Paul Betts is Managing Director of M7 in Central Europe, based in Prague but responsible for operations across the Central European region. Paul has been working in real estate for 26 years and has been based overseas for over 22 years in Central Europe and France. Prior to joining M7 in May 2015, Paul was Head of EMEA Logistics at Jones Lang LaSalle. He was a Director responsible for the coordination of all business services offered within the Logistics sector across the EMEA region. He was also a member of the Global Logistics Board. Prior to this Paul was a Partner of King Sturge and Managing Director of the French operations.
Previously, Paul was located in Prague for King Sturge becoming Managing Director in 1995. He oversaw the team expansion from eight to 25 and was involved in the formation of new offices in Poland, Hungary and Croatia. Paul advised on a number of the earliest institutional investment transactions in the region for clients including GE Capital and HypoVereinsbank as well as providing development advice including site assembly for Skanska. Paul significantly diversified the range of property services available for investor, developers and occupiers in the emerging Czech market.
Founding Partner, Head of Tax Practice,
Gabriel is a founding partner of Biriş Goran and is widely regarded as one of the leading tax experts in the country.
Gabriel has over 21 years of experience in Romanian tax matters, having advised clients on complex tax litigation, compliance and structuring issues. He is well-known in the Romanian media for his tireless advocacy for meaningful tax reform to assist the business environment in Romania, and his appointment as Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Finance was a vindication of his efforts.
Between December 2015 and September 2016, Gabriel was Secretary of State in the Romanian Ministry of Finance, in charge of tax legislation. He represented Romania at the First Inclusive Framework of OECD’s Anti-Beps Plan in Kyoto, Japan, in June 2016. During his mandate, he also promoted a future of VAT based on reverse charge with the European Commission.
Gabriel is actively involved in Ready Nation Ro, a Romanian NGO supported by Ready Nation US, which aims to determine a large number of Romanian business leaders to actively engage in creating public policies impacting the early education.
The last eleven editions of Chambers Europe confirmed his reputation, ranking him as “highly recommended”.
Head of Research EMEA and UK,
Prior to joining CBRE in mid-2012, Dr Blake was Director of Economic Analysis at Oxford Economics having previously worked for Experian Business Strategies, Wharton Econometrics (Global Insight) and the University of East Anglia. He holds degrees from the Universities of York and Warwick. Neil has extensive knowledge of economic and property market modelling and forecasting (with over 25 years’ experience) having developed the Oxford Economics European Cities and Global Cities models. At CBRE, Neil heads the EMEA research leads on forecasting investment performance and on strategic investment advice within the EMEA research team. He is an extensive experience of media and public speaking and gave the opening address at this year’s CEDEM Real Estate Investment Summit in Prague.
Blake Neil Dr. MRICS
Senior Director of Business Development,
the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group
A graduate in Hotel, Catering & Institutional Management from Brighton University, and a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality (FIH). With almost 35 years of hotel & catering experience in operations, consulting and business development, Darren joined the Carlson Rezidor development team in Moscow in March 2006. Previously engaged with Starwood, De Vere, Forte, Renaissance, and IHG in the UK, USA, Bermuda and Hong Kong he initially worked in Eastern Europe in May 1992. Since then he has resided the past 25 years in Russia, Azerbaijan and Ukraine. The Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has 1,400 hotels in operation and under development, with a global footprint covering 115 countries and territories. Within Eastern Europe Carlson Rezidor manage 100 hotels with over 23,000 guestrooms open and in operation, including the Radisson Blu Hotel Bucharest and the Park Inn by Radisson Bucharest.
Blanchard Darren (FIH)
Vice President - International Real Estate Finance Continental Europe,
Georg Blaschke is an educated banker and holds a university degree in business administration. He has almost 20 years of experience in real estate finance in USA, UK, France, Benelux and CEE. At professional posts in London, New York and Frankfurt he has been responsible for loan origination, credit management and business development. Now based in Frankfurt he is responsible for Poland in the loan origination team for "Continental Europe" at Landesbank Hessen-Thüringen (Helaba). Since the start of activities in these markets in 2006 the team has originated and underwritten financings of about EUR 4.0 billion.
Head of Leasing Department,
AFI Europe Romania
Costin has more than 10 years experience in commercial real estate in Romania. Before joining AFI Europe Romania 7 years ago, he had been working as a senior retail consultant in Jones Lang Lasalle, one of the leading global real estate agencies. Costin holds a degree in International business and a masters degree in Strategic Marketing from The Bucharest Academy of Economic Studies and is fluent in English and French.
Director International Real Estate Finance,
Eva has worked with the UniCredit Group since 1998. Beginning her career in Hungary where she worked as relationship manager, later 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.
Global Head of Office Solutions & Design,
Jens Böhnlein joined CA Immo in January 2017 as Head of the newly created Office Solutions & Design department. In this role, he analyses the technological and structural market requirements on office buildings and acts as an internal innovation consultant, securing the long-term competitiveness of the international office supply of CA Immo. Moreover, he acts as a consultant for future CA Immo-tenants in respect of need-oriented interior design concepts, mainly within the context of project developments.
Prior to this, Jens Böhnlein was Chair of Project Management & Consultancy for Northern Europe at Cushman & Wakefield (C&W), where he was responsible for all operational and strategic processes of the department. Before joining C&W he held several positions at JLL, DTZ and E&Y. Jens Böhnlein, MRICS, studied architecture at the universities of Stuttgart and Delft and has a degree as Dipl.-Ingenieur.
Senior Partner, Head of Investments,
<p>Mr Boitan joined Revetas in 2012 and serves as Head of Investments. He has over 20 years of experience in investment, valuation and property agency within the Romanian market and has been involved in a wide variety of transactions. He was previously the Head of Capital Markets for Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) in Romania following the merger with King Sturge. Mr Boitan was a member of the management board of King Sturge in Romania from its inception in 2005 until the merger with JLL, where his responsibility extended to investment, professional services, valuation and research. Prior to King Sturge, he owned and managed a property consulting business working with private equity and corporate real estate investors. Mr Boitan was elected Chairman of the Romanian board of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) for two consecutive mandates. His extensive real estate experience includes transactional consultancy, equity and debt financing, valuations, and a wide spectrum of acquisitions, disposals, developments and feasibility studies.</p>
Portfolio Management, Member of the Board,
Vladimír Bolek studied social sciences at Comenius University in Bratislava and later Law and economics at Nottingham Trent University - Brno International Business School in the Czech Republic.
He began his career in 1994 in public administration at central state administration level in Bratislava. Later, after the transition to the private sphere, he became asset manager specializing in real estate investments. After the establishment of specialized real estate mutual funds in Slovakia in 2006, he became the portfolio manager of specialized real estate fund in Erste Asset Management in Slovakia. He also created and managed portfolios for private banking department. Later he participated in portfolio management of corporate real estate company Slovnaft as. In 2010 he became a portfolio manager of the „First real estate fund“ of IAD Investmetns and deputy of several real estate companies incorporated in the structure of the first real estate fund of IAD Investments. In 2015 he was promoted into IAD Investments board as member of board responsible for portfolio management department.
Vladimir Bolek is also a contributor to professional publications dealing with the issue of investment and asset management of real – estate in Slovakia.
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