Head of Valuation & Consultancy,
Savills Czech & Slovak Republics
Fraser Watson has 15 years experience across the European real estate market and joined Savills as Head of Valuations & Advisory for its Czech and Slovak operations from January 2018. Fraser began his property career in the UK, going through the commercial graduate route and qualifying in 2006 as a member of the RICS. He moved to Prague in early 2007 where he worked at Cushman & Wakefield for 4 years in capital markets and valuation. Following this, Fraser worked for 7 years on the retail client side focusing primarily on expansion strategy & implementation, estate & project management, covering Europe. Four years of this was in the F&B sector as a Regional Development Leader for AmRest in CEE and then three years as Head of Real Estate Europe (excl. UK & Ireland) for Sports Direct.com. This role included strategic responsibility for the real estate portfolio in 16 countries and over 230 stores.
Catella Residential Investment Management
Darek Węglicki as Country Manager Poland is responsible for all Catella activities In Poland. His scope of activities covers acquisitions, asset management and coordination of all activities of external parties working for or advising to CRIM. From October 2015 till May 2018 Darek was advising to the Management Board of Bouwfonds. He has 25-year experience in real estate including commercial and residential properties and heading top management positions in companies/groups like Eastbridge or Redevco. In the past as entrepreneur he developed his own residential projects.
Business Development Director,
Hamish has 23 years of experience in the field of commercial real estate. He worked at Colliers International, focusing in the field of real estate investment advisory, spending 8 years with Colliers International New Zealand and 9 years with Colliers International Hungary as a Partner and Head of Investment Advisory. He has been involved in a considerable number of key investment transactions in Budapest from 2002 onwards. In 2011, he joined CIB Bank to head the Real Estate Asset Management team – managing a EUR600 million portfolio which was sold down. In 2016, he joined REM Group, one of the most experienced real estate companies operating in Hungary, as their business development director. He is currently a Board member of the Hungarian Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Otago University, New Zealand. Hamish resides in Budapest with his family.
White Hamish MRICS
Partner for CEE,
Wilhelm Simons is partner of PwC Austria. His specific focus is CEE markets.<br />Before joining the Vienna team of PwC he was Assurance leader of the Romanian practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers. He is a Certified Public Accountant (Wirtschaftsprüfer) and Tax Adviser (Steuerberater) and joined PwC in 1989 in the Frankfurt office of PwC.<br /><br />Wilhelm led also the Assurance practice in Poland where he worked 9 years (starting with November 1998). In 2007 he moved to Romania. He has substantial experience in special projects gained through his work on many long-term international assignments. Wilhelm has extensive experience in consulting, especially focusing on private sector development in the fields of auditing, financial and economic analysis, cost accounting, budgeting, restructuring and privatisation.<br />He has significant experience in emerging markets (in CEE since 1996), where he was involved in the development of the private sector industry projects financed by the European Union, the EBRD and other International Financial Institutions, which were carried out in Central Europe. He was several years Board member of the “Foreign Investors Council” in Romania.
Richard started his role as Group CFO for CTP in July 2018, which includes looking after the refinancing of CTP's portfolio of over 4,5 million sqm of premium industrial property. Prior to joining CTP, Richard ran the CRE business of Erste Group across CEE for 14 years, turning it into one of the leading CRE banking franchises. He has a Law degree from the London School of Economics.
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 wellas 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 insome 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.
Wilkinson Tim MRICS
Managing Director Croatia,
Arn Willems has been Managing Director with Globe Trade Centre SA (GTC) since 2011. GTC is listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange (WSE) with a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE). One of the leading commercial real estate companies in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, the Group has since 1994, been developing high standard, modern office and retail properties throughout the region. Within GTC he is responsible for all of the company’s activities in Croatia as well as new retail developments in Serbia. Prior to joining GTC he was partner with CBRE having worked on numerous retail and mixed-use schemes in Central and Eastern Europe including in Croatia, where he is based, as well as in Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia. He is a founder and board member of the Green Building Council of Croatia. He has an MBA from the IEDC School of Management in Bled, Slovenia and speaks regularly at various conferences throughout the region as well holding guest lectures at the Zagreb School of Economics.
Bryan is one of the co-founders of Wilsons and is based in the Prague office. He is a UK registered lawyer and has also passed the Czech Foreign Lawyers exam. Bryan specialises primarily in real estate transactional investment work and has detailed CEE based multi-jurisdictional transactional experience. He has also undertaken several hotel transactions including sales, acquisitions, and the drafting and negotiation of hotel management and lease agreements. Bryan has also been involved in various types of joint venture (retail/office/industrial development) and a multitude of real estate financing transactions, acting for both banks and borrowers. He has also been active in several corporate M&A transactions on behalf of major Czech clients. Before co-founding Wilsons, Bryan worked in Cambridge for a major regional firm and then in London for Linklaters. This was followed by a further six years in Prague for the same firm where he was in charge of the CEE real estate department. In his spare time, Bryan likes to play golf and is an avid reader of fiction.
Managing Director CEE,
Karl Wilson is the general manager for Central Europe and Russia of Aareal Bank. Prior to this position, he was repsonsible for setting up Aareal's office in Warsaw in 2000 and was its general manager. He has also worked in Frankfurt and London with Rheinhyp and in Prague for Price Waterhouse, co-ordinating their CEE corporate finance real estate activities. He holds a degree in estate management from Trinity College Dublin.
Executive Director, Loan Syndication,
Erste Group Bank AG
<p>Hannes Wimmer is responsible for Real Estate Loan Syndication at Erste Group Bank AG which is heading the Austrian savings bank sector. Based in Erste’s Viennese headquarters he manages the syndication of real estate transactions in Austria and CEE. Hannes Wimmer has worked in various positions in the industry including origination as well as restructuring, accumulating a 20 years’ experience in the field. Erste Group Commercial Real Estate is the specialist of Erste Group for real estate financing, investment, asset management, real estate development and technical advisory in Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe. In total across the region, Erste Group manages a commercial real estate portfolio of more than €13 billion with an annual deal flow of more than €2.5 billion.</p>
Head of Capital Markets and RICS Valuations,
<p>Ryan Wray MRICS is Head of Capital Markets and RICS (International) Valuations at Knight Frank. He is responsible for transactions and valuations in Czechia and Slovakia and has an in-depth view of market pricing, investor sentiment and trends across the breath of commercial real estate sectors in these geographies. Ryan has worked in the CEE region for over 14 years and has been involved on some of the region’s most notable commercial transactions and valuations in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.</p>
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
Secure Legal Title, London
Jean-Bernard has 30 years’ experience in the European and US real estate markets as a commercial and investment banker and private equity investor. He then launched the European sales operations of the two largest U.S. title insurance companies.
He is a co-founder of Secure Legal Title, which provides Title Insurance to cover the legal risks in commercial property acquisition, development and mortgage finance in the UK, the EU and accession countries -- and now Mexico.
Policies are issued by Lloyd’s of London.
The company also offers “Representations & Warranties Insurance” for the real estate components of M&A transactions.
Jean-Bernard began his career with JP Morgan Paris, Frankfurt, and New York, then Bankers Trust / Deutsche Bank and HVB Capital, also in New York.
He graduated with honors from Sciences-Po, Paris, and holds degrees in Economics from the Sorbonne and German Studies from the Université de Paris.
Property Forum is a leading event hub in the CEE real estate industry with nearly 10 years of experience. We organise conferences, business breakfasts and workshops focused on real estate, in London, Vienna, Milan, Germany, Bucharest, Budapest, Belgrade, Bratislava and Prague.