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Avison Young expands service delivery further across Europe, establishing operations with leading real estate professionals in Russia

Avison Young expands service delivery further across Europe,
establishing operations with leading real estate professionals in Russia July 22, 2021

Toronto and Moscow – Avison Young today announced an expansion of its service delivery to clients across Europe through an affiliation with GVA Sawyer in Russia. Its consulting and brokerage operations will rebrand as Avison Young, delivering tenant representation, leasing, sales, capital markets and consulting services to owners, occupiers, investors and the public sector. The expansion builds on Avison Young’s recent growth across Central and Eastern Europe.

“We’ve had a long-standing relationship with the talented team in Moscow through its affiliation with GVA, which we acquired in 2019, and formalizing our affiliation is a natural next step,” said Mark Rose, Chair and CEO of Avison Young. “Expanding in Russia is part of our strategic growth across Europe as we pair our collective intelligence, data and technology with insight to provide leading service to our clients wherever they operate.”

As a full service, multinational firm, Avison Young is expanding where its clients need it to be and where top talent exists. Over the last 30 years, Moscow-based GVA Sawyer has grown from a development-focused operation to a team of varied and highly qualified specialists operating in all segments of the real estate market. They have a proven track record of delivering successful strategies, recommendations and commercially successful properties across the international marketplace.

“We’re known for taking a comprehensive approach to meet complex client goals and challenges by matching original ideas with deep market know-how across the full lifecycle of real estate – from concept to implementation to the sale or lease of a property,” said Vera Setskaya, now Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young in Russia. “We’re excited about the market opportunity in joining Avison Young’s global platform to bring the latest data and technology to help deliver value for our clients.”

The team in Russia joins Avison Young’s growing services platform across Europe that includes operations in Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania and the U.K.

“We share values of collaboration and delivering the full impact of real estate for our clients,” added Cameron Sawyer, who founded the business and now becomes an Avison Young Principal. “As we join the Avison Young family, we look forward to working with our clients as they navigate the evolution of the workplace, our cities, and portfolios.”


Avison Young creates real economic, social and environmental value as a global real estate advisor, powered by people. As a private company, our clients collaborate with an empowered partner who is invested in their success. Our integrated talent realizes the full potential of real estate by using global intelligence platforms that provide clients with insights and advantage. Together, we can create healthy, productive workplaces for employees, cities that are centers for prosperity for their citizens, and built spaces and places that create a net benefit to the economy, the environment and the community.

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its Principals. Founded in 1978, with legacies dating back more than 200 years, the company comprises thousands of real estate professionals in more than 100 offices around the world. The firm’s experts provide investment sales, leasing, advisory, management and financing services to clients across the office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality sectors. As part of its platform expansion strategy, expanding where its clients need it to be and where top talent exists, Avison Young has continued to grow across Europe, the Middle East and Africa over the last several years. Its operations outside the Americas and Asia include Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Poland, Romania, Russia, South Africa and the U.K.

Avison Young is a 2021 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for 10 consecutive years.

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