WARSAW – Oct. 17, 2019 – Greenberg Traurig, LLP has advised the WING Group, one of the largest privately-owned real estate companies in Hungary, specializing in office, industrial, retail, residential, hotel and special projects primarily in Budapest, in an agreement to acquire Lisala sp. z o.o. from Echo Partners B.V. Echo Partners is owned by affiliates of Oaktree and PIMCO, and through Lisala it holds 55.95% of the shares of Echo Investment S.A.
The completion of the transaction is subject to clearance by the Polish Office of Competition and Consumer Protection.
The Greenberg Traurig Team was led by Partners Stephen Horvath and Jolanta Nowakowska-Zimoch with principal support from Local Partner Michal Bobrzyński and Senior Associates Maciej Pietrzak and Kamil Majewski, supported by the firm’s multidisciplinary team of lawyers, including Real Estate: Associates Karolina Woronko-Kawa, Michał Niećko, Maxymilian Rybczyński and Paralegal Michał Gruza; Banking & Finance: Partner Andrzej Wysokiński and Senior Associate Mateusz Koronkiewicz; Corporate: Partner Michał Fereniec, Senior Associate Agata Wiśniewska and Associates Magdalena Medyńska and Majka Rucińska; Employment: Local Partner Anna Hałas-Krawczyk and Associate Natalia Wołkowycka, and Competition: Partner Robert Gago and Associates Filip Drgas, Agnieszka Stopińska and Marta Kownacka. Partner Eric Rosedale provided strategic advice to WING Group on this transaction.
This is the third recent transaction on which Greenberg Traurig’s market leading M&A and Real Estate teams have worked together to assist clients acquiring publicly listed real estate companies in Poland, after the acquisition of Robyg by Goldman Sachs and Capital Park by Madison International Realty.
Echo is the largest Polish developer, and is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange. The Echo Group is involved in the construction, lease and sale of office and retail buildings, construction and sale of residential buildings as well as trade in real estate in Poland.
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