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Numbers speak louder than words
36
retail and office projects
24
major cities in Poland
1
place in terms of retail GLA in Poland
1,000,000
square metres of GLA
approx. 2
€ billion portfolio value
630
tenants in our projects
Board of Directors
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Robert Weisz
Independent Non-Executive Chairman
biography

Robert Weisz serves as Partner and Managing Director of Timevest, a European commercial property investment company. Its portfolio includes high street shopping and commercial retail locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, and the Netherlands. Previously, Mr. Weisz was Partner and Managing Director of DBN Group, a commercial property company operating in the Netherlands and the US. Mr. Weisz has been visiting professor at the Technical University of Eindhoven's Urban Planning Design Group since 2004 and was formerly a guest lecturer in property finance and valuation at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate and University of Groningen. Mr. Weisz is the co-author of three textbooks on property investment.

He obtained MBA, CA, Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors RICS

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Andrew Konig
Non-Executive Director
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Andrew König is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of commercial and financial experience. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer at Redefine Properties Limited and is responsible for all aspects of regulatory compliance, corporate activity and communications, and ensuring the board’s strategy is implemented. Prior to his appointment as CEO in August 2014, Andrew served as Redefine’s Financial Director. He was appointed to the board of Redefine in January 2011. Previously he was Group Financial Director at Independent News & Media.

Andrew holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and is a CA (SA).

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Dionne Ellerine
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Dionne has a B Com LLB from Wits and thereafter was admitted as an Attorney of the Supreme Court of South Africa. She lived in London for 11 years where she worked at Stenham Property managing commercial property investments for offshore clients. On her return to South Africa, she was appointed as the director of Ellerine Bros. Proprietary Limited, which is involved in equities and property investments.

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Sandra van Loon
Independent non-executive Director
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Sandra held the position of General Counsel of De Volksbank NV, the fourth biggest bank in the Netherlands. Previously, she was Chief Legal Officer of the Dutch Ministry of Finance and Corporate Secretary and Compliance Officer of TNT NV (a NYSE Euronext Amsterdam listed company). Sandra worked for NIBC Bank as a Senior Lawyer and Deputy Corporate Secretary. She started as an attorney-at-law practicing in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She obtained a master’s degree in Dutch law at Groningen University.

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James Templeton
Independent Non-Executive Director
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James serves as the CEO of Castleview Property Fund Limited, a fund focussing on retail property investments in South Africa and is listed on the JSE. Previously James was the chief executive officer of Emira Property Fund Limited which brought him extensive real estate experience in a JSE listed REIT for 11 years across retail, offices and industrial property sectors. James was also employed as an equities analyst at Barnard Jacobs Mellet, a prominent South African stockbroker from 1996 to 2003 where he covered various sectors including real estate. James holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from the University of KwaZuluNatal and is a CFA charterholder.

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Pieter Prinsloo
Non-Executive Director
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Pieter serves as CEO of Redefine Europe B.V., a subsidiary of Redefine Properties Ltd. Previously Pieter held the position of CEO of Hyprop Investments Ltd in South Africa, which brought him extensive real estate experience in a JSE listed REIT for more than 14 years. Earlier, Pieter was involved in private property development and management for New Africa Developments, and gained extensive know-how in commercial and structured property finance with ABSA Bank and Standard Bank in South Africa. Pieter holds a Bachelor of Science (Quantity Surveyor) cum laude degree of the University of Pretoria and has received awards from the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors.

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Taco de Groot
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Taco held the position of CEO/Chairman of the board of Vastned Retail N.V. a listed investment fund (NYSE Euronext Amsterdam AMX) with assets in the Netherlands, Belgium, France and Spain until December 2020. Here he introduced and implemented to the company a new strategy attracting large institutional investors. Earlier, Taco was a founding partner/non-executive member of the board of MSeven Real Estate in London, a specialised fund and asset management organisation focusing on the UK. Prior to that, Taco was a founding partner of GPT/Halverton LLP in London, a fund and asset management company active in Europe, and founded Rubens Capital Partners with a portfolio of residential and retail assets for family offices and wealthy private investors. Taco obtained a master degree in Dutch Law at Utrecht University and a master degree in Real Estate (MRE) at Amsterdam University, together with various INSEAD and Rotterdam University programmes. Taco holds the position of non-executive director at Tritax EuroBox Plc, listed on the LondonStock Exchange, and is a visiting lecturer at ASRE/University Amsterdam and Hogeschool Rotterdam.  Taco is a member (chartered surveyor) and assessor of RICS Netherlands.

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Marek Belka
Independent Non-Executive Director
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Marek is a former Prime Minister of Poland (2004 to 2005) and President of Narodowy Bank Polski Polish Central Bank) (2010 to 2016). He has held various political positions since 1996, including Advisor to the President of Poland, Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister. He has also held positions in international organisations, serving as executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (in the rank of Undersecretary General of the UN) and Director of the European Department in the International Monetary Fund (2008 to 2010). Marek worked in Albania as advisor to three consecutive prime ministers of the country and in the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq (2003 to 2004). He was a member of the board of directors of two commercial banks in Poland (at different times) and served as chairman of LOT Polish Airlines from 2002 to 2003. Since July 2019 he has served as member of the European Parliament. He has a degree Economics MA, PhD and Habilitacja (higher degree common in continental Europe).

