15th Annual CEE Retail Awards
e-Retail & Innovation
The CEE Retail Awards & Marketplace is the region’s premier awards show and experience celebrating the retail industry. Widely recognised as the market benchmark for retail success in Central and Eastern Europe, EuropaProperty is proud to host and present the 15th annual CEE Retail Awards Gala & Marketplace. This eagerly anticipated occasion will take place LIVE & ONLINE on February 9th, 2023, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Warsaw.
The Flagship Retail Event for the Region
The CEE Retail Awards & Marketplace is dedicated to today’s new look networking environment and delivers a professional platform for deal-making, relationship building and one-on-one or group discussions on the evolving retail investment and development opportunities that are presenting themselves to the market.
The event opens with the CEE Retail & CEO Networking Forum, a series of discussion panels covering all hot topics and relevant issues for today’s dynamically evolving retail sector. The Retail Forum provides an opportunity to hear from some of the retail market’s leading thought leaders, as well as opportunities to discuss and explore the retail industries most important topics.
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This event consists of forums, networking, retailer platform, awards gala and online marketplace, as well as providing an excellent opportunity to make new contacts and renew existing business relationships on a professional networking platform.
These are unprecedented times and EuropaProperty is fast becoming a multidisciplinary enterprise with an array of mediums to help the industry move forward. Therefore, The CEE Retail Awards and Marketplace is active and available to attendees and sponsors to utilise immediately.
E-RETAIL & INNOVATION
Meet the most active retailer, innovators, e-retailers, investors, developers, bankers, asset managers and CRE professionals active or looking to enter the region. With over 600 directors – local, regional and international participants – this event is not to be missed.
As a backdrop to the whole event is the Marketplace and Retailer Networking Platform, an online marketplace where developers and retailers can meet to discuss, formulate and make deals.
At the awards gala, retailers, real estate companies, projects and individuals will be presented with awards of acknowledgement by the industry for their contribution to the development of the retail commercial real estate market in the region.
EuropaProperty is expecting more than 600 participants including over 100 retailers doing business or planning to do business in the region. This two-day event is subject to considerable media coverage with local and international media present. This ensures participants, companies, and award winners, an extra opportunity to publicize themselves and of course the retail sector throughout the whole of Central and Eastern Europe.
Including fresh juices, omelettes, waffles, Polish pancakes and a wide assortment of international and local morning delicacies – CEO speed networking – each person in the room has 30 seconds to introduce themselves and their company.
The traditional retail market is facing a digital revolution with bricks-and-mortar and e-commerce converging more. However, the current e-commerce onslaught and the fallout from the Covid pandemic are hitting retail hard. Discussion Points: What is the investment and development outlook in the short to medium term? Where are the opportunities for retail and shopping centres development? How can retail portfolios evolve and sustain competitive rental values? What are the biggest challenges faced by investors and developers in the region? Will market conditions and activity levels become more stable? How is the current economic climate impacting the sector? Will the availability of credit financing remain unchanged? Where are the new investment opportunities? What are the alternatives and where are the opportunities for retail developments?
The accelerated retail evolution is bolstering the demand for well-located retail space. What is now needed for MEGA shopping centres, retail parks, high streets, outside malls and stand-alone convenience stores? What type of retailers are expanding into traditional shopping centres? How much new space and what type of space will be required in the short to medium term? Logistics’ real estate is also benefitting from this accelerated transition into e-commerce. How will e-fulfilment supply chains keep pace with the continued double-digit online sales growth happening across Europe? With the ever-changing e-commerce and infrastructure needs what is on the horizon for industrial development, fulfilment and logistics needs? Panellists will focus on the e-commerce, fulfilment, and last-mile sectors, and how real estate plays a continuing role in the development of this side of the business.
A time for networking with speakers, sponsors and attendees over a buffet-style lunch, liquid refreshments and tasty desserts.
As a backdrop to the whole event is the Marketplace and Retailer Networking Platform, an online marketplace where developers and retailers can meet to discuss, formulate and make deals.
Welcome reception in the Intercontinental Hotel Foyer
Five-Star Awards Ceremony and Dinner beamed live from the Intercontinental Hotel, our state of the art gala night production will push the boundaries of technology to bring you an awards experience like no other. We encourage attendees not at the physical gala to get dressed up, order a nice dinner, open a bottle of wine and enjoy the event ‘Live & Online’ on your big screen smart TV, as we announce the winners and thank the sponsors.
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Dieter Knittel is Head of International Real Estate Finance for Central and Eastern Europe at pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank. Dieter is responsible for the bank’s lending portfolio in the region. The regional focus is on Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. Dieter has been active in the CEE market for more than twenty years, including five years based in Warsaw as Head of Credit and Senior Risk Management.
He is a member of a board in the family owned company A&A. Company A&A is dealing in commercial real estate, jewelery as well as sport and monuments. Adrian Majsterek is responsible for development projects such as Tkalnia shopping center, Tkalnia Home, and Hotel Łódzki Pałacyk. In 2012 he graduated with honors from the London School of Economics.
Tomasz Trzósło has over 23 years of experience in the CEE real estate markets. Before joining EPP, he was the Managing Director of JLL for Poland and Central Europe, where he managed the company’s operations in Poland, and oversaw JLL business in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. He was also a member of legal & compliance board of Tetris design and build business for EMEA. Before managing JLL, he ran the capital markets teams of JLL for both Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, and as such was involved in numerous transactions across the CEE, including portfolio and property disposals and acquisitions, fund raising and debt deals, or structured equity transactions. He has a strong track record in working with all branches of the real estate market, including retail, office, industrial, hotel and residential sectors. While managing JLL in Poland, he identified, managed and completed two M&A transactions – acquisition and integration into the firm of the design and build business (Tétris) and residential consultancy business.
