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JLL appointed as exclusive property management consultant for Talan Towers, landmark project in Kazakhstan

Moscow, 30 June, 2014 — Verny Capital Group and the international consulting company JLL have signed an agreement for providing exclusive consulting services regarding property management of the Talan Towers multifunctional complex in Astana, at the design and construction stages. The project with the GBA of 120,000 sq m is set to symbolize a new development stage of Kazakhstan's real estate market.

Talan Towers multifunctional complex will be constructed in the centre of Astana, on the left bank of the river Ishim, in the most promising and actively developing district of the capital. Location in close vicinity to Astana's landmark, Bayterek monument, and to the residence of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, as well as to Turkestan and Dostyk streets, will guarantee the object's recognition, viability and the status of a leading premium asset of Kazakhstan.

Talan Towers will consist of two buildings with 27 and 30 floors. The first tower will comprise Class A office premises with the GBA of 33,600 sq m, while the 3-storey podium will host a retail zone with the area of 11,000 sq m including a luxury fashion gallery, restaurants, cafes and a two-level underground car parking. In the second tower there will be The Ritz-Carlton hotel with 157 rooms, as well as luxury apartments in the seven upper floors. At present, the underground car parking is being constructed on the site. The commissioning of the first tower is scheduled for 2015, while the second one is expected to be commissioned in 2016.

The project's investor is Verny Capital Group from Kazakhstan. Under the contract, JLL is responsible for providing a full range of services related to engineering construction control and for administrative issues regarding the object's future property and facility management. The investments into Talan Towers multifunctional complex construction will reach $350 million.

Erlan Ospanov, CEO, Verny Capital Group: "Our goal is to build a metropolitan complex of global value. Talan Towers is going to become a trophy asset in Verny Capital's investment portfolio, the scheme that complies with all the professional development standards, including ecologically friendly construction. This will be the first 'green' project in Kazakhstan with LEED international certification. In order to increase the object's liquidity and to highlight the special status of the multifunctional project, both locally and globally, we decided to invite a professional partner, international consulting company JLL, to participate in our management activities. This company has solid experience in complex property and facility management with regard to commercial real estate objects. JLL has in its portfolio such flagship objects as Class A business centres Nordstar, White Square, Hermitage Plaza, Aerodom in Moscow and many others."

Natalia Yakimenko, National Director, Property & Facility Management, JLL, Russia and CIS: "Location in the very heart of Astana, unique architectural solutions and modern design that know no equals in Kazakhstan, well thought-out concept that unites the real estate formats currently most in demand — all of this will definitely make Talan Towers MFC one of the flagship assets in the international real estate market. That is why it is especially important to cooperate with a professional management company at the initial stages of the project implementation, which will allow the developers to lay the basis for effective property and facility management in the future."


About Verny Capital Group

Verny Capital Group is the one of the major groups in Kazakhstan dealing with private equity. Acquiring control or significant minor stakes in companies of Kazakhstan or other CIS countries from private owners, Verny Capital Group is actively participating in their strategic and operational management. The Group is founded in 2006. General asset volume under management of Verny Capital Group is more 4 bln US dollars. The Group's portfolio companies are represented in such segments as natural resources, telecommunications and media, consumer goods and services, transport and logistics, construction materials manufacturing, real estate and hotel & hospitality business. 

Verny Capital Group has been successfully cooperating with international strategic investors, providing an access to the capital and Kazakhstan and CIS markets.

Real estate assets – luxury hotel The Ritz-Carlton in Moscow (Russia), luxury hotel The Ritz-Carlton in Vienna (Austria), 5-star resort-hotel Rixos Borovoe in Kazakhstan, Talan Towers MFC in Astana (Kazakhstan). This is also the owner of GlobalDevelopment company which has in property and under development several Class A and Class B business centres in Almaty, Astana and Kokshetau.

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About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 279 million square meters and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $48.0 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated.

In Russia and CIS JLL has offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kiev. JLL, Russia & CIS was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 , 2013 and 2014 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow; Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, St. Petersburg and The Best Real Estate Consultancy in Ukraine at the Ukrainian Property Awards in 2013.

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