Sonae Sierra wins Elite Lombard Award in Italy (IT/PT)

Sonae Sierra has been distinguished with the Elite Lombard Award for the best retail strategy in Italy at the first edition of the Milano Finanza Real Estate Elite Award 2007.

The Elite Award is a recognition given to institutions, companies and top managers who in the course of the year have attained special achievements in different areas of the real estate sector.

Álvaro Portela, Sonae Sierra CEO, stated, "We are proud of this recognition, because it shows that our constant commitment to innovation and quality of our Shopping Centres is praiseworthy and awarded also in Italy. This award is recognition of the growth strategy we are implementing in Italy, that will allow us to become one of the top players in the shopping centres sector."

In Italy, Sonae Sierra currently has three projects under development: the Freccia Rossa (Brescia), which represents an investment of €117 million, in a partnership with AIG (40%) and Coimpredil (10%), scheduled to be inaugurated in the Spring of 2008; the Gli Orsi (Biella), scheduled to be inaugurated in the Autumn of 2008, representing an investment of €87 million; and the Le Terrazze (La Spezia), a partnership with ING Real Estate (50/50) that represents an investment of €105 million, scheduled to be inaugurated in the Spring of 2009.

Sonae Sierra already owns two Shopping and Leisure Centres in Italy, the Airone (Padova) and the Valecenter (Venice), and is currently refurbishing and expanding the Valecenter, which is scheduled to be concluded in the Spring of 2008.

Source: Sonae Sierra

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