Tomasz holds a master’s degree in Financial Accountancy and Economics from the Cracow University of Economics and has qualifications in valuation, investment appraisal, property finance and portfolio management from London’s Investment Property Forum.
Prior to establishing the Balmain Asset Management group in 2003, James held various senior positions with Westfield over a ten-year career, culminating in establishing their European shopping center business in London in 1998.
Wolfgang has started his career as technician where he worked for ten years and has been responsible for water treatment plants. Afterwards more than two decades ago he joined Erste Group Bank AG which is heading the Austrian savings bank sector.
Here, based in Erste`s Viennese Headquarter Wolfgang has gained various experience (retail, restructuring, origination) primarily in the Erste Group Commercial Real Estate Division where he is currently responsible for origination and structuring real estate transactions (office, retail, mixed-use, logistics) in Austria, Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Erste Group manages a commercial real estate portfolio of more than EUR 14billion with an annual deal flow of more than EUR 2.5 billion, the regional focus including Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Croatia.
Yoram Reshef is a graduate in economy and management from the University of Bar-Illan in Israel. He came to Poland from Israel in 1998, as the Director General of Asbud, a company with Israeli capital. In the years 1999-2002 he was responsible in the GTC group for the building and management of Galeria Mokotow, the first new generation shopping mall in Poland.
His next challenge was leading the Blue City Project, a shopping mall in Ochota – starting from June 2002, when he oversaw its construction, till today when he is the General Director and Vice President of the Board. Yoram Resheff has been distinguished many times with prestigious titles such as manager of the year.
Osman Cavusoglu is a member of the Executive Board at BR Magazacılık, International Operations and Sales Director of AC&co. | Altınyıldız Classics and he also holds the General Manager position of AC Fashion Retail Romania. He established his own company HOMEDESIGN Russia in 2007 and carried on until 2011. He has a total of 20+ years professional experience, and he can effectively communicate in English and Russian.
Benoit Charles, CEO of Apsys Poland – an experienced manager with extensive management practice in the field of commercial real estate, in which he has been operating for over 17 years. In June 2016, he took up the position of CEO of Apsys to manage its business activity in Poland. Prior to that, he was responsible for development project of Immochan Group Int. In the years 2007 – 2013 he was the CEO of Immochan Poland. He has an excellent knowledge of the specific nature of the Polish shopping centers market. He is a graduate of commercial and tax law at Paris Sud, one of the largest and most reputed universities in France.
Paweł Oskędra is a mature senior manager with more than 20 years of work experience in commercial real estate. The first few years he spent working for both Jones Lang Wotton and Europa Park performing various services and being responsible for retail, offices and industrial (Europa Park). The next almost 10 years of his professional life Paweł spent working for shopping center owners, investors and managers. His positions during that time included head of the leasing department at ECE Projektmanagement, head of the leasing department at Parkridge Retail and head of the leasing department at Apsys Polska. Paweł was responsible for leasing and re-leasing of a portfolio of shopping centers, extensions of existing schemes and other restructurings, for investors such as GE, Heitman, Casino Group, Aviva Investors and Deutsche Bank group. He was involved in projects including Galeria Krakowska, Galeria Łódzka, Galeria Kaskada, Alfa Shopping Center, Galeria Bałtycka, Galeria Dominikańska, Focus Mall Bydgoszcz and Focus Mall Zielona Góra and lots of others. After 10 years working on the owner’s side, Paweł changed the side of the market and became Property Director at Ultimate Fashion, one of the biggest retailers in CEE, operating brands such as Esprit, River Island, GAP, Aldo, Mango, Hugo Boss, New Look, Peacocks, Mexx, Spring . He was personally responsible firstly for the roll out of brands such as : New Look, GAP, River Island and Peacocks and later on for the successful restructuring of the fashion division of EMF’s business in Poland and CEE, including Russia and Ukraine. Once happened Paweł joined another business unit of EM&F where performed services for other business units of EM&F to include Ultimate Fashion, Empik and Smyk both in Poland and some other markets. Since Feb 2015 Paweł moved to Smyk Group and holds the position of Property Director (area of responsibility: development + maintenance + construction) covering Poland, Ukraina and finally Romania.
The company is owning several brands like Ice and Roll, Lodolandia , Si Gelato, Bafra Kebab, Cake and Roll, Good Chicken, Czarny Młyn, which together form the largest street food chain in Europe with over 750 points operation in several countries. I’m responsible for commercialization of space and lease agreements and expansion on local and international markets. Experienced manager with a demonstrated history of working in the food and beverages industry. Skilled in negotiation, retail, sales and international business developing as well as great communication skills. Speaks fluent English, German and Polish.
Graduated the Polish Naval Academy of the Heroes of Westerplatte with the specialization in International Relationships. Has over 16 years of experience in international business environments of various fields. In WIBO Sp. z o.o. Sp.komandytowa she helds the job position of Area Export Manager where was negotiated new deals for the company, promoted the products and maintained relations with key customers. As Key Account Manager in Telecolor Sp. z o.o. she was responsible for sales results and crucial negotiations for the export department. She continued working carrier in Akat Akai Poland Sp. z o.o. where she organized the Polish Branch and coordinated various departments in the company aimed at sales increase. After that performed similar duties for over 4 years in Mazuraqua sp. z o.o. as Senior Key Account Manager.
