GRI Residential Europe
GRI Residential Europe

Some of our past attendees

Alberto López Balbas
Alberto López Balbas
Urbania International
Andrew Screen
Andrew Screen
Cortland
Antoine AUBRY
Antoine AUBRY
AXA IM - Real Assets
Carlo Matta
Carlo Matta
CA Ventures
Charles Ferguson-Davie
Charles Ferguson-Davie
Moorfield Group Limited
Franck Lirzin
Franck Lirzin
Gecina
Gavin Neilan
Gavin Neilan
Deutsche Finance International
Jaime  Lacasa
Jaime Lacasa
ELIX
Jay Kwan
Jay Kwan
QuadReal
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme Berenz
Allianz Real Estate GmbH
Joanne Cowen
Joanne Cowen
Jo Cowen Capital
John Dunkerley
John Dunkerley
Apache Capital Partners LLP
Laurian Douin
Laurian Douin
BC Partners
Marco Grillo
Marco Grillo
Abitare In
Matteo Cidonio
Matteo Cidonio
GWM Group
Matthew Parrott
Matthew Parrott
Starwood Capital Group
Paul Bashir
Paul Bashir
Round Hill Capital - UK
Ted Sheils
Ted Sheils
Ireland Strategic Investment Fund
Will Gibby
Will Gibby
Hermes Investment Management
Alberto López Balbas
Alberto
Alberto López Balbas
Managing ​PartnerUrbania International
Co-founder and Managing Partner of Urbania international. The firm’s main areas of expertise include residential development, alternative investments and real estate debt. Mr. Lopez has overall responsibility for all aspects of the business and is directly involved in the execution of all transactions – originating, underwriting, financing and asset managing properties. He is Chairman of Syllabus a first-class student living concept with over 3000 beds. Mr. Lopez oversees the real estate debt strategy, an alternative advisory lending firm focused on providing capital solutions for southern European developers with a specialized focused on the Iberian market across several assets class.
Andrew Screen
Andrew
Andrew Screen
CIOCortland
Andrew has over 25 years experience in property development and finance. He has close relationships with the banks, private equity, opportunistic and sovereign wealth funds, and sets up joint ventures between funders, developers and local authorities to fund real estate development and residential projects. At Cortland Partners, Andrew is currently seeking to invest £4bn to roll out Cortland's 10,000unit build to rent programme across the UK.
Antoine AUBRY
Antoine
Antoine AUBRY
Co-head Core Fund Management StrategiesAXA IM - Real Assets
Since 2019 Antoine is co-heading the Core Fund Management team on behalf of regulated funds and separate accounts which represents circa 14bn€ of AUM Antoine joined AXA IM – Real Assets in 2006 as a Transactions Manager, before becoming the Head of Acquisitions for the French market until 2012 and then Senior Fund Manager until 2018 with the responsibility of 2 regulated funds for a total AUM of 4.5bn€. Prior to joining AXA IM – Real Assets, Antoine held several finance (M&A, ECM) and real estate positions at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Banking. Antoine holds a Master’s degree in Real Estate from ESSEC.
Carlo Matta
Carlo
Carlo Matta
Head of EuropeCA Ventures
Carlo heads the CA Ventures’ European platform and he is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region. Prior to that he had set-up and served as CEO for Actis London development platform in West Africa where he developed $500m of commercial class A assets. Between 2002 and 2010, he spent eight years as MD with Hines Europe. His time with Hines included responsibilities for the development of large mix-use scheme Porta Nuova in Milan, the pan-European Hines European Development Fund and the Hines CalPERS Spain Fund. He is a registered architect, graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin
Charles Ferguson-Davie
Charles
Charles Ferguson-Davie
CIOMoorfield Group Limited
Charlie joined Moorfield in 2005 and sits on the Board and Investment Committee as Chief Investment Officer. As CIO he is responsible for overseeing investment strategy and portfolio construction and is closely involved in fundraising activities. Prior to joining Moorfield Charlie worked in corporate finance at Lazard in the real estate advisory group. Whilst at Lazard he was part of a market leading team that advised a number of listed property companies on M&A transactions and private equity groups investing in asset-backed transactions.
