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Hogan Lovells advises U City on the acquisition of Vienna House hotel portfolio

24 February 2017

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Led by its partners Nikolas Zirngibl (M&A), Marc Werner (Hospitality) and Martin Günther (Real Estate) Lovells advised U City Public Company Ltd. on the combined acquisition of Vienna House hotel portfolio from two Austrian private foundations and Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG.

U City will take over 24 3 to 5 star ranked andel's, angelo and Vienna House branded hotels in Germany, Czech Republic, Poland and Romania.

8 hotels are acquired from the listed Warimpex Finanz- und Beteiligungs AG. The remaining hotels are taken over by U City indirectly through the acquisition of Vienna International Hotel Management AG from the two private foundations. Vienna International Hotel Management AG also serves as a management company for all these hotels, as well as further 12 third party owned hotels. 

U City Public Company Limited was incorporated in 1988 to operate in the business of full-scale real estate development for rent, service, sale and administration. The Company was listed in the Stock Exchange of Thailand in 1993. U City's strategy is to acquire or develop recurring income properties near mass transit lines both locally and overseas.

"We are delighted to support U City on such a complex transaction and to advise them on their expansion onto the European market. This transaction is another success for our market leading hospitality practice", Nikolas Zirngibl said.

Hogan Lovells for U City Public Company Ltd.


Dr. Nikolas Zirngibl (Partner), Friederike Heesemann, Isabella Kling (Associates, Corporate/M&A);

Martin Günther (Partner), Sabrina Handke (Senior Associate), Matthias Garhammer, Thomas Böhm, Julia Obletter (Associates, Real Estate);

Dr. Christoph Wünschmann (Partner), Christian Ritz (Senior Associate, Antitrust);

Dr. Christian Herweg (Partner), Katharina Fürtjes (Associate, Banking).

Dr. Christian Zerr (Counsel, Hospitality);

Dr. Falk Loose (Counsel, Tax);

Dr. Martin Pflüger (Counsel), Dr. Marion Fischer (Senior Associate, IPMT).


Marc Werner (Partner), Verena Kilb (Associate, Hospitality);

Dr. Kerstin Neighbour (Partner), Sarah Islinger (Associate, Employment).


Dr. Falk Schöning (Partner, Antitrust).


Marek Wroniak (Partner), Michal Bialobrzeski, Aleksandra Sudak (Associates, Corporate);

Weronika Wolosiuk (Associate, IPMT).


Oxana Balayan (Partner), Olga Khachikyan (Associate, Corporate);

Svetlana Sorkina (Senior Associate, Real Estate).

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