Tomasz Sudoł is a Expansion Director responsible for development and asset management of Hebe in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Tomasz has 12 years of experience on the real estate market, previously working as a COO of Solar. Since 2016, he’s been successfully developing portfolio of Hebe`s stores, which currently amounts at 263 stores in Poland.
Tomasz is the graduate of Poznań University of Economics. He is also the graduate of the Executive Master of Business Administration organized in English jointly by Helsinki School of Economics and Poznań School of Banking.
Tomasz Jagiełło – founder, managing director and president of the management board at Helios S.A., Poland’s largest movie theater operator.
Co-author of the company’s success, responsible for its strategy and development from the very start. He represented Helios during the 2007 purchase of 5 Kinoplex locations, and the 2010 acquisition of a majority stake in the company by Agora S.A.
Since 2013, he has been a member of Agora’s management board. He supervises the Films and Books division, as well as the food operations.
He was one of those behind the idea to establish Next Film sp. z o.o. in 2012. Thanks to that company, Helios expanded its operations to include movie distribution.
Long-standing member of Polskie Stowarzyszenie Nowe Kina and deputy president of the board at the International Union of Cinemas.
Born in 1967, graduate of the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Łódź, and the Law School at the University of Edinburgh.
20 years of experience in the real estate market, from the idea to their realization and management.
Deep knowledge of both local market and international exprience allows offering clients expert advice in development, investment, asset management, construction and architecture, using the customer’s time, financial resources and property with 100% efficiency.
In 2017 he was awarded as “Person of the Year in the real estate market” according to Eastern Europe Real Estate Project Awards, organized by Europaproperty.com and URE Club.
More than 700 consulting projects and 100 commissioned schemes across retail, office, mixed-use, residential ,transport, hospitality sectors. The projects geography covers all CIS countries territory, including Ukraine, Belarus, Kazahstan, Cyprus and Baltic countries.
Author of the most ambitious projects: Ocean Plaza, Respublika Mall, Lavina Mall, Ocean Mall, Blockbuster Mall, Smart Plaza Polytech and Obolon, White lines mixed-use complex, the main regional malls in Ukraine – Global UA (Zhytomyr), MOST City (Dniper), Oasis (Khmelnitskiy) and others. The outstanding quality of the projects was proved by the international awards:
- Ocean mall – Retail Development for Ukraine (INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARDS 2019)
- April City – Mixed-use Development for Ukraine (INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY AWARDS 2019)
- Blockbuster Mall – the largest shopping resort in Ukraine,the first shopping mall hosted IKEA in Ukraine
- Winner of the European Property Awards 2018
- Retail Project of the Year (EASTERN EUROPE REAL ESTATE FORUM 2019)
- Ocean Plaza – finalist of the MIPIM Awards 2012
- Lavina Mall – the first shopping mall hosted H&M in Ukraine.
Tatiana Spencer is in the real estate sector since 1996. Her work experience includes a position as Agency Director at King Sturge. For over 4 years she was responsible for leasing and land acquisition, managing a team of 16 agents. Her main clients were Helical, Makrum, Budizol, Rece, Nap Invest, Plaza, TriGranit, MLP and others.
Previously for over 9 years with JLL, heading a retail team for Poland, she advised many well known companies such as: GTC, Ikea, Neinver, King Cross, Carrefour, Multidevelopment, IIC, Echo Investment, and many others. The main projects she was involved in include Galeria Mokotów, Wola Park , Galeria Kazimierz, Galaxy Szczecin, Pasaż Grunwaldzki Wrocław, Factory Outlet, Sfera II Bielsko Biała, CH Marcelin Poznań, Carrefour Morena Gdańsk, CH Ogrody Elbląg, Wzorcownia Włocławek, Stary Browar II Poznań, Galeria Jurajska Częstochowa, Forum Koszalin, Sarni Stok B-Biała, Europa Centralna Gliwice, amongst others.
Currently is a partner at ASPENN and her main clients include ECC, Gemini, Multishop, Strus, RE, Blue City, Katharsis, Devin Investment, Apollo Rida, Skanska, Invest Komfort and others. Aspenn completed the following projects Galeria Siedlce, Ferio Wawer Warsaw, Galeria Jurowiecka Białystok , Nowa Stacja Pruszków, Gemini Park Tychy, Multishop Jarocin, Sochaczew, Suwałki and others.
Tatiana studied Architecture and graduated as an Urban Planner. She also holds an MBA degree from both the University of Illinois and the University of Warsaw.
Lawyer, graduated from the Faculty of Law and Administration at the University of Wroclaw.
From 1992 to 2004 partner in the office of Legal Advisers Kołodziej, Pinkosz & Partners. Specialization: tax law.
Since 2004 in DEICHMANN-Obuwie Sp. z o. o. – the polish subsidary of Deichmann Group,
the largest shoe and sportswear retail chain in Europe, initially as an internal corporation lawyer, then the proxy of the board also responsible for the expansion of the company.
Since 2007 Vice President of the Board responsible for the administrative part of the company, including finance, investment and expansion of then retail chain.
Member of the Board in other companies of the DEICHMANN group – UAB Deichmann Avalyne (Lithuania), Deichmann Apavi (Latvia), Deichmann Kingad OÜ (Estonia) and Deichmann Logistik Polska Sp. z o.o. (Poland).
