One Region, Different Countries: Profiles in Comparison

07.10.2019, 12:00–12:50 | Hall A1, Booth 134

Language of lecture: English

Real estate in Northern Europe is highly popular among both domestic and international investors. However, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden are four different countries. They vary in terms of population size, geography and economic fundamentals.

Erik Sondén, DTZ Investors 

Sima Ghaemi Håkansson, Skanska Fastigheter Stockholm AB
Carolin Glück, Deka Immobilien GmbH
Birgitta Leijon, Helaba


Birgitta Leijon took over as General Manager of Helaba's Stockholm branch on 1 February 2019. From there, together with the "Nordic team" operating in Frankfurt and Stockholm, she is responsible for the bank's real estate business in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. Helaba's business activities in Northern Europe include commercial real estate finance as well as the divisions of Business Clients and Corporate Finance. Helaba converted its representative office in the Swedish capital into a branch as recently as last year. In doing so, the bank underscored the importance of the Nordic markets. Most recently, Birgitta was a branch manager at Aareal Bank in Sweden, where she was also responsible for the Nordic region. A native of Sweden, she can look back on over 30 successful years in the real estate industry, during which she held management positions at Swedbank and Catella, among others.

„Last year, we transformed our representative office in the Swedish capital into a branch. This step underlines the importance of the markets. As a reliable partner, we are even more present near the local customers.“

Birgitta Leijon,
Head of Real Estate Finance Nordics

Birgitta Leijon
Birgitta Leijon
Head of Real Estate Finance Nordics
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