WARSAW – August 8, 2017 – Greenberg Traurig’s Warsaw office advised Amstar and BBI Development in connection with the recent transfer of title to 72 residential apartments in Złota 44 to Catella, a German fund manager.
This transaction commenced with the conclusion of a preliminary sale agreement signed in July 2016, and was subject to the issuance of an unconditional occupancy permit for the building. The construction has now been completed, and the building has received the final certificate of occupancy. Greenberg Traurig assisted in, among other things, both the preliminary and final sale transactions, as well as in preparing the legal framework for luxury condominium building regulations in Poland.
The units are located in the iconic Złota 44 luxury residential tower in the Central Business District of Warsaw. The building became a widely recognized landmark thanks to its unique sail-shaped construction designed by the world-famous architect Daniel Libeskind.
Eric Rosedale, chair of International Real Estate at Greenberg Traurig, commented that the deal was a landmark transaction in the CEE residential sector and completed in the midst of the post-Brexit referendum market turmoil, indicating the strength of the project and market sector.
“Since Amstar and BBI took over the investment, the construction works were successfully completed and this landmark building is a spectacular achievement. It took a team of multidisciplinary experts from all over the world led by Jeffrey Stonger, Head of Europe for Amstar, to complete the project, and our legal team is proud of being part of it,” said Bartosz Clemenz, partner in the Real Estate Practice.
The Greenberg Traurig transaction team was led by Clemenz and supported by Associates Filip Janeczko and Anna Szczepankowska, and a team of construction, leasing, and tax specialists from the firm’s Real Estate Group, which has grown to become one of the largest on the Polish market.
Złota 44 is one of the largest residential investments in Europe and at the same time Amstar’s first investment into Poland.
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