I have been the owner of the RMC Retail consulting company for several years. As an independent expert, I advise on the development of companies such as MANGO, Nike, Foot Locker or Parfois on the Polish market. I also work for individual orders of various companies on the market.
I specialize in the development and optimization of franchise networks.
I started my professional career in the insurance and banking sector, for which I created a network of partner branches in Poland (Multibank – currently mBank).
In 2003, I started operating in the retail sector for the developer and owner of CH Wzorcownia. Later, for over 8 years, I worked for the Gdańsk-based LPP company (owner of the Reserved, Cropp, House, Mohito, H&Y and Esotiq brands), developing the chain of stores in Poland.
I got higher legal education at the University of Lodz. I obtained an additional specialization in EU economic law at U.I.A (Universitaire Instelling Antwerpen) in Belgium.
Currently I’m Growth Sales Director Global at IMS SA / Closer Music a leading stock exchange company in its sector of Sensory branding, Instore, Mall and FMCG is our core business where we provide Audio / Aroma Marketing and digital signage to more than 29000 customers in 16 counties across the Globe.
I’m experienced in expansion, retail, franchising, wholesale management, responsible for Real Estate development, Start-up project preparation and execution.
Retail cooperation’s previously:
I was engaged in new and local business development as POA at Peeraj Brands International SRL. The holder master franchise licenses of Peeraj include just to name a few, brands like Armani, Swarovski, Boggi Milano and Geox.
General Director of SportsDelite, exclusive partner of Skechers, responsible for mono brand store development on the Polish market.
Leading the expansion of brands from European and Arabian markets such as Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Baltic States, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Dubai, Bahrain have been on my track to success.
For almost six years I have been in charge of Kazar Group international expansion and B2B. As such I was responsible for the growth of the Group on its way to reach out across some of the above mentioned regions same time strongly involved in the latest launched diffusion brand Kazar Studio.
My past strong record of leading the expansion and development of Freeport Retail UK in Germany, Rohleder Lumby Ltd. In Slovakia & Estonia, the cooperation with SJ International as Head of Lease for Tom Tailor & Tommy Hilfiger on the European FOC market and diverse one off projects cooperation’s with brands as SARAR, Mavi Jeans are rounding up my skills.
Jacek Wesołowski has almost 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, in the development of retail, office and residential facilities. His first successful investment project was an office building, Bank Własności Pracowniczej, in Gdańsk 1992, followed by the first such project in Poland, the Kliff Shopping Centre in Gdynia (1994), and in Warsaw (1998). Jacek Wesołowski’s successes include the development of Galeria Emka in Koszalin and 20 other local retail facilities constructed until 2008. For over 7 years, in the period 2008 – 2016, Jacek Wesołowski held the function of the Development Country Manager and member of the management board at Immofinanz Polska, where he developed the STOP SHOP and VIVO! trading brands, and also implemented commercial projects (Silesia City Center – phase two, Tarasy Zamkowe) and residential projects (RiverPark Poznań, Dębowe Tarasy).
From June 2016, a member of the management board at Trei Real Estate Polska, responsible for the development of the company in Poland and the brand of convenience retail parks – Vendo Park.
Jacek Wesołowski graduated from the Gdańsk University of Technology with MSc diploma in Civil Engineering, and from the University of Gdańsk with MSc diploma in economics, majoring in foreign trade. His hobbies include skiing.
Leon Goldwater is the managing partner of Real Estate Partners (REP), which is an investment vehicle with a focus on innovative retail and technology businesses within real estate. Leon has over 20 years of hands-on experience in building and managing companies within the media and marketing sector. Leon is the CEO of We Are Pop Up the world’s first marketplace and booking platform for temporary retail spaces with over 13 thousand pop-up shops created. he is the co-founder of Six and Sons a retail platform for sustainable brands and co-owner of BrandSpots, a full-service pop-up shop provider and innovative outdoor media agency. he also serves on the board for Europe Real Estate (REP), a European real estate media publishing and marketing company. Leon is also the co-founder of Locanian Foundation which is a platform which connects all physical shops to a single marketplace dedicated to local purchases with a sustainable last mile delivery solution.
For over 16 years associated with the real estate market in Poland, 8 years in Lithuania and almost 2 years in Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Working for 18 years for Deichmann Anna has gained the huge experience in the world wide present company, supporting its projects in the investment-, finance- HR- and finally expansion department.
For over 10 years responsible for the portfolio management of 350 Deichmann stores in Poland and expansion in Lithuania, almost 2 years of Tally Weijl stores Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Sinse April 2018 responsible for the business development of Giacomo Conti and since February 2019 additionally at the position of proxy for the market entry of the German brand NKD.
Anna is a graduate of German Philology at the University Wrocław as well Postgraduate Management Studies at the University of Economy in Wroclaw.
Karolis Adlis joined W. P. Carey’s European Investments Team in 2015 and currently serves as Director. Prior to joining the firm, he worked at Jefferies Investment Bank as an Equity Derivatives Trader and prior as a Market Risk Analyst. Previously he also worked as a Credit Analyst at UBS Investment Bank.
Karolis has extensive experience structuring transactions in the Nordic and Central and Eastern European markets. Since joining the firm, he has played an instrumental role in more than €500 million of sale-leaseback, net lease and build-to-suit investments including a complex joint venture acquisition of a multi-jurisdictional mixed-asset property portfolio in Northern Europe.
