Karel Petržela

Local Partner, Prague

Biography

Overview

Karel Petržela is a local partner in our EMEA M&A Private Equity practice. In his practice, he focuses mainly on transactions in regulated sectors and real estate.

Over the last decade, Karel has advised leading global and international institutional investors and financial sponsors, as well as corporates and private equity clients on significant regional cross-border and domestic transactions.

Regularly working across jurisdictions in Central and Eastern Europe, Karel has taken part in a number of high-profile transactions and landmark deals including complex joint ventures, innovative structuring and cross-border M&A.

Karel is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and is qualified to practice in the Czech Republic.

Bars and Courts
Czech Bar Association
Education
Cardiff University

School of Law, Cardiff, The United Kingdom

Mgr., Faculty of Law
Charles University

Prague, Czech Republic

Ing., Faculty of Management
University of Economics in Prague

Czech Republic

Languages
Czech
English
French

Experience

P3 Logistic Parks (P3) and leading global investment company TPG Real Estate (the previous owner of the P3 developer alongside Ivanhoé Cambridge) on the sale of P3 to GIC, a sovereign wealth fund established by the government of Singapore. With a transaction value of EUR 2.4 billion, this represents the largest deal on the European real estate market in 2016, and the largest real estate deal ever in the Czech Republic.

CTP, a leading commercial real estate developer and manager of business parks in Central & Eastern Europe, on the EUR 450 million sale of a Czech logistics portfolio to Deka Immobilien. This represents one of the largest-ever real estate transactions in the Czech Republic, and the largest logistics deal in Europe in 2018.

LaSalle Investment Management, one of the world's leading real estate investment managers, in connection with the sale of River Garden I, a prime office project situated in Prague - Karlin, Czech Republic, one of Prague’s main office districts, to Warburg-HIH Invest Real Estate.

TPG Real Estate, TPG's real-estate platform, in connection with the CZK 2.4 billion (EUR 93.3 million) acquisition of industrial real estate assets from Contera, a Czech industrial real estate developer, and in the formation of a joint venture for future real estate developments.

Cromwell Property Group within the disposal of the Galerie Butovice shopping center in Prague 5 to the Czech real estate fund Investika.

HB Reavis, a real estate developer company active mainly in Slovakia, Poland, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany, in connection with their EUR 120 million disposal of Twin City Tower, a prime piece of mixed-use real estate in Bratislava, Slovakia.

Gazeley, a leading European logistics platform, in connection with creation of a joint venture with 7R for future real estate projects. 7R is a dynamically growing developer operating on the Polish commercial real estate market.

Amundi Czech Republic, acting on behalf of its KB realitni fond 2, in connection with the acquisition of Polygon, a modern Class A office building situated in the Pankrac office district in Prague, from Mint Investments.

REICO investiční společnost České Spořitelny, a.s., acting for CSNF, which manages the largest Czech investment fund on the real estate market, on the EUR 164 million acquisition of the Galeria Sloneczna shopping center in Radom, Poland.

Klepierre, a pan-European leader in shopping malls, in connection with the disposal of the Novodvorska Plaza shopping center in Prague to Bluehouse Capital, a private equity real estate investment management firm focused on Central and Southeastern Europe.