Central and Eastern Europe is looking ahead to 2022 with more confidence, as the economy bounces back from the coronavirus crisis and investors continue to show their interest in the market, especially in the Logistics sector. Residential for rent has also seen a significant increase in attractiveness and offices still represent half of total transaction volume. Will the current pick-up in activity continue? Will prices remain stable?
Given the level of interest in the logistics sector, is further compression in the asset class inevitable? Prospects are positive, with the nearshoring trend and China's Belt and Road Initiative making the region even more pivotal. The retail sector has always been strong in CEE on the back of a strong economy and increasing consumer demand. What has the impact of the pandemic been and what are the prospects for the sector in 2022? What is the outlook for the hotel, tourism and leisure sector, that has been penalized by the pandemic?
Western and Northern European funds so far have dominated in 2021, accounting for 50% of volumes, with capital coming mainly from the UK and Germany. CEE domestic investors, consisting of mainly Polish, Czech and Hungarian capital, have also remained very active, particularly in their own respective domestic markets. Will they continue? As travel restrictions are lifted, will more capital arrive from further afield, like Singapore and South Africa? Will Poland continue to power ahead of the rest of CEE? Will regional cities, especially in Poland, be even more attractive for investors? What impact will political uncertainty and tense relations with the EU affect investor sentiment on Hungary and Poland? Will the Czech Republic remain a haven of stability?
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