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BC Partners Real Estate makes first investment in Germany

Hamburg, 21 September 2021. BC Partners Real Estate, the real estate investment arm of BC Partners, a leading international investment company, has made its first investment in Germany. The BC Partners European Real Estate I Fund (BCPERE I), which is advised by BC Partners Real Estate (BCPRE), has acquired the property known as “Alte Post Kreuzberg” at Tempelhofer Ufer 1 in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district.

Built in 1902 in the then contemporary “industrial style”, the brick building has been completely renovated. It houses around 4,900 sqm of mainly office space and has been granted full approval for an 1,800-sqm extension with office use. The property looks directly onto the Landwehr Canal and boasts excellent public transport links with an underground station with 3 U-Bahn lines nearby. The multi-tenant building is currently fully leased, mainly to tenants from the IT and business services industries. It also contains a trendy café-cum-bistro. CBRE and REIUS. acted as advisers to BC Partners in the transaction.

Outside Germany, BCPERE I has so far successfully deployed capital across its core markets in France, the United Kingdom, and Italy. Focusing on commercial, residential and mixed-use properties in Western Europe, the fund complements BC Partners’ private equity and private credit businesses.

Real estate market undergoing fundamental change.

“Our investment philosophy is based on the strong conviction that real estate markets across Europe are currently experiencing a paradigm shift. Demand from both tenants and investors is being fundamentally reshaped by societal trends such as the disintegrating barrier between work and leisure, new co-working concepts, the move to home working, the regeneration of city centres and the growing importance of sustainability,” said BCPRE Partner Laurian Douin. “Amid changing requirements from all stakeholder groups, we are seeing the increased need and pressure to provide buildings that match new working and living concepts, especially in Germany’s major office locations. This is where we are leveraging our wealth of experience to reposition existing properties and realise new project developments. Against this backdrop, the German real estate market offers attractive investment opportunities with an excellent risk/return profile that complement very well BC Partners Real Estate’s international portfolio,” he added.

About BC Partners

BC Partners is a leading asset management firm with over €33 billion in assets under management across the private equity, private debt and real estate segments. Established in 1986, BC Partners has played an active role for three decades in developing the European buy-out market. Today, senior staff from BC Partners’ offices in North America and Europe work as an integrated team serving multiple markets. Since its foundation, BC Partners has completed 124 private equity investments in companies with a total enterprise value of over €162 billion and is currently investing its eleventh private equity fund.

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