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Colliers International and Amicus host webinar examining how to navigate uncertainty in the post-pandemic world

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Colliers International, alongside Amicus Leadership Consultancy, hosted a webinar on 19 May examining the impact of uncertainty on the commercial property sector, the economic implications and a broad view of global political dynamics.

Colliers’ Head of Research and Economics, Dr Walter Boettcher, was joined by Sir Peter Wall, former Head of British Army and Director of Amicus; John McTernan, political strategist and Sir Tom Tugendhat, MP and Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

The session, attended by over 200 senior property professionals, began by examining London’s USPs and evaluating the city’s position in the hierarchy of global financial centres. It also looked at the changing nature of inbound capital flows. A wide-ranging roundtable discussion followed on the UK’s place in future global politics, the need for clarity of communication in a crisis and the political and economic impacts of uncertainty on the commercial property market. 

During the roundtable, the audience was surveyed and while almost all agreed (87 per cent)  that London and the UK would retain access to sufficient international capital to support the economy and property sector, and 56 per cent thought that an international ‘property shock’ of some order might be in the making due to COVID-19 and the consequent recession.

Dr Walter Boettcher, commented: “I may have been in a minority in not expecting an international property shock, but this is due to what I see as the extraordinary weight of global capital and the ongoing international demand for real estate assets used as proxies for bonds. I do appreciate the scope for unprecedented disruptions deriving from new geopolitical risks as well as new technological revolutions, and I also shared the panel’s concerns about the lack of generational expertise to deal with economic and employment shocks such as was seen in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s, but I also shared the optimism of our distinguished guests that the UK will not have to compromise its ideologies in order to pursue its interests and exercise influence and leadership in the international arena.”

The webinar provided invaluable insights from Peter, John and Tom, all of whom shared their experiences into dealing with uncertainty and how they understand the shockwaves that have been felt through all markets and geographies.

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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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Rebecca Allen

PR Manager

Marketing & Communications

London - West End

I have been working in commercial property communications for over 10 years  having previously worked at CBRE and Savills.

In my role at Colliers I am responsible for the PR of National Capital Markets, London Offices and Investment Property  Management teams as well as Scotland.

My role includes:

  • Creating and exectuing PR plans for business lines that span press, marketing and digital channels
  • Media monitoring and reporting
  • Advising on brand, tone of voice and profile raising 
  • Journalist relationship building through face to face meetings, phone calls day to day assistance with stories
  • Reputation management of the Colliers brand



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