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RINFOR At Full Length - Transcripts of the Seventh Real Estate &
Description: Short-hand record of all reports, opinions, comments, questions and answers during the panel
discussions and round tables at the Seventh RINFOR (Real Estate & Investment Forum) held in
Sofia between 1 and 3 June 2005
Over 500 real estate key players have attended the conference showing their strong interest in the
South East European property, construction and tourism markets.
The topics that were the focus of the panel discussions:
- Regeneration – a chance to revivalise disadvantaged areas. Speakers: Ms. Christine McNeill –
First Secretary Trade and Investment – British Embassy – Sofia, Ms. Violeta Konova – Head expert
in sector "Coordination and Information Service" – Executive Agency State Property of Ministry of
Defense, Mr. Stelian Stoychev – Chairman of "Resource Center" Foundation, Mr. Rossen Kolev –
General Manager of Vector Management Bulgaria, Mr. Valeri Naydenov – Head expert in MRRB, Mr.
Daniel Petrov – Sliven Municipality.
- Hotel chains in South Eastern Europe – enlargement projects, new market players. Speakers:
Mrs. Frederique Raveau – Director Development Central & Eastern Europe in Accor, Franc?, Mr.
Josef Halbherr - Managing Director of Kempinski Bulgaria , Mrs. Donka Sokolova Chairman of the
Bulgarian Association of Travel Agents, Mr. Rumen Draganov – Chairman of the Tourism Council –
Sofia, Mr. Blagoy Ragin - Chairman of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association.
- Business buildings in Bulgaria and their opportunity to attract institutional investors. Speakers:
Ms. Janet Woo – Associate Banker, Property and Tourism Team - EBRD London, Mr. Paul Rivlin –
Head of Real Estate Investment Banking Europe in EUROHYPO AG - UK, Mrs. Roberta Tumpel –
Project Manager in Investkredit Austria, Mr. Stefan Danailov – Manager "Office Buildings" in Forton
International a Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker Associate, Mr. Tzanko Tzankov – Senior
Expert in "Investment consulting" in Forton International a Cushman & Wakefield Healey & Baker
Associate, arch. Valeri Leviev – Managing Director of Elta Consult EAD (in association with CB
- Retail and entertainment centers – new types of investments in Bulgaria. Speakers: Mr. Eli Egosi
– CEO of Mall of Sofia, Mr. Henrik Stig Moeller – Senior Vice President – TK Development –
Denmark, Mr. Marin Zgurev – CEO of Densi Stroy Ltd. - Bulgaria, Mr. Stefan Kossev – Managing
Director of Piccadilly EAD - Bulgaria, Mr. Yordan Yordanov – Head of Project Finance Department,
Corporate Banking Division of DSK Bank EAD (OTP Group).
Mr. David Davidov – Director of Commercial & Brokerage Services in Colliers International Bulgaria,
eng. Traycho Popov – representative of Stroytawn Ltd.
- Bulgaria's accession to the EU – opportunities and challenges the real estate players face in the
country. Speaker: Mr. Dobromir Ganev – General Manager of Foros NCRE.
- Residential market – opportunities for growth or a risk of saturation? Speakers: Mr. Krassimir
Gumnishki – Manager Mortgage Financing in Creditex-Bulgaria, Mr. Strachil Ivanov – General
Manager of Yavlena Ltd - Bulgaria., Mr. Dobromir Ganev – General Manager of Foros NCRE, Mrs.
Vessela Barbukova – General Manager of Aspecti Plus Ltd. - Bulgaria, Mr. Ivan Georgiev – General
Manager of Orbi Engineering Ltd - Bulgaria.
- Opportunities and threats in the developing real estate market in Bulgaria. Speakers: Mr. Atanas
Garov – Managing Director of Colliers International – Bulgaria, Mr. Ivan Velkov – General Manager
of Colliers International – Bulgaria.
- High yield or low risk – the dilemma facing the international property investors and Bulgaria's
chance to appear on their maps. Speakers: Mr. James Rigassio – Commercial Attache – Embassy of
the USA, Mrs. Jill Urban-Karr – Vice President – Stewart International, USA, Mr. Bill Franks – Vice
President – Sigma Bleyzer, USA, Mr. Georgi Kirov – Senior Consultant Investment & Advisory
Department in Colliers International Bulgaria, Mr. Michael Hunsberger – Managing Director Real
Estate – BAEF Bulgaria, Mr. Svetoslav Naidenov – Investment Policy Directorate, Ministry of
- Vacation hotels or second home resorts – where to invest now? Speakers: Mr. Peter Dobcak –
Tourism Brain Trust - Austria, Mr. Nikolay Damov – architect of vacation village Duni, Bulgaria, Mr.
Paul Kornreich – Chairman & CEO of Bulgaria Real Estate Group.
- Participation of the Bulgarian construction companies in large-scale investment projects – who is
ready to face the challenge? Speakers: eng. Georgi Grigorov – Federal Secretary of the National
Mr. Ivan Boykov – Chairman of the Bulgarian Branch Chamber "Roads".
- Major hotel projects – achievements of the Bulgarian architecture for the last 15 years. Speakers:
arch. Petko Yovchev, arch. Yavor Vulov, arch. Kalin Tiholov, arch. Petar Dikov, arch. Vladislav
Nikolov, arch. Rossitza Yovcheva.
The RINFOR at full length answers to the following questions:
What's going to happen in the near future?
Who is already here?
Who will enter the market soon?
What are the opportunities?
What are the specific risks?
"RINFOR at full length" will transfer you in the heat of the event even if you have failed to be there
"RINFOR at full length" will show you the short-term and long-term market trends.
"RINFOR at full length" presents investment projects in the region under implementation, as well as
projects, expected to be implemented in the near future.
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