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European Capital Markets Quarterly Snapshot | February 2021

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European investment volumes witnessed a strong bounce back in Q4 2020, with key markets witnessing improving liquidity and the return of global capital sources. Investment into Direct European real estate reached €252 billion for the full year, a 25% fall on 2019, but the figure masks a range of different performances across countries. 

In 2021, we expect there to be significant interest in the alternative sectors including life sciences, senior living and assets backed by technology sub-sectors. Investors have adopted a cautious but confident approach in Q1 2021, despite lockdowns limiting cross border transactions. We expect cross border investment to rise this year as the vaccine is rolled out, allowing a relaxation of travel bans and quarantine measures.
 

European Capital Markets Quarterly Snapshot | February 2021

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Richard Divall

Head of Cross Border Capital Markets I EMEA

As Head of Cross Border Capital Markets, EMEA, I work with international clients who are interested in investing in the region and connect them with the best local Colliers expert based on their investment requirements. Conversely, I also help investors based in EMEA expand their portfolios to other regions around the world. Through my extensive connectivity in the global real estate market, I can connect capital with local expertise, regardless of location.

I work with a broad spectrum of clients including Sovereign Wealth Funds, global institutions, global private equity investors and high net worth individuals. Clients choose to work with me based on the full range of advisory services I provide including a macro view on local economies and property sectors, investor sentiment around the world and access to local buyers and sellers.

Working with local offices in EMEA, we are able to provide a full range of advisory services including:

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  • Professional services
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    • Valuation
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I have over 17 years real estate investment experience and during my career I have been involved in over £2billion in transactions in the UK.

 

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Damian Harrington

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I have worked within the real estate profession across EMEA for 20 years, living and working from bases in London, Dubai, Prague and more recently Helsinki.

I spent the first 10 years of my working life in London, starting as a development/investment consultant for an independent research house.

This was prior to joining CB Richard Ellis where I led emerging market research in MENA and CEE for 3 years. I resigned from CB Richard Ellis to develop and manage my own independent consultancy based in the UK, before joining Colliers in 2009. As of 1st July 2015, I was promoted to Head of EMEA Research. 

I use my experience and analytical skills to take a forward looking view of market opportunities & challenges impacting the industry on behalf of internal and external clients. 

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