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Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards 2007 Presented
By Natalia Shuvalova

On Thursday, April 19 in the Expocenter on Krasnaya Presnya, the fourth annual Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards ceremony announced the best commercial real estate projects. The event is not new and already gained popularity and status in the industry. The total number of people present was more than 1000, among them owners, management partners and top managers from core companies, representatives from the Moscow City government, Russian and foreign investors, as well as lawyers and consultants. Each year the ceremony gets more of an international status. This time the guests came from Sweden, Italy, France, Turkey, UAE, Germany, Great Britain and the U.S.

The award nominations are various and increase each year (office real-estate, industrial real-estate, hotel real-estate). This year the Moscow City government decided to introduce an award to the company who developed the best social infrastructure facility in 2006. They give it the name of Best Socially Significant Facility. This became the focus of many conversations and was touched upon in the opening speech given by Iosif Ordzhonikidze, deputy mayor in the Moscow City government for international and external economic relations. Many agreed that only through combined efforts the authorities and business can transform the capital into a unique megalopolis capable of being the economic center of the country, as well as a cultural and historical area and simply a harmonious city in which to live.

The industry participated in another social activity. The real estate market leaders expressed their desire to sponsor the regional charity social fund Childrens Hearts. As a result of the fundraising among the companies present at the ceremony, the fund got a considerable amount of money.

The Childrens Hearts was represented by famous Russian surgeon Konstantin Shatalov, the chairman of its board of trustees. Anna Sokolova was a wonder of the evening. She is the living proof of the benefits the fund brings. She has undergone three major heart operations, but despite this, she still shows outstanding abilities and results in sports. She already won bronze medal in Moscow Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships. The audience was impressed and greeted Anna with lots of applause.

The main intrigue was the nomination for Person of the Year. The committee decided that the person should be elected by the audience which meant that many had to evaluate the professionalism of their own colleagues. Finally, Erkan Erkek from Capital Partners got most of the votes and got his Commercial Real Estate award.

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