CEEQA 2018


CEEQA 2018 – Land of the giants as SKANSKA and CBRE dominate, UNIBAIL-RADOMCO'S Wroclavia also wins big

Warsaw, 15 May 2018

Of all the stories and sub-stories of the CEEQA 2018 the trending headline was rampant domination by two of the world’s largest real estate operators, with Skanska and CBRE picking up nine awards between them at the New Europe property’s sector’s main annual industry showcase held in Warsaw on 25th April.

In a sector that has enjoyed record years in investment transactions as well as product output, Global agent CBRE was named Property Management Company of the Year as well as Agent of the Year in the Office Agency, Industrial Agency and Capital Markets categories, with Cushman & Wakefield retaining the Retail Agency for the third successive year.

But it was the development arm of Swedish based conglomerate Skanska, Skanska Commercial Development Europe that shone brightest, lifting five titles on a night of triumph, equalling their own record set in 2014. The company dominated the Office Development of the Year category with three short listed projects, of which, coincidentally, their “Five” In Prague was victorious, which was also named Green Leadership Building of the Year, in addition to the awards for Developer of the Year and overall Company of the Year, as well as Green Leadership Company of the Year – an award it has never not won since the inception of CEEQA’s awards for green building innovation in 2008.

At a spectacular gathering of nearly 900 of the sector’s regional and international leaders and decision makers, including entertainment highlights by Morcheeba and visiting speaker, international rugby superstar Percy Montgomery, the sector’s garland award for Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate was presented to Gordon Black of Heitman and, with Unibail-Rodamco’s “Wroclavia Shopping Center” in Wroclaw, Poland, winning both the Retail Development and overall Building of the Year CEE awards.

Many of the sector’s whales were also successful with Panattoni Europe taking the Industrial Developer title for the fourth year in a row, pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank landing the Lender award and STRABAG the Construction Company award, while perhaps the biggest market whale of the them all, global legal practice Dentons, retaining the Legal & Financial Services firms award for the ninth successive year including two wins as Salans prior.

But the giants didn’t have it all their own way. Home grown Czech fund manager CPI Property Group was crowned Investor of the Year, while regional built asset consultants Sentient was recognised as Development Services Company of the Year for the first time and another Czech based firm, private legal practice Wilsons was named as the sector’s Rising Star.

Other successful buildings in the 2018 edition of the awards included the Oregon Park Building B in Bucharest, Romania, and the Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga in Latvia.

The award winners were serenaded by gospel choir Inkcubeko Arts & Culture and entertainer Jacques Lagesse flown in from Cape Town for the event amid an invasion of South African entertainment to match the recent wave of South African investment into the sector, with other entertainment provided by Jimi Ogden & the Lumberjacks and mime troupe Mimello. The event was the tenth successive CEEQA Gala hosted by popular Polish broadcaster Monika Zamachowska.

Our congratulations to all this year’s winners and short listed candidates on another outstanding year for the sector, and our thanks to all participants, collaborators, jurors and partners for helping to make this the most successful edition of CEEQA to date.

Richard Hallward, founder and director of CEEQA

Over 15 years of its presence on the market CEEQA has established unique trust credentials in the real estate sector. As Deloitte we recognize CEEQA’s mission to project opportunities and successes for market participants as values which Deloitte identifies with as well. As Leading Partner of CEEQA, we would like to congratulate all the award winners and wish them further successful and challenging projects in this very dynamic market.

Maciej Krason, sector leader for leading global consulting firm Deloitte, lead partner of CEEQA

Background information:

Since 2003 CEEQA has played a vital role working with market leading regional and international institutions, organisations and commercial real estate professionals to showcase the achievements and opportunities of the New Europe property sector to the global investment arena. Organised in association with Deloitte, the awards are widely recognised as the sector’s most trusted and important industry recognition and the CEEQA Gala is established as one of the most valued annual real estate business events in Europe hosted in Warsaw each April. Other important industry platform partners include The Economist, RICS, GRI, Europe Real Estate, Warsaw Business Journal, Monitor and DoingBusiness.RO. Delivery partners include Moet Hennessy, Belvedere Catering and Mielzynski Wines & Spirits Specialties.