Raimund Paetzmann is VP Corporate Real Estate at Zalando SE in Berlin and focuses on Real Estate Management, Construction, Architecture as well as all building-related employee services like Building Operations, Security, Office, Travel and Event Management. He joined Zalando in 2017 to support the growth of the company’s office, retail and logistics Real Estate portfolio.
Previously to joining Zalando he built and led the Amazon EMEA real estate team, which was involved in the strategic network planning and design of the European Fulfillment Network. He has pioneered introducing new buildings and a new type of advanced e-commerce logistics network across Europe. He also contributed significantly to the new generation of European Fulfillment Warehouse types. Since June 2018, he has also been Deputy Chairman of the Logistics Real Estate Committee of the German Property Federation ZIA.
Thomas Mark (51), President of MK Illumination, founded together with his brother Klaus Mark (CEO) the company in 1996 in Tyrol in order to pursue his passion for design of conceptual lighting. Since then, MK Illumination has evolved into an internationally active company with subsidiaries and operations in 47 other countries. Thomas ensures that the design and supply of original and environmentally sensitive creative lighting are at the very core of the company philosophy. . In his current responsibility he is engaged in networking, participates in any relevant European events and manages the company’s sales and business development team in the headquarters of MK Illumination.
Liad Barzilai – Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Atrium European
Real Estate Limited. Liad joined Atrium Group in 2008; until 2015 was the
Group Chief Investment Officer responsible for the Group’s pipeline of
acquisitions and divestments, and from November 2015 until December 2016
Chief Investment Officer at Gazit-Globe.
Liad has a B.A. in Business Economics & Management from Guilford Glazer
School of Business & Management, Ben-Gurion University and an MBA from
Reccanati Business School, Tel Aviv University.
Founder and CEO of multiple businesses, including top brands as Mobia, Twister Fun Park, Twister Arcade, CINE&PLAY. 25+ years of experience on successful managing in CEE market, covering all of the best locations in shopping malls in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Germany, Bosnia and Serbia. Companies` motto include Shopping&Fun starts with us! Mobia is already recognizable smart accessories brand, exclusive importer and distributor of top brands smart accessories, such as renowned fashion brands. With its 23 locations and franchising business, Mobia is the largest and fastest growing chain of stores in smart accessories and entertainment world.
Artur Kazienko, CEO of Kazar Group Sp. z o.o. Vice-president of the Polish Trade and Services Employers’ Association.
Entrepreneur and fashion industry expert with nearly 30 years of experience in the field, a specialist in negotiations and strategic management. He has worked in the clothing industry for his entire professional life and was one of the founders of Kazar in 1990. Appointed CEO of Kazar Group Sp. z o.o. in 2009. The author of Kazar’s success as a brand in Poland and abroad, under his management the company has become an industry leader and has won many prestigious awards, including Business Gazelles, Superbrands, Fashion Retailer of the Year or Reliable Employer of the Year. Co-founder of the Polish Trade and Services Employers’ Association joined by over 150 companies operating on the Polish market, the organisation’s mission is to ensure a safe future for domestic business.
23 years’ experience on the real estate market. President of the Management Board of project SPVs. Undertaken a range of duties in respect of investment, asset and property management and business acquisition as well as project development and refurbishment of commercial real estate. Working in a field of as acquisition and development for family as well as corporate organizations, reputable international investors, asset managers and development companies dealing with shopping centers, multi-functional, office and residential properties such as: Dutch ING Real Estate, Hungarian TriGranit , French Apsys and German ECE as well as advisory as Head of Retail Capital Markets department for the international real estate advisor companies such as: DTZ and Cushman & Wakefield. Head of Retail at Equilis Europe-Belgian developer active in 7 EU countries, former CEO Equilis Poland.
Agnieszka Skrybant-Jaworska joined KappAhl team in 2007, contributing since then to company’s success, holding different positions in sales and development. In 2017 she became Managing Director of Polish organization.
Agnieszka has more than 20 years’ experience in retail industry with special focus on fashion. Her current duties concentrate on local expansion and strategic development of two brands: KappAhl and Newbie.
Agnieszka is graduate of Wroclaw University, Faculty of Political Science, privately she is a passionate bridge player.
Małgorzata specialises in transaction advisory and tax restructuring. She has extensive experience in regard to transactions on the commercial real estate market as well as analysing and implementing holding structures and investment financing. She is also a specialist in regard to providing advisory services to investment funds. She is a member of the IFA (International Fiscal Association) and the Stowarzyszenie REIT Polska association. She is a licensed tax advisor, the head of the Warsaw tax office of TPA Poland as well as the Real Estate Market Advisory Department. In 2013, she was awarded second place in the DGP ranking in the category of the best tax advisors in regard to mergers and acquisitions.
Yvonne leads a dedicated Cross Border Retail & Leisure team at Cushman & Wakefield, combining consultancy (new market entry and location strategy globally) and agency/brokerage. She is also a member of the EMEA Retail & Leisure Group board. Yvonne has held advisory board positions on trade bodies including ICSC (advisory board member, founding member of the European Research Group), BCSC and ECSP. While being based in London, Yvonne works closely with her many colleagues and C&W’s affiliate partners around the world, advising and representing many international retailers, brands, leisure and F&B operators on new market entry and expansion of existing store networks. She has worked in many countries across EMEA, APAC and the Americas. Yvonne has over 30 years’ experience of international retail and strategic consultancy, business development and client account management.
