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AFI Tech Park 1 welcomes Romanian IT company certSIGN in the new Business Campus

Bucharest, December 5, 2018: AFI Tech Park Business Campus has concluded a new partnership with the Romanian IT company certSIGN, an eIDAS qualified trusted service provider, specialized in electronic signature solutions, physical and electronic archiving, cyber security and card personalization, which leased and moved into  a total space of 2,300 sqm in AFI Tech Park 1, a perfect opportunity to scale up its operations and enable the growth of its team. Following this transaction, the overall occupancy rate in AFI Tech Park 1 reached 60%.

The new Business Campus delivered earlier this year its first building, AFI Tech Park 1, with a total GLA of 22,000 sqm of Class A office space, in the city center, close to the Palace of Parliament and the Unirii Square. Following its completion, AFI Tech Park will become one of the most complex office projects in the area, offering 56,000 sqm of Class A office spaces in the two GF+8 buildings and an office tower of 14 floors. The complex will provide a wide range of services to its tenants, such as: a Conference Hall that can be shared by all tenants based on hourly booking, AFI Tech Park Club membership card, which offers discounts to restaurants in the area and other services, and the proximity to World Class gym, which leased 1,500 square meters in AFI Tech Park 1. AFI Tech Park 1 already received LEED Platinum pre-certification for “green building”.

„We welcome certSIGN, a successful Romanian company in the IT sector, and we are happy to be part of their growth story. As a general approach that we have at AFI Europe Romania, we always seek to identify the best solutions for the needs of our customers, and this is something we have been focusing on in all our projects. AFI Tech Park office project will provide a modern office space and fulfill very specific and complex needs to companies such as certSIGN, adjusted to their expectations and their actual needs”, declared Doron Klein, CEO AFI Europe Romania.

With more than 12 years of experience in developing information security systems and cryptography, certSIGN offers services that are universally recognized throughout the European Union, such as qualified certificates for electronic signature, electronic seal, SSL EV qualified certificates for Internet site authentication and qualified electronic timestamp. The company is present at national level through 6 local offices and over 400 representatives and partners.

The new offices are accommodated in a generous space that perfectly meets our needs, especially the need for collaboration and teamwork. We believe that this move ensures the functional grouping of all departments on a single floor, improves communication among our colleagues and increases the efficiency of our work. Also, when choosing this space, we considered the further developments of the company, as well as the passions of the current team. For this reason, we have a big seating area, a gaming area and improved bicycle parking”, Adrian Floarea, general director of certSIGN said.

The transaction was brokered by Lucian Opriș and Alexandru Orzea, Senior Associates within the real-estate consultancy company Colliers International Romania.

„certSIGN is one of the Romanian companies that have expanded organically in recent years and they wanted to have an upgrade of their office space, having complex technical requirements. We managed to identify the best solution from a quality/cost perspective, respectively the AFI Tech Park complex, which offers premium services encountered at a new office building, while having a competitive cost compared to other less attractive buildings in the area. And this was a real opportunity for tenants such as certSIGN”, declared Alexandru Orzea, Senior Associate at Colliers International Romania.

certSIGN joins other leading companies that have already announced their relocation at AFI Tech Park 1, such as: Game World Group, RTC Proffice Experience. Knauf (with its two branches, Knauf Gips and Knauf Insulation), Hilti Romania, World Class, WWF, Connect 44, Best Chef,

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About AFI Europe:

AFI Europe, a subsidiary of AFI Properties, is one of the leading real estate development, management and investment companies, which is operating in Central and Eastern Europe since 1997.

AFI Europe’s diversified portfolio consists of shopping malls and retail properties, business parks and large-scale residential and mixed-use developments. AFI Europe operates in Romania, Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary and Latvia.

 

About AFI Europe Romania:

AFI Europe operates in Romania since 2005. The company has developed and is managing “AFI Cotroceni”, the largest and most dominant shopping mall in Romania and among the leading shopping malls in the CEE region. The mall spreads over a leasable area of close to 90,000 sqm (GLA) and offers to its visitors a large entertainment area with multiple leisure options and a variety of over 300 shops of local and international brands, visited by 50,000 customers per day.

In October 2013, AFI Europe inaugurated AFI Ploiesti, the first and only modern shopping mall developed in the city centre of Ploiesti, following an investment of over EUR 50 million. The shopping mall offers a total gross leasable area (GLA) of 34,000 square meters spreading over two retail floors occupied by 100 national and international brands, including more than 7,000 sqm of entertainment.

Adjacent but fully integrated into AFI Cotroceni shopping mall, AFI Europe Romania has developed AFI Park, Bucharest’s newest and most advanced Class A Business Park. AFI Park offers 70,000 of office leasable area occupied by multinational IT&C corporations. AFI Park 1-5 are close to 100% leased. AFI Park line-up of multinational tenants includes: Microchip Technology, Electronic Arts, Endava Romania, Cameron US, SII Romania, ORTEC Central & Eastern Europe, FotoNation, Telus International, Veeam Software and Dell SecureWorks.

AFI Europe Romania is currently under development in the City Centre of Brasov Romania of AFI Brasov, which includes a 45,000 sqm GLA shopping mall and two office buildings of 25,000 sqm GLA.

In the office segment, AFI Romania is under development of AFI TECH PARK, a 56,000 sqm of GLA Class A Business Park located in close proximity to the J.W. Marriott hotel and the Romanian Parliament. The business park will comprise of 2 low rise office buildings and one office tower, with ample green areas in a central garden, the project being built as a high tech/campus style environment, to answer the expanding needs of IT&C companies in Romania by offering a suitable space in terms of technical specifications accompanied by required expansion options.

In addition, AFI Europe Romania has two projects to be developed in the near future: a 80,000 sqm land plot in Arad where a retail park is to be developed anchored by a hypermarket and a DIY shop and the large scale residential project AFI City, to be developed on the 148,000 sqm land plot in Bucurestii Noi district 1 of Bucharest.

About Colliers

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ: CIGI) (TSX: CIGI) is a top tier global real estate services and investment management company operating in 69 countries with a workforce of more than 13,000 professionals. Colliers is the fastest-growing publicly listed global real estate services and investment management company, with 2017 corporate revenues of $2.3 billion ($2.7 billion including affiliates). With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership and control, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide, and through its investment management services platform, has more than $25 billion of assets under management from the world’s most respected institutional real estate investors.

Colliers professionals think differently, share great ideas and offer thoughtful and innovative advice to accelerate the success of its clients. Colliers has been ranked among the top 100 global outsourcing firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals for 13 consecutive years, more than any other real estate services firm. Colliers is ranked the number one property manager in the world by Commercial Property Executive for two years in a row.

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