The Forum that Transforms Real Estate to Real Opportunities

Q: Why Should I attend the investment forum Batumi 2015?

A: If you are a businessman or investor who is interested in investment opportunities in the region, then the Investment Forum “Batumi 2015” is the must-attend event of the year. The Forum presents a great platform to meet a broad range of local and foreign investors, regional and central government representatives and business organizations who will be introduced to a variety of investment projects, investment climate characteristics and the conditions for the commercial real estate and hotel development sectors.

The Adjara region, and more specifically Batumi, is fast becoming the best business destination for investors, moreover, Georgia, with its simplified company registration procedures, liberalized manufacturing regulations, tax and legislative benefits and positive approach to foreign investors is a great place to consider investment opportunities. This is why Cushman & Wakefield | Veritas Brown (CW|VB), together with the Georgian National Investment Agency and the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, have decided to hold the Investment Forum “Batumi 2015” on September 18th at the Hilton Hotel in Batumi, Georgia.

Q: As far as we know, a similar investment forum was held in London. Should it be considered that the event will be held annually?

A: Yes, a similar Forum was organized in London in May this year by CW|VB and the Georgian National Investment Agency with great results; we presented Georgia as a new investment opportunity and hopefully gained further international recognition for the country as being a safe place to invest.

Q: What is the Agenda for the Forum?

A: The full details of the Forum are available on the Forum website. We have the welcoming speeches from the Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili; Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Dimitri Kumsishvili; Chairmen of Government of Adjara A.R., Archil Khabadze; and Minister of Finance and Economy of Adjara A.R., David Baladze. There will be presentations about various investment opportunities and the general business climate in the country from Georgian Government officials, and presentations regarding access to finance from EBRD and The Georgian Co-investment Fund and The Partnership Fund. Additionally, a number of leading firms will speak about their local success stories, while on the second day of the Forum participants will be invited to tour the proposed investment projects.

Q: Who should attend the event?

A: Investors and developers looking for an opportunity to invest away from the mainstream markets and who have a solid appetite for risk. Investors shall participate in this highly focused deal-discovery session, hearing from government officials and financial institutions, as well as real estate consultancy executives, on the risks and opportunities, with assigned dedicated discussion time to determine the viability of those opportunities.

Q: What are the investor’s looking for?

A: First and foremost, investors are looking for a return on capital. This means they seek a stable business environment, market growth, currency stability and a stable government amongst other things. Batumi 2015 shall form a platform for attendees to discover the latest market-changing developments, meet institutional investor peers and share their experience and insight, learn how to leverage regional growth to enhance investment returns, and, of course, harness the knowledge of the fellow investment professionals.

Q: Why Cushman & Wakefield | Veritas Brown?

A: We were the first fully international commercial real estate company in the Georgian market and have a long established history in the regional markets, so we know how the local markets, developers and investors “do business”. We are partnered with Cushman & Wakefield who are industry leaders on a global scale. We have access to industry professionals, in-house expertise and a global platform to operate high quality services.

Q: What are you currently working on and what are your goals?

A: In Georgia we are primarily working with investors in the hospitality office sectors, supporting retail brands expand across the country and assisting developers with retail projects. We have two well-established offices in Kazakhstan and have access to investors looking to invest in Georgia and the region.

On a broader scale we are looking at a number of other countries in which to open offices; we are working with Cushman & Wakefield on an expansion strategy and are currently considering nine further countries. Cushman & Wakefield recently agreed to merge with DTZ, which will trade under the CW brand and a deal that will make Cushman & Wakefield the world’s second largest commercial real estate firm with expected revenues of around $5.5b, with 43,000 professionals. Our goal is to help our partners establish a solid platform in the region for their growing client base and deliver the quality of services that the brand demands.

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03 September 2015 21:38