Eastern European Markets

November, the 18th 2009

YIT and BPT form strategic partnership to develop commercial real estate in Russia

Finnish-based international developer YIT and BPT have signed a strategic partnership agreement focused on the emerging opportunities on the Russian real estate market. The two companies will cooperate on identifying, developing and implementing commercial real estate projects in Moscow and the Moscow region. The long-term objective of the partnership is to secure a strong platform for developing commercial real estate in the Russian capital, in particular within the retail and office segments. The partnership agreement does not involve commitment on pre-agreed financial volumes.

As one of the leading construction companies and providers of building systems services in the Nordic countries, Central Europe, Russia and Baltic countries, YIT, represented by its affiliate YIT Properties, will provide technical due diligence and consultancy services with respect to potential projects and will be the first choice partner in the development of projects deemed attractive by both partners. BPT will draw on its successful track record of investments and investment management in Central and Eastern Europe to deliver asset management services along with equity and financial solutions, including its already existing Russian investment fund BPT Arista SICAV-SIF and other channels.

"The Russian real estate market is deeply distressed at the moment and it takes strong partnerships to overcome this challenge. We want to be part of the solution. At the same time, the current situation also offers unique opportunities to secure the best locations and projects, and we know that together with a prominent player like YIT we can add significant value to the market thus securing future growth for our investors", says BPT founder Lars Ohnemus.

"As a company with vast experience in the Russian construction business and a solid international background, YIT sees an exceptional opportunity to expand its commercial real estate operations by joining forces with such a well-respected investment partner as BPT", says Victor Verma, YIT Properties General Manager.

For further information:
Helge J. Pedersen, Global Chief Economist, +45 33 33 31 26
Anders Svendsen, Senior Analyst, Poland, +45 33 33 39 51
Annika Lindblad, Analyst, the Baltics and Russia, +358 9 165 59940

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