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Unilever to change its location in Moscow for next 10 years


Moscow, December 14, 2009 - Russian affiliate of Unilever, one of the largest global fast moving consumer goods companies, has signed a lease agreement for its new headquarter premises with Marr Plaza business center effective through 2020.

Marr Capital is a private investment company and developer of the business center located on 13, Sergey Makeev St. (Presnensky Region of the Central Administrative District of Moscow City). Jones Lang LaSalle (representing interests of the tenant) and S.A. Ricci King Sturge (representing interests of the developer) were consultants in the deal.

Unilever Rus company will be an anchor tenant in the business center and will occupy four out of nine floors of the new building, which amount up to 9,355 sq m. The Marr Plaza business center, with a total leasable area of 21,900 sq m, meets all international standards for an A Class office centre and, in opinion of its developer, is a unique building within the office real estate market of Moscow.

As Matthias Jost, Vice President HR at Unilever Rus, says, the move to the new spacious office will allow us to get together not only employees of our Moscow headquarters but also those who work in our R&D currently located at the premises of Unilever's Moscow Margarine Factory, as well as in Sales and Foodsolutions teams who are now located in their offices separately. “Our mission is Vitality. The new workplace is going to be designed on a basis of latest available technologies; it should meet highest health and safety standards. Thus, we believe it will become a space capable to add both Vitality and Creativity to our employees and help them achieve our ambitious business goals”, - he adds.
Ruslan Safin, general manager of Marr Capital, sees a fact that such a well-known company as Unilever has decided to locate its headquarters in the Marr Plaza business center as a momentous event. “I feel confident that Unilever has made right choice. We have worked well together and are pleased with the results. We would like to give special thanks to Raiffeisen Bank for providing us with the finance support – without it this project would not have been possible”.

Andrey Postnikov, European Director, Head of Corporate Solutions Group, Jones Lang LaSalle: “We congratulate Unilever on the success of their project and look forward to the opening of their new headquarters in the Marr Plaza business center. This transaction is an important milestone for the Moscow office market in 2009 and clearly demonstrates the positive dynamic that currently exists for tenants to secure their long-term real estate needs”.
 
 

About Unilever
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of fast moving consumer goods with strong local roots in more than 100 countries across the globe. Every day, around the world, consumers make 160 million decisions to purchase Unilever products. Unilever generated annual sales of €40 billion in 2008.  For more information about Unilever and its brands, please visit www.unilever.com.
Unilever has been operating in Russia since 1992 and currently holds 8 manufacturing sites in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Tula, Novosibirsk and Omsk. Today, Unilever employs 6,500 people in Russia; total investment of the company to the Russian economy is close to USD 1 billion.
Unilever’s brand portfolio in Russia includes such well known brands as Beseda, Brook Bond, Calve, Crème Bonjour, Hellman’s, Knorr, Lipton, Pyshka, Rama in the food category; Axe, Clear vita ABE, Dove, Rexona, Sunsilk and Timotei in the personal care category, as well as Domestos and Cif in the household cleaning category. With the acquisition of the Russian ice cream leader Inmarko Unilever has enriched its portfolio with local Ekzo, Magnat, San Cremo, and Zolotoy Standart ice creams. In July 2009,  Unilever announced acquisition of sauces business under the Baltimor and Vostochniy Gourmand brands. For more information about Unilever and its brands in Russia, please visit www.unilever.ru
 
About Jones Lang LaSalle
Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE:JLL) is a financial and professional services firm specialising in real estate. The firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2008 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones Lang LaSalle serves clients in 60 countries from 750 locations worldwide, including 180 corporate offices.  The firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.3 billion square feet worldwide. LaSalle Investment Management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $37 billion of assets under management.
In Russia and CIS Jones Lang LaSalle have offices in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev and Almaty. Jones Lang LaSalle, Russia was voted Consultant of the Year in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 at the Commercial Real Estate Awards, Moscow and Consultant of the Year at the Commercial Real Estate Awards 2009, St. Petersburg.
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