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Exit: Aurelius sells GHOTEL Group to Art-Invest

28. Janu­ary 2020

Frank­furt, a. Main — Baker McKen­zie advi­sed AURELIUS Equity Oppor­tu­nities SE & Co. KGaA on the sale of its subsi­diary GHOTEL hotel & living to Colo­­gne-based Art-Invest Real Estate Group. The purchase price was 63 million euros inclu­ding trai­ling compon­ents. The closing of the tran­sac­tion is still plan­ned for the first quar­ter of 2020.

The GHOTEL Group has been part of the AURELIUS Group port­fo­lio since 2006 and during this time has deve­lo­ped into a rapidly growing, dyna­mic opera­tor of busi­ness hotels with curr­ently 17 loca­ti­ons and a further seven plan­ned openings by 2023.

Baker McKen­zie advi­sed compre­hen­si­vely on all legal aspects of the sale in the context of an auction process.

AURELIUS Equity Oppor­tu­nities has many years of invest­ment and manage­ment expe­ri­ence in various indus­tries and sectors. When acqui­ring its Group compa­nies, it concen­tra­tes on iden­ti­fy­ing, analy­zing, buil­ding up and explo­i­t­ing oppor­tu­nities avail­able on the market. By deploy­ing manage­ment capa­ci­ties and the necessary finan­cial resour­ces for invest­ments, the AURELIUS Group conti­nues to deve­lop its subsi­dia­ries. AURELIUS opera­tes world­wide. The shares of AURELIUS Equity Oppor­tu­nities SE & Co. KGaA are traded on all German stock exch­an­ges (ISIN: DE000A0JK2A8, stock exchange symbol: AR4).

Art-Invest Real Estate is a long-term orien­ted inves­tor, asset mana­ger and project deve­lo­per of real estate in good loca­ti­ons with value crea­tion poten­tial. The focus is on metro­po­li­tan regi­ons in Germany, Austria and the UK. Art-Invest Real Estate pursues a “manage to core” invest­ment stra­tegy with insti­tu­tio­nal inves­tors, selec­ted joint venture part­ners, and its own capi­tal. Invest­ments span the full spec­trum of returns and risks in office, down­town retail, hotel, resi­den­tial and data center sectors.

Baker McKenzie’s Corporate/M&A team regu­larly advi­ses on domestic and inter­na­tio­nal tran­sac­tions and rest­ruc­tu­rings. Most recently, Baker McKen­zie advi­sed, for example, Bayer on the sale of its Currenta shares to Macqua­rie Infra­st­ruc­ture and Real Assets, METRO on the sale of its retail busi­ness in China, Ever­grande Health on a joint venture with hofer power­train, SPIE on the acqui­si­tion of OSMO, Toppan Prin­ting Co. Ltd. on the acqui­si­tion of the German Inter­print Group and Evonik on the sale of its methacry­la­tes group to Advent International.

Legal advi­sor to AURELIUS Equity Oppor­tu­nities SE & Co. KGaA: Baker McKenzie
Lead: Corporate/M&A: Dr. Heiko Gotsche, Photo (Part­ner, Düsseldorf)
Other lawy­ers invol­ved: Corporate/M&A: Julia Braun (Coun­sel, Munich), Dr. Katja Heuter­kes (Coun­sel, Munich), Dr. Daniel Bork (Senior Asso­ciate, Düssel­dorf), Cosima König-Mancini (Asso­ciate, Düssel­dorf), Dr. Julia Rossié (Asso­ciate, Munich)
IP: Andreas Jauch (Senior Asso­ciate, Frankfurt)
IT: Dr. Holger Lutz (Part­ner, Frank­furt), Simone Bach (Senior Asso­ciate, Frankfurt)
Banking & Finance: Dr. Oliver Socher (Part­ner, Frank­furt), Silke Fritz (Asso­ciate, Frankfurt)
Tax: Sonja Klein (Part­ner, Frank­furt), Ariane Schaaf (Coun­sel, Frankfurt)
Employ­ment: Dr. Anna Böhm (Coun­sel), Agnes Herwig (Asso­ciate, Frank­furt), Dr. Felix Diehl (Asso­ciate, Frank­furt), Corne­lius Zieg­ler (Asso­ciate, Frankfurt)
Commer­cial: Katha­rina Spen­ner (Part­ner, Munich), Brigitte Estner (Asso­ciate, Munich), Rebecca Romig (Asso­ciate, Frankfurt)
Public Law: Dr. Marc Gabriel (Part­ner, Berlin), Dr. Janet Butler (Coun­sel, Berlin), Dr. Claire Dietz-Polte (Senior Asso­ciate, Berlin), Vivien Vacha (Asso­ciate, Berlin)

About Baker McKenzie
Baker McKen­zie advi­ses clients to success­fully deal with the chal­len­ges of globa­liz­a­tion. We solve complex legal problems across natio­nal borders and legal fields. Our unique culture — grown over 70 years — enab­les our 13,000 employees to under­stand local markets while opera­ting inter­na­tio­nally. We use the trus­ting and friendly coope­ra­tion in our inter­na­tio­nal network for the bene­fit of our clients.

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