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2009 Jury

Industry Operators

    • Otis Spencer, President, Peakside Polonia Management

      Otis was hired in September 2013 as the President of the Board of PPM. He is responsible for the asset management for Polonia I and Polonia II, the origination and execution of new business in Poland, as well as the managerial oversight of Peakside’s office in Warsaw. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry and has executed transactions and functioned as a fiduciary in North America, Europe and Asia. He was until recently the Co-Head/Managing Director of KSP Real Estate Investment Management. From 2005 to 2012, Mr. Spencer was active as Managing Director/Co-Head Europe and member of the Investment Committee with Heitman. During this time he directed the Portfolio Management for Heitman’s European Private Equity group and was the Portfolio Manager for Heitman European Property Partners IV. In addition to his portfolio management responsibilities, Mr. Spencer was active in originating transactions and capital raising efforts as well as contributing to the strategic development of Heitman’s European platform.

      Prior to Heitman, Otis worked for ABP Investments (“ABP”) in the Netherlands where he was a Senior Portfolio Manager. In this capacity, he was responsible for sourcing, structuring and managing non-listed real estate investments on behalf of ABP’s European and Asia Pacific Strategic Funds. During his time at ABP, Mr. Spencer identified and completed ABP’s first real estate private equity investments in Central Europe and Asia. Otis graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance and real estate. He also has master’s degree in real estate designation from the Universiteit van Amsterdam. Mr. Spencer holds a dual citizenship from the Netherlands and the United States, and is based in Warsaw, Poland.

Quality Awards

    • Alfred Watzl, Member of the Board, Strabag

      As a civil engineer Alfred started his professional career from the roots – working several years as a site manager in a medium-size German/Bavarian company. He is continuing a family tradition representing the third generation working in the construction management. His professional experience began in Poland in 1998 with the position of a STRABAG’s site manager of M1 Shopping Centre in Bytom. His outstanding achievements contributed to his promotion in 2004 to a Member of the Board of STRABAG General Construction & Engineering Division. Since January 2013 Alfred is also responsible for Transportation Infrastructure and he is very well linked to other CEE and SEE markets via the STRABAG Group. Under the leadership of Alfred Watzl STRABAG and their almost 3500 employees were awarded the CEEQA Construction Company of the Year 2005, 2009 and 2012.

    • Christian Fojtl, Member of the Management Board, Warimpex

    • Colin Waddell, Managing Director Poland, CBRE

      Colin Waddell has been working for CBRE in CEE for over 12 years. Over the last six years Colin has been integral in setting-up and expanding CBRE’s platform in the region which has meant that CBRE now operate as a full-service entity in CEE. Colin’s geographical experience covers all of the principal regional markets and his professional career involves a range of investment consultancy, brokerage and valuation work (including development consultancy) over all sectors of the property industry, up and above his management duties. Before entering the Central & Eastern European market, prior to CBRE, Colin worked for King Sturge in Edinburgh and London for four years.

      Colin graduated from Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh with an honours degree in Estate Management and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

    • Eli Alroy, Chairman, GTC

    • Evan Lazar, Partner, Chairman Global Real Estate Group, Dentons

    • Hadley Dean, Chief Executive Officer EMEA, (MRICS) Compass Offices

      Hadley joined Compass Offices in 2015 with a remit to open 80 high specification serviced office centres within Europe, Middle East and Africa during the next 3 years. Prior to joining Compass, Hadley was Managing Partner Eastern Europe for Colliers International, having joined the firm in 2001 as Managing Director for Poland, where he enjoyed considerable success building the business in all areas across the CEE, SEE, Russia and CIS regions.

      During Hadley’s tenure with Colliers International the company was awarded the key industry award, CEEQA, in 2004 and each year from 2009 to 2014. He is a member of Young Presidents Organisation and a Member of RICS.

    • Jason Sharman, Joint Managing Partner, Sharman Church Chartered Surveyors

      Jason is a founding partner of Sharman Church, a niche real estate practice focusing on Central and Eastern Europe established in 2012. He has twenty years experience in commercial real estate brokerage and consulting including 16 years in Central & Eastern Europe with DTZ, Jones Lang LaSalle and King Sturge. Before establishing Sharman Church, Jason presided over a period of significant growth and success for King Sturge’s Poland operations from 2003 until the firm’s acquisition by Jones Lang LaSalle in 2012, winning numerous awards. Appointed initially as Managing Director for Poland, he was elected Equity Partner in 2007 and eventually Head of Central Europe in 2010.

      Jason began his career in London as a West End Office Agent working for Grimley JR Eve (now GVA), before joining DTZ in 1997 holding roles as head of office agency for Ukraine and head of office and industrial agency in the Czech and Slovak Republics. From 2001 to 2003 he served as National Director and head of offfice, industrial and tenant representation business for Jones Lang LaSalle in Poland. He also served Jones Lang LaSalle as a Regional Director and Head of Asset & Financial Management for Central & Eastern Europe following its acquisition of King Sturge in 2012.

