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Colliers announces affiliation in Serbia with West Properties

Partnership expands Colliers offering in Southeast Europe

London, 4 July 2022 – Leading diversified professional services and investment management company, Colliers, announced today that it has entered into an affiliate agreement in the EMEA region with the leading real estate services company in Serbia, West Properties.

This partnership expands Colliers’ service offering in Southeast Europe with existing operations in neighbouring countries. West Properties, located in the capital Belgrade, has a 20-year history in Serbia. Acting for domestic and international clients, the business was established by Managing Director, Vladimir Popović and CEO, Vladimir Vukićević. This leading enterprise in Serbia offers a wide range of services for clients’ real estate requirements, with expertise focused on capital markets including project financing, landlord agency, occupier representation, property management, valuation and project management services. 

Davoud Amel-Azizpour, CEO, EMEA at Colliers said, “This partnership brings another key European market into Colliers’ EMEA region. We are witnessing strong occupier and investor demand in Serbia due to positive GDP growth and the availability of affordable funding. Demonstrating this demand, the number of real estate transactions in the Serbian capital of Belgrade rose 25% in 2021, while the value of the assets on the market last year was €6.1 billion, which is 50% more than in 2020. We are confident that our new operations in Serbia is set for long term growth and collaboration with our colleagues and clients in Southeast Europe and across EMEA.”

“The West Properties team are excited to become part of the Colliers business and industry leading brand. Through the firm’s global platform, we can accelerate the services offered to our domestic and international investor, developer and occupier clients. We look forward to integrating and leveraging Colliers’ reach, established infrastructure and industry leadership to propel our growth, market share, and client service capabilities,” explained Vladimir Vukićević, CEO of West Properties.

Davoud concluded, “West Properties holds a highly-regarded reputation, which with the Colliers platform behind it, and under Vladimir Popović and Vladimir Vukićević’s leadership, will go from strength to strength. We look forward to partnering with the team, supporting them and our clients in maximising the potential of real estate.”

West Properties will begin to re-brand its business to Colliers from the date of this announcement.

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Anna is an experienced B2B marketer, communications and business development adviser. She specialises in content creation and the resultant campaign output. In her role as Head of Content, EMEA she develops compelling communications for multi-channel direct and social marketing, media and internal communications. This is done in partnership with the business line leaders, research, digital and creative leads.

Anna has developed all of her career experience in the real estate industry. This has included leading on market response campaigns, thought leadership content development, research report identification, production and launch, client engagement and market profiling campaigns, proposal responses and bid presentation management, value propositions for marketing material, trade show presence, stakeholder management, internal and external communications, and building a remote-working marketing team. 

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As Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the EMEA region (Europe, Middle East and Africa), Davoud is responsible for establishing and leading the strategic direction and delivering business expansion through the fulfilment of our Enterprise ’25 growth strategy. Davoud joined Colliers in an Executive Board role in 2012 holding the position of Head of EMEA Finance and Corporate Development. In 2017 he became Chief Financial Officer for the region, before becoming the CEO for EMEA in 2022.

Focused on delivering the bold targets set in the five-year Enterprise ’25 growth strategy, Davoud supports organic growth through the EMEA expert country leadership team, business line expansion, particularly in Capital Markets, Property Management, and Occupier Services, and strategic acquisitions that enable the EMEA region to build at scale. Notable examples in the first six months of 2022 include:

·       The acquisition of Colliers Italy. Previously an affiliated full-service commercial real estate firm, and Antirion SGR S.p.A., one of the largest real estate investment management firms in Italy. Read more here

·       The expansion of Colliers’ Iberian Peninsula offering with the opening of a Portuguese office in Lisbon. Read more here

·       The strategic partnership agreement with Paragon, one of the UK’s largest independent building and project consultancies. Read more here

Before Colliers, Davoud began his career at KPMG and then moved to FTSE 100 listed Group Reed Elsevier plc.  Davoud also spent time working in the UK business of DTZ.

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