PRACTICE AREA

Real Estate

PRK has a particularly strong real-estate practice. Our real estate team has built its reputation on providing timely and efficient solutions. Clients rely on us for advice across the entire real-estate cycle, from acquisition, development and operation to sale. The real estate team works closely with our other practice groups to ensure clients receive comprehensive expert advice on all matters relating to their projects. PRK is recognised for having worked on unprecedented transactions and has broad experience in initial bank financing for large real-estate assets, including carrying out due diligence and environmental and other reviews.

Real-estate acquisitions and transactions

  • Share deals and asset deals
  • Sale and leaseback transactions
  • Due diligence, including vendor due diligence and resolving irregularities prior to disposal of assets
  • Structuring transactions, including financing and tax aspects
  • Preparing and negotiating transaction documents
  • W&I, title insurance

Purchase

  • Independent title review
  • Corporate review of property holding companies
  • Purchase contracts and cadastral transfers
  • Escrow settlement services

Site assembly and preparation

  • Future/conditional purchase contracts
  • Coordinating and settling multiple acquisitions
  • Property surveys and studies
  • Greenfield development
  • Brownfield remediation and development
  • Infrastructure delivery
  • Negotiating with local and regional authorities

Project structuring

  • Shareholders' agreements, joint venture structures, co-development agreements
  • Formation and corporate governance of project/property SPVs
  • Corporate maintenance services
  • Support in tax structuring
  • Exit planning and preparation

Permits

  • Permit applications and reviews
  • EU and Czech state incentives
  • Appeals, judicial reviews of decisions

Construction

  • Tender processes
  • Construction agreements, including FIDIC
  • Dispute mediation and representation, including arbitration proceedings
  • Payment and performance bonds and guarantees, including bond replacement procedures

Operation

  • Formation and governance of building cooperatives (condominiums)
  • Property management, service and supply agreements
  • Easement and encumbrance creation
  • Assistance with asset, property and facility management

Leasing

  • Leases and guarantees for shopping centres
  • Commercial leases
  • Industrial site leases
  • Operational leases (hotels and other facility management arrangements)

Retail sales

  • Customised full-service sales and property transfer registration programs for volume retail sellers of residential property

Financing

  • Bank loans
  • Preparing and registering security instruments
  • IPOs and bonds
  • Rent securitisation  

Dispositions

  • Preparing and certifying information memoranda
  • Assembly and management of data rooms
  • Project sales
  • Forward sale agreements
  • Exit structuring and settlements

Read PRK Partners’ contribution to the 2020 Real Estate Chambers Global Practice Guide.


Real-estate acquisitions and transactions

PRK has experience with all stages and types of real-estate transactions, including those involving institutional investors, private equity investments, restructuring, and sale and leaseback transactions. Our team has helped negotiate, structure, document and execute a large number of deals for local and international clients, including cross-border transactions. We offer legal support and assistance in due diligence procedures, acquisitions and financings on both the Czech and Slovak markets.

Development

PRK is a valued partner in all types of developments, including residential, commercial, industrial and infrastructure projects. Our legal experts offer support from the moment an idea is born right through to the creation and successful management of the project. We assist with land acquisition, permitting, financing, construction, lease, sale and all other matters related to both new and brownfield developments. Our philosophy is to work with clients throughout the entire life of a development project.

Commercial leasing and asset management

Our real estate team works with commercial property owners on an ongoing basis, advising them on everything from drawing up leases to reviewing tenants. We provide timely, innovative and reliable advice to landlords. Our lawyers are familiar with all forms of lease agreement and all types of property. Our expertise also includes the area of asset management, where we help ensure property assets are properly insured and managed to preserve their value.

Infrastructure

PRK has helped build some of the most important infrastructure in the region. For example, we have advised on the development and construction of major airports, sewage plants, motorways and nuclear power plants. Our lawyers are adept at working through private-public partnership transactions and securing state contracts. We can advise clients on all issues related to infrastructure projects.

Environmental

The environmental aspect of real-estate law is a burgeoning field, and one where PRK is at the cutting edge. Our team can assist with compliance matters related to both new and existing contamination, and also help with liability issues. We have significant experience in brownfield development and can advise on all aspects of such projects. Furthermore, we can assist in making and defending claims related to environmental damage.

Financing

Financing forms an integral part of major real-estate projects. The real estate team at PRK works hand-in-hand with our award-winning Finance Practice to provide advice on securing funds for development projects. For example, we helped structure a security package for a EUR 20 million financing transaction for Komerční banka.

We can help both corporations and private individuals secure loans for real-estate projects of all types. Indeed, our expertise in real-estate finance has led to the construction of many notable properties in the region.

A strong legal team on your side

References

PRK advised METRO PROPERTIES, a real estate company belonging to METRO AG, in connection with a sale and leaseback transaction for three MAKRO Cash & Carry stores in Prague. The deal was a part of a transaction involving a total of 11 MAKRO Cash & Carry stores in Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, with a total volume in excess of EUR 250 million.

We assisted MONETA Money Bank, a.s., the fourth-largest banking institution in the Czech Republic, on the relocation of its headquarters to a newly refurbished 21,500 m2 premises in BB Centrum's Building A in Prague 4 owned by the investment and development company PASSERINVEST GROUP.

We advised Aceur Investment S.A. on the sale of the Main Point Pankrac office building in Prague.

We provided legal advice to Wenaasgruppen AS, a family owned Scandinavian investor, on the acquisition of the iconic Hotel Don Giovanni in Prague.

We advised Galerie Butovice, a Czech company from Cromwell Property Group, a  leading Australian property investment and funds management group, with respect to the construction and long-term lease of a new three-storey retail building in Prague to be fully let to Kika, a member of Steinhoff group, the second largest furniture retailer in the world.