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2014 Jury

Agent & Industry Partners

    • Alan Colquhoun, Head of CEE, DTZ

      Alan Colquhoun is DTZ’s Head of Central & Eastern Europe based at the Warsaw office and have day-to-day responsibility for DTZ’s Polish business. Alan, who returned to DTZ Poland in April 2013, previously headed DTZ’s Polish business from 1999 until 2009 and was responsible for Central Europe after 2006. He also spent six years at DTZ in the Czech Republic and has worked at DTZ in Canada and the UK. Alan is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

    • Charles Taylor, Managing Director Poland, Cushman & Wakefield

      A Partner at Cushman & Wakefield with over 20 years experience in the property profession, Charles is currently Managing Partner of the firm’s Polish offices. He was previously Managing Director of Hungary and Head of Capital Markets for the CEE region, having been based in Hungary for 15 years. He has a significant track record of closing successful transactions across the region.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Ilinca Paun, Managing Director Romania, Colliers International

      Ilinca is an entrapreneur with 15 years of experience in business and real estate consultancy. She joined Colliers in 2000 after previously being involved in the development of the first shopping mall in Romania. Since then, Ilinca had a significant contribution to the growth and sustainability of Colliers International in the Romanian real estate market. In the 14 years with Colliers International, Ilinca was noted by outstanding spirit of innovation and polyvalence, which allowed her to acquire a substantial track record in virtually all market segments, from office to residential, being involved in some of the major company initiatives and landmark transactions in the market. Based on her large and complementary expertise, understanding of the clients’ needs, as well as proven leadership skills and ability to drive innovation processes throughout all company levels, Ilinca was appointed Managing Director of Colliers International Romania in 2010. In this role, she has been guiding the integration of the Romanian office in a global platform of information, bridging corporate services, market insights and comprehensive business solutions into a single point of contact, which the objective to offer all Colliers clients the highest-possible standards of service quality.

      With Ilinca Paun as ambassador, in 2013, Colliers International Romania was the first company in the region to create and propose companies a new style of working, under the form of a prototype of the Generation Y Office.

    • Jonathan Hallett, (MRICS) Managing Partner Central & Eastern Europe, Cushman & Wakefield

      Jonathan has international retail experience gained over 23 years working in Brussels, Paris, London and Central Europe. As Managing Director for the CEE region he oversees Cushman & Wakefield’s operations across Central and Eastern Europe, with over 880 staff in 7 countries, and involved in all aspects of property Services.

      Jonathan is also currently overseeing the C&W Alliance partners in a further 11 countries across the CEE region. He is an EMEA Board Member of Cushman & Wakefield and the Managing Partner of Cushman & Wakefield in the Czech Republic. He became a Partner in 2001 and is a member of the RICS and the ICSC.

    • Monika Debska-Pastakia, (FRICS) Partner, Chairman of the Board Poland, Knight Frank

      Monika is a UK chartered surveyor (FRICS), chartered town planner (MRTPI), Polish licensed valuer and a licensed broker with over 28 years of experience in development advice, property finance and investment, valuation as well as property and asset management. She graduated in Town Planning at the South Bank University in London and Estate Management at College of Estate Management in Reading, UK. For several years, she worked for a chartered surveying firm of Montagu Evans in London as a Development consultant.

      Monika joined Price Waterhouse CEE in 1991 and has gained extensive experience of the real estate markets throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In 1995 she was appointed a Director of Price Waterhouse Real Estate and became a Chairman of Knight Frank in Poland in 1998, currently overseeing Asset Management as well as Valuation services. In 2011-2014 she was a Chairman of RICS Polska and currently heads up the RICS Arbitration Working Party aiming to introduce alternative dispute resolution  services in the Polish property market.

    • Renata Kusznierska, Senior Director, Head of Retail CEE, DTZ

      A specialist in leasing and managing retail properties including development, expansion, property & asset management, Renata re-joined DTZ in November 2013 as a Senior Director, Head of Retail for CEE. She has over 13 years experience in the retail property sector, nine of them at DTZ in Poland where she headed the Retail Agency team in Central Europe. Renata held senior management board positions at Carrefour Poland as a Director of property and asset and expansion, she was responsible for the property and asset management of 330 hyper- and supermarkets and 40 shopping centers in Poland.

      Renata has a Master of Science in Economy with specialty in Property Appraisal and Management from Sheffield Hallam University and accreditation of RICS Royal Institution of charted Surveyors, a BA in Economy with speciality in Property Management at the WSGN School of Property Management in Warsaw and a post-graduate degree from the School of Property Valuation from Warsaw School of Management.

    • Tomasz Trzoslo, Managing Director & Head of Capital Markets Poland, JLL

      Tomasz is the Managing Director of JLL in Poland since March 2013. He also continues in his role as the head of Polish capital markets team at JLL and the member of JLL’s EMEA Capital Markets Strategy Board.

