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2004 Jury

Quality Awards

    • Andreas Ridder, Chairman CEE, CBRE

      Andreas is Chairman Central & Eastern Europe. He manages and coordinates the offices in the region. Andreas has extensive real estate knowledge, particularly in the investment
      market. He combines this experience with a particular focus on every client’s business needs.
      Prior to joining CBRE Andreas worked for Bank Austria/Creditanstalt where he was involved in the bank’s real estate investments and real estate development projects in Austria.
      He joined CBRE in 1991 as Managing Director of the newly founded office in Austria, in this role he established the Vienna office and later the CBRE network in Central and Eastern Europe. He is a Doctor of Law and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an Austrian real estate brokerage license.
    • Ben Bannatyne, Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe, Prologis

      Ben leads the team and company operations across Central & Eastern Europe for Prologis, the leading global owner, operator and developer of industrial real estate throughout Europe, Americas and Asia is responsible for all activities of Prologis in the CEE region (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia). He joined Prologis in 2008 from Jones Lang LaSalle where he was the Managing Director for Central Europe. In this role, he was responsible for Poland, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic, including the daily management of the Warsaw office and operations in Prague and Budapest.

      Ben has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, of which 15 years have been spent in Central Europe with Jones Lang LaSalle and Prologis. He graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a degree in Land Economy. He is also a UK-trained chartered surveyor.

    • Bernard Mayer, CEO, Europolis Invest

    • Brian Patterson, Managing Director Poland & Hungary, AIG/Lincoln Eastern Europe

    • David Dixon, Partner, Norton Rose

      David leads the Norton Rose Real Estate Team in Warsaw and his Europe-wide practice focuses on real estate, restructuring, banking and finance, corporate and securities transactions, telecommunications, and mergers and acquisitions. In his 30+ year legal career he has led teams advising on mergers and acquisitions of private and public companies, real estate transactions, debt and equity offerings and strategic investments, debt restructuring and restructurings of companies, telecommunications projects, privatization and financing transactions in both market and regulated economic environments.

      David has been listed annually in European Legal Business as a preferred legal provider for banking and finance since 2001 and intellectual property, IT and telecommunications since 2003. The Chambers Europe 2008 analysis of real estate lawyers in CEE stated: “David Dixon is the key partner for cross border work. His approach is described as pragmatic and realistic: when lawyers are at loggerheads he takes control of the situation.” The Chambers Europe 2009 analysis of real estate lawyers in Poland elaborates that “clients prize his international law knowledge and broad experience.” Legal 500 recognizes Mr Dixon as a leading lawyer in real estate and M&A practice in Poland.

      David received a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Colgate University in 1977, where he became a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1980 where he was a member of the Management Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is a member of American Bar Association and is admitted to practice in Michigan, Virginia, the District of Columbia and Texas.

    • Fredrik Wirdenius, President, Skanska Project Development Europe, Skanska

    • Karim Habra, Managing Director CE, GE Real Estate

    • Markus Leininger, Managing Partner, SIMRES Real Estate

      Markus has eighteen years experience in corporate banking and for more than 15 years has been a leading real estate financier in Central Europe, principally with RHEINHYP and EUROHYPO. In 1997 he set up RHEINHYP’s Central European property lending division, and in 2001 he helped to set up its US operations. In 2002 Markus took over EUROHYPO’s CEE division, including Austria, and served as Head of CEE & Northern Europe and Israel from 2007 to mid 2012. During this time he sourced more than EUR 10bln of CRE debt, with the largest refinancing in CEE of approx. EUR 750mln.

      In October 2012 Markus became a partner in SIMRES Real Estate, a Luxembourg based real estate private equity boutique. He serves as a director of Revetas and Pradera in Luxembourg and is a member of the Advisory Board of Grand City Properties SA. He is a respected voice on commercial real estate issues at international market conferences and events.

    • Neil Gregory-Eaves, Director CEE, Colliers International

    • Peter Morris, Owner & Managing Director, Gage Partners

      Peter has developed and acquired 105 million Euros worth of retail real estate in Estonia and Lithuania since 2011. His most recent property launch is the NØRDIKA Shopping Valley in Vilnius, Lithuania, built with Venturecorp Property Holdings. NØRDIKA Shopping Valley opened in September 2015, with phase II opening in May 2016, totalling 35,000 sqm net leasable area.

      Peter managed Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors in four countries from the company start-up in 1994 through its sale in June 2007. At the time of its sale, Ober-Haus Real Estate Advisors was the largest property brokerage and advisory firm in Central and Eastern Europe with more than 35 offices and 350 real estate professionals in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and Poland, offering asset acquisition and disposal, property valuations, property asset management, investment brokerage and property advisory services. Peter is originally from New York, USA, and graduated Yale University.

    • Skip Schwartz, Managing Director Private Real Estate Equity Asia Pacific, Heitman International

      Skip Schwartz is the Managing Director for Heitman’s real estate private equity platform in Asia-Pacific. Based first in Tokyo and now in Hong Kong, Skip has been instrumental in the identification, structuring and completion of the firm’s investments in the region, which currently total approximately $900 million. Previously based in Heitman’s London and Frankfurt offices, Skip was involved in over €1.25 billion of investment, joint venture and development transactions across Central Europe and Germany. During his prior five years in the company’s Chicago headquarters, he was involved in approximately $450 million of transactions across the US. Skip holds MBAs from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University and the Goethe Business School at Frankfurt University. He received his BA with honors in International Relations and his MA in Organizational Behavior from Stanford University. Skip is also a member of the Urban Land Institute.

 
 

Cee Markets:

Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine

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