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Colliers opens new Portuguese operation and appoints Pedro Valente as Managing Director

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Further expansion of Iberian offering in response to client demand


Leading diversified professional services and investment management company, Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI) has expanded its profile in Portugal and the Iberian Peninsula by opening a Lisbon office and appointing Pedro Valente as Managing Director.


Pedro’s appointment and expansion in Portugal is in response to both domestic and international client demand as the call for cross-border transactions has risen locally within Portugal and from Spain.

Pedro is a notable capital markets expert with over 20 years of experience. He joined Colliers from WORX Real Estate Consultants where he focused on offices, retail, tourism and hospitality, and industrial and logistics assets, along with distressed sales.

"The Portuguese real estate market offers huge investment opportunities for our clients in the same market segments that we are most active in Spain – notably offices, hotels, build to rent, and data centres. The appointment and leadership of Pedro Valente will allow us to respond to the needs of our clients, combining his experience in the Portuguese market with the best-in-class approach that distinguishes our company,” explained Mikel Echavarren, CEO in Spain and Portugal.

The new office is in a prime central business district on Barata Salgueiro, which is adjacent to the famous Avenida da Liberdade.

Chris McLernon, CEO in EMEA added, “This is yet another strategic appointment for Colliers in Europe - on the heels of our expansion in Italy with the acquisition of Antirion and our Colliers affiliate. Portugal is an important market, both domestically and internationally and we are delighted to see Pedro join Mikel to build our Iberian presence in response to client demand.”

In the coming months, Capital Markets, Corporate Finance and Valuations experts joining Colliers Portugal will form a joint team with Colliers Spain, under a strategic umbrella of services in the Iberian market.

I am delighted to be starting up Colliers’ operation in Lisbon and look forward to developing the team. This is a fantastic opportunity for Portugal and Spain to combine expertise and establish a market-leading Iberian offer. Together, we will unlock the cross-border potential that exists between the two countries, as well as the broader European region,” said Pedro Valente, Managing Director in Portugal.


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Mikel Echavarren is CEO of Colliers International Spain. He was President and CEO of irea since its foundation in 2002 until March 2018, when irea joined Colliers International. Prior to joining irea, Mikel was a partner in the Spain and Portugal real estate corporate finance division of Arthur Andersen. 

With over 30 years of experience in the real estate sector, he is an expert in strategic planning for real estate groups and in complex mortgage debt portfolio, real estate company and property transactions. He has managed financial restructurings involving over €8,000 million worth of debt belonging to real estate, construction and services companies. 

 

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Pedro Valente

Managing Director

Lisbon

Pedro is Managing Director at Colliers Portugal. He has 20 years of professional expertise, having developed his career in the most relevant real estate companies in the Portuguese market.

Pedro has worked for CBRE in Lisbon where he started on the valuations department and then moved to development department.

Most recently he worked for WORX Real Estate Consultants (a local company affiliate of Knight Frank in the beginning & then of BNP RE) specifically in the sales transaction arena in all categories of retail, offices, tourism & hospitality, industrial & logistics and distressed assets.   

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Alejandra Folgado

Marketing & Communications Director

As Marketing and Communications Director Alejandra is responsible for building a marketing and Comm. strategy that grows brand awareness; drives lead generation and works across business lines to support Colliers  Spain and Portugal  achieve its growth and customer acquisition goals.

She began her career at Atlas Capital Close Brothers in 2001 and joined to irea in 2006, where she was Knowledge & Organization Manager for almost 4 years. After a 5 years  of professional and personal experience in Italy, she returns to irea as Marketing & Communications Manager.

From January 2015 she has been Head of Marketing and Communications at irea until March 2018, when the spanish firm integrates in Colliers International.

Alejandra studied at Carlos III University (Madrid)  where she has a bachelor degree in Information Sciences. She holds an International Marketing and Communications Master from Polimoda Business School (Italy).

She has worked in Marketing and PR across various industries including Financing, Real Estate, Fashion and Hospitality. Alejandra  also has experience in managing and coordinating  events including conference, congress and trade fairs.

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