Joanna Makowiecka-Gatza, CEO of KARMAR S.A. and Linkcity Polska (Bouygues Group), has many years of experience in various market sectors, in particular construction. She was CEO of Polimex-Mostostal S.A., in the management board in 2013-2016, and a member of the management board of Budimex S.A. in 2008-2012. Previously, she held managerial positions, including in: Orange Polska S.A, Mondi Packaging and Japan Tobacco. Joanna Makowiecka-Gatz’s professional experience includes: creating and implementing strategies, transforming and improving operational efficiency, as well as building and strengthening the company’s position on the market. She is also a member of the Social Dialogue Council at the President of the Republic of Poland, representing private employers and the Vice-President of Employers of the Republic of Poland.
Joanna Makowiecka-Gatza is a graduate of the University of Warsaw and the MBA Staffordshire University Program, University of Antwerp and Free University of Brussels. She also completed the Advanced Management Program at IESE University of Navarra.
Murat has more then 18 years experience at International Retail Expansion and FMCG operations. Currently, with many new market entries in Europe, CIS countries and the Middle East he is responsible for Penti’s International Operations covering more than 200 stores in 36 different countries, both in direct investments and in franchise markets.
Neil has worked on many Outlet developments during his 21 years in the sector. He was a co-founder of Fashion House Group and formerly their CEO. He was Director and Partner of GVA Outlet Services, Group Operations Director of Freeport PLC, and Chair of the ICSC European Outlets Conference. With Fashion House in Poland, he was credited with bringing western operating standards to the outlet retail sector in CEE and was instrumental in the sale of the Fashion House assets in Poland, staying on after the sale as CEO to help with the asset management as well as to spearhead Fashion House’s successful launch in Moscow. He has enjoyed a significant reputation in Outlet retail in UK, EU, CEE and Russia for many years, founding his own venture, TLC Property Asset Management in 2013. Neil, with TLC and Rioja Estates, is currently investing and working on a number of outlet projects in UK, Scandinavia and Ireland. In particular, TLC was recently involved with Rioja Estates development of the very successful McArthurGlen West Midlands Designer Outlet in the UK, which, after opening in April 2021, has quickly become one of their most successful UK centres in the UK and has recently announced its second phase
Róbert Sninčák is the Head of Investment Operations for Central and Eastern Europe for CBRE Investment Management.
Róbert has 19 years of experience in real estate management. He started his career in 2002 as technical manager at a shopping centre in Slovakia. Before he joined CBRE Investment Management (formerly CBRE Global Investors and ING Real Estate Investment Management – ING REIM) he was the Head of Property Management for Czech and Slovak Republic at Donaldson’s Czech Republic in Prague (part of Cushman & Wakefield now).
Róbert has extensive experience in property and asset management of retail, office and logistics properties, including remodelling and redevelopment activities. He joined ING REIM in 2005 as Asset Manager for Czech Republic. He gradually grew into senior role in the Asset Management team. Róbert worked as the Head of Asset Management CEE, and in 2009 he was appointed as the Portfolio Manager.
Róbert become the Head of Investment Operations for the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania in May 2016. In this role he acts as the representative of CBRE Investment Management in the respective countries with a focus on asset management as well as on growing the business through active engagement in transactions. The volume of manged portfolio in respective countries is over EUR 2 billion, invested in retail, offices and logistics. Additionally, he is also acting as the Fund Manager for CBRE Property Fund Central and Eastern Europe.
Róbert holds a Master of Civil Engineering degree from the Slovak Technical University in Bratislava. Róbert is a member of the Czech Council of Shopping Centres.
Katarzyna Myjak, lease manager at H&M Group and a part of the Expansion Team for Region East Europe (9 markets); has joined H&M in 2013 and from 2018 is responsible for the expansion of H&M Brand as well as Portfolio Brands: COS, & Other Stories, Weekday, Monki, Arket.
Katarzyna is a graduate of SGH Warsaw School of Economics, Faculty Management with a focus on commercial real estate and lately, she also completed the Negotiation Mastery program at Harvard Business School online.
Dietmar Reindl has been COO of IMMOFINANZ since May 2014, with responsibility for IMMOFINANZ’s property portfolio (Business Unit Office and Business Unit Retail) as well as for Group Marketing & Brand Management, Group Public Relations and Group Human Resources. He has been with IMMOFINANZ since July 2012 and was initially responsible for Asset Management Office, Logistics and Hotels in all Group countries. Reindl has a master’s degree in social economics and can look back on many years of experience in the development, management, marketing and sale of real estate. Prior to joining IMMOFINANZ, he held management positions, among others, with Inter IKEA and the Falkensteiner hotel group, in both cases with a strong focus on Central and Eastern Europe.
Georg Blaschke is an educated banker and holds a university degree in business administration. He has over 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. Since 2010 he is responsible for Real Estate Finance in Poland at Helaba and has originated and underwritten financings of about EUR 5.0 billion.
Khalid has around 10 years of experience in the Real Estate Development and Financial advisory industries.
He has been successfully leading and managing the leasing portfolio of 21 Arabian Centres’ shopping malls spread across KSA. Prior to joining Arabian Centres Company, he was working as Leasing Director at SHUROOQ (Investment and Development Authority of Sharjah), and before that he was the Manager of Retail Leasing at MERAAS Dubai. Khalid has also worked as a Consultant in the Financial Advisory in Ernst & Young, Bahrain.
