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, Floreasca Park which won the Financial Times CEEQA Green Building of the year and CIJ Investment transaction of the year 2015, and Oregon Park also in Bucharest.