Moscow, 6 March 2007 - Deutsche Bank AG has entered into contractual arrangements to finance the Moscow hotel reconstruction project. The total amount of financing is expected to reach $600 million and the project will be carried out in accordance with the construction schedule approved by the Moscow City Government.
A part of the Hotel owner's block of shares is expected to be placed on an international stock exchange. Deutsche Bank is planned to act as an exclusive agent for the placement upon completion of this project.
The Moscow Hotel project is unique in terms of location, construction and quality and will be the first project in Russia operated by the famous international hotel company - Four Seasons. ZAO STRABAG has been chosen the general contactor for the project.
In addition to the five-star hotel and apartments, the development scheme will include offices, a shopping area, a congress centre and car parking system. The total size of the scheme is expected to exceed 183 000 square metres.
Consultants recommended by Four Seasons have helped to develop the project, with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo responsible for architectural design. The modern interior design has been developed by Richmond International Hotel and Leisure Design Consultants, while mechanical, electrical and technical consultancy services are being provided by Canadian company Rybka Smith and Ginsler Limited.
Yuri Soloviev, Member of the Board and Head of Global Markets (Russia and CIS) at Deutsche Bank Russia commented: “Deutsche Bank's strategy in Russia includes special attention to one of the most promising sectors - real estate market. We at Deutsche Bank are deeply satisfied with our financing of the Moscow Hotel reconstruction project. Furthermore, we are very pleased to be able to collaborate with OAO DecMos and ZAO STRABAG, companies which are well known in the market and have won investors’ confidence. We have no doubts that this landmark project will be a success.”
According to Victor Makshantsev, Director, Head of Real Estate, Deutsche Bank Russia, “This project, being a landmark one for the Russian capital, is a key element in realisation of the Deutsche Bank’s expansion plans in the Russian real estate sector. Our plans are to further significantly strengthen Deutsche Bank’s presence in this market. We are sure that realisation this project will become a major milestone in our beneficial strategic partnership with such leading players as OAO DecMos and ZAO STRABAG. We also consider real estate business a key element in rolling out Deutsche Bank’s strategy in the Russian market and will be further strengthening our relations with the largest Russian developers”.
Dmitry Garkusha, DecMos CEO, added “Given the social and economic importance of the Moscow Hotel project, the best western companies are involved in the scheme. Cooperation with Deutsche Bank will allow us to successfully develop the whole project, through to completion, as well as will provide excellent access to global capital markets including the planned IPO.”
Alexander Ortenberg, General Director of ZAO STRABAG, said “STRABAG has already completed a number of development projects in Europe in cooperation with Deutsche Bank, and our successful experience of working together before assures us that the Moscow Hotel project will be completed on time.”
“Salans” is acting as legal counsel to Deutsche Bank on the transaction and “White & Case” is acting as legal counsel to OAO DecMos.
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