July 10, 2017

EuropaProperty's 7th annual CEE Investment and Green Building Awards gearing up to be biggest ever

EuropaProperty's 7th annual CEE Investment and Green Building Awards gearing up to be biggest ever

EuropaProperty is now preparing the 7th annual CEE Investment & Green Building Awards dedicated to the evolving investment and sustainable development opportunities that are presenting themselves to the market in the region. The annual awards gala, being held in Warsaw at the Intercontinental Hotel, is recognized as one of the most important and valuable real estate events in Central and Eastern Europe.

Foundations are already in place for this year's event, which promises to be even better. With its unique international real estate business mix, the event is expecting over 400 industry leaders active in the CEE region.

Central and Eastern Europe remains a sustainable real estate investment destination with its expanding economy and low real-estate prices luring buyers, many of which are new investors from the US, Asia and other parts of the world.

EuropaProperty’s CEE Investment & Green Building awards are the only awards ceremony to recognize and honour excellence in the CEE region’s investment sector. The awards will be presented to companies and individuals who have demonstrated the best overall performance during the past year as well as highlight investment transactions that have produced consistent results and a high likelihood that the investors will not be disappointed in the future.

Furthermore, awards will be presented to the best developments, real estate companies, cities and occupiers from the CEE region and will be voted on by this year's esteemed Academy of Jury Members, which is made up of some the top real estate decision-makers from the industry.

Last year's 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.

Griffin Real Estate was last year's big winner, collecting multiple awards across all the main investment categories. Europa Capital, Panattoni Europe, Ghelamco, Apsys and Rockcastle also walked away with some of the big prizes.

Griffin Real Estate was deemed last year's best Overall Investor collecting a number of investment awards largely on the back of its record breaking transaction that saw the company acquire Echo and split the development business (Echo Investment) from the yielding business (EPP) in 2015 and then sell 75 percent of EPP to Redefine, who then, with Griffin, built a management team and listed EPP in at a 45 percent premium.

Other big investment winners included Europa Capital, winning four awards as the most successful Office Investor, Investment Asset Management Firm, Core+/Value Add Investor, and for its disposal of Eiffel Square in Budapest to KGAL.

Rockcastle was recognised as Retail Investor for its prolific acquisition strategy throughout the region, and its record breaking purchase of Bonarka City Center in Krakow for €361 million.

More investment recognition went to Union Investment as Core Investor, WP Carey as Warehouse Investor, and Golden Star Estate was recognised for its acquisition of Yareal's Oxygen Park in Warsaw.

Ghelamco, one of Poland's most prolific office developers with a successful sustainable-development model across the country, walked away with the Office Developer of the Year prize. Its Managing Director Jeroen van der Toolen was named Industry Professional of the Year.

The Jury once again awarded Panattoni Europe as Warehouse Developer, and also selected one of their BTS projects from Poland as Warehouse Development of the Year.

Echo Investment's Q22 office project in Warsaw collected Green Building of the Year. The office tower, acquired by Invesco, was deemed by the Jurors to be the best example of a sustainable office development. Other office developments recognised by the awards included S+B Gruppe's Krolewska, Skanska's Corso Court and Hines's Proximo I in Warsaw.

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

Another personal award was handed out to GTC's Michal Gerwat for Property Manager of the Year.

Apsys, a retail developer and property manager, picked up a hat trick of awards. Retail Developer of the Year, Retail Development of the Year for Posnania, their record breaking development in the Polish city of Poznan, and for their continued excellence in property management they were awarded Property Management Firm of the Year

Further company awards went to Tara Consulting for Professional Service Provider of the Year. TPA was once again voted best Tax And Financial Adviser, and Stewart Title was voted the best Title Insurance Provider. Other industry winners included, Dentons, Berlin Hyp, Gleeds, Chapman Taylor, and Bilfinger.

Preceding this year's Gala, EuropaProperty will again be organizing the one-day Investment Summit, which will feature panel discussions and presentations from some of the most active investors, developers, bankers and global end-users in the office, industrial, hotel and retail sectors.

As with all EuropaProperty events the CEE Investment & Green Building Awards and Investment Summit will pride itself on an unrivalled format that brings together top professionals in an environment conducive to offering the opportunity to meet and network with leading market players.

Nominations for the seventh annual CEE Investment & Green Building Awards are now being processed. To be part of this exciting development and collect the accolades that your company’s hard work in the field of sustainable investment development deserves, please nominate now at www.ceeinvestmentawards.com.

The seventh annual CEE Investment & Green Building Awards will be held on October 26th, 2017.

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