News Article conference coronavirus event leasing online Poland Property Forum webinar
by Property Forum | Report

Property Forum’s series of virtual events, organised in partnership with the RICS, continues with online panel discussions focused on the leasing issues that arise during the COVID-19 lockdown. This week's remaining two events, focused on the Polish and Romanian property markets, will bring together landlords, tenants, legal advisors and other industry experts to shed light on the issues currently on the mind of market participants and to help provide an overview of the potential immediate and long-term implications of the coronavirus crisis. Our diverse group of panellists will answer all the burning questions that may arise in this unprecedented situation.

With the vast majority of industry professionals now working from home, online meetings are becoming part of the daily routine. Property Forum is now organising a series of online panel discussions on the potential impacts of the coronavirus crisis on various segments of the property market. You can join the discussion on your computer, phone or tablet, wherever you are. As an audience member, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions during the discussion.

The next event will focus on COVID-19’s potential implications for the Polish market, with the following speakers:

Seweryna Afanasjew

Seweryna Afanasjew

Board Member
RICS World Europe Board

Real estate senior executive with broad commercial CEE real estate market knowledge. Expert in real estate fund and asset management as well as in corporate strategic facilities management with experience gained from global companies like Citibank and Liberty Global. She has wide expertise in commercial real estate portfolio management (office, retail, logistic); preparing and implementing real estate strategy for organization; introducing organizational process improvements, implementing real estate innovations and proptech solutions, big teams management and documented cost optimization with savings up to 30%. Professional Member of RICS (MRICS) World European Regional Board; Polish Licensed Property Manager and Licensed Real Estate Agent. RICS Accredited Mediator. IFMA member and previous IFMA Poland Chapter Board Member. More »
Maciej Markowski

Maciej Markowski

CEO & Co-Founder

Maciej’s background spans 6 years within the workplace field. Maciej has international experience in corporate workplace, and change issues, advising major corporations on their workplace research, strategy, and change management and leading workplace projects. He specialises in designing new research tools tailored to a specific client’s needs (trading floor communication matrix, lab usage etc.). Maciej has worked and lead a number of workplace strategy and change management projects. His most recent assignments are leading a workplace strategy and change management project Swiss Re and developing Global Workplace Strategy Guidelines for Firmenich. Prior to joining C&W, Maciej worked with JLL, CBRE and Aecom where he developed innovative workplace solutions and change management programmes for McCann Worldgroup, Global Radio, Dolby, Unilever, Nokia, Cisco, JP Morgan and Citi bank. He is a prolific and recognised writer both in the UK and Poland and contributes to thought leadership articles regarding workplace trends and published research. He is a recognised speaker at conferences and was also Managing Editor of OFFICE Magazine from 2009 – 2012. More »
Hubert Abt

Hubert Abt

CEO / Principal
New Work Offices

Hubert Abt has been working in the real estate industry for over 30 years. He worked in the land banking sector and provided equity and Mezzanine capital for various real estate projects. In 2013 he founded NEW WORK Offices in Budapest, which provides various flexible office solutions. Since then he developed the business model further and grew the company to 25 locations in 5 countries making NEW WORK Offices the fastest growing workspace solution provider in the CEE. He incorporated NEW WORK into a closed joint-stock company in 2018 and now leads the company as CEO while focusing investor relations, and developing NEW WORK Living and other innovative product lines. More »
Monika Dębska-Pastakia

Monika Dębska-Pastakia

Partner, Chairman of the Board
Knight Frank

Monika Anna Dębska-Pastakia, Partner and Chairman of the Board at Knight Frank Sp. z o.o. She is a chartered surveyor, licensed broker, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) since 1991 and member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in the UK since 1989. She is also an RICS accredited Commercial Mediator in real estate. Monika has 30 years’ experience in development and financial real estate consulting, valuations as well as strategic portfolio and asset management. She graduated in Town Planning at the South Bank University in London and Estate Management at the College of Estate Management Reading University in the UK. In 1987 she began her professional career at Montagu Evans in London as a development consultant. In 1991 she joined Price Waterhouse and gained extensive experience in commercial and residential real estate throughout Central and Eastern Europe. In 1995 she became a Director at Price Waterhouse Nieruchomości. Since 1998 she holds the position of Chairman of the Board and Partner at Knight Frank in Poland. She is currently overseeing strategic asset management, portfolio management and valuation service lines.  In 2011 – 2014 she was the Chairman of the Board of RICS Poland. She is currently a Chairman of the RICS Alternative Dispute Resolution working party with an objective to introduce mediations to the real estate market in Poland. More »
Dariusz Forysiak

Dariusz Forysiak

Director, Investment Services
Colliers International

Dariusz is in charge of Colliers brokerage services – representation of the vendor, representation of the purchaser – of various formats of retail assets in Poland as well as for consultancy services including retail strategy advisory. Dariusz has an extensive, 20 years experience in the retail sector including in-depth knowledge of retail investments, retail development, asset management and leasing. His experience includes mature relationships with large retail operators, capital investors, retail developers and remaining important players in Polish and CEE retail sector. More »
Bartłomiej Zagrodnik

Bartłomiej Zagrodnik

Managing Partner / CEO
Walter Herz

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  • How has COVID-19 impacted the Czech property market so far? How long will the current situation last?
  • How are different asset classes impacted by the crisis?
  • What are the current legal actions available for tenants not being able to pay rent?
  • What are the current legal actions available for landlords with missed rental revenues?
  • What kind of legislative response can be expected from the government?
  • How will government stimulus measures affect the real estate market?
  • What are the lockdown’s possible implications for co-working operators?
  • How should future lease agreements prepare for unprecedented situations like this?
  • Will this crisis accelerate the adaptation of technology in the development/leasing/selling process?

More information on the event is available on our website.