Cain International, the privately held investment firm led by Jonathan Goldstein, has agreed to acquire a 50% stake in Koryfeum, an 80,400 m2 office development in Munich, representing Cain’s debut transaction in the German market, in joint venture with Freo Group.
The share in the asset is being acquired by Cain's European Real Estate Opportunity Fund I, which
closed in May 2021 with €324 mln in capital from its investors.
Comprising a total of six buildings, Koryfeum will be delivered in three phases, with the first phase due for delivery in H2 2022, and will target leading ESG certifications, including DGNB Gold and WiredScore.
In addition to providing flexible floor space, Koryfeum will offer future tenants a range of campus amenities, including restaurants and sports and recreational facilities in a green environment.
The office development is located on Landshuter Strasse, a fast-growing technology and innovation hub that includes some of BMW’s research and development headquarters, in Munich-Unterschleissheim, a well-established office submarket in the northern suburbs of Munich, located 20 km from the city centre.
Daniel Harris, head of European investments at Cain International, said: 'This acquisition represented a unique opportunity to enter an attractive submarket and work alongside an established partner to develop a best-in-class innovative office campus.
'Sentiment around the German market has remained positive throughout the pandemic, while Munich in particular has seen a high level of investor interest as a result of its limited high quality vacant space and stable rental prices.
'It is a market that aligns with our investment strategy to focus on European gateway cities and one that we enter with great confidence in its long-term prospects. We very much look forward to working with FREO to capitalise on the fundamentals that are driving this dynamic by delivering more than 80,000 m2 of high quality office space to the market.'
Jan Heidelmann, managing director of Freo Germany, said: 'We first acquired this site having recognised the incredibly strong fundamentals offered by its location. This area of Munich is becoming more and more renowned as an innovation and technology hub, while the city more generally has almost no vacant space, generating demand for high quality and sustainable office space – a trend that has only been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
'Following joint ventures in Spain and France we are pleased to partner with Cain in this exciting project, particularly as they make their debut into Germany, a market that is central to the history of the FREO Group.'
Cain’s European Real Estate Opportunity Fund I has to date invested 82% of its commitments across several European gateway cities, including Dublin, Paris, and Madrid as well as projects in Krakow and Warsaw.