Hans Vrensen has left DTZ, where he was global head of research, to take up a consultant director role with responsibility for research and education at CREFC Europe, the European trade association for commercial real estate lenders and investors.
Vrensen’s role at CREFC will involve sourcing or providing the best up-to-date industry statistics and research to underpin the organisation’s work, and a major additional focus on developing its training and educational offering for those involved in the European CRE lending market.
His appointment will support CREFC Europe’s growing presence in continental Europe as well as its efforts to promote transparency and best practice in the industry, and understanding of CRE finance markets among financial regulators.
CREFC Europe has also become increasingly concerned with driving a better understanding of different financial structures as the CRE finance market is faced with an increasing volume of regulation post financial crisis. Having a stronger, data-led resource will allow the organisation to do that.
While based in DTZ’s London office, Vrensen’s role role gave him an international perspective and a strong appreciation of the importance of market facing industry information. In this role, and previous roles at Barclays Capital and Moody’s, he was also involved in training and education.
Peter Cosmetatos, CEO of CREFC Europe, said: “We are delighted to be able to make use of Hans’ experience and enthusiasm at this critical time for our sector. His skill set is an excellent match for our priorities of transparency and education as the CRE finance industry’s recovery spreads across Europe.
“Better information and insight are vital if regulators, investors and market participants are to understand capital flows, risk and pricing. Hans’ familiarity with data and his practical experience with training and education make him the perfect addition to our team at this time.”
Andreas Wuermeling of pbb, Chairman of CREFC Europe and co-chair of its education committee said: “Hans’ international experience is particularly valuable as we work to increase CREFC Europe’s contribution to continental European CRE finance markets. He brings a thoroughly European perspective as well as drive and vision to our educational activities, and his research skills can only enhance our credibility in dialogue with financial regulators.”
Andrew Petersen of K&L Gates, a director and member of the Board of Advisors of CREFC Europe and one of the co-chairs for its forthcoming Spring Conference, said: “With his deep understanding of global markets from previous roles, Hans’ experience spans across the real estate itself, the credit and the capital sides of the markets.
“That range is key at a time when the future shape of CRE finance markets remains uncertain in a complex policy, regulatory and commercial environment. We look forward to working with him as we proceed with our mission to drive better understanding of CRE finance issues and support and promote the European CRE lending market.”
CREFC Europe annual Spring conference in London will be hosted by K&L Gates LLP at One New Change on 16 and 17 April.