Newsec in the Baltics advised on the sale of the historic Galerija Centrs high street shopping centre in Riga, Latvia. The shopping centre, owned by Norwegian real estate developer Linstow, has been acquired for 75 million euros by Baltic Horizon Fund. It was this year’s largest shopping centre transaction in the Baltics and with this acquisition, Baltic Horizon Fund will become the largest diversified commercial real estate investment fund in the Baltics with close to EUR 350 million assets under management.
Newsec is pleased to have advised Linstow, one of largest Norwegian assets managers in the Baltics, on the successful disposal of a sizeable high street shopping centre in the heart of Riga in Latvia. This transaction with a local fund, the Baltic Horizon Fund, supports our firm belief that the demand in the market for top properties is very strong, and that liquidity on the Baltic real estate market will only further improve. We’re happy to finalize a first joint project in the Baltics with our alliance partner BNP Paribas. This is in line with our ambition to grow as a pan-Baltic business
Andrius Švolka, Dyrektor działu ds. transakcji w Newsec w krajach bałtyckich
The joint approach of Newsec and BNP has a great value and transfers into positive results for our clients
Mateusz Skubiszewski, Deputy Head of Capital Markets CEE, BNP Paribas Real Estate
Owning and managing Galerija Centrs has been a fantastic journey for Linstow. We take pride in the development and management of complex urban regeneration projects, of which Galerija Centrs is a very good example indeed. This divestment will open up new opportunities for Linstow, as we see ourselves as a long-term investor in the region. Furthermore, we would like to express our satisfaction about work with all the parties involved in this successful transaction.
Frode Gronvold, CEO of Linstow Center Management
We are very pleased to add such a stable landmark property to our cash-flow portfolio. After the acquisition, the fund will own a centrally located retail asset in the heart of every Baltic capital: Galerija Centrs in Riga, Postimaja in Tallinn and Europa Shopping Center in Vilnius. With this position, we strive to become a long-term prime landlord partner for top retailers in the market who look to develop their current and new brand portfolios in the Baltics.
Tarmo Karotam, the fund manager of Baltic Horizon Fund