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“Without experimenting, you cannot learn anything,” states Ihsan Elgin, Executive Board Member of Finberg. As an investor, he is very serious about the impact of the metaverse on life and business. The convergence of virtual and real realms within the metaverse allows companies to fasten collaboration as well as to enhance communication, and this is only one of his conclusions.

“The rapid change in the world now necessitates being more than an observer and follower; it requires rapid implementation,” states Yurdaer Kahraman, FIBA CP CEO and Member of the ACROSS Advisory Board. Therefore, he values the Metaverse as an engaging way to reach a younger, digitally connected consumer audience. He shows the perspective of a company that took the metaverse path very early.

E-Commerce does not run over shopping centers because they offer much more than a shared space where people purchase different products. To enhance the appeal of traditional shopping mall experiences, especially to Gen Z customers, enriching these “add-ons” is crucial. A new generation and metaverse-based loyalty programs can be a big part of this. Ahmet Usta, ELYT.net Co-Founder, explains what Metaverse business cases make sense for the placemaking industry.

A metaverse use case in practice: Fiba Commercial Properties and Elyt.net introduced at İnegöl Shopping Mall, Turkey, a metaverse-based, new-generation loyalty program. The important learning: Consumers are ready. The interest in the program was unbelievably high. Visitors were happy to receive gifts and be part of an application that involved innovative technology like NFT.

Steffen Hofmann is a Managing Partner at ambas. Having worked in eight European markets, he has a deep understanding of the mechanisms of international investment markets. On the occasion of the 15th anniversary of ACROSS, he discusses the historic evolution of the retail real estate industry from the perspective of the financial market.

Investors feel safe again in Poland. The total volume of investment transactions in H1 2022 amounted to almost 2.9 billion Euro, which was more than 40% more than in the same period last year. 28% of all investments were made in the shopping center sector.

Altera Vastgoed has acquired off-market local shopping center Het Stroink in Enschede (NL) from WP Retail Invest CV (“WPRI”). The center has recently been renovated by WPRI to create a retail complex with a pharmacy, a medical center, three primary schools, a nursery and a petrol station.

LaSalle Investment Management has acquired two outlet centers in the United Kingdom, McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cheshire Oaks and McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Swindon, for £600 million from Nuveen Real Estate.

Mitiska REIM announced the acquisition of Makado Beek retail center from Syntrus Achmea, on behalf of the First Retail International 2 Fund (FRI 2) and in partnership with local co-investment partner and asset manager 3W Real Estate. It is one of the largest retail centers in the Netherlands, attracting over 3 million visitors per year.

KGAL has acquired the Charles Square Center in Prague with retail, office space, gastronomy, and healthcare for a pan-European special AIF. The downtown retail and office complex with a total of nearly 20,000 sq m of leasable space has a number of international tenants. The seller of the property was Commerz Real.

HIH Invest Real Estate acquired Warnow Park in Rostock (Germany) on behalf of an individual mandate given by an institutional investor. The district center in the Lutten Klein district was sold by Highstreet VIII, a retail property fund managed by Corestate.

As strategic partner, the Hahn Group has accompanied the acquisition of the Krohnstieg Center by a special fund affiliated with Ampega Investment GmbH. The seller of the property is Hamburg-based HBB, with iMallinvest Europe GmbH acting as the transaction advisor.

Niam has acquired Väsby Centrum and Bålsta Centrum, both with strategic locations close to important commuter hubs in northern Stockholm, from Grosvenor Europe. The properties have a variety of necessity driven retail such as grocery, healthcare, and restaurants.

Hammerson announced it has completed sales of six non-core assets for total gross cash proceeds of ~ €107.7m since the half year. The largest constituent is the exchange an unconditional contract for the sale of Silverburn, a 100,000 sq m shopping center near Glasgow.