CEEQA 2018 Participating countries:

CEE MARKETS: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine

SEE MARKETS: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia

2018 Award winners

Grand Awards

  • Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate

WINNER: Gordon Black Senior Managing Director European Private Equity - Heitman

  • Industry Professional of the Year

Jeroen van der Toolen Managing Director Central & Eastern Europe - Ghelamco

  • Green Leadership Building of the Year sponsored by CMS

FIVE Prague, Czech Republic - Skanska Commercial Development Europe

  • Green Leadership Company of the Year sponsored by RICS

Skanska Commercial Development Europe

  • Overall Building of the Year CEE sponsored by DENTONS

Wroclavia Shopping Centre Wroclaw, Poland - Unibail-Rodamco

  • Overall Building of the Year SEE sponsored by WHITE & CASE

Oregon Park - Building B Bucharest, Romania - Portland Trust

  • Overall Company of the Year sponsored by GRI CLUB

Skanska Commercial Development Europe


Building Awards

  • Office Development of the Year sponsored by KNIGHT FRANK

FIVE Prague, Czech Republic - Skanska Commercial Development Europe

  • Retail Development of the Year sponsored by CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD

Wroclavia Shopping Centre Wroclaw, Poland - Unibail-Rodamco

  • Hotel, Leisure & Residential Development of the Year sponsored by WARSAW BUSINESS JOURNAL

Grand Hotel Kempinski Riga - Restoration Riga, Latvia - Private Investor


Company Awards

  • Developer of the Year sponsored by HELABA

Skanska Commercial Development Europe

  • Industrial Developer of the Year sponsored by STRABAG

Panattoni Europe

  • Investor of the Year sponsored by CBRE

CPI Property Group

  • Lender of the Year sponsored by HB REAVIS

pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank

  • Legal & Financial Consulting Firm of the Year sponsored by JLL


  • Property Management Company of the Year sponsored by ERSTE GROUP BANK


  • Development Services Company of the Year sponsored by P3 LOGISTIC PARKS


  • Construction Company of the Year sponsored by ARCADIS


  • Rising Star Award sponsored by TRIGRANIT



Agent Awards

  • Agent of the Year (Capital Markets) sponsored by EPP


  • Agent of the Year (Office Agency) sponsored by SKANSKA


  • Agent of the Year (Retail, Leisure & Residential Agency) sponsored by GTC

Cushman & Wakefield

  • Agent of the Year (Industrial Agency) sponsored by PANATTONI EUROPE




Michael Abel Managing Director TPG Real Estate
Mike Atwell Lead Director Capital Markets CEE JLL
Guy Barker (LLB, FRICS) Principal Arcona Capital
Matthias Bitzan Head of RE Finance, International Clients Erste Group Bank
Radu Boitan (MRICS) Senior Investment Director Revetas Capital
Richard Curran (MRICS) Managing Director Czech Republic CBRE
Hadley Dean (MRICS) Chief Executive Officer EPP
Yannis Delikanakis Partner Bluehouse Capital
Sean Doyle Head of Capital Markets Poland CBRE
Roger Dunlop (MRICS) Chief Executive Officer Avestus Real Estate
Monika Debska-Pastakia (FRICS) Partner, Chairman of the Board Poland Knight Frank
Horatiu Florescu Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Romania Knight Frank
Jonathan Hallett (MRICS) Managing Partner CEE Cushman & Wakefield
Kean Hird Partner Catalyst Capital
Tomas Jandik (CFA, MRICS) Chief Investment Officer REICO
Lenka Kostrounova Director of Real Estate Financing Division CSOB
Jan Kotaska Head of Asset Management PENTA Investments
Wojciech Koczara Partner, Head of CEE Real Estate CMS
Markus Kuttner (MBA, MRICS) Group Head of Asset Management CA Immo
Ingo Nissen Managing Director Romania Sonae Sierra
Petr Panek Partner, Head of CEE Real Estate White & Case
Ewa Parys Executive Director & Head of Asset M’ment CE AEW Europe
Pavel Pelikan Executive Director J&T Real Estate
Benjamin Perez-Ellischewitz Head of Capital Markets Hungary JLL
Karol Pilniewicz Managing Director CEE Cromwell Property Group
Jason Sharman Managing Partner BSC Real Estate Advisors
Aku Sorainen Senior Partner Sorainen
Otis Spencer President Peakside Polonia Management
Charles Taylor Managing Partner Poland Cushman & Wakefield
Maarten Vermeulen Managing Director Europe Russia & CIS
Bryan Wilson Partner Wilsons
Philip Wood Head of CEE Transactions GLL Real Estate Partners
Ian Worboys Global Chief Executive Officer P3 Logistic Parks
Bogdan Zasada Managing Director Poland  Strabag Real Estate