Dr. Angelus Bernreuther is Head of Investor Relationship Management at Kaufland Stiftung & Co. KG. Kaufland is one of the leading international grocery retailers, running more than 1,350 hypermarkets in eight countries. Prior to joining Kaufland he was with BBE Retail Consulting, responsible for the international business development. For more than 20 years he is an experienced consultant, researcher, property and business developer in the retail real estate industry. He holds academic degrees from the University of Bayreuth and EIPOS Dresden. He is a member of numerous organisations, speaker at leading conferences and publishes regularly about trends in the retail business. His philosophy for life: It’s all about people, relations and trust.
Alexander has more than 15 years of experience in the CEE Retail Real Estate market. He
works as director of expansion and legal at the Deichmann Group within the CSEE region.
Based at the regional headquarter in Vienna he is responsible together with his team for
expansion and portfolio management of more than 730 Deichmann stores in 10 countries in
Central and Southeastern Europe and more than 60 stores of other concepts belonging to
the Deichmann Group, as Snipes, solebox and MyShoes in Austria. Previously he has also
worked for C&A as expansion manager in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia and at Burger
King Cooperation as operation manager in Austria and Hungary. Alexander holds a Master’s
degree from Vienna University for Economics and Business Administration and a post
graduate degree from the Technical University in Dresden.
Marek Rogala is the CEO of PASCAL Franchise, a new restaurant franchise concept, co-created with Polish tv chef, Pascal Brodnicki. We want PASCAL Franchise to become a profitable investment & career opportunity for our franchisees, with a mission to make tasty & inspiring food commonly available through our omnichannel convenient food chain. For over a decade he has been developing a fast casual restaurant chain through acquisitions as a leader of Food & Friends Polska S.A. capital group.
Studied at the Warsaw School of Economics and University of Otago (Dunedin, NZ).
A devoted skier, sailor and pianist – regular jam session participant with a thing for a good funk groove.
A native of Minnesota, Paul Kusmierz, has been a resident in Poland and active in the Polish and CEE real estate markets since 1996. In 2006, Mr. Kusmierz founded Master Management Group (MMG). MMG has become one of the top leaders in the Polish real estate market, gaining the trust of international business partners in terms of development, management and investment. Mr. Kusmierz has been responsible for over 40 transactions totalling over 1.3 billion Euros.
As the Acquisition Director and Equity Partner in a retail fund based in Poland with Europa Capital, Mr. Kusmierz managed one of the largest transactions of 2007. He acquired 14 properties and later sold the portfolio. Further, in cooperation with the Blackstone Real Estate Group, MMG was responsible for transaction advisory, property management and leasing of high-quality Polish shopping malls of 250 000 m2 GLA, owned by King’s Street Retail, which included the successful 50 million Euro expansion of Magnolia Park in Wrocław, whereby MMG was the developer and leasing agent. MMG also partnered with UK based Marcol Group and US based Kravco Company. The latest development project in the MMG portfolio was Galeria Młociny, a prime retail complex of 70 000 m2 GLA, located in the Bielany district in Warsaw. The project was leased 60% and successfully sold to Echo Polska Properties and Echo Investment S.A. in March 2017 for 104.5 million Euros.
Master Management Group, under the leadership of Mr. Kusmierz, has been investing in commercial real estate and executing its own projects. Currently, MMG operates over 100 000 m2 of GLA in Poland including: Brama Mazur in Ełk, Galeria Niwa in Oświęcim and centers in: Poznań, Szczecin, Lubin, Kutno, Ciechanów, Piekary Śląskie and Józefosław (MMG Centers*). All galleries are “the first choice” shopping destinations in their regions with a proven track record in every aspect of management. Niwa and Brama Mazur were both developed by MMG and are award winning projects.
MMG is also an investor and developer of a mixed – use complex Hi Piotrkowska, being defined as the landmark building in the center of Łódź. The complex is located near the Public Transport Hub, accounted for 50 000 travellers daily.
Tomasz Ciąpała is an entrepreneur and investor. He was 26 when he founded Lancerto S.A. in 2008 and under his management the company has become a leading leader in men’s wear segment and has won many prestigious awards, including Business Gazelles, Superbrands, Forbes Diamonds etc. He is an investor and Board Member in number of companies including Mazop Group S.A., PhotoAID S.A., 3R Games S.A., Point Pack S.A., Ubrania do Oddania, Unamo, MTM Europe etc. He is also a Co-founder and Vice President of the Polish Trade and Services Employers’ Association joined by over 150 companies operating on the Polish market. He is a Member of YPO Poland, FBN Poland and Cobin Angels, Poland’s largest professional Business Angel Club.
Tomasz holds a master’s degree in International Business from Grenoble Graduate School of Business, double degree from WSB-NLU & National Louis University of Chicago.
Nevena Kostic, Director of Retail SEE Group an online publication dedicated to promoting the retail real estate market.
On retailsee.com you can get weekly news about international retail market trends, marketing and technology innovations, retail properties, retailer expansion and much more.
Thomas Reichenauer founded in 2011 with Gerhard Graf the ROS Retail Outlet Shopping
GmbH, headquartered in Vienna. ROS develops, manages and operates designer outlets
and innovative outlet shopping concepts across Europe.
