Europe GRI
Europe GRI

Past discussion participants

Assem El Alami
Assem El Alami
Berlin Hyp
Ben Eppley
Ben Eppley
Apollo Management
Brian Niles
Brian Niles
Morgan Stanley
Carrie  Hiebeler
Carrie Hiebeler
Ventas, Inc.
Chris Taylor
Chris Taylor
Hermes Investment Management
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph Schumacher
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Daniel Dejanovic
Daniel Dejanovic
Cerberus Global Investments
Emma Jack
Emma Jack
PGIM Real Estate
Gumersindo Oliveros
Gumersindo Oliveros
KAUST Investment Management Company
Jan Janssen
Jan Janssen
Goldman Sachs International
Jay Kwan
Jay Kwan
QuadReal
John Wilkinson
John Wilkinson
Greenman Investments
Karim Habra
Karim Habra
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Karsten Kohlmann
Karsten Kohlmann
Waterway Investments
Krysto Nikolic
Krysto Nikolic
Starwood Capital Europe Advisers LLP
Michael Abel
Michael Abel
TPG
Michael Shields
Michael Shields
ING Real Estate Finance
Peter Cole
Peter Cole
Hammerson
Romain Ferron
Romain Ferron
Davidson Kempner
Tom Rowley
Tom Rowley
Angelo Gordon Europe
Trish Barrigan
Trish Barrigan
Benson Elliot Capital Management
Van Stults
Van Stults
Orion Capital Managers
Assem El Alami
Assem
Assem El Alami
Head of Real Estate FinanceBerlin Hyp
Assem El Alami is the Head of the Real Estate Finance Sales Division of Berlin Hyp AG. After implementing a reorganization within Berlin Hyp’s sales division effective as of January 1, 2019 Assem has taken over full responsibility for the entire supervision of the origination of real estate finance in the bank's German and European core markets. On the other hand, however, the syndication desk is now part of our newly established business division “Portfolio Management” which is not headed by Assem. Berlin Hyp provides financing for large scale property projects and real estate investments. Being a law graduate, Assem has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate sector of which he has spent almost 10 years in France.
Ben Eppley
Ben
Ben Eppley
Managing DirectorApollo Management
Mr. Ben Eppley joined Apollo in 2013. Prior to that time, Mr. Eppley was a member of the Real Estate Structured Finance group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and prior to that was a member of the Commercial Real Estate Debt Capital Markets group at Barclays Capital. Mr. Eppley graduated from Yale College with a BA in English Language and Literature.
Brian Niles
Brian
Brian Niles
Head of REI EuropeMorgan Stanley
Brian Niles is a Managing Director and Global Co-Head of the North Haven Real Estate Funds and Head of Europe for Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2006, Brian worked for nine years at Goldman Sachs, primarily in the Real Estate Principal Investment Area.
Carrie  Hiebeler
Carrie
Carrie Hiebeler
Senior Investment OfficerVentas, Inc.
Carrie Hiebeler is a Senior Investment Officer at Ventas, a USA Healthcare REIT valued at $35BN. Ms. Hiebeler is responsible for international & domestic healthcare investment opportunities. She sources and executes moderate to large asset & entity transactions. She started her career at DLJ in Equity Research covering major multinationals. From 2005-2012 she was at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division where she focused on healthcare and industrials, m&a and debt/equity capital markets transactions. She has an MBA from The Wharton School at the of University of Pennsylvania where she majored in Finance & Healthcare Management, & a Biomedical Engineering degree from Northwestern University.
Chris Taylor
Chris
Chris Taylor
CEO RE & Head of Private MarketsHermes Investment Management
Chris is Head of Real Estate & Private Markets and a member of Hermes’ Executive Committee. Chris joined Hermes in 2010, having successfully established Australian fund manager QIC’s European office in London. Prior to that he was head of European Property at HSBC. Chris spent the majority of his career as a fund manager at Prudential, where he led the diversification of its UK real estate exposure into overseas markets in 2001.
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head RECredit Suisse Asset Management
Dr. Christoph Schumacher has been appointed as Global Head Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management as of June 1, 2017. Christoph served as Managing Director at Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH, Germany, in charge of the Institutional Business and a member of Union Investment’s Real Estate Investment Committee. In January 2016, he became spokesman of the board of the German Property Federation ”ZIA Region Nord“. From 2005 to 2011, Christoph worked for Generali Real Estate, in Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris. Prior to that he was a lawyer for Linklaters in Berlin and London. He was previously a personal advisor/office manager to the minister of finance in Berlin.
Daniel Dejanovic
Daniel
Daniel Dejanovic
Head of European RE & Senior MDCerberus Global Investments
Mr. Dejanovic joined Cerberus in June 2006. Prior to joining Cerberus, Mr. Dejanovic worked in the corporate finance arm of Ernst & Young in their London business modeling and valuation team from 2005 to 2006. From 2004 to 2005 Mr. Dejanovic worked for the Australian subsidiary of China Light and Power (CLP) in Business Development and Project Finance. From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Dejanovic worked for the Australian subsidiary of Cheung Kong Infrastructure Holdings Limited and Hong Kong Electric Holdings Limited in various roles across Corporate Treasury, Financial Accounting, Management Accounting and Commercial Analysis.
Emma Jack
Emma
Emma Jack
PrincipalPGIM Real Estate
Emma Jack is an executive director with PGIM Real Estate. Based in London in the European Real Estate group, Emma is head of debt originations, covering new business across our full range of debt products. Emma joined the company in 2017 with over 10 years in the commercial real estate industry. Prior to her role at PGIM, Emma was a partner at AgFe, focusing on both direct real estate lending and loan-on-loan work across the UK and mainland Europe. Earlier in her career, Emma worked in the Real Estate Private Equity team at Lehman Brothers, covering both mezzanine and equity investments. She is active in the European property community, where she is on the board of Association of Property Lenders.
Gumersindo Oliveros
Gumersindo
Gumersindo Oliveros
CEO/CIOKAUST Investment Management Company
Sindo Oliveros is the CEO and CIO of Kaust Investment Management, the investment management arm of the financial endowment for King Abdullah University of Science and Technology. 

Previously, he managed the pension plan and endowments at the World Bank and was a member of the senior treasury team that managed more than $100 billion for the bank and for external clients. He advised central banks, pension plans and sovereign wealth funds on multi-asset management. 

He also headed the World Bank's capital markets and financial engineering department. He has held several positions at the International Monetary Fund working on adjustment programs in Latin America, Asia and Africa, and was assistant professor at the University of Minnesota.
Jan Janssen
Jan
Jan Janssen
Co-Head of EMEA RE FinanceGoldman Sachs International
Jan is Head of EMEA Real Estate Finance at Goldman Sachs. He has extensive experience in retail, office, logistics, operating assets as well as SPL/NPL financing and has worked in various jurisdictions across Europe. Prior to joining Goldman Sachs, Jan worked at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Citi in real estate finance, securitisation and investment banking.
Jay Kwan
Jay
Jay Kwan
Managing Director Real Estate, EuropeQuadReal
Jay Kwan joined QuadReal as Managing Director, Europe in February 2018. His focus is on building the international portfolio, with an emphasis on investing in Global Cities in the U.K. and Europe. Jay was formerly a MD at TPG Real Estate, the real estate investment group of private equity firm TPG, specifically focused on European investments. Prior to joining TPG in 2016, Jay was a Partner at Grove International Partners, where he spent 13 years investing in three continents across all asset classes at both the corporate and asset level. Jay began his career at Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners in New York in 2001. Jay graduated with a BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University in New York.
John Wilkinson
John
John Wilkinson
CEOGreenman Investments
John Wilkinson is CEO and founding member of Greenman. John has over 15 years’ experience in real estate development and investment. Since managing the company from 2005, John gained a significant expertise in the selection, funding, purchase and management of German food and non-food retail warehousing. Since forming Greenman, the company has acquired, managed and sold real estate projects to a value of €690m. John is currently leading the execution of Greenman’s European investment strategy, with a particular focus on France and Germany, in line with Greenman’s target for growth to over €1bn AUM by 2020.
Karim Habra
Karim
Karim Habra
Head of EuropeIvanhoé Cambridge
Karim Habra is responsible for Ivanhoe Cambridge European platform and its future growth. He oversees all the company’s real estate operations in Europe including its development activities. Karim Habra began his career with GE Real Estate in 1998 and was given responsibility for its Central European operations in 2003, before joining JER Partners in 2008 as Managing Director, European Funds. In 2012, he joined LaSalle Investment Management as Managing Director of Central Europe before serving successively as Managing Director of France, then Head of Continental Europe.
Karsten Kohlmann
Karsten
Karsten Kohlmann
Managing PartnerWaterway Investments
Karsten is a founding partner of Waterway Investments. Having lived almost half his life abroad, while covering the German property market as investment manager for various international opportunity and private equity funds, Karsten is responsible for all aspects of the transaction process on behalf of Waterway’s international client base. Karsten has a Diplom-Kaufmann from European Business School (ebs), Oestrich-Winkel and an MBA from Katz Graduate School of Business, Pittsburgh. Karsten speaks German, English and French.
Krysto Nikolic
Krysto
Krysto Nikolic
Managing Director & Head of Europe RealStarwood Capital Europe Advisers LLP
Michael Abel
Michael
Michael Abel
PartnerTPG
Michael is a Partner based in London. He has helped establish TPG Real Estate’s efforts in Europe and is a member of TPG Real Estate’s Investment Committee and TPG Europe’s Executive Committee. He previously worked at Europa Capital and in the PERE divisions of J.P.Morgan and Lehman Brothers. He holds a Diplome de Grande Ecole and MSc in Management from ESCP Europe, and speaks German, Spanish, English, Portuguese and French. He serves on the Board of Directors of several companies, including A&O Hostels, Campo Properties and Campus Living. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Tempore Properties SOCIMI and is also a member of the Board at Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, a non-profit organization that supports seriously ill children.
Michael Shields
Michael
Michael Shields
Managing DirectorING Real Estate Finance
Michael Shields joined ING in May 2004 and has 25 years experience in real estate lending, asset management & restructuring. Based in London, he is currently responsible for ING REF’s EMEA lending platform – lending assets totalling over €18bn. He is also international head for Real Estate, looking after clients with a global real estate reach. Prior to his current role, he led ING REF’s highly successful U.S. lending platform which he helped grow from $200m to over $7.5bn at its peak in 2008. Before ING, Michael was an originator in BHF Capital’s U.S real estate lending team and was one of the original members of Helaba’s CRE finance team in the U.S. Michael started his banking career in Chemical Bank’s real estate group in Manhattan.
Peter Cole
Peter
Peter Cole
Chief Investment OfficerHammerson
Peter Cole is CIO of Hammerson and is responsible for investment and development activities. He has led Hammerson’s major regeneration projects; retail schemes in Birmingham, Southampton and Leeds and Marseille and in London, these have included Bishops Square, Bishopsgate Goods Yard and Brent Cross Cricklewood. These have been recognised as making a significant contribution to their local communities and in promoting master planning, quality design and mixed uses. Peter has also led the Company’s major acquisitions, disposals and joint ventures, including the disposal of the Company’s London offices in 2012 and reinvestment in retail assets including the €1.85bn retail portfolio transaction in Ireland in a Joint Venture with Allianz.
Romain Ferron
Romain
Romain Ferron
Davidson Kempner
Tom Rowley
Tom
Tom Rowley
Managing DirectorAngelo Gordon Europe
Tom Rowley is based in London and focuses on real estate investment opportunities in the UK & Europe. He is a member of the European Investment Committee. Prior to joining Angelo Gordon in 2012, Tom was the co-founder of a real estate investment platform based in London. Prior to that, Tom was the Head of UK Real Estate for Babcock & Brown. He has purchased and managed opportunistic real estate investments throughout the UK, Europe, Australia and Asia. Tom has over 20 years industry experience and holds a business degree from the University of South Australia.
Trish Barrigan
Trish
Trish Barrigan
Managing PartnerBenson Elliot Capital Management
Trish has over 25 years industry experience. Co-founded Benson Elliot with Marc Mogull in 2006. Prior to Benson Elliot, Trish spent two years within the Dubai Holding Group as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Real Estate Investments for Dubai Investment Group. Ten years at Goldman Sachs, primarily in real estate principal investing and portfolio management for the Whitehall Funds in New York, Paris and London. Trish earned a BA degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College. Benson Elliot is a specialist European real estate private equity firm applying decades of investment experience, deep market knowledge and in-house operational expertise to generate sustained investment outperformance.
Van Stults
Van
Van Stults
Founding Partner & Managing DirectorOrion Capital Managers
Van Stults is a Founding Partner of Orion Capital Managers, a pan-European RE private equity investment firm. He has over 30 years of real estate investment management experience. Van, with his partners, created the opportunistic Orion European Real Estate Funds I, II, III, IV and V and the core fund, Orion Income Return Partners, which combined have €15 billion of investment capacity. The Orion Funds target a wide range of RE investments throughout EU. Prior to Orion, Van spent 15 years with LaSalle Partners in the US and EU where he was a Main Board Member and a Managing Director. He is a Global Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business

Europe GRI

16 - 17 September, 2020
InterContinental Paris Le Grand

Europe GRI is a get-together of senior investors, lenders and developers active in the European real estate market.

The 22nd Annual Europe GRI remains an iconic meeting point for the world’s senior real estate professionals

Hedge funds, equity and debt investors, lenders and developers gather together for two days of private round table discussions on where the market is going and whom to partner with in terms of market transactions; considering senior debt competition, interest rates, cross border capital and JV's. 

If you enjoy the company of the industry’s elite and want to discuss openly on where to find value in the late cycle, which asset classes are offering the best yields and what occupier trends are disrupting real estate (amongst 40 other discussions), we’d be delighted to welcome you.

Some discussed themes at 2019

Discussions
Debt Funds - Competition too level to hunt yields?
Featured participants
Axel BrinkmannRBC Capital Markets
Benjamin RichardAareal Bank AG
Charles BriotetING
Cyrille JourdierHelaba
Derek RichOaktree Capital Management
Fabien Knyfpbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Limor ShiloStarz Real Estate
Mauro SavoiaThree Stars Capital Partners
Philippe DeloffreBNP Paribas Asset Management
Severin SchöttmerAareal Bank AG
Thibaut LaffailleDekabank
Place Making & Mixed Use - Is bigger always better value-add?
Featured participants
Binh-Son LuongEpsilon Capital
Davide Albertini PetroniRisanamento
Jared HartTrophaeum Asset Partners
Nicolas MaciociaWeWork
The Investment Cycle - Price correction party or are we dancing on a volcano?
Featured participants
Assem El AlamiBerlin Hyp
Charles Balchpbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Christoph SchumacherCredit Suisse Asset Management
Geoffroy de VibrayeING Commercial banking
Neil HassonInvestcorp
Robert CotterellCromwell Property Group
Core Commercial is Dead! Long Live Value Add!
Featured participants
Aref LahhamOrion Capital Managers
Clemente Di PaolaAtlantica Real Estate
David GingellPGIM Real Estate Finance
Nic FoxEuropa Capital
Paul HouseVenn Partners
Pawel DebowskiDentons
Pia CorletteValue Retail
Stanislas De GabrielliDEA Capital Real Estate France
Tavis CannellGoldman Sachs International
Debt Funds - Competition too level to hunt yields?
Axel Brinkmann
Axel Brinkmann
Managing Director, European Head
RBC Capital Markets
Benjamin Richard
Benjamin Richard
General Manager France
Aareal Bank AG
Charles Briotet
Charles Briotet
Co-Head Real Estate Finance France
ING
Cyrille Jourdier
Cyrille Jourdier
Director Commercial RE Financing
Helaba
Derek Rich
Derek Rich
MD & Commercial RE Debt Origination
Oaktree Capital Management
Fabien Knyf
Fabien Knyf
Director, Loan Markets RE Finance
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Limor Shilo
Limor Shilo
Head of Origination
Starz Real Estate
Mauro Savoia
Mauro Savoia
Partner
Three Stars Capital Partners
Philippe Deloffre
Philippe Deloffre
Head of Real Estate Debt
BNP Paribas Asset Management
Severin Schöttmer
Severin Schöttmer
Managing Director
Aareal Bank AG
Thibaut Laffaille
Thibaut Laffaille
Director
Dekabank
Axel Brinkmann
Axel
Axel Brinkmann
Managing Director, European HeadRBC Capital Markets
Axel Brinkmann is a Managing Director Royal Bank of Canada’s Real Estate Capital Partners (“RECP”) group heading its London based commercial real estate lending team in Europe. RECP provides comprehensive mortgage, mezzanine and loan-on-loan portfolio acquisition facilities to real estate sponsors in the US, Europe, UK and Australia. Axel joined from LaSalle Investment Management’s Debt Investment and Special Situations group which he helped to set up and grow since 2010. Axel started his career in Wells Fargo's real estate structured finance team in Frankfurt/London.
Benjamin Richard
Benjamin
Benjamin Richard
General Manager FranceAareal Bank AG
Benjamin Richard is the General Manager of Aareal Paris Branch. Since joining Aareal in 2006, Benjamin has held various positions within the bank and has worked on a wide range of financings secured against all class of assets: office, logistics, retail, residential and hotel.
Charles Briotet
Charles
Charles Briotet
Co-Head Real Estate Finance FranceING
Charles Briotet is Co-Head Real Estate Finance and member of the Wholesale Banking committee with ING Bank France (which he joined end 2014). Before joining ING, Charles spent 8 years at HSBC France, where he was most recently Head of Transaction Team / Real Estate Finance, focused on the origination and execution of structured financings on all classes of assets and financial advisory mandates in the real estate sector. Charles previously held positions with Eurohypo in Paris, Aareal Bank in Germany, Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg, and initially started his career as a business lawyer with Arthur Andersen.
Cyrille Jourdier
Cyrille
Cyrille Jourdier
Director Commercial RE FinancingHelaba
Derek Rich
Derek
Derek Rich
MD & Commercial RE Debt OriginationOaktree Capital Management
Derek is responsible for originating and structuring debt opportunities for Oaktree’s Real Estate Debt Fund, a global performing debt strategy within Oaktree’s Real Estate business. Prior to joining Oaktree, he was head of the commercial RE origination effort for Credit Suisse’s European Asset Finance business having joined from LNR Property Europe where he was a Managing Director and responsible for overseeing the European Investment Management division with a focus on advising and investment activities involving both non performing and performing debt opportunities across Europe. Mr. Rich spent the majority of his professional career in Europe with Deutsche Bank.
Fabien Knyf
Fabien
Fabien Knyf
Director, Loan Markets RE Financepbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Fabien started his career in 2006 in the NPL department of Archon Group in Paris before joining the Credit Suisse platform of Situs in London. In 2009, he worked for Credit Foncier de France on the origination and acquisition of senior loans and CMBS in Europe while restructuring some of the Credit Foncier de France impaired positions. In 2012, Fabien joined ACOFI Gestion to participate in the structuring, fundraising and investment of several senior debt funds. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the distribution of real estate and public investment finance loans arranged by pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in Continental Europe.
Limor Shilo
Limor
Limor Shilo
Head of OriginationStarz Real Estate
Limor has been working in the City of London for 15 years. After obtaining her MBA from Erasmus University in 1999, she joined JPMorgan Acquisition Finance, Global Syndicated Finance DCM. From 2007 to 2014 she held various roles in GE Capital (Leverage Finance: Workout, Restructuring and was the Head of Risk Underwriting Team). Over the past two years she has been focusing on Commercial Real Estate Lending and joined DB in 2014 as Senior Originator for CRE EMEA. Limor also holds an Accounting degree and worked at PWC Israel after serving as a Lieutenant in the Israeli Defense Forces.
Mauro Savoia
Mauro
Mauro Savoia
PartnerThree Stars Capital Partners
Mr. Savoia has over 20 years of experience in finance and real estate and closed deals for over Euro 8 billion covering capital markets, M&A, real estate and structured debt. He is Chairman and CEO of Three Stars Capital Partners. Mr. Savoia also headed Merrill Lynch Real Estate Finance in Italy. Before then, Mr. Savoia worked at Morgan Stanley, in M&A, Securitization and Real Estate. He also spent 3 years at Dresser Industries in Houston (TX). Mr. Savoia graduated from Università Cattolica Milan and was awarded with Premio Gemelli as “Best Graduate of the 1995 Class”. He also holds an MBA in Finance from HBU in Houston (TX).
Philippe Deloffre
Philippe
Philippe Deloffre
Head of Real Estate DebtBNP Paribas Asset Management
Head of Real Estate Debt in the Alternative Debt platform at BNP PAM. In his previous role, he was head of CRE debt funds at Acofi and was responsible for managing investments in commercial real estate loans in Europe since 2013. Before, he found the Debt Advisory business at CBRE France where he advised property investors on their loan issuances and restructurings, as well as financial institutions on their CRE loan sales in Europe. Philippe began his career as a structured finance banker for Commerzbank in Paris and then for ABN Amro in London. He gained experience in originating and arranging loans on various asset classes including property and NPL, and structuring CMBS and CLOs. Philippe holds a Master's degree in Corporate Finance.
Severin Schöttmer
Severin
Severin Schöttmer
Managing DirectorAareal Bank AG
Severin Schöttmer is Managing Director within Aareal Bank’s Special Property Finance division, based in Wiesbaden, Germany. Since joining Aareal Bank he has been responsible for the origination and structuring of commercial real estate investment and development loans within various international markets in Europe, North America and Asia/Pacific with a special focus on retail, logistics property and fund finance. He has extensive experience in single-country asset loans, portfolio financings as well as cross-border financing structures.
Thibaut Laffaille
Thibaut
Thibaut Laffaille
DirectorDekabank
Thibaut is an investment Banking expert starting his career working for Naxicap Partners, focused on small and mid-cap LBO investments. He joined CBRE Global Investors in 2007 where he first served in the acquisition team working on value-added transactions across continental Europe. In 2009 he joined the risk management team and then participated in the setting-up of the financing department in charge of debt raising and loan’s book management (up to €2bn debt commitment). Thibaut joined DekaBank in 2011 to reinforce the origination team in Paris following domestic and international clients. Since then he has arranged over €2bn senior loans. He is graduated from Toulouse Business School and a degree of Financial Engineering from EM Lyon.
Place Making & Mixed Use - Is bigger always better value-add?
Binh-Son  Luong
Binh-Son Luong
Managing Director
Epsilon Capital
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide Albertini Petroni
Managing Director
Risanamento
Jared Hart
Jared Hart
Managing Director
Trophaeum Asset Partners
Nicolas Maciocia
Nicolas Maciocia
Head of RE, Western & Southern Europe
WeWork
Binh-Son  Luong
Binh-Son
Binh-Son Luong
Managing DirectorEpsilon Capital
Binh-Son is the founder of Epsilon Capital S.A. and also acts as an independent director to family businesses and institutional companies, such as KKR European real estate holdings among others. He comes from a financial background and has held various positions for international banks in Tokyo, Frankfurt, London (Lehman Brothers in Mergers & Acquisitions, among others), before focusing on private equity real estate. He has closed on transactions amounting to more than €5.0bn for Deutsche Bank RREEF private equity real estate funds, and lately he built the real estate investment platform in Europe & North America for a private company, setting up the operations and successfully deploying $500m in Europe & North America.
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide
Davide Albertini Petroni
Managing DirectorRisanamento
Since 2009 he is Managing Director of Risanamento S.p.A, a property and development Company with €1 bln of assets under management. He was CEO of Immobiliare Cascina Rubina owning Sesto Project designed by Renzo Piano for 963.500 sqm and is still CEO of all the subsidiaries of the Group. He sold assets for € 3.0 billion: Paris properties’ portfolio for €1,5 billion, a prestigious building in New York for €0,4 billion and other Italian assets. He is also the CEO of Milano Santa Giulia Spa, owner of Milano Santa Giulia mixed-use Development Project in Milan - 440,000 sqm to be built. Previously, he headed the Real Estate Development by IPI (Fiat Group), being Director of the subsidiaries.
Jared Hart
Jared
Jared Hart
Managing DirectorTrophaeum Asset Partners
Jared Hart joined Trophaeaum in 2018 as Managing Director. Prior to this we was with Thor Equities, leading the company’s European expansion with an investment strategy aimed to focus on well-located properties where there is an ability to enhance value by way of rental uplift or redevelopment. During his career he has acquired approximately 2+ billion euros of assets in Europe.
Nicolas Maciocia
Nicolas
Nicolas Maciocia
Head of RE, Western & Southern EuropeWeWork
Nicolas is the Head of Real Estate, Western & Southern Europe for WeWork. He is responsible for sourcing new locations, negotiating leases, working with landlords, external consultants and teams across WeWork to ensure business needs are met across the region. Nicolas holds a MSc in Hospitality Management and Real Estate Finance from ESSEC Business School.
The Investment Cycle - Price correction party or are we dancing on a volcano?
Assem El Alami
Assem El Alami
Head of Real Estate Finance
Berlin Hyp
Charles Balch
Charles Balch
Head REF Int Clients UK, CEE & USA
pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head RE
Credit Suisse Asset Management
Geoffroy de Vibraye
Geoffroy de Vibraye
Co-Head of Real Estate Finance France
ING Commercial banking
Neil Hasson
Neil Hasson
Managing Director
Investcorp
Robert  Cotterell
Robert Cotterell
Head of Transactions Europe
Cromwell Property Group
Assem El Alami
Assem
Assem El Alami
Head of Real Estate FinanceBerlin Hyp
Assem El Alami is the Head of the Real Estate Finance Sales Division of Berlin Hyp AG. After implementing a reorganization within Berlin Hyp’s sales division effective as of January 1, 2019 Assem has taken over full responsibility for the entire supervision of the origination of real estate finance in the bank's German and European core markets. On the other hand, however, the syndication desk is now part of our newly established business division “Portfolio Management” which is not headed by Assem. Berlin Hyp provides financing for large scale property projects and real estate investments. Being a law graduate, Assem has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate sector of which he has spent almost 10 years in France.
Charles Balch
Charles
Charles Balch
Head REF Int Clients UK, CEE & USApbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Charles Balch has been working within the property financing sector since the mid-1980s. His role as Head of Real Estate Finance International Clients, UK & CEE is a return to his previous area of responsibilities after a 5 year period as Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer, responsible for new business & existing portfolio for Asia, Europe, Germany, US & Asset Finance. His previous roles include Managing Director, Europe, heading the Origination Structured Finance & Investment Banking Team for Europe at Hypo Real Estate Bank International. Before joining the Hypo Group, he was Head of Global Clients, building a multi-cultural acquisition team & as a 'Bereichsleiter' within the Head Office, managing certain country teams at Aareal Bank.
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head RECredit Suisse Asset Management
Dr. Christoph Schumacher has been appointed as Global Head Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management as of June 1, 2017. Christoph served as Managing Director at Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH, Germany, in charge of the Institutional Business and a member of Union Investment’s Real Estate Investment Committee. In January 2016, he became spokesman of the board of the German Property Federation ”ZIA Region Nord“. From 2005 to 2011, Christoph worked for Generali Real Estate, in Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris. Prior to that he was a lawyer for Linklaters in Berlin and London. He was previously a personal advisor/office manager to the minister of finance in Berlin.
Geoffroy de Vibraye
Geoffroy
Geoffroy de Vibraye
Co-Head of Real Estate Finance FranceING Commercial banking
Before joining ING in 2013, Geoffroy spent 4 years at Bank of Scotland in the European Real Estate Department, where he was in charge of the origination and execution of structured financings / restructurings mostly in France and in the Nordics. Geoffroy previously spent 8 years with CACIB in Hong Kong and Paris where he held positions on the origination side within the Global Client Coverage Department and in the Structure Finance Real Estate & Hotel Group. Geoffroy graduated from NEOMA Business School.
Neil Hasson
Neil
Neil Hasson
Managing DirectorInvestcorp
Neil Hasson joined Investcorp in 2016 from Macquarie Group, where he was responsible for the firm’s European real estate lending business. Prior to Investcorp, Mr. Hasson spent seven years at Citi Property Investors, where he was Head of Europe and Chief Investment Officer of CPI Capital Partners Europe. He started his career at Goldman, Sachs & Co., followed by four years at Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette where he was a Managing Director. Mr. Hasson holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Cape Town and a MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
Robert  Cotterell
Robert
Robert Cotterell
Head of Transactions EuropeCromwell Property Group
Rob joined Cromwell Property Group as a Fund Manager quickly taking on further responsibility for a number of key funds. With Rob's experience and expertise in acquisitions, he took on the role as Head of Transactions for Europe, managing the regional transaction teams, underwriting and closing on all acquisitions for both in-house Funds and Joint Venture partners. Now as Head of Investments, Rob’s focus is growing the European business through new Fund Products, Joint Ventures and strategic acquisitions. Rob has over 24 years of commercial property experience. Prior to joining the business, he worked at the investment agency, Allsop, and as an acquisitions and development specialist at ING Investment Management.
Core Commercial is Dead! Long Live Value Add!
Aref Lahham
Aref Lahham
Founding Partner & Managing Director
Orion Capital Managers
Clemente Di Paola
Clemente Di Paola
Founder & CEO
Atlantica Real Estate
David Gingell
David Gingell
Principal, Europe Debt Originations
PGIM Real Estate Finance
Nic Fox
Nic Fox
Partner & Head of Middle Europe
Europa Capital
Paul House
Paul House
Managing Partner
Venn Partners
Pawel Debowski
Pawel Debowski
Co-Chairman, Europe Real Estate
Dentons
Pia Corlette
Pia Corlette
Investor Relations, Business Development
Value Retail
Stanislas De Gabrielli
Stanislas De Gabrielli
Senior Investment Manager
DEA Capital Real Estate France
Tavis Cannell
Tavis Cannell
Partner & Managing Director
Goldman Sachs International
Aref Lahham
Aref
Aref Lahham
Founding Partner & Managing DirectorOrion Capital Managers
Aref Lahham is Founder and Managing Director of Orion. He is located primarily in Orion’s London office and acts as Orion’s Chief Executive Officer, setting the strategy and leading the Orion Fund’s acquisition team. He has been responsible for over €5.0 billion of property acquisitions throughout Europe. Aref has 30 years of real estate investment and development experience in the US and Europe. He has served on the board of French public quoted company Société Foncière Lyonnaise as well as on the investment committee of a Bulgari sponsored private equity fund called Opera. Mr. Lahham has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Clemente Di Paola
Clemente
Clemente Di Paola
Founder & CEOAtlantica Real Estate
Clemente has over 25 years of real estate and finance expertise. Since 2010, as Head of the Real Estate Division of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, he has worked with CDP Immobiliare/CDP Investimenti SGR to develop a fund concerning local and PA real estate for an overall worth of €1bn. In 2000, he founded Investire Immobiliare SGR, which quickly became one of the largest real estate companies in Italy, with a €5bn portfolio. He has promoted some of the most successful real estate funds in the sector and handled the sale of the Government’s real estate portfolio. He has also managed the sale of FIAT Group &IPI SpA’s real estate portfolio, managed Cushman & Wakefield Italia's Investment Department, and spent 6 years at Knight Frank in London.
David Gingell
David
David Gingell
Principal, Europe Debt OriginationsPGIM Real Estate Finance
David is a Director responsible for commercial mortgage originations in continental Europe. He joined the company in 2012 to help advise on the European mortgage lending initiative. Prior to his arrival, David worked with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG in London where he was part of their Global Real Estate Workout Group. Prior to that David held a restructuring role within the UK NAMA Unit - Anglo Irish Bank, also in London. David started his career in audit with KPMG based in Frankfurt, Germany. David received a BA (Hons) in Economics with German from The University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Nic Fox
Nic
Nic Fox
Partner & Head of Middle EuropeEuropa Capital
Mr Fox is a Partner, Regional Head and member of the Investment Committee at Europa Capital LLP. He joined Europa Capital in September 2007 as Director and Head of Europa’s Middle Europe region. He is responsible for acquisitions and overseeing asset management in the region & Has raised 9 RE funds and committed to over 130 transactions totalling over €11.3 billion. Prior, Mr Fox was at Westbrook Partners, which he joined as a Director in January 2002, with responsibility for asset management and new acquisitions in Europe. He was promoted to Principal in September 2003 and to Managing Principal in 2006 and was a member of Westbrook Partners’ Investment Committee.
Paul House
Paul
Paul House
Managing PartnerVenn Partners
Responsible as a Managing Partner of Venn and also the senior lead for Venn’s Commercial Real Estate business. Paul spent over 20 years with Citigroup, heading Citi’s European Real Estate business before joining Venn Partners in 2013. Paul has a wealth of experience in loan origination, transaction structuring, advisory and loan distribution. Paul started his career with Citi in 1993 in Canada, before moving to Citi New York, and then to Citi in London in 2000. Paul is a member of the CFA Institute and holds a MBA from Schulich School of Business in Toronto, Canada.
Pawel Debowski
Pawel
Pawel Debowski
Co-Chairman, Europe Real EstateDentons
Paweł Dębowski is Co-Chairman of the EU Real Estate group at Dentons. He is one of the most widely recognized and respected real estate M&A, investment and finance professionals in Poland and Europe. His client base includes major international investors, developers, asset managers, lenders and construction companies whom he advises on their investment projects mainly in the office, retail, logistics and hotel sectors across the CEE region. In professional practice for more than 25 years, Paweł was involved in structuring real estate investments in Poland back in the early days of the free market economy. His outstanding contribution to the real estate sector has resulted over the years in multiple recognitions as the leader in this field.
Pia Corlette
Pia
Pia Corlette
Investor Relations, Business DevelopmentValue Retail
Pia is a Consultant for Investor relations and business development at Value Retail. Value Retail specialises exclusively in the development and operation of luxury outlet shopping Villages. Pia is also the Founder and Managing Director of one of the largest suppliers of interior design FF&E for private residences in Montenegro.
Stanislas De Gabrielli
Stanislas
Stanislas De Gabrielli
Senior Investment ManagerDEA Capital Real Estate France
Stanislas joined DeA Capital in February 2018 and is supporting the investment and asset management strategy. Prior to joining DeA Capital, he was part of the pan-European acquisition team of Meyer Bergman in London where he has been leading multiple transactions and complex projects across Europe (notably France, Germany, Italy and Nordics). Before, he was Asset Manager in the German subsidiary of Unibail-Rodamco where he was responsible for a c. €2.0 Bn Portfolio. Stanislas joined Unibail-Rodamco through the European Graduate Program in Paris.
Tavis Cannell
Tavis
Tavis Cannell
Partner & Managing DirectorGoldman Sachs International
Tavis is a partner in the Merchant Banking Division (“MBD”) at Goldman Sachs, and co-heads MBD’s European real estate investing & lending activities. The MBD Real Estate business invests in real estate assets, real estate operating platforms, and real estate-backed credit portfolios, and also is a leading provider of higher yielding senior and mezzanine loans secured against real estate. Tavis joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in 2005. He was named managing director in 2010 and partner in 2014.

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Diego Tavares
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Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Diego Tavares
Managing Director & Senior Partner
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Kirsty
Kirsty Stevens
Head Conference Production - EuropeGRI Club
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Past participants include

Aref Lahham
Aref Lahham
Founding Partner & Managing Director
Assem El Alami
Assem El Alami
Head of Real Estate Finance
Axel Brinkmann
Axel Brinkmann
Managing Director, European Head
Benjamin Richard
Benjamin Richard
General Manager France
Binh-Son  Luong
Binh-Son Luong
Managing Director
Charles Balch
Charles Balch
Head REF Int Clients UK, CEE & USA
Charles Briotet
Charles Briotet
Co-Head Real Estate Finance France
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head RE
Clemente Di Paola
Clemente Di Paola
Founder & CEO
Cyrille Jourdier
Cyrille Jourdier
Director Commercial RE Financing
David Gingell
David Gingell
Principal, Europe Debt Originations
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide Albertini Petroni
Managing Director
Derek Rich
Derek Rich
MD & Commercial RE Debt Origination
Fabien Knyf
Fabien Knyf
Director, Loan Markets RE Finance
Aref Lahham
Aref
Aref Lahham
Founding Partner & Managing DirectorOrion Capital Managers
Aref Lahham is Founder and Managing Director of Orion. He is located primarily in Orion’s London office and acts as Orion’s Chief Executive Officer, setting the strategy and leading the Orion Fund’s acquisition team. He has been responsible for over €5.0 billion of property acquisitions throughout Europe. Aref has 30 years of real estate investment and development experience in the US and Europe. He has served on the board of French public quoted company Société Foncière Lyonnaise as well as on the investment committee of a Bulgari sponsored private equity fund called Opera. Mr. Lahham has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Assem El Alami
Assem
Assem El Alami
Head of Real Estate FinanceBerlin Hyp
Assem El Alami is the Head of the Real Estate Finance Sales Division of Berlin Hyp AG. After implementing a reorganization within Berlin Hyp’s sales division effective as of January 1, 2019 Assem has taken over full responsibility for the entire supervision of the origination of real estate finance in the bank's German and European core markets. On the other hand, however, the syndication desk is now part of our newly established business division “Portfolio Management” which is not headed by Assem. Berlin Hyp provides financing for large scale property projects and real estate investments. Being a law graduate, Assem has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate sector of which he has spent almost 10 years in France.
Axel Brinkmann
Axel
Axel Brinkmann
Managing Director, European HeadRBC Capital Markets
Axel Brinkmann is a Managing Director Royal Bank of Canada’s Real Estate Capital Partners (“RECP”) group heading its London based commercial real estate lending team in Europe. RECP provides comprehensive mortgage, mezzanine and loan-on-loan portfolio acquisition facilities to real estate sponsors in the US, Europe, UK and Australia. Axel joined from LaSalle Investment Management’s Debt Investment and Special Situations group which he helped to set up and grow since 2010. Axel started his career in Wells Fargo's real estate structured finance team in Frankfurt/London.
Benjamin Richard
Benjamin
Benjamin Richard
General Manager FranceAareal Bank AG
Benjamin Richard is the General Manager of Aareal Paris Branch. Since joining Aareal in 2006, Benjamin has held various positions within the bank and has worked on a wide range of financings secured against all class of assets: office, logistics, retail, residential and hotel.
Binh-Son  Luong
Binh-Son
Binh-Son Luong
Managing DirectorEpsilon Capital
Binh-Son is the founder of Epsilon Capital S.A. and also acts as an independent director to family businesses and institutional companies, such as KKR European real estate holdings among others. He comes from a financial background and has held various positions for international banks in Tokyo, Frankfurt, London (Lehman Brothers in Mergers & Acquisitions, among others), before focusing on private equity real estate. He has closed on transactions amounting to more than €5.0bn for Deutsche Bank RREEF private equity real estate funds, and lately he built the real estate investment platform in Europe & North America for a private company, setting up the operations and successfully deploying $500m in Europe & North America.
Charles Balch
Charles
Charles Balch
Head REF Int Clients UK, CEE & USApbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Charles Balch has been working within the property financing sector since the mid-1980s. His role as Head of Real Estate Finance International Clients, UK & CEE is a return to his previous area of responsibilities after a 5 year period as Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer, responsible for new business & existing portfolio for Asia, Europe, Germany, US & Asset Finance. His previous roles include Managing Director, Europe, heading the Origination Structured Finance & Investment Banking Team for Europe at Hypo Real Estate Bank International. Before joining the Hypo Group, he was Head of Global Clients, building a multi-cultural acquisition team & as a 'Bereichsleiter' within the Head Office, managing certain country teams at Aareal Bank.
Charles Briotet
Charles
Charles Briotet
Co-Head Real Estate Finance FranceING
Charles Briotet is Co-Head Real Estate Finance and member of the Wholesale Banking committee with ING Bank France (which he joined end 2014). Before joining ING, Charles spent 8 years at HSBC France, where he was most recently Head of Transaction Team / Real Estate Finance, focused on the origination and execution of structured financings on all classes of assets and financial advisory mandates in the real estate sector. Charles previously held positions with Eurohypo in Paris, Aareal Bank in Germany, Arendt & Medernach in Luxembourg, and initially started his career as a business lawyer with Arthur Andersen.
Christoph Schumacher
Christoph
Christoph Schumacher
Global Head RECredit Suisse Asset Management
Dr. Christoph Schumacher has been appointed as Global Head Real Estate at Credit Suisse Asset Management as of June 1, 2017. Christoph served as Managing Director at Union Investment Institutional Property GmbH, Germany, in charge of the Institutional Business and a member of Union Investment’s Real Estate Investment Committee. In January 2016, he became spokesman of the board of the German Property Federation ”ZIA Region Nord“. From 2005 to 2011, Christoph worked for Generali Real Estate, in Cologne, Luxembourg and Paris. Prior to that he was a lawyer for Linklaters in Berlin and London. He was previously a personal advisor/office manager to the minister of finance in Berlin.
Clemente Di Paola
Clemente
Clemente Di Paola
Founder & CEOAtlantica Real Estate
Clemente has over 25 years of real estate and finance expertise. Since 2010, as Head of the Real Estate Division of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, he has worked with CDP Immobiliare/CDP Investimenti SGR to develop a fund concerning local and PA real estate for an overall worth of €1bn. In 2000, he founded Investire Immobiliare SGR, which quickly became one of the largest real estate companies in Italy, with a €5bn portfolio. He has promoted some of the most successful real estate funds in the sector and handled the sale of the Government’s real estate portfolio. He has also managed the sale of FIAT Group &IPI SpA’s real estate portfolio, managed Cushman & Wakefield Italia's Investment Department, and spent 6 years at Knight Frank in London.
Cyrille Jourdier
Cyrille
Cyrille Jourdier
Director Commercial RE FinancingHelaba
David Gingell
David
David Gingell
Principal, Europe Debt OriginationsPGIM Real Estate Finance
David is a Director responsible for commercial mortgage originations in continental Europe. He joined the company in 2012 to help advise on the European mortgage lending initiative. Prior to his arrival, David worked with Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG in London where he was part of their Global Real Estate Workout Group. Prior to that David held a restructuring role within the UK NAMA Unit - Anglo Irish Bank, also in London. David started his career in audit with KPMG based in Frankfurt, Germany. David received a BA (Hons) in Economics with German from The University of Nottingham and is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder.
Davide Albertini Petroni
Davide
Davide Albertini Petroni
Managing DirectorRisanamento
Since 2009 he is Managing Director of Risanamento S.p.A, a property and development Company with €1 bln of assets under management. He was CEO of Immobiliare Cascina Rubina owning Sesto Project designed by Renzo Piano for 963.500 sqm and is still CEO of all the subsidiaries of the Group. He sold assets for € 3.0 billion: Paris properties’ portfolio for €1,5 billion, a prestigious building in New York for €0,4 billion and other Italian assets. He is also the CEO of Milano Santa Giulia Spa, owner of Milano Santa Giulia mixed-use Development Project in Milan - 440,000 sqm to be built. Previously, he headed the Real Estate Development by IPI (Fiat Group), being Director of the subsidiaries.
Derek Rich
Derek
Derek Rich
MD & Commercial RE Debt OriginationOaktree Capital Management
Derek is responsible for originating and structuring debt opportunities for Oaktree’s Real Estate Debt Fund, a global performing debt strategy within Oaktree’s Real Estate business. Prior to joining Oaktree, he was head of the commercial RE origination effort for Credit Suisse’s European Asset Finance business having joined from LNR Property Europe where he was a Managing Director and responsible for overseeing the European Investment Management division with a focus on advising and investment activities involving both non performing and performing debt opportunities across Europe. Mr. Rich spent the majority of his professional career in Europe with Deutsche Bank.
Fabien Knyf
Fabien
Fabien Knyf
Director, Loan Markets RE Financepbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank
Fabien started his career in 2006 in the NPL department of Archon Group in Paris before joining the Credit Suisse platform of Situs in London. In 2009, he worked for Credit Foncier de France on the origination and acquisition of senior loans and CMBS in Europe while restructuring some of the Credit Foncier de France impaired positions. In 2012, Fabien joined ACOFI Gestion to participate in the structuring, fundraising and investment of several senior debt funds. Since 2016, he has been responsible for the distribution of real estate and public investment finance loans arranged by pbb Deutsche Pfandbriefbank in Continental Europe.
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