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Property Forum’s next virtual event, CEE Valuation & Investment Forum 2020, will cover the most burning topics of property investment and valuation. Leading international experts will share their own experiences and best practices related to managing the unprecedented market situation that COVID-19 has created.

The event will feature two presentations by European experts, a panel discussion with leading valuation professionals covering the CEE region and discussion rooms dedicated to individual CEE countries where valuers can discuss the most pressing issues in their local markets in an informal setting.

The event will start with two speeches. Zoltan Szelyes will present a European investment outlook and Christian Luft will summarize the current challenges and opportunities for the valuation profession.

Zoltan Szelyes

Zoltan Szelyes

Head of Global Real Estate Research
Credit Suisse Asset Management

Zoltan Szelyes has started his professional career as Global Real Estate Analyst in Credit Suisse Research, where he built up the global real estate research from scratch and advised PB and AM clients in real estate between 2004 and 2007. In September 2007 he joined the Swiss National Bank as Senior Economist in the Financial Market Analysis Department. In October 2018 he became Member of the executive management of the Swiss National Bank (SNB) Stabilization Fund. Zoltan oversaw the activities of UBS investment management and co-headed asset management. He was part of the successful liquidation of SNB StabFund and concluded the project that delivered a 3.8 bn USD profit for the SNB. In February 2014 Zoltan has re-joined Credit Suisse as Head of the Global Real Estate Research, where he has been responsible for the global real estate outlook and is a key driving force for the real estate market investment market strategy of the international real estate products. Zoltan is Vice Chairman of the INREV Research Committee, a pan European industry association of real estate investment managers and institutional investors. More »
Christian Luft

Christian Luft

Head of Pan - EMEA Valuations

Christian joined Jones Lang LaSalle in October 1998 as a graduate and has gained experience in a wide range of valuation areas. In October 2000 Christian joined Valuation Advisory and specialised in shopping centre valuations and transactional support in both the UK and also across Europe where he successfully established the Pan-EMEA retail valuation business since 2008. Christian leads the Pan-EMEA Valuation business and is responsible for a number of key valuation client mandates, developing and leading best practice across the EMEA Valuation business. Christian is directly responsible for developing expertise and best practice in shopping centre valuations and leads the EMEA Retail Valuation Group. Christian is a member of the IVSC European Board. More »

These speeches will be followed by a panel discussion on current issues in property valuation across the CEE region with the following speakers:

Tim Wilkinson

Tim Wilkinson

Partner, Capital Markets, Romania
Cushman & Wakefield Echinox

Tim Wilkinson is Partner, Capital Markets Cushman & Wakefield Romania. He joined the office in Bucharest in 2004, and significantly contributed to the development of the business in Romania, predominantly coordinating the advisory services for occupier and landlord clients in the office, retail and industrial sectors, as well as supporting the development of the professional service departments, including valuation, investment, research and property management activities. Tim’s real estate background includes over 17 years of experience in the CEE region, working within the DTZ Poland and Hungary offices, as well as working in the DTZ London office. He has been involved in some of the most pioneering and significant investment deals in Romania over the past 12 years, including the acquisition of Domnesti Business Park (by IOG at the time), Mercury Logistics Park by Heitman, Cefin Logistics Park by Europolis and the joint venture between GE Real Estate and Helios Phoenix. More »
Richard Hogg

Richard Hogg

Head of Valuation, Advisory and Research for Czech Republic and Slovakia
Cushman & Wakefield

Richard is Head of the Valuation & Advisory Services team covering the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Richard joined Cushman & Wakefield in 1999 and worked in the London office prior to his move to the Czech Republic. He has now been active in the CEE market place since 2003. Richard became a Partner in 2011.  More »
Mikulas Molnarfi

Mikulas Molnarfi

Director, Property Analysis & Valuation North Europe & CEE
Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Graduated in Finance and Banking at Charles University in Prague and Real Estate in Reading UK, 17 years real estate experience incl. Head of Valuation Advisory at CBRE Czech Republic & Slovakia and Head of Property Analysis and Valuation in CEE, Netherlands and Nordic countries at Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. Member of RICS, HypZert qualified, member of the international banking group at VDP.   More »
Lukas Hochedlinger

Lukas Hochedlinger

Managing Director Central & Northern Europe
Christie & Co

Lukas opened the Vienna office of Christie & Co in 2010 and has been responsible for the successful expansion and growth of the company in Austria and Central and Eastern Europe since. In 2017 he was appointed Managing Director Northern and Central Europe with the aim of strengthening and growing the brand in European core markets such as Germany and Scandinavia with regard to hotel transactions. Besides having worked on Germany/Austria/Switzerland as well as CEE, Lukas also gained overseas experience in places such as the Caribbean or the USA. He holds a degree in Tourism Management & Leisure Industry from the University of Applied Sciences IMC Krems as well as a Master of Science in Real Estate from Danube University Krems. Lukas is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and an RICS Registered Valuer. More »
Balázs Gál

Balázs Gál

Director - Real Estate Finance
Erste Group Bank AG

Seated in Erste's HQ in Vienna, Balazs is responsible for commercial real estate financing for international clients on the Erste markets in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. He is a banking professional specialized in commercial real estate & structured finance, with strong risk management and restructuring background. He has 10+ years of practice in cross-border and syndicated financing structures in CEE. He has notable experience on the Hungarian, Czech and Slovak commercial real estate markets, furthermore worked with real estate portfolios in Poland, Bulgaria and Ukraine. More »


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