Cass Real Estate Club


Conference Programme:

Global Real Estate Investments: The Trending Sectors and Emerging Markets

8:30-16:30, 28 May 2014

Cass Business School, 106 Bunhill Row, London EC1Y 8TZ

7:30 – 8:30

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45

Welcome speech

Speaker: Professor Steven Haberman, Dean, Cass Business School

8:45 – 9:45

Panel Discussion 1 – Is the West ready for the rest?

This will try to strike a conversation around the global flow of funds across the
world for real estate investments. It will seek to explore and answer the questions

  • What are the benefits of investors from the BRIC and MINT countries in investing
    in the West?
  • What real estate investment opportunities do developed nation investors seek in
    emerging markets?
  • Are there structured lines to the investment strategies?

Speakers include:

  • Michael P. Spies – Senior Managing Director – Europe & India – Tishman Speyer
  • Simon Mallinson – Senior Managing Director – Real Capital Analytics
  • Martin Brühl – Head of Investment Management International – Union Investment
  • Humbert Pang – Managing Principal – Gaw Capital Partners
  • Tony Key – Professor in Real Estate Economics – Cass Business School

Moderated by: Paul Marcuse – Chairman Designate, Management Board – The Royal Institution
of Chartered Surveyors

9:45 – 10:45

Panel Discussion 2 – London vs regions?

With large FDI flowing to the UK from across the world, we will look to identify
the property subsectors that global investors still have an appetite for in the
UK and what makes the UK still a safe bet.

Speakers include:

  • James Lass – UK Property Fund Manager – Schroders
  • Matt Webster – Global Head of Real Estate Finance – HSBC
  • Mark Ridley – Commercial Director – Stanhope Plc
  • Alex Moss – Managing Director – Consilia Capital

Moderated by: James Roberts – Head of Commercial Research – Knight Frank

10:45 – 11:15

Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:00

Keynote address 1: Opportunities and Challenges in Sub-Saharan African Real
Estate – A Case Study View

Speaker: Douglas McCabe – Managing Director – McCabe ‎& Partners

12:00 – 13:15


13:15 – 13:45

Panel Discussion 3: Realising Potential in African Real Estate Investment

The movement from natural resources to the burgeoning middle class; the dissolution
of barriers across countries on the continent; the growth in economic GDP in the
country have led to a rise in demand and thus investment for real estate across
Sub-Saharan Africa.This panel will aim to enlighten attendees on the required growth
in property development across the continent and the potential of the real estate
market as investment grade.

Speakers include:

  • Douglas McCabe – Managing Director – McCabe ‎& Partners
  • Amanda Jean-Baptiste – Director, Real Estate – Actis LLP

Moderated by: Nonso Osakwe – Co-chairman – Cass Real Estate Club

13:15 – 13:45

Keynote address 2: The role of sustainability in commercial real estate

Speaker: Richard Francis – Principal (Environment & Sustainability) – The Monomoy

14:00 – 15:00

Panel Discussion 4: The German Effect

With the proportion of commercial real estate investment into Europe reaching 17%
in the first half of 2013, investors have been seeking a stable environment. Germany
has proven to provide such a platform. Subsequently over the last 5 years there
has been a significant flow of capital into Germany’s real estate market. This discussion
is to highlight what current investors think of as opportunities in the country
and also understand what they perceive as advantages or disadvantages of the German
regulatory framework.

Speakers include:

  • James Wilkinson – European CIO – BlackRock
  • Gunnar Herm – Head of Real Estate Research & Strategy – Europe, UBS Global Asset
  • Ralph Weichelt – Partner – Chalkhill Partners LLP
  • Philipp Braschel – Principal – Benson Elliot

Moderated by: Christian Ulbrich – Chief Executive Officer, EMEA – JLL

14:00 – 15:00

Panel Discussion 5: Opportunities in the hospitality sector

We look to discuss transactional and financials trend across the Hospitality industry.
It will seek to answer questions such as:

  • Is there a renewed interest in hotels in Europe?
  • What is causing the demand growth?
  • How feasible is it to create a unified hospitality platform to maximise economies
    of scale?

Speakers include:

  • Elizabeth RandallWinkle – Managing Director – STR Global
  • Nick van Marken – Global head – Advisory – Travel, Hospitality& Leisure Group
    – Deloitte
  • Keith Evans – Vice President – Starwood Capital
  • Mark Wynne-Smith – Global CEO of Hotels & Hospitality Group – JLL
  • Andrew Sangster – Editor – Hotel Analyst

Moderated by: Terence Baker – Editor – Hotel News Now

15:00 – 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:15

Keynote address 3: Global Attraction to the European Real Estate Market

Speaker: Gunnar Herm – Head of Real Estate Research & Strategy – Europe, Global
UBS Asset Management

16:15 – 16:30

Closing speech by co-chair of Cass Real Estate Club





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