      Tomasz has over 18 years’ experience in the Central European real estate markets. He has participated in numerous transactions across the CEE, including investment deals (sales, acquisitions, sale and leaseback transactions) and corporate finance transactions (development debt, investment debt and equity raising and structuring projects).

Industry Operators

    • 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.

    • Andrew Jackson, Managing Director CEE, First Title

      As Managing Director for the CEE region Andrew is responsible for developing and managing First Title Insurance plc’s CEE/SEE business. In this capacity he is responsible for the company’s strategic direction and comprehensive business strategy as well as understanding the region’s markets and risks. He works extensively with the senior management of national and international property investment/development companies and their financing lenders.

      Andrew is a pioneer of title insurance in CEE/SEE and has helped First Title be a risk participant in nearly €5.4 billion worth of commercial property transactions. Andrew has worked for 10 years with First Title in the CEE/SEE market which has resulted in providing extensive knowledge of the region’s real estate market including the title risks in the various countries, solutions to protect against those risks and an in-depth understanding of the real estate industry. With his profound knowledge of risks and the property market, Andrew successfully leads the CEE/SEE office in coordinating with clients and First Title’s skilled underwriters in structuring bespoke and off-the-shelf title insurance solutions for leading lenders, property developers and investors. In a risk adverse market, First Title’s expertise and specialist policies can make a difference.

      Andrew studied Business at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and holds a diploma in Finance and Insurance.

    • Brendan Long, Head of Corporate Property Finance Department, Bank Zachodni WBK

      Brendan is Head of Corporate Property Finance for Bank Zachodni WBK, a member of the Santander Group. He leads a large team of experienced property finance professionals who are a leading long-term financing partner for Real Estate projects in Poland. He has 25 years of experience in financing Corporate and Property projects in Ireland, Bulgaria and Poland. Brendan has 10 years experience in CEE having joined Bank Zachodni WBK in 2003, and worked for three years in Bulgaria before returning to Poland with the Santander Group in 2013.

    • Bryan Wilson, Partner, Wilson & Partners

      Bryan is a solicitor registered with the English & Wales Bar Association and he has also passed the CAK Foreign Lawyers exam in the Czech Republic. Bryan specialises in managing and structuring large real estate investment transactions on both the buy and sell sides and he has been involved in several CEE based multi-jurisdictional transactions and projects. He has vast experience with various types of joint ventures implemented throughout the CEE countries and has a strong working knowledge of the hotel sector. He has also been active in several corporate M&A transactions on behalf of major Czech clients.

      Before co-founding Wilson & Partners, Bryan worked for seven years in the UK and then for a further six years in the CEE for Linklaters, a leading international law firm where he was in charge of the CEE real estate department. He is described in Chambers Europe 2012 as a ‘Leading Lawyer’ who takes taking “an innovative and positive approach to challenges… gives honest opinions and can put himself in our position.” Bryan speaks English and has improved his Czech since his move to the Czech Republic in 2001.

    • Eva Boehler, Director CEE Real Estate Financing, UniCredit

      Eva has worked with the UniCredit Group since 1998. Beginning her career in Hungary where she worked as head of department for real estate, in her current position since 2006 she is responsible for international real estate clients in CEE, Russia and Turkey, and for investment and development projects. Eva graduated at the Corvinus University Budapest.

    • James Huckle, Investment Director, NBGI Private Equity

      James is an Investment Director at NBGI Private Equity, a pan European mid-market investor. He joined NBGI in April 2007 to establish the real estate practice. Prior to joining NBGI, he was a fund manager in the CEE private equity division of INVESCO and a consultant at Arthur Andersen where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. He holds an MA in Geography from the University of Oxford.

    • Jan Motz, President, Capital Park

      Jan is joint founder and President of the Management Board of Capital Park S.A., one of leading investment companies operating in the Polish real estate market with a portfolio of over 300 thousand sqm of office, retail and residential space. He has almost thirty years of experience in the real estate sector within the scope of preparation, financing and also development of commercial projects, particularly office buildings.

      In 1986–2001 Jan was the owner of Progressive Development Inc., a company that developed a range of construction projects in the American market. In the 1990s he was a shareholder in a group of Polish companies owned by Euro RSCG, one of Europe’s largest marketing concerns. Also, he was associated for ten years with Communication One Inc. that includes Call Center Poland S.A. – leader in the call center market in Poland.

    • Karol Pilniewicz, Managing Director CEE, Valad Europe

      Karol Pilniewicz, Head of CEE, joined Valad in 2012, responsible for the Central European Industrial Fund, Polish Retail Fund and for growing Valad’s business in the CEE region. Prior to joining Valad, Karol was the Fund Manager of the Polish Retail Fund at GE Real Estate, a Management board member of listed property developer – Ronson, a Senior Manager in Aareal Bank AG. Karol has an education in Economics.

