Brussels, February 1, 2017 - Colliers International in Belgium has hired John van Paassen as Head of Capital Markets Belgium effective immediately.

John van Paassen joins Colliers International from Knight Frank where he was Director Capital Markets Belgium.  John has over 20 years of professional real estate experience and started his career with Jones Lang LaSalle in 1995 until 2008. Subsequently he worked three years in Luxembourg for SNS Property Finance. John is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

It’s one of our strategic aims to grow the capital markets service lines across the region and provide a full range of real estate services to the professional real estate community. John’s appointment follows recent senior hires in the capital markets team in France with Julian Bonnefoy form Knight Frank and Benjamin Hanouet from CBRE.

According to John van Paassen: ”Colliers International provides an excellent platform to expand the Capital Markets services to the investor community in Belgium and Luxembourg. Various of my professional relations have done a great number of deals with Colliers in Germany, the Netherlands, UK and other markets where Colliers International is a dominant player. Providing the access to deals and benefitting from local inside knowledge in a strong network.  Moreover, joining Colliers International gives me the opportunity to work with many highly respected market leaders who I have had the pleasure of working with in the past like Tony Horell (Head CM UK), Ignace Trombello (Head CM Germany) and Julien Bonnefoy (Head CM France). Colliers has hand-picked the best people in each market.”
 
Pierre-Gilles Solvit, Managing Director Colliers International Belgium, adds: ”John’s appointment clearly demonstrates our commitment to invest our resources and serve our clients in the capital markets sector. John has a solid longstanding network, proven track record with numerous transactions in Belgium and Luxembourg and a very professional reputation in this market. Having him on board guarantees the roll-out of our Capital Markets and investor services.”

Today Colliers Capital markets team covers all dominant European markets and is active worldwide in some 70 countries with over 450 investment professionals representing a transaction volume of over 75 billion Euro.  

Colliers International's Capital Markets group advises real estate owners, developers, advisors, lenders and investors to design, negotiate and implement real estate investments, disposals and financial structures of all types and sizes. Colliers specializes in the acquisition and disposition of investment real estate for a wide range of clients including major financial institutions, fund managers, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), corporates, private investors and developers. 

Our local teams have long-term relationships to all relevant local real estate market players and investors. Our clients benefit from our extensive, detailed market knowledge, which is supported by our local real estate professionals and our research staff.

Colliers International sees beyond the bricks and mortar to understand how property acquisition, management and disposition can accelerate the success of an investment portfolio. Our capital markets approach, which is driven by a keen understanding of our clients' goals, draws upon our real-time knowledge of the real estate markets debt and equity market forces in order to maximize value.

Colliers International has extensive experience with the four major property sectors – office, industrial, retail, and multi-family, as well as experience with life science, R&D/flex, and special purpose assets. We are equally capable executing the sale or acquisition of a core, value-add, or highly opportunistic real estate investment strategy.

Colliers International Group Inc. (NASDAQ:CIGI) (TSX:CIGI) is an industry leading global real estate services company with 15,000 skilled professionals operating in 68 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant employee ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide. Services include strategic advice and execution for property sales, leasing and finance; global corporate solutions; property, facility and project management; workplace solutions; appraisal, valuation and tax consulting; customized research; and thought leadership consulting.

For further information, please contact:

John van Paassen
Head Capital Markets Belgium
Colliers International
Chaussée de la Hulpe 166
1170 Brussels 
Tel : + 32 2 775.95.11
Mob. : + 32 487 32 31 33
email : John.vanpaassen@colliers.com