“The real estate sector is changing quickly, especially in the transaction domain of hotel- and officeportfolios where more anglosaxon capital is becoming available. These IRR driven parties are often looking for maximalisation of returns, which requires the sourcing of debt financing. At Colliers we lacked such a specialisation. We had an excellent relationship with André Kok and Jeroen Smit, who wanted to take advantage of their many years of international experience in ‘debt advisory’ outside of ABN AMRO bank where they had worked for many years. A partnership was quickly formed, which eventually grew to a shared office in Amsterdam so that we could make optimal use of each other’s expertise and offer our clients an even better service.”

Dirk Bakker

Partner & Head of EMEA Hotels, Colliers International