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Maciej Dyjas
Non-Executive Director
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Maciej Dyjas is a Managing Partner of Griffin Real Estate, the largest, privately owned, most active and innovative investment and asset manager in private equity specialized in real estate in CEE. He is also a Managing Partner at Cornerstone Partners, a private equity investment firm, active in the CEE region, with an impressive track-record of transactions. Before joining Griffin Real Estate and Cornerstone Partners, he was a Managing Partner and CEO of Eastbridge Group, a Luxembourg-based private investment fund that manages over €1.5 billion in assets related to retail, consumer goods, and real estate.

He graduated from the University of Warsaw and University of Stuttgart with degrees in Mathematics, IT, and Management.

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Tomasz Trzósło
Executive Director
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Tomasz Trzósło has over 23 years of experience in the CEE real estate markets. Before joining EPP, he was the Managing Director of JLL for Poland and Central Europe, where he managed the company's operations in Poland, and oversaw JLL business in the Czech Republic, Romania, Hungary and Slovakia. He was also a member of legal & compliance board of Tetris design and build business for EMEA. Before managing JLL, he ran the capital markets teams of JLL for both Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, and as such was involved in numerous transactions across the CEE, including portfolio and property disposals and acquisitions, fund raising and debt deals, or structured equity transactions. He has a strong track record in working with all branches of the real estate market, including retail, office, industrial, hotel and residential sectors. While managing JLL in Poland, he identified, managed and completed two M&A transactions – acquisition and integration into the firm of the design and build business (Tétris) and residential consultancy business (REAS).

Tomasz holds a master’s degree in Financial Accountancy and Economics from the Cracow University of Economics and has qualifications in valuation, investment appraisal, property finance and portfolio management from London’s Investment Property Forum.

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Jacek Bagiński
Executive Director
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Jacek is a senior financial executive with over 20 years’ experience in various businesses operating across Poland and Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) countries, ranging from retail, production and sale of pharmaceuticals, FMCG, to exploration of oil and gas and other natural resources.  He was a member of a number of management boards and CFO in companies listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange and controlled by the largest private equity funds operated in CEE countries. Additionally, he has served in senior management and executive positions in multinational corporations, including PepsiCo and BP/Amoco, with turnovers ranging from 15 million to over 750 million euro. Jacek was responsible for business development, including M&As, financing and taxation as well as financial planning and controlling. Recently, he was a member of the management board and CFO of Empik Media & Fashion S.A., one of the largest holding companies controlling a group of retail, e-commerce and service operations.

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EPP is the largest owner of retail real estate located in Poland in terms of GLA. The company's portfolio consists of 36 projects (29 retail properties, 6 office locations and one planned mixed-use development) with a total value of approx. 2 billion euro and leasable area of over 1,000,000 square metres. EPP’s projects are located in the most attractive Polish cities with the strongest consumer demand and growth potential. 

EPP is committed to delivering the best possible rates of return to its shareholders by providing consumers with a unique shopping experience and tenants with attractive space and innovative solutions to help them develop their business. The company, which operates like a REIT, is listed on the stock exchanges in Johannesburg (JSE) in the Republic of South Africa and Luxembourg (LuxSE Euro MTF).

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History

January 2016 – Echo Polska Properties BV (currently EPP BV) established in the Netherlands. The company becomes the owner and manager of all profit-generating commercial projects built and commercialised by Echo Investment S.A.

June 2016 – Redefine Properties, a South African REIT fund with its headquarters in Johannesburg, the Republic of South Africa, acquires 75% of shares in EPP BV and then reduces its stake to 50% through the sale of ordinary shares to a consortium of investors. Echo Investment S.A. holds 25% of the company's shares. Hadley Dean becomes CEO of EPP.

August-September 2016 – EPP goes public on the Luxembourg (LuxSE Euro MTF) and Johannesburg (JSE) in the Republic of South Africa stock exchanges on 30 August and 13 September respectively. The company's portfolio at that time is worth 1.2 billion euro.

December 2017 – the company executes one of the largest transactions in the history of the Polish commercial real estate market, taking over 12 M1 shopping centres and parks worth 692 million euro. The acquisition is divided into three stages, the first of which is completed in January 2018 and the second in June 2019.

June 2018 – the company decides to use only the name EPP.

November 2018 – Echo Investment in line with its investment strategy sells the last shares in EPP.

June 2019 – Henderson Park takes over 70% of shares in the portfolio of 11 newly constructed office buildings from EPP. EPP holds a 30% stake in the joint venture and will continue to manage properties in cooperation with Henderson Park.

March 2021 – the third stage of M1 acquisition finalised. Power Parks in Olsztyn, Tychy, Kielce and Opole joined EPP portfolio.

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