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Colliers International advises institutional investor on acquisition of forestry business featuring +1,500 hectares on New Zealand's North Island

Frankfurt am Main, 12 August 2020 - Real estate consulting firm Colliers International Deutschland recently accompanied a large forestry transaction in New Zealand. Its German Agriculture and Forestry team advised an institutional investor on the acquisition of a forestry business managing more than 1,500 hectares of primarily pine forest on New Zealand's North Island.

Nils von Schmidt, Co-Head Agriculture & Forestry at Colliers International in Germany, comments, "Our client was interested in a number of factors including sustainable, profitable and climate change-resilient timber production as well as social and ecological impact criteria in alignment with the United Nations' sustainable development goals. New Zealand features an effective emission trading scheme since 2008, in which forestry plays a key role."

The transaction is contingent to approval by the Overseas Investment Office. Colliers International in New Zealand acted in an advisory capacity on the sell-side under leadership of Warwick Searle. "This deal confirms the importance of having an international presence and an excellent network, especially in times of COVID-19, which is exactly what we are capable of offering," concludes Eckbrecht von Grone, Co-Head Agriculture & Forestry Colliers.

The Agriculture and & Forestry division of Colliers International in Germany offers investors the opportunity to engage in direct investment in agricultural and forestry businesses worldwide. Once the deal has been finalized, Colliers Deutschland will advise the forestry business in New Zealand in matters of strategy and operations.