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Kinstellar Advises Helaba on Financing for Korean Company's Acquisition of Prague Office Building

Kinstellar Advises Helaba on Financing for Korean Company's Acquisition of Prague Office Building

Czech Republic

Kinstellar has advised the Helaba bank on financing for the EUR 48 million acquisition of the Florenc Office Center in Prague by Korea’s Shinhan Investment Corp. The sellers, ZFP Investments, were advised by Havel & Partners.

Kinstellar describes the transaction as "the first direct real estate investment in the Czech Republic by a Korean investor."

Shinhan Investment Corporation operates as a securities brokerage and investment banking company. It provides securities trading, wealth management, investment banking services, and offers merger and acquisition, investment trust, and corporate financing services.

Florenc Office Center, commonly known as the KPMG HQ building, is an office property located in the center of Prague. Originally developed by AIG Lincoln, the building was completed in 2003. The property has an area over ​​11 thousand square meters, ten floors, three underground floors, and 168 parking spaces. 

ZFP Real Estate Fund acquired the property in March 2014. ZFP Investments is an independent investment company which was created by a merger of two companies operating on the Czech and Slovak financial markets: ZFP Akademie and IAD Investments. ZFP Academy is an educational and intermediary company in the field of finance and IAD Investments is a Slovak management company which has been active in Central Europe for more than 25 years.

The Kinstellar team was led by Partner Klara Stepankova and Managing Associate Leo Javorek.

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• National Law Firm of the Year 2016 by the Chambers Europe Awards, the most prestigious international law firm competition. This is the fifth award PRK Partners has received since the awards were first given; National Law Firm of the Year 2014, 2013 and 2010 and Law Firm of the Year 2012 for Best Client Service.

• 2018 Best Law Firm of the Year in the category of Banking &Finance and the absolute winner in the main category of the Domestic Law Firm of the Year awards organised by epravo.cz under the auspices of the Czech Bar Association three times since the award's inception (in 2016, 2013 and 2011).

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