Region's top real estate firms celebrated at EuropaProperty's 8th annual CEE Investment Awards
31 October

EuropaProperty has successfully completed its 8th annual CEE Investment Awards at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw, Poland. The awards gala was heralded a great success, and was well received by all the winners and their guests.

The awards ceremony looked fantastic, and was once again witnessed by a select group of around 350 senior European and Central European real estate professionals; affirming the event’s status as a true landmark event for the investment sector.

Globalworth, Griffin Real Estate, CBRE Global Investors and Atrium European Real Estate were this year's big winners, collecting multiple awards across all the main investment categories. CPI Property Group, Europa Capital, Bluehouse Capital, and GVA Polska also walked away with some of the big prizes.

Griffin Real Estate was deemed this year's best Overall Investor largely on the back of its record breaking transactions, the highlight of which was the M1 deal  -  an acquisition of a portfolio of 28 retail properties from funds managed by Ares Management L.P., AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets and Apollo Rida. The value of the deal was around €1 billion. Griffin Real Estate acted as transaction manager, co-investor and co-manager of Chariot Top Group BV, a company incorporated in the Netherlands.

Globalworth was recognised by the jury for its successful entry into the Polish market. The investor collected four awards including Office and Value-Add Investor and for acquiring the Spektrum Tower in the Investment Deal €100 million + category and in the Mega Deal category for acquiring a 71.7 percent stake in Griffin Premium Real Estate.

Atrium European Real Estate was recognised as Retail Investor for its renewed acquisition strategy throughout the region, and its recent purchase of Wars Sawa Junior in Warsaw for around €301 million. Atrium also picked up the Core Investor prize.

Investment recognition also went to CBRE Global Investors as Warehouse Investor and Investment Asset Management Firm. Bluehouse Capital was awarded Core+ Investor and CPI Property Group was recognised for its acquisition of HopStop's retail parks portfolio in Poland. Europa Capital was awarded as Opportunistic Investor, and was also celebrated for its disposal of Plac Malachowskiego in Warsaw to Generali Real Estate.

Helaba's Martin Erbe was named this year’s Industry Professional. Helaba ranks among Europe's leading banks and is one of the CEE region's largest and most successful lenders, with an estimated €2 billion in assets financed across the region.

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank was voted this year's Bank of the Year. The specialist bank was recognised for its core business of lending and the important role it plays in supplying credit to the real estate industry.

Panattoni Europe collected the Warehouse Development of the Year award for their Fulfilment Center for Amazon in Poland. Olivia Business Centre's Olivia Prime in Gdansk was voted Office Project of the Year. The recently developed office complex was deemed by the Jurors to be the best example of a leading Class A office development as well as accentuate the strength of Poland's secondary cities. Other developments recognised by the awards included the completely refurbished Hotel Europejski by HESA in Poland.

AFI Europe, a leading real estate development and investment company operating in CEE and focusing on the development of large-scale commercial projects, took the Office Developer of the Year award, after being recognised by the Jury for its continued successful sustainable-development model across the region.

Accentuating the strength and interest in the region’s investment sector, were the Investment Brokerage and Investment Broker Awards. Michal Cwiklinski from GVA won the Investment Broker of the Year, and JLL once again walked away with the Investment Brokerage Firm award. The Local Agency award went to Nuvalu.

Another personal award was handed out to First Property's Emilia Załoga for Property Manager of the Year. CBRE were awarded Property Management Firm of the Year and Gleeds walked away with the Project Management Firm award.

Further company awards went to GVA Polska for Professional Service Provider, TPA was once again voted this year's best Tax and Financial Adviser, and First Title was voted the best Title Insurance Provider.

Other industry winners included, Dentons as Law Firm, Kajima as Construction Firm and SPIE for Facility Management Firm. Hotel Professionals was awarded Hotel Advisory of the Year, InterContinental Hotels Group won Hotel Operator of the Year and Wroclaw picked up the City of the Year award.

On behalf of our sponsors, judges and attendees, we offer our congratulations to all the winners. Foundations are already in place for next year’s event, which promises to be even better.

The ninth annual CEE Investment Awards will be held on October 24th, 2019.

Full List of Winners for 2018

Hotel Advisory 

Hotel Professionals

Hotel Professionals Advisory & Management is a proven team of experts representing two twin entities: Hotel Professionals, which is a leading advisory company in the hotel sector in Poland, and Hotel Professionals Management Group, a company that was created to provide comprehensive asset and hotel management services.

 

Hotel Operator 

InterContinental Hotels Group

IHG is one of the world’s leading hotel companies with more than 350,000 people working across almost 100 countries to deliver great hotels in 5,367 hotels globally with 799,923 rooms. Its diverse portfolio of differentiated brands are well known and loved by millions of consumers around the world.

