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Sveafastigheter divests the Linnaeus University property development project in Kalmar

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Sveafastigheter Fund III (”Sveafastigheter”) has divested the property development project for the Linnaeus University (LNU) in Kalmar to a group of Swedish investors (Länsförsäkringar Kalmar län, IngaBritt och Arne Lundbergs forskningsstiftelse, P&E Persson AB and a pension fund). The divestment was closed on
14 November 2016.

The property, with LNU as the main tenant, was acquired from Akademiska Hus in May 2013. The leasable area at the time comprised of approximately 12,000 sqm. LNU sought to gather all its premises to one location, in order to facilitate internal meetings over the faculties and to integrate the campus area with the surrounding society. Sveafastigheter, LNU and Kalmar municipality initiated a close cooperation resulting in a change of zoning already after one year, and later a rental agreement for approximately 23,000 sqm. The reconstruction and new development of premises suited for the university constitute approximately 19,000 sqm.

Johan Tengelin, CEO at Sveafastigheter says:
”It has been an intense and exciting journey to together with the Linnaues University and the Kalmar municipality create a new destination for the region, which also happen to be one of the largest ongoing property developments in Sweden. Besides the planning of premises suited for research and education, the focus has been on solutions for environmental and social responsibility, for the building as well as the campus area.”

In October 2015, the 20-year lease agreement was approved by the Government and in January 2016 the Prime Minister of Sweden visited the groundbreaking ceremony for the project. The property, which is expected to be completed for the first tenant in 2018, will be certified in accordance with the third party environmental system Leed.

Johan Tengelin, CEO at Sveafastigheter continues:
”We are delighted to hand over the property and the development project to a group of stable and long term owners. The property is the final investment in the Sveafastigheter Fund III, in which we have been able to deliver very good return for the investors. It feels great to close the fund with a project where we also have been able to create value for both the Linnaeus University and the municipality of Kalmar.”

P&E Fastighetspartner will continuosly handle the project development with Skanska as contractor. P&E Fastighetspartner is Sveafastigheter’s local partner for property management and development in the Kalmar region, and for this case also minority owners of the property.

Kilpatrick Townsend and Cushman & Wakefield were advisors for the seller during the process.

For more information, please contact:  Sveafastigheter CEO and Partner Johan Tengelin +46 8 545 075 14 Head of Communications Anna Åkerlund +46 70 778 2897 P&E Fastighetspartner Partner Per-Olof Persson +46 70 309 72 80   Brunswick Real Estate (”BRE”) is a market leading group within advisory, research, investing and debt financing focusing on real estate in the Nordics. By combining in-depth knowledge of real estate and the Nordic market with an investment bank’s capital markets expertise and financing edge, the group has advised clients in numerous complex transactions and created investor value through active and local investment management. The group has repeatedly been awarded best in class within its areas by Preqin and Euromoney. The group is made up Leimdörfer, Sveafastigheter, Sveafastigheter Bostad, Brunswick Real Estate Capital, Brunswick Alternative Strategies, Brunswick Hotels and Brunswick Invest. The team includes some 90 real estate investment professionals in Stockholm, Malmö, Helsinki, Copenhagen and London as well as senior advisers with broad international expertise.