    • Lenka Kostrounova, Director of Real Estate Financing Division, CSOB

      Lenka has been active in real estate financing more than 15 years. Together with her professional team within ČSOB, she is responsible for real estate financing in the Czech Republic. The main task of the division is to secure the financial service tailored-made for real estate developers and investors and others, for whom is the ownership, facility management or real estate crucial in their business. During the career, Lenka has successfully structured the financing of dozens real estate projects in volume of several billion CZK. Lenka is the Board member of Association for real estate development from 2012.

    • Louis-Simon Ferland, Principal, Blacktone

      Louis is a Principal in the Real Estate Group of Blackstone and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010 he has been involved in evaluating real estate investments in several property types throughout Europe. Before joining Blackstone he was an Associate at Merrill Lynch Global Principal Investments where he was involved in a variety of real estate acquisitions, primarily in Central and Eastern Europe, prior to which he was a corporate attorney in New York City.

      Louis has a dual degree in Common and Civil Law from McGill University, where he graduated with Great Distinction, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.

    • Mark Rea, Managing Partner, Sentient

      Mark is the Managing Partner of Sentient, one of the largest Project & Cost Management Consultants operating throughout Central & Eastern Europe and beyond. After over 22 years with Gardiner & Theobald, rising to Equity Partner, in 2013 Mark led the successful buyout of the G&T CEE operation together with the other regional partners. With re-branding as Sentient completed in October 2013 we currently have established offices in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Montenegro and Croatia and work and experience in many of the neighbouring countries providing the same, high quality service levels as previously, for a full range of construction consultancy and related services – but now with the management and decision making team based in the region, giving increased flexibility and on the ground knowledge in a continually developing market.

      Mark has been based in CEE for 18 years and has experience throughout the region. He is a Partner and Member of the Institute of Royal Chartered Surveyors.

    • Martin Nemecek, Acquisitions Director, CPI

      Martin joined CPI Group in 2011 and became responsible for property acquisitions, bank financing and legal matters of the group. Since then CPI Group acquired properties worth almost €2 billion and expanded from the Czech Republic and Slovakia to many other CEE countries and France. Martin has led the team acquiring Ablon Group, Endurance Fund, Palais Maeterlinck as well as shares in Orco Property Group. Prior to joining CPI Group, he worked at Linklaters/Kinstellar and Salans law firms for over 10 years and represented international and local real estate investors and developers.

      Martin graduated from the Faculty of Law of the Charles University in Prague and from the University of Economics in Prague.

    • 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.

    • Pavel Trenka, Group CEO, HB Reavis

      Pavel is Member of the Board, CEO and Head of Strategy at Slovakia-based real estate development company HB Reavis, joining the company in 2007. He was previously Associate Principal at McKinsey and Company (2000 – 2007) and an Associate at Bank Austria Investment Bank. He is a graduate of The University of Rochester – William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration.

    • 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.

    • Roberta Tumpel, Head of Investment Management, Raiffeisen Group

      Roberta has been with Raiffeisen Immobilien KAG (Vienna) since 2008, a member of the Austrian banking group Raiffeisen. As Head of Investment Management she is responsible for the buying, selling and financing of commercial real estate for the real estate funds managed in trust by the company. The company is active in buying core/core + office and logistics buildings in Poland, Germany, France and the Netherlands.

      Roberta began her career as a Controller with the real estate fund management company Bank Austria Creditanstalt Real Invest GmbH in Vienna and subsequently with Volksbank AG, Vienna (formerly Investkredit Bank AG) where she worked in commercial real estate finance in CEE, loved every minute of it, and became a Senior Vice President. In 2006 she made the transition from bank to investor and was an Investment Manager at Unibail Rodamco Group, based in Vienna, working at buying/ selling/ asset management of truly outstanding retail assets in CEE and Austria.

      Roberta is Austrian, based in Vienna and speaks German, English, French, Italian and has rudimentary knowledge of Czech and Russian.

    • Roger Peters, Regional Director Northern & Eastern Europe, Goodman

      Roger has been employed in his current role since May 2012. Between 2009-2012 he was engaged in assisting companies with pursuing investment opportunities and capital raising in Asia. Between 2006 and 2009 he held various positions including Business Development with Private Equity firms in Romania, Russia and Turkey and was CEO of a closed-end fund in Central Europe. From 1989-2006 he worked as VP Development ProLogis Europe and developed/acquired properties in Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Sweden, Netherlands and Belgium, he has also worked with International Developer with Schiphol Group and commenced projects in Hong Kong, Brisbane, South Africa and Vienna.

    • Tim Norman, Chairman, Europa Capital

      Europa Capital is a pan-European real estate investment management business, which has invested over €5bn in 17 countries across Europe. Mr. Norman has nearly 20 years’ experience investing in central and eastern European property. He is currently CEO of Emerging Europe Fund, a €164m real estate opportunity fund focused on Romania, Bulgaria, western Balkans, Ukraine and Turkey. He previously worked as senior banker at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Prior experience included Bank of America, Bank of Boston and a private property group.

 
 

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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