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Colliers' Queen's speech response from Dr Walter Boettcher

10 05 22 Colliers Queen speech response from Dr Walter Boettcher hero

'New legislation to strengthen the United Kingdom’s financial services industry’ mentioned in the Queen's Speech today, could be in reference to the Solvency II consultation says Colliers' Head of Research and Economics, Dr Walter Boettcher.

Dr Walter Boettcher, Head of Research and Economics at Colliers commented: “For commercial property, the most important message in the Queen’s Speech was embedded in the idea of exploiting opportunities arising from the UK departure from the EU.  No details were provided, but ‘legislation to strengthen UK financial services for all’ may be an oblique reference to the Solvency II consultation formally launched by the Treasury on April 28th. Described as reform of the prudential regulation of the UK insurance sector, the consultation is set to close on 21st July 2022.

"This reform has the potential to release tens of billions of pounds of investment in UK infrastructure and regional regeneration across the UK by effectively reducing capital buffers and risk metrics for insurance and pension funds.  This arises directly from the UK departure from the EU and is likely to result in legislation later this year. Though it receives little attention in the press, it is fundamental to scaling up the levelling up agenda. If the pageantry associated with the Queen’s Speech is meant to suggest, if only symbolically, a ‘fresh start’ to government business, then pursuing such an agenda is a worthy point of fresh departure."

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Walter Boettcher

Head of Research and Economics

Research and Forecasting

London - West End

I am the the Chief Economist at global property advisors Colliers International based in London.  I am a research economist identifying timely research topics and directing research and forecasting outputs.

I have over 20 years UK and European property industry experience and extensive expertise across a wide range of property sectors and related industries.

I participate regularly in industry panel discussions, but am focused more on direct client engagement with institutions, property companies, banks, and private investors. A regular media commentator, I have a wide range of national and broadcast experience.

I joined Colliers International in August 2007 after several years at a private property company where he was responsible for managing a mixed portfolio of London residential, retail and office assets.

Previously, I worked in a few London property advisory firms, a geodemographic company as well as a few youthful sojourns in the US offshore oil industry, local government and entertainment business.

I am an economics graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and received his PhD from the Faculty of Science at University College London.  I am a member of Lambda Alpha International and the Society of Property Researchers.

Perhaps best known for my alternative take on property economics and investment, I am a keen proponent of UK regional development and infrastructure investment.

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Hannah Zitren

Associate Director

Marketing & Communications


I am responsible for media relations and generating coverage in top tier broadcast and print media. I work across a range of Colliers’ UK & Pan-EMEA business lines advising on their strategic and tactical PR needs.

My role includes:

·         Developing and executing PR plans for the various business lines to help promote their key messages across all aspects of the media - print, broadcast and social.

·          Media evaluation and reporting objectives, targets and successes across the business.

·         Reputation management and crisis management.

·         Media training.

·         Media engagement: setting up meetings with top tier media and various internal spokespeople to continuously expand and build a presence with property and vertical media network.

·         Consistently delivering service excellence, meeting with business heads of a regular basis and trying to influence the research as much as possible to ensure our content has a strong enough news hook.

·         Key campaigns that I work on include MIPIM; MAPIC; REVO; Midsummer Retail Report; IHIF; Cities of Influence in addition to a host of all alternative property sector research reports.

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