Thomas Reichenauer started his retail career at the leading Austrian sports retailer
Austrian Hervis Sport & Fashion Group. After an interim stop as Marketing Manager at
AGM Cash & Carry markets, he started his outlet career as Retail Manager at the
Designer Outlet Parndorf in 1999. Under his guidance as Centre Manager from 2002, the
Designer Outlet Parndorf became one of the most successful outlet centres in Europe.
From 2008, Thomas Reichenauer was promoted as Country Manager and steered the
project development of the Designer Outlet Salzburg, which he opened very successfully
in 2009. He is recognized keynote speaker in the European outlet industry and board
member of various associations.
ROS established itself in the last decade among the top ten of Europe’s leading outlet
operators. ROS operates currently eleven outlet centres in Poland, Germany, Hungary,
Croatia, Italy, Portugal, Spain and has further new developments in the pipeline. Thomas
Reichenauer is very pleased with the recognition of ROS as modern, innovative and
growing operator in the European outlet market as well as one of the best, which is
mastering the current challenges of the covid-19 pandemic.
Partner | Head of the Real Estateand Construction Department
Agata Jurek-Zbrojska is a qualified legal advisorand Head of the Real Estateand Construction Department at CMS – one of the largest real estate teams in Poland, comprising approximately 40 experienced lawyers.
For over twenty years Agata has successfully advised on the largest real estate transactions in Polandand on numerous cross-border projects, with particular focus on office, commercial, logisticsand residential real estate at all stages of the investment process.
In recent years she has advised on the first projects in the pioneering PRS (apartments for rent) market in Poland. As part of these projects, she negotiated both forward funding acquisition agreementsand the implementation of development projects by developers,and conducted legal analyses for international investment funds to assess the legal risks of such investments.
Her experience includes comprehensive legal support of transactions for localand international investors, developersand real estate funds active in the CEE region. In particular, she advises on strategic aspects of acquisitionand sale transactions, joint venture, structuringand restructuring in all market segments.
She also specialises in legal services related to the lease of real estateand infrastructure projects (buy & leaseand sale & lease back structures), as well as office spaceand commercial real estate.
Agata also has extensive experience in advising on construction projects, including preparingand negotiating construction contracts based on FIDIC standards, development agreements,and construction works contracts, in the process of obtaining construction decisions. She has also successfully advised on construction projects in the oiland gasand renewable energy sectors.
She is recommended by international legal directories such as Chambersand Partners, Legal 500and IFLR1000 as an expert in the real estate sector.
Prior to joining CMS, she was a partner at Greenberg Traurigand previously worked with international law firms such as Hogan Lovells, Garriguesand Salans (Dentons).
Selected relevant experience includes advising:
Marvipol Development on the sale to Heimstaden Bostad of a PLN 380.9 million residential built-to-rent portfolio to be developed by Marvipol in Warsaw;
Dekpol on a forward sale of a resi-for-rent project to a German investor;
DWS on the acquisition of the Metropolitan office building in Warsawand on the sale of the same building to Morgan Stanley;
DWS on the acquisition of the Stary Browar shopping centre in Poznań;
Immobel on the sale of the iconic CEDET office building in Warsaw (the former Smyk Central Department Store);
Akron Investment Central Eastern Europe IIand Heitman on the sale of the Warsaw Trade Tower office building to Globalworth Poland Real Estate;
AEW on the acquisition of a city logistics project near Warsaw;
Swiss RE through CBRE GI on the acquisition of two office buildings in Gdańskand Wrocław,and logistics properties in Warsaw;
Benson Elliot on the acquisition of Diamentum Office in Wrocław;
Hillwood on the acquisition of real estate located in the village of Zelgoszcz in the municipality of Stryków;
Hillwood on the acquisition of real estate located at 7 Mineralna Street in Warsaw, in the vicinity of Chopin Airport;
Hillwood on the acquisition of real estate located in Janki;
Bluehouse on the acquisition of Marynarska Pont 2 office building in Warsaw;
Mazovia Capital on the sale of the Mazovia Plaza office building to M7,
a pan-European investorand asset manager;
Vantage Development on the Delta 44 office-retail complex in Wrocław;
Nepi Rockcastle on the acquisition of the Alfa shopping centre in Białystok;
Nepi Rockcastle on the acquisition of Serenadaand Krokus shopping centres in Cracow;
Benson Elliot on the acquisition of the Vinci office building in Cracow;
GTC S.A. on the acquisition from Hines of an office building portfolio located in Łódźand Gdańsk;
Rockcastle Global Real Estate on the acquisition from Aviva Investors of the Focus Mall shopping centre portfolio;
Rockcastle Global Real Estate on the acquisition of the Galeria Warmińska shopping centre in Olsztyn;
Rockcastle on the acquisition of two shopping centre complexes – Pogoria in Dąbrowa Górniczaand Karolinka in Opole;
Heitman on the sale of the Europlex officeand retail centre to GTC S.A.;
PHN on the JV with Menard Doswelland Hillwood on projects related to logistics near Warsaw;
Logis on the JV with Hillwood in relation to a logistics project;
GLP on the acquisitionand development of several logistics projects;
Bluehouse on the acquisitionand development of several logistics projects;
Goodman on the acquisitionand development of several logistics projects;
Polski Holding Nieruchomości on the joint-venture transaction regarding the development of a logistic centre in Parzniew.
T +48 22 520 55 91
M +48 602 603 675
E Agata.Jurek- Zbrojska@cms- cmno.com
University of Warsaw, Faculty of Lawand Administration
Warsaw School of Economics, International Economicand Political Relations
District Bar Council
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