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Investment volumes in Romania reached 8.5% of the total Eastern European market

The Romanian real estate investment market grew in 2020 despite the pandemic context and closed the year with a total value of investment transactions worth almost 900 million euro, which represents almost 8.5% of the total 10.4 billion euro investment volume recorded by the 6 largest countries in Eastern Europe. Romania almost doubled its share in the region’s turnover over the previous year and jumped into the big league, after Poland and the Czech Republic, but before Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.

"A characteristic of the region as a whole – including Romania – is the fact that, at least until now, we did not see a material shift towards distressed sales, as most are either long-term owners or waiting for things to settle down. This is a bit of a departure from the 2009-2010 recession and could suggest that the subsequent recovery could be much swifter than it was after that downturn. Romania’s more generous yield gap, coupled with depressed yields for other types of assets, bode well for local assets in the following years", explains Laurențiu Lazăr, Managing Partner at Colliers Romania.

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Laurentiu Lazar

Managing Partner & Head of Investment | Romania

Bucharest

Laurentiu, Managing Partner at Colliers International Romania, has over 14 years of experience in real estate services including valuation, advisory and investment. He joined Colliers in 2007 as a real estate valuer and in 2009 he was promoted to Head of Valuation and Advisory Services, with the responsibility to expand the valuation team in Romania. In 2015, he became Head of Investment, developing the Capital Markets services and later appointed as Senior Partner within Colliers International Romania in 2016, managing over 20 experts. As of march 2018, Laurentiu was promoted Managing Partner.

Before joining Colliers, Laurentiu worked for 10 years at Vodafone Romania/Connex, holding different management positions within Marketing and Customer Operations Divisions. Between 2014 and 2017 he has been Vice-President of ANEVAR (Romanian Association of Valuers).

In parallel, I was involved raising funds for various projects, such as Teach for Romania, The Romanian Foundation for Neurology and Epilepsy and “Prietenia” Association.

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Silviu Pop

Head of Research | Romania

Bucharest

Before joining Colliers mid-2017 as Head of Research for Romania, Silviu Pop worked with ING Bank for close to three years as an economist, covering macroeconomic/financial market themes for Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Croatia. His previous professional experience includes working almost 7 years as a financial journalist at various media outlets in Romania, including the sole business-oriented TV station in Romania, where he hosted a daily show for a period of time; during this interval,  he won a number of scholarships, including a stint with Reuters. He holds a BSc in economics at the Bucharest University of Economic Studies.

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