 2013 our team of 9 from Hungary, the UK and America completed the gruelling ‘Tough Mudder’ 12 mile course with over 20 obstacles in the south of England for different charities.

The course was designed by the British Special Forces to test all round strength, stamina, determination, and above all camaraderie, and took the team over 4 hours to survive mud, fire, ice-water, 10,000 volts of electricity, 12 foot high walls and getting through underground mud tunnels.

The team managed to raise over £3,000 for Help for Heroes, JDRF (charity helping cure children with diabetes) and Noah¹s Ark Children’s Hospice. As if surviving the course wasn’t hard enough on its own, half the team dressed as old ladies (props included) to raise awareness for Help the Aged!

For further donations, please visit the webpages:

1. Help for Heroes – Link
2. JDRF – Leading charity for type 1 diabetes – Link
3. Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice – Link

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