KD Funds and Peakside Capital acquire Stekleni dvor south tower for EUR 13 million real estate

This represents the second transaction for KD Adriatic Value Fund. KD Adriatic Value Fund, Special Investment Fund (the “Fund”), the first regulated real estate alternative investment fund (AIF) in Slovenia managed by KD Funds, in partnership with Peakside Capital, an international real estate consultancy company, announce the acquisition of the south tower of the Stekleni dvor office complex for EUR 12.7 million.

Situated on Dunajska street in the Bežigrad district of northern Ljubljana. Stekleni dvor comprises two separate office buildings connected by a joint underground car park. The south tower provides 8,700 sqm of leasable space over ground, mezzanine and eight floors together with a three-level underground car park. The anchor tenant in the property is Addiko Bank. With its prime location on Ljubljana’s main arterial route, the asset also benefits from excellent traffic connections.
The transaction represents the Fund’s second investment in Ljubljana, following the EUR 13 million purchase of Tivoli Center, an office building in Ljubljana, which closed in April. KD Adriatic Value Fund, Special Investment Fund, is an alternative investment fund managed by KD Funds, with Peakside Capital acting as investment advisor. Its investment objective is to generate returns for investors from rental income and capital growth through investments in real estate in Slovenia, Croatia and Serbia, with a special focus on office and retail properties. The three target countries represent a region with a relatively undeveloped real estate sector and attractive returns, whilst the long-term success of the fund is further supported by strong economic growth.

Commenting on behalf of the KD Funds, Luka Podlogar, said: ”We are pleased to have concluded our second transaction so quickly and look forward to growing the Fund with further compelling investment opportunities over the coming months. We are on track to create a high quality real estate portfolio that offers attractive returns to our investors.

Commenting on behalf of the Peakside, Tomasz Niezgodzki, said: ”This is an excellent, high quality office building, located in an area of Ljubljana which benefits from strong transport links and proximity to the city center. The office market in Ljubljana is very attractive for investors thanks to growing tenant demand and limited supply of institutional quality space.

Notes to editors:

KD Adriatic Value Fund is a special investment fund established by KD Funds, one of the largest and oldest asset managers in South-East Europe (SEE), in partnership with Peakside Capital, an independent real estate investment manager firm. The fund is the first regulated real estate alternative investment fund in Slovenia. To date, it has raised commitments from regional institutional investors, giving it a buying power in excess of EUR 50 million.

Founded in 1994, KD Funds is one of the largest and oldest asset managers in SEE. Together with its subsidiaries, it manages around EUR 800 million in 34 funds and 13 investment mandates across the SEE region, including the oldest mutual funds in Slovenia and Croatia.

Peakside Capital was founded in 2010 as a spin-off of the Merrill Lynch investment bank and currently employs 40 people (including subsidiaries). It is mainly active in Germany and Eastern European countries, managing funds and asset management mandates. It currently has about EUR 1 billion of gross assets under management.