DTZ's Vrensen takes research role at CREFC Europe

The property services firm's ex-global research head has assumed a part-time role involving sourcing industry statistics and research to support industry association's work in Europe.

CREFC Europe has created a new post of consultant director for research and education and appointed Hans Vrensen to fill the role.

The organisation, which represents commercial real estate lenders and investors, is making a push into offering more training and education for those involved in real estate finance. Led by chief executive Peter Cosmetatos, CREFC Europe is also keen to promote greater transparency and better data for the property lending markets.

Vrensen was previously global head of research at DTZ. Before that he was a CMBS and ABS analyst at Barclays and Moody’s and has worked in the US and Europe.

His new, part-time, role will involve sourcing industry statistics and research to support CREFC Europe’s work, which involves promoting understanding of different financial structures against a backdrop of increasing regulation post financial crisis.

Peter Cosmetatos said Vrensen’s skills were “an excellent match for our priorities of transparency and education. Better information and insight are vital if regulators, investors and market participants are to understand capital flows, risk and pricing.”

Andreas Wuermeling of pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank, chairman of CREFC Europe, added that Vrensen brings “a thoroughly European perspective, and his research skills can only enhance our credibility in dialogue with financial regulators.”