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Episode 3 - Logistics: Sportisimo discovered Ostrava

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Need a big new shed? Then forget about Prague! Sportisimo had to go all the way to Ostrava to find a location offering enough space for its growing logistics needs. That’s thanks to flexible planning authorities there and a developer (Contera) willing to build high enough.

In this episode, Robert McLean/ speaks to Harry Bannatyne, Head of Industrial team at Colliers, Laurent Jechoux, Business Director from Contera, Patrik Hronek, Head of Investments from Moravian-Silesian Investment and Development and Martin Komarek, Logistics Manager at Sportisimo. 

Podcast can be found here.

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Mark Richardson

Director, Head of Industrial and Investment Services


Mark has over 22 years’ experience in the real estate industry and in the capacity of senior partner and head of investment services, is responsible for supervision, management and business growth of the Capital markets and Industrial Agency teams in the Czech Republic. His range of responsibilities includes strategic real estate advisory, origination, structuring and execution of property sale and acquisition transactions, overseeing commercial due diligence and underwriting, participation in commercial negotiations of lease and sale & purchase contracts and transaction management.

Mark was previously head of acquisitions at Prime Kapital, an integrated real estate developer, investor and operator in CEE backed by MAS Real Estate, a South African REIT. Prior to joining Prime Kapital, he was he was a Director at Pradera, a specialist retail Investment Manager where he established the Company’s offices and retail asset management platforms in both Poland and the Czech Republic. During his time at Pradera, Mark led the acquisition and due diligence process together with the asset management of 9 shopping centres totalling 148,000 sqm across CEE for and on behalf of the Pradera Central & Eastern Fund (PCEF). Before joining Pradera, Mark was Head of Capital Markets for Cushman and Wakefield in Prague, the Czech Republic where he led the acquisition and sale of over €2 billion of assets.


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