Franck Lirzin
Franck
Franck Lirzin
Executive Director ResidentialGecina
A Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines graduate, Franck Lirzin has held various positions with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. His career path since 2006 has taken him to the cabinet of the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. Previously Deputy Chief of Staff for the French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital and Innovation, Franck joined Gecina as Executive Director Residential in 2017.
Gavin Neilan
Gavin
Gavin Neilan
Founding PartnerDeutsche Finance International
Gavin Neilan is a Founding Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee of Deutsche Finance International or DFI, a London based pan-European private equity investor with over €1.8bn AUM, which specialises in operational real estate. Gavin Neilan has 18 years’ of industry experience as a real estate business owner, investor, financier and lawyer. He has been involved in more than €5 billion of transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 markets across Europe, Americas, Africa and the Middle East.
Jaime  Lacasa
Jaime
Jaime Lacasa
Founding PartnerELIX
Jaime is a founding partner of ELIX Group. The firm manages institutional and private funds through listed and unlisted companies in Spain. He has over 15 years’ experience as a real estate professional, after having been involved in strategy consulting, and chemical & mining engineering in America and Europe. Jaime received his MBA at IESE in Barcelona and earned his Mechanical Engineering Degree from Oviedo University and Strathclyde University.
Jay Kwan
Jay
Jay Kwan
Managing Director, Head of EuropeQuadReal
Jay Kwan joined QuadReal as Managing Director, Head of 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 an 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 (formerly Soros Real Estate 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 NY
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme
Jérôme Berenz
Head of Indirect InvestmentsAllianz Real Estate GmbH
Jerome Berenz has joined Allianz Real Estate in 2007, as part of the team reshaping Allianz real estate business into a global platform. He held positions in Finance, Portfolio Management, Risk Management and Acquisitions. Since March 2018, he is Head of Indirect Investments and oversees indirect and joint ventures investments both on a global and paneuropean basis. Before joining Allianz, Jerome worked in consulting and in private banking. He is a CFA charterholder and a RICS member.
Joanne Cowen
Joanne
Joanne Cowen
DirectorJo Cowen Capital
Jo Cowen Capital is an equity introductory platform that sits alongside Jo Cowen Architects. A driven entrepreneur with a fierce eye for detail, she established the practice in 2012. Under her stewardship, the practice has grown into a multi-dimensional BTR residential and mixed-use platform, producing significant regen projects with commercial viability through rigorous, deliverable design. Jo works with institutions and private clients on a number of high profile projects across the UK and provides thought leadership on alternative investment opportunities such as PRS, Co-Living and Co-working sectors.
John Dunkerley
John
John Dunkerley
Founder partner & CEOApache Capital Partners LLP
John Dunkerley, is a founder of Apache Capital Partners and has over 25 years' experience in property and investment management. John is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and for a period of 12 years, John worked for Jones Lang Wootton and Fletcher King, specialising in UK wide investment before building London & Capital's expanding property division. In 2008, together with Richard Jackson, John established Apache Capital Partners, a business that is structured to take advantage of the current market conditions, specialising in investing on behalf of Middle Eastern investors into the UK. Apache Capital now manages in excess of £500m of assets with a pipeline which takes AUM to £1.4bn.
