The decision to make the directors partners was made by the main shareholder of Colliers International, the Canadian financial group FirstService Corporation, as a result of the strengthening of the company’s position in the Russian commercial real estate market.

Today, the portfolio of Colliers International Russia includes five exclusive projects to sell investment assets and the largest number of exclusive lease agency agreements among consulting companies for retail premises – 20 major projects in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other regional centers. In 2013, Colliers International signed 6 exclusive agreements, including for the Hollywood shopping center in St. Petersburg and projects in the Moscow region cities of Odintsovo, Obukhovo, Lyubertsy and Pavlovsky Posad as well as in the regional capital of Lipetsk.

In the Russian industrial sector, Colliers International is second among consulting companies in terms of the volume of warehouse space leased and sold. In 2012, consultants from the Industrial & Warehouse Department of Colliers International advised on deals totaling approximately 273,000 sqm of warehouse and industrial space in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk and other cities in Russia.

The company’s portfolio also includes three exclusive agency agreements for major warehouse projects, one of which is the largest class A warehouse complex in Russia – the Sofino logistics park. This project totals over 840,000 sqm and is being developed in the Moscow region by AT Real Estate.

Hadley Dean, Managing Partner, Colliers International Eastern Europe: “In Russia, we managed to achieve some very good results in 2012 and, what’s more important, we see a strengthening of the company’s position in 2013. Both in terms of current volume and growth potential, Russia is a top priority market for Colliers International in the Eastern Europe region. We are confident that under the leadership of the firm’s new partners, Nikolai Kazanskiy and Vladislav Ryabov, the team will further reinforce and multiply its successes.”

Nikolay Kazanskiy was appointed Managing Director of Colliers International Russia in October 2012. His first priorities were corporate restructuring, drafting a new development strategy and strengthening the company’s strategic positions in Russia in areas such as investment, retail, valuation and consulting.
Under Nikolay’s leadership, who first joined the company more than 10 years ago, Colliers International has on six occasions won Best Consulting Company St. Petersburg in 2006, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 at the annual CRE Saint Petersburg Awards. In 2012, Nikolay was named Personality of the Year at the CRE Saint Petersburg Awards.

Nikolay’s key achievements include building a stable and prosperous business and creating a strong management team at Colliers International Russia. He has also played a key role in integrating the operations of the Russian office with other global offices of Colliers International, which has helped increase the number of international transactions and reinforced cooperation between the firm’s offices worldwide.
Nikolay Kazanskiy, Managing Partner, Colliers International Russia: “Having worked in this company for more than 10 years, I am pleased to be both a witness and participant of the recovery in the Russian commercial real estate market. For me, it is a great honour to receive this offer from our global shareholders, which I have gladly accepted, and to become a partner at the Russian office, having purchased a stake in the company from FirstService Corporation, the main shareholder of the company.”  

Vladislav Ryabov joined Colliers International in 2006 and has been director of the Warehouse Department since 2009. In this role he has succeeded in strengthening such important strategic business areas as tenant representation, self-storage services and development consultancy. At Colliers he has personally assisted Russian and international clients in the acquisition of approximately 1 million sqm of industrial & logistics space in Moscow, St. Petersburg and other regions. Among Vladislav’s most recent achievements was Colliers International’s win in the nomination for 2013 Warehouse Deal of the Year at the CRE Moscow Awards. 

Vladislav Ryabov, Partner, Regional Director of Warehouse & Industrial Department, Colliers International Russia: “The volume and the number of deals which our industrial and warehouse team closed in 2012 is a testament to the professionalism of our team, which is arguably one of the strongest in Europe. Today our portfolio includes some of the largest exclusive agency agreements on the Russian market for warehouse space. In 2013, we are continuing our efforts to further improve and expand our services for owners and investors. We will be placing an emphasis the industrial park segment and build-to-suit facilities, where our team has accumulated invaluable and unique experience.”