      During his time in the CEE region Jason has managed key relationships and commissions with organisations such as AVIVA, Heitman, Guardian Managers, Helical, Balmain Asset Management, Catalyst Capital, AIG/Lincoln and Panattoni Europe. He studied Estate Management at the University of the West of England and is MRICS qualified. He speaks basic Polish and Russian.

    • Jorg Banzhaf, Managing Director, ECE

    • 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.

    • Martin Erbe, Head of International Real Estate Finance Continental Europe, Helaba

      Martin heads up real estate financing in Continental Europe for Helaba Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen, which belongs to the German savings bank network. Based at the bank’s Frankfurt headquarter he manages the origination for Central Europe and Benelux. He has worked on a wide range of financing transactions in the past and has more than 21 years of real estate experience in the European markets. Helaba currently manages a loan book of around EUR 35 bn in commercial real estate, almost half of this amount representing the bank’s international business in Europe and the US. Helaba’s relationship-oriented strategy remained unchanged during the crisis and is consistently directed towards its target markets. In 2014, 2015 and 2016 Helaba was awarded “Lender of the Year” by the CEEQA Jury.

    • Patrick Delcol, Managing Director Poland, DTZ

    • Pawel Debowski, Partner, Chairman Real Estate Europe, Dentons

      Pawel is a partner at global law firm Dentons and Chairman of the European Real Estate Group of more than 250 lawyers across twelve countries. He is one of the most widely recognized and respected real estate M&A and investment professionals in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe.

      Pawel acts as legal counsel to numerous institutional clients, including investors, developers, lenders, construction companies and occupiers. He has unique expertise in the office, retail and hotel sectors. In professional practice for over twenty years, Pawel was involved in structuring real estate investments in Poland back in the early days of the free market economy.
      His outstanding and sustained contribution to the CEE real estate sector has resulted over the years in multiple recognitions as the leader in this field. Chambers Europe legal directory rates him as a Band Star. It lauds Pawel as “a brand of his own”. He is singled out as “one of the icons of the market,” and “a very technical, robust lawyer,” whose “reputation speaks for itself.”

      Pawel is repeatedly recommended as a leader in the field of real estate law by both Polish publications (namely Forbes and Rzeczpospolita) as well as international legal directories and guides (such as The Legal 500, Best Lawyers, European Legal Experts or Who’s Who Legal). In 2013, for the second time, he was named Professional of the Year at the CEE Quality Awards organized by Imagine Live Media in cooperation with the Financial Times.

    • Robert Dobrzycki, Chief Executive Officer Europe, Panattoni Europe

      Robert set up Panattoni Europe’s headquarters for the CEE region in Poland in 2005 and in 2014 he was appointed CEO for Europe. In 11 years under Robert’s management the company has developed 3.2 million sqm of warehouse and industrial space out of existing stock of 10 million sqm in Poland. Since 2007 PE has been the most active developer on the Polish market year by year with a 2% average vacancy rate of portfolio under management, the current portfolio under management totaling 1.3 million sqm.

      Robert began his career with Menard Doswell & Co., an industrial real estate development company, had has over 15 years experience in the real estate business. He is a Warsaw University graduate and has a Masters in Business Management degree.

    • Robert Martin, Principal, Head of Central Europe, Europa Capital

      Robert is a co-founder and principal at Europa Capital. He started his real estate career in 1991 at Herring Baker Harris in London, specializing in office and industrial property. He then moved to St Quintin, where he worked in the logistics and distribution sector in South East England. In 1998, having completed an MBA at Cape Town University, Robert joined Beckwith Property Fund Management (the fore-runner to Europa Capital), working on investment in Central Europe and the UK.

      As one of the five founding partners of Europa Capital in 1999, he focused primarily on investment in Germany, Austria and the countries of Central Europe, where he has now been active for seventeen years. Robert has been actively involved in the establishment and acquisition strategies of Europa Funds I, II, III & IV and the Europa Emerging Europe Fund.

    • Robert Neale, Chief Executive Officer, Portland Trust

      Robert has worked in the commercial real estate industry since 1982 based in Yorkshire, London, Brussels and currently Prague since 1991.

      Having established Ryden and then Healey & Baker, now C&W, in 1993 he created the development and asset management company Portland Trust in 1998. Portland Trust has been in partnership with US property and fund management group Ares Management L.P (formerly AREA Property Partners) since 1999. Ares currently have assets under management of over $90 billion and provides equity capital jointly with Portland Trust to purchase development projects, under-managed assets with refurbishment potential and undercapitalised companies in central and eastern Europe. Together, Ares and Portland Trust have developed and managed over 600,000m2 of new offices, retail and light industrial space in Czech Republic, Slovakia and Romania. Better known projects include Metropole Zlicin – one of the first major malls in Prague, Bucharest Business Park – the first true A class business park in Bucharest and Floreasca Park which won the Financial Times CEEQA Green Building of the year and CIJ Investment transaction of the year 2015.


Cee Markets:

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

See Markets:

Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

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