 

Professional Service Provider 

GVA Polska

GVA Poland is a property advisory firm set up in Warsaw by managing partner Michal Cwiklinski and GVA Grimley Ltd. The company derives best practices from UK based GVA and implements consultancy services such as investment consultancy, technical and hotel advisory services on the Polish commercial real estate market.

 

Facility Management Firm 

SPIE Polska

Since 1998 SPIE has been delivering multi technical facility management. In 2016 AGIS Fire&Security joined the firm, expanding its offer with fire and security systems, as well as low-voltage and tele-technical installations. At the moment with 580 specialists SPIE provides its services to over 300 projects throughout Poland in the office, industrial, logistics and retail sectors.

 

Tax & Financial Provider 

TPA Poland

TPA is a leading international consultancy group providing comprehensive business advisory services. It employs over 1,000 experts operating in professional partnership companies in Poland and 10 countries of Central and South-Eastern Europe: Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Romania and Hungary.

 

Title Insurance Provider 

First Title

First Title Insurance plc provides innovative insurance solutions that minimise legal risk and add security to real estate transactions throughout Europe. The company's bespoke insurance policies provide cover for both known and unknown legal ownership and mortgage security defects.

 

Law Firm 

Dentons

Dentons, the world's largest law firm, offers agile, tailored solutions to meet the local, national and global needs of private and public clients of any size in more than 167 locations serving 73 countries. With over 1,300 lawyers, including 100+ in CEE alone, Dentons’ Global Real Estate Group offers legal advice and solutions that combine international real estate expertise, local market knowledge, and sector specific experience.

 

Construction Firm 

Kajima

Kajima shows industry leadership through building relationships, as well as buildings, reflecting its commitment to its clients. The firm contributes to the industry through technical excellence, client service, and responsibility to its employees, its suppliers, and the environment.

 

Project Management Firm 

Gleeds Polska

Gleeds Polska, part of Gleeds Group - one of the world’s leading management and construction consultants with over 130 years’ experience in the building and construction industry and offices worldwide. Gleeds Polska, with its main office in Warsaw, was formally established in 1992, and it now operates from its local offices in Warsaw, Katowice, Krakow, Poznań, Łodź, Wrocław and Gdańsk. In addition, the firm has a well established subsidiary, Gleeds Ukraine LCC (with its office in Kiev), under Gleeds Polska management.

 

Property Management Firm 

CBRE

CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. On Polish market CBRE started business in 2000. Right now company counts more than 1,400 employees.

Property Manager

Emilia Załoga - First Property

First Property Group plc is an award-winning property and investment fund company that operates in the UK and Central Europe. The company focuses its activities on high-yielding commercial real estate that ensures stable cash flow. The company is characterized by flexibility and an active approach to asset management.

 

Local Agency

Nuvalu

The company has been providing advice on a full scope of services related to the commercial real estate market in Poland for nearly 10 years. It continually enhances the standard of its services and consistently introduces a new quality on the Polish commercial real estate market.

 

Corporate Investment Agency 

JLL

JLL’s Capital Markets team is the most experienced in the CEE/SEE region – with 36 professionals, including a specialized retail investment team and a corporate finance team. JLL provides strategic advisory in office, retail, industrial and hotel investment sales and acquisitions on the commercial real estate markets across the region.

 

Investment Broker 

Michal Ćwikliński - GVA Polska

Michał is recognized in the market for his professionalism and reliability going together with sociable attitude, energy and dynamic approach. His true engagement in caring for contacts already resulted in many interesting meetings and successful closings. Noteworthy achievements of Q4 2017 – Q4 2018 Within mentioned period, he concluded transactions of total volume over €350 million.

 

Bank 

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank is a specialist bank for commercial real estate finance and public investment finance. Its core business is lending: the bank has an important role to play in supplying credit to the real estate industry and supports the public sector with financing for projects and measures designed to improve public infrastructure.

 

Developer 

AFI Europe

AFI Europe is a leading real estate development and investment company operating in Central and Eastern Europe and focusing on the development of large-scale commercial and residential projects.

 

City

Wrocław

As the largest city of Lower Silesia, Wrocław is the region’s administrative, economic and cultural capital. Standing on twelve islands on the Oder river and its four tributaries, it is often called the Venice of the North. It is a city with a thousand years of history. It passed from the hands of Czech kings under the rule of Austria, and then Prussia; finally, after the Second World War, it became a part of Poland. Today, the heritage of the past intertwines with modernity. As a city open to new ideas and challenges, Wrocław has gained a reputation as dynamic and innovative.

 

Warehouse Project 

Fulfillment Center for Amazon - Panattoni Europe - Poland

Panattoni Europe has developed a fifth logistics centre for Amazon. The new facility featuring 135,000 sqm has been built in Sosnowiec in the region of Upper Silesia, built on a 21-hectare site. Amazon’s fulfilment centre in Sosnowiec is adapted to the high-bay storage system and dedicated to the distribution of shoes and clothes in Western Europe. Moreover – like with the previous Panattoni Europe projects for Amazon – the facility is being a subject to environmental certification under the BREEAM scheme.

 

Hotel Project 

Hotel Europejski - HESA – Poland

Europejski is a prime example of a restoration, which brought new life to a historic building, returning it to guests and city residents of Warsaw alike, to whom it once again became one of the favorite meeting places.

 

Office Project 

Olivia Prime - Olivia Business Centre - Poland

Olivia Prime is the latest residence belonging to Olivia Business Centre in Gdańsk. The whole building has been designed to provide users with spaces that stimulate creativity and collaboration. With a focus on wellness, spaces have been designed to give the opportunity to be productive, as well as to relate to nature and provide place to relax. Technically, Olivia Prime distinguishes itself - featuring a three-pane elevation that provides the best possible thermal properties.

 

Warehouse Investor 

CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investors is a leading global real estate investment manager. The company sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide. During the last 4 quarters in CEE, the company completed 4 sizable portfolio deals (out of which two acquisition and two disposals) and three individual transactions (two acquisitions and one disposal). The total volume of transacted space reached almost €1.4 billion.

 

Retail Investor 

Atrium European Real Estate

Atrium together with its subsidiaries completed the purchase of the Wars Sawa Junior retail centre in Warsaw, Poland for €301.5 million. Following the acquisition, 84% of the company’s portfolio is located in Poland and the Czech Republic and includes four prime centres in Warsaw and two in Prague.

 

Office Investor 

Globalworth

Globalworth was established in 2013 and over the years became the largest office investor in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), having the leading position in two main markets, Romania and Poland. The company acquires, develops and manages commercial real estate assets, primarily in the office sector, with the objective of being the landlord of choice for the growing variety of multinational corporations in the region.

 

Investment Asset Management Firm 

CBRE Global Investors

CBRE Global Investors is a leading global real estate investment manager. The company sponsors investment programs across the risk/return spectrum for investors worldwide. During the last 4 quarters in CEE, the company completed 4 sizable portfolio deals (out of which two acquisition and two disposals) and three individual transactions (two acquisitions and one disposal). The total volume of transacted space reached almost €1.4 billion.

 

Opportunistic Investor

Europa Capital

Europa Capital is a real estate investment manager focused on the European markets. It specialises in investment through both equity and debt strategies where it employs its real estate asset management skills and experience to maximise value in all property classes across Europe.

 

Value Add Investor 

Globalworth

Globalworth was established in 2013 and over the years became the largest office investor in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), having the leading position in two main markets, Romania and Poland. The company acquires, develops and manages commercial real estate assets, primarily in the office sector, with the objective of being the landlord of choice for the growing variety of multinational corporations in the region.

 

Core+ 

Bluehouse Capital

Founded in 2004, Bluehouse is a private equity real estate investment management firm focused in Emerging Europe. Bluehouse manages capital across four funds, investing on behalf of a high-quality institutional investor base, including financial institutions, pension funds, endowments, multi manager funds and family offices.

 

Core Investor 

Atrium European Real Estate

Atrium together with its subsidiaries completed the purchase of the Wars Sawa Junior retail centre in Warsaw, Poland for €301.5 million. Following the acquisition, 84% of the company’s portfolio is located in Poland and the Czech Republic and includes four prime centres in Warsaw and two in Prague.

 

Investment Deal €20-50 million

HopStop Retail Parks Portfolio acquired by CPI Property Group

 

Investment Deal €50 million +

Plac Malachowskiego acquired by Generali Real Estate

 

Investment Deal €100 million +   

Spektrum Tower acquired by Globalworth

 

Mega Investment Deal

Griffin Premium Real Estate (71.7% stake) acquired by Globalworth 

 

Overall Investor 

Griffin Real Estate

Griffin Real Estate is the largest and most active investment manager in private equity real estate in CEE, privately owned by Maciej Dyjas and Nebil Senman. Griffin originates and manages private equity- type investments into real estate-related companies and assets. Griffin invests on behalf of both its owners and its renowned international investors. The gross asset value of Griffin-managed investments across nine different platforms exceeds €5 billion. Over the last several years Griffin has been the most active and innovative investor in the region, introducing to the market several new concepts and formats.

 

Professional of the Year     

Martin Erbe - Helaba

Helaba ranks among the leading banks in the Frankfurt financial centre. It is an integrated universal bank with a stable business model. The range of services offered by the bank covers the entire value-added chain: From financing and planning and development to the operation of sophisticated properties. The real estate business is not only part of the core business activities of the bank, the commercial real estate financing business is in fact one of the strongest pillars of Helaba and in the national and international markets is constantly considered one of the most successful, thanks to excellent expertise, an intelligent risk profile and a stringent approach.

 

 

Contact Information

Craig Smith

Email: craig@EuropaProperty.com
Phone number: +48 604 144 769

Anna Kaliszewska

Email: anna@EuropaProperty.com
Phone number: +48 601 382 667