Kovalska Industrial and Construction Group plans next year to implement two partnership projects for the construction of A class business centers in the central part of Kyiv, Serhiy Pylypenko, the group’s director general, has said. “We see that office real estate is a segment in which there is a stable demand. Now, in partnership with two companies, we are considering two major projects in office real estate,” Pylypenko said during a press breakfast, adding that the portfolio of projects for next year includes A class office real estate for 100,000 square meters in the central district of Kyiv.
He explained that both projects are currently at the stage of developing a concept and choosing an architectural company, and already in 2020 it is planned to begin its implementation.
“This will be construction from scratch. The first office complex (four to five buildings) will have a total area of about 60,000-70,000 square meters and the second is two office buildings of 12,000 square meters. One of them we want to implement according to the LEED Silver green building standards,” the Kovalska Group CEO said.
As reported, Kovalska is at the final stage of purchase of a land plot in Lviv region, where it plans in the second quarter of 2020 to build a plant for the production of dry construction mixes with a design capacity of 120,000 tonnes per year. In general, the work can last about two years, but the group intends to complete them by the end of 2021. The preliminary project cost is estimated at $15-20 million.
British-based IWG Plc, which provides rental services for office space and temporary workplaces, plans to open a nine-storey office space under the Spaces brand in the Maidan Plaza business center (Kyiv). “In 2019, the first center of the global network of creative space for work Spaces will open in Kyiv. The Maidan Plaza business center was chosen as the location. The space of 6,100 square meters for 600 workplaces will occupy nine floors at once. The official opening of the first stage of the premises is scheduled for August,” according to a press release from Spaces in Ukraine.
According to the report, one of the key components of the Spaces concept are also regular events – both business and lifestyle. The goal is not only to provide new opportunities for development, but also inspire the creation of ideas, encourage the use of non-standard approaches in solving daily operational problems, and promote networking.
The Spaces brand was founded in 2006 and is managed by IWG. The Spaces premises are located in 39 countries of the world (including the Netherlands, the United States and Australia) and 150 locations. The format of Spaces offices is designed to promote the active development of business – from entrepreneurs and startups to major corporations.
UTG consulting company (Kyiv) from May 1, 2019 moved from the Parus business center to a new office located in the Gulliver business center at 1A, Sportyvna Street, the press service of the company has told Interfax-Ukraine. “Since May 2019, UTG has been meeting its partners and visitors in a new office located in the Gulliver class A business center. Along with the expansion of the working space, UTG has increased its staff, thereby increasing the efficiency of service provision,” the company said.
According to the report, the increase in staff resulted from the merger of the offices of UTG and DC Evolution. In particular, the number of employees has grown to more than 50 people.
The new office of the companies is located on the 27th floor in A tower.
President of DC Evolution developer Ihor Melnyk acquired a stake in the share capital of the Ukrainian Trade Guild (UTG, Kyiv) and became a member of the board as vice-president in 2016.
UTG (Kyiv) was founded in 2011. Its core business is accompanying of development projects.
More than 100 real estate projects were launched with the participation of UTG. Among them are Lavina Mall, New Way, Ocean Plaza, Gulliver, Piramida and Komod shopping centers (all based in Kyiv), Megamall (Vinnytsia), Most City Center (Dnipro), French Boulevard (Kharkiv) and Global.UA shopping centers (Zhytomyr).
According to the unified public register of legal entities and individual entrepreneurs, as of April 1, 2019, the share of 30% in the share capital of UTG LLC (Kyiv) belongs to Melnyk, 65% to Vadym Neposedov, and 5% to Artem Neposedov.
The key reasons of hostile takeover of businesses in Ukraine are corruption and problems with the system of public registration of property, Anticorruption Entrepreneurial Front President Igor Egorov has said.
“The existence of hostile takeovers comes from a corrupt government, complete impunity for committing crimes of this kind and low-skilled law enforcement officers. According to official data of the Prosecutor General’s Office for 2017, 315 criminal proceedings were registered under the article on obstruction of lawful economic activity, 99 crimes under the article on unlawful seizure of property, of which two and four, respectively, reached the court,” he said at a press conference at Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.
He also said that foreign companies for these reasons do not want to invest in a business in Ukraine, and each case of hostile takeover is a blow to the country.
An example of this problem was the hostile takeover of a business center located at 21G, Dehtiarivska Street in Kyiv on December 11, among whose tenants are foreign companies and the 112 Ukraine TV channel.
Representatives of the co-owners of the business center, Office Line and Patron Invest, said that the police could not take control of the situation, since the persons who had seized the building announced that the Avangard Invest LLC had acquired ownership rights to the business center. At the same time, the owners claim that the building was re-registered using illegal schemes and forged documents.
According to lawyer of Patron Invest Iryna Belytska, one of the reasons that made this new registration possible is the weakness of the public registration system and a fairly wide access to public registers.
“10 years ago it was impossible to accomplish this. Now it can be done in three days, having access to the register. Unfortunately, over the years of the register’s existence, the pain points have not been eliminated,” she said.
Belytska said that Office Line and Patron Invest will defend their rights in courts, as well as initiate investigations by law enforcement agencies. However, the negative consequences of the incident cannot be avoided.
“We have applied to law enforcement agencies, human rights organizations and we will use all available mechanisms,” she said.
According to the lawyer, the investment value of the office building is $10.5 million.
Businessman Vagif Aliyev, the investor and owner of the Lavina, Blokbuster and Ocean Mall shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv, plans to finish the sale of a part of the Parus class A business center in Kyiv by late 2018 to finance construction of the mega mall network. “Yes, we will gradually sell Parus,” Aliyev said in a blitz-interview with Interfax-Ukraine. According to him, negotiations on the deal are currently ongoing, but the buyer’s name has not been announced.
“We are in the process of negotiations… [The transaction] is not yet completed, we are in the process of discussing the financial interest..,” the developer said, adding that the completion of the transaction is expected by the end of 2018.
As reported, at the end of 2016, Aliyev said that he was ready to sell the Parus business center if he could not attract loan funds to complete the construction of the Blokbuster Mall shopping center. Aliyev announced the completion of the transaction on the sale of the Senator business center located at 2, Riznytska Street, in the Pechersky district of Kyiv. The Parus business center with 33 floors located at 2, Mechnikova Street in the Pechersky district of Kyiv was commissioned in 2007. The building has an underground four-level parking for 300 cars.
The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine (AMC) has allowed Dragon Capital Investments Limited (Nicosia, Cyprus) and The Goldman Sachs Group (New York, the United States) to acquire indirect joint control over the Horizon Park office center with a total area of 68,800 square meters in Kyiv. According to the AMC, the committee, in particular, permitted Dragon Capital Investments Limited to indirectly acquire assets in the form of an integrated property complex located at 12 Amosova Street and 12 Hrynchenko Street. “This concentration takes place along with concentration in the form of the mediated (through the subsidiary Horizon Park, Kyiv) acquisition by The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. of assets in the form of a single property complex … owned by Ukrsotsbank joint-stock company,” the regulator said.
According to the unified state register, as of October 3, 2018 the owner of 100% in the charter capital of the subsidiary Horizon Park is Melador Investments Limited. The ultimate beneficiary is Tomas Fiala, the owner of Dragon Capital Investments Limited.
Dragon Capital Investments Limited is part of Dragon Capital group of companies, founded in 2000 and one of the largest ones in the Ukrainian investment market.