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EMEA Capital Markets | Q2 2020

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Within EMEA, the significance of the COVID-19 pandemic impact is clear in the Q2 GDP figures, but the subsequent impact on investment volumes has not been as sharp as expected. At least not for Europe’s primary market destinations:

  • The UK has taken the biggest GDP hit, posting a drop of around -22% q/q, but investment remains robust at only around -3% down on a 12 month rolling basis.
  • French GDP was down by -13% q/q, but rolling investment volumes fell by only -6%.
  • German GDP was -10% down q/q, but investment is around 2% up on a rolling basis.

After a very strong Q1 2020, and a more robust Q2 than expected, real estate investment volumes for EMEA Capital Markets have held up at only 9% down y/y markedly well during the first half of 2020. EMEA Capital Markets has proven to be the least affected global region during H1, with volumes in APAC and the Americas down 25% and 27% respectively.


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EMEA Capital Markets | Q2 2020

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Richard Divall

Director, Cross Border Capital Markets

London - West End

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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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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Damian Harrington is a Director and Head of Research for both Global Capital Markets and EMEA at Colliers. He has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry living and working from various locations across EMEA including London, Dubai, Prague, Helsinki and Amsterdam. Damian is responsible for producing research for internal and external clients. His expertise helps to provide clients with global capital market trends and analysis, and connects them with strategic and actionable insights, such as the changing nature of global capital and the impact on global capital flows. Damian has produced numerous research papers and generated analysis of markets across all asset types - from residential to offices, retail to logistics and hotels to niche sectors such as life sciences, air cargo and data centres. Damian is a member of the EMEA location strategy team and a key member of Colliers ESG focus group.  He speaks regularly at internal global conferences, external industry events hosted by GRI, ULI and other key industry bodies, plus key annual events such as MIPIM and EXPO REAL.

Damian holds a Masters degree in European Property Development and Planning from University College London, a BPI Bachelor of Planning from the University of Amsterdam and a BA (Hons) in Town and Country Planning from Manchester University. He is also a qualified surveyor, holding an MRICS with the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

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