Laurian Douin
Laurian
Laurian Douin
Managing DirectorBC Partners
Laurian Douin joined BCP Real Estate in London in 2018. Previously, he spent 12 years at Altarea Cogedim, a French listed multi-format real estate development and property company, most recently as a Managing Director with responsibility for office investments, member of the group executive committee and CEO of AltaFund. Before that, he was head of Altarea Cogedim group corporate finance for 4 years until 2009, in charge of corporate development, international expansion and bank financing. Prior to Altarea Cogedim, Laurian was Director at PwC Real Estate Corporate Finance, which he joined in 2004, and previously, Manager at Andersen Real Estate Corporate Finance where he started in 1998, with a focus on M&A, financial advisory and valuation
Marco Grillo
Marco
Marco Grillo
Founder, Board DirectorAbitare In
A visionary entrepreneur with a noteworthy International experience in establishing, developing and growing innovative companies. He started his career as an analyst programmer. He served as a business executive in IT and Telco US multinationals (including DELL) and, before starting up Abitare In with his business partner Luigi Gozzini, he founded and managed as a CEO two high-tech International start-ups
Matteo Cidonio
Matteo
Matteo Cidonio
Managing PartnerGWM Group
Matteo has over 25 years’ experience in the real estate investments and finance sector, of which almost 10 with GWM. Prior to joining GWM Matteo was managing director of BNP Paribas, CIB division, heading the RE division for Europe ex-France and before that he held a similar role within the global RE group of Lehman Brothers. Matteo executed over €20 bn of RE transactions in Europe, including investments in offices, healthcare, retail, and residential asset classes and private and public debt and equity fund raisings. Matteo has executed over €15 bn of RE transaction in Italy, with counterparties including institutional investors, property companies, public entities, and professional investors.
Matthew Parrott
Matthew
Matthew Parrott
Vice PresidentStarwood Capital Group
Matthew Parrott is a Vice President in Starwood Capital Group’s London office and leads the firm’s investment activity in the UK & Ireland.
Paul Bashir
Paul
Paul Bashir
President & COORound Hill Capital - UK
Paul is President & COO, and has over 20 years of experience in Real Estate Investment management in a wide range of operationally intensive real estate sectors including Residential, Commercial, Student housing and Hospitality. His career includes 8 years at KPMG working on global M&A, Restructuring and Transaction Service engagements worldwide. Paul later moved into an operational career, becoming COO at North Bridge Capital Partners. As President & COO - Paul has operational oversight of the entire Round Hill Capital Group and also heads up the Round Hill Group Executive Committee.
Ted Sheils
Ted
Ted Sheils
Investment Manager - Private EquityIreland Strategic Investment Fund
Ted Sheils works as an Investment Manager on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s Private Equity team, and since joining has focused largely on Real Estate investments by the fund, notably in the residential and commercial development aswell as the PRS sectors. Prior to joining ISIF, Ted worked for several years in Singapore in a M&A role with a large Plc. Ted is an ACA Charter holder and is M.Sc. Finance qualified.
Will Gibby
Will
Will Gibby
Fund Manager - Global PRSHermes Investment Management
In his role as Fund Manager for Global PRS, Will Gibby is responsible for implementing Hermes global real estate strategy in this space in conjunction with his wider role as Deputy Fund Manager for non domestic real estate.

GRI Residential Europe

26th - 27th November, 2020
London

Overview

Now in its 3rd year, GRI Residential Europe returns to unite Private Developers, Global Operators, REITs, Local Authorities, Debt Lenders, Private Equity and Institutional Investors for a series of collegial discussions to understand where the market is going to identify like minded peers in order to build relationships and business deals.

Under the theme of what’s stopping the scale up of build to rent residential becoming a Europe wide, institutionally recognised asset class, discussions will touch upon strategies for multifamily, student housing, care homes, lifestyle trends, JV’s and co-investing, price points, regional hotspots, counter cyclical trends and such others across all European markets.

2019 Discussions Included

Past discussions
PRS Rental Growth - Temporary institutional spike or newfound reality?
Co-chairs
Jérôme BerenzAllianz Real Estate GmbH
Jill Xiaozhou JuThe Collective
Jon HarleyOxford Properties Group
Margaret SweeneyIrish Residential Properties REIT Plc
Stanislav KubacekRound Hill Capital
Next Gen BTR - Communities, Planning, Placemaking, Brand or Services?
Co-chairs
Augusto MonteSDIN Residencial
John van OostFluxus Ventures LLP
Kate FreerRealstar Group
Richard CowellBirmingham City Council
Salvatore LeggieroLEGGIERO Real Estate SPA
Tom GoodallArgent Related
Víctor Pérez AriasASG Homes
Raising Capital for Development - Insatiable appetite but where’s the debt and equity?
Co-chairs
Alejandro CanoOaktree Capital Management
Andrea VanniAreli Real Estate
Gavin NeilanDeutsche Finance International
John DunkerleyApache Capital Partners LLP
Mark O’DonnellRichmond Homes
Peter ShacalisEQT Partners UK Advisors II LL
Peter PlautWimmer Family Office
Co Living vs Student Housing - Blurry lines benefitting rental sustainability or better off apart?
Co-chairs
Brian WelshThe Nido Collection
Carlo MattaCA Ventures
Dominic ButlerThe Collective Partners
Franck LirzinGecina
Gerald PaulmierGNC Co-living
Philip SauerSauer Real Estate
Ravi SharmaRespublica
PRS Rental Growth - Temporary institutional spike or newfound reality?
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme Berenz
Head of Indirect Investments
Allianz Real Estate GmbH
Jill  Xiaozhou Ju
Jill Xiaozhou Ju
Investment Director
The Collective
Jon Harley
Jon Harley
Director- Asset Management
Oxford Properties Group
Margaret Sweeney
Margaret Sweeney
CEO & Board Director
Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc
Stanislav Kubacek
Stanislav Kubacek
Managing Director
Round Hill Capital
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme
Jérôme Berenz
Head of Indirect InvestmentsAllianz Real Estate GmbH
Jerome Berenz has joined Allianz Real Estate in 2007, as part of the team reshaping Allianz real estate business into a global platform. He held positions in Finance, Portfolio Management, Risk Management and Acquisitions. Since March 2018, he is Head of Indirect Investments and oversees indirect and joint ventures investments both on a global and paneuropean basis. Before joining Allianz, Jerome worked in consulting and in private banking. He is a CFA charterholder and a RICS member.
Jill  Xiaozhou Ju
Jill
Jill Xiaozhou Ju
Investment DirectorThe Collective
Investment Director, Jill oversees global fund raising, investment acquisitions, and strategic growth. Having developed the largest co-living community Old Oak (546-beds), The Collective has recently launched Canary Wharf (705-beds), featuring a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, cafe and event spaces. With a global portfolio of +8,600 units secured and 20 projects in development across UK, US, Germany and Ireland, The Collective is expanding internationally to be the leading co-living provider. Prior to joining, Jill worked as Investment Director for Greystar overseeing its London student housing portfolio Chapter Living. Jill received her MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of Economics.
Jon Harley
Jon
Jon Harley
Director- Asset ManagementOxford Properties Group
Jon has over 15 years of real estate experience and has held roles in investment agency, asset management, and property asset management across a broad range of sectors. Jon joined Oxford’s Asset Management team in 2015, with responsibility for our City portfolio including assets such as MidCity Place, Watermark Place and London Wall Place. During the last 2 years he has moved to the BTR sector following the establishment of DOOR, a sector focussed co-investment platform with Delancey, which forms part of the Triangle JV, comprising DOOR, APG and Qatari Diar. Get Living are the JV’s operational partner. Jon works closely with these partners to deliver the strategy to build the UK’s pre-eminent residential rental platform.
Margaret Sweeney
Margaret
Margaret Sweeney
CEO & Board DirectorIrish Residential Properties REIT Plc
Margaret is a Non-Executive Director of Dalata Hotel Group plc, Chair of the Dublin City University Business School Advisory Board & member of the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland. She has over 20 years of leadership experience including as Chief Executive of Dublin Airport Authority and Postbank Ireland as well as Director of Audit & Advisory services at KPMG. She is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and Chartered Director of IoD UK. She holds a First Class Hons Commerce Degree from the National University of Ireland Galway and was awarded the National University of Ireland Galway Alumni Award for Business Public Policy and Law in 2009. She was named Business & Finance’s Business Person of the Month May19
Stanislav Kubacek
Stanislav
Stanislav Kubacek
Managing DirectorRound Hill Capital
Sourcing and execution of residential investments in Europe. Formerly responsible for real estate investments at BXR Partners in Prague and in London. Prior to this, he was an investment banker in the Goldman Sachs’ European real estate team in London. Stan holds a master’s degree in Finance and Business Strategy from Sciences Po University in Paris.
Next Gen BTR - Communities, Planning, Placemaking, Brand or Services?
Richard Cowell will help plan this with other industries eg Ed Lister, they will launch a new book in the summer so lead this
Augusto Monte
Augusto Monte
Director, Commercialisation
SDIN Residencial
John van Oost
John van Oost
Managing Partner
Fluxus Ventures LLP
Kate Freer
Kate Freer
SVP Acquisitions and Asset Management
Realstar Group
Richard Cowell
Richard Cowell
Development Director, Inclusive Growth
Birmingham City Council
Salvatore Leggiero
Salvatore Leggiero
Founder & CEO
LEGGIERO Real Estate SPA
Tom Goodall
Tom Goodall
CEO, Tottenham Hale Redevelopment
Argent Related
Víctor Pérez Arias
Víctor Pérez Arias
CEO
ASG Homes
Augusto Monte
Augusto
Augusto Monte
Director, CommercialisationSDIN Residencial
Augusto Monte joined SDIN in January 2019. He is a professional with over 25 years' experience in the RE sector, and has worked in the most important RE companies in Spain, such as Inmobiliaria Osuna, Vertix Grupo Inmobiliaro, Solvia, Dospuntos, Neinor and Haya R.E. He has developed his career in business management, business development, marketing, sales and analysis. He is a tenured professor in the Master's degree of Laws degree from the University of Valencia, an MBA from the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, a Master's degree in Legal Practice for Lawyers from the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, and he is a RE Agent duly registered with the Ministry of Public Works. He is currently enrolled at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
John van Oost
John
John van Oost
Managing PartnerFluxus Ventures LLP
Managing Partner - John Van Oost is responsible for the overall investment management and fundraising at Fluxus Ventures. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Captiva Capital Management. John received a BS in Economics and an MBA from KU Leuven. He is also completing a MS in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Kate Freer
Kate
Kate Freer
SVP Acquisitions and Asset ManagementRealstar Group
A Senior Vice President with 20 years’ real estate experience in institutions such as NHP Plc, Blackstone and now Realstar Group LLP. Involved in the acquisition of €4 billion assets over Europe in both none core and core asset classes and successful disposal of €2.7 billion of Assets. Lead the asset management and property management of over €2 billion of Assets and developed over €1bl of assets throughout Europe in her career to date. Kate enjoys creating value by managing the business plan from start to finish to maximise profit at every stage.
Richard Cowell
Richard
Richard Cowell
Development Director, Inclusive GrowthBirmingham City Council
Since 2008, Richard has played a central role in the delivery of the City's ambitious growth agenda. In his current role, he leads a portfolio of specialist functions; coordinating, developing and implementing a range of complex development projects and policy initiatives focused on accelerating development and investment actively across the City. Richard remains focused on the implementation of the strategic vision of the Big City Plan, which includes the Curzon HS2 Strategy.
Salvatore Leggiero
Salvatore
Salvatore Leggiero
Founder & CEOLEGGIERO Real Estate SPA
Salvatore Leggiero, class of '65, is an entrepreneur with a passion for brick and real estate finance. He adores old palaces in the centers of Italian cities of art, that he transforms in new amazing buildings, able to produce cash flows forever.
Tom Goodall
Tom
Tom Goodall
CEO, Tottenham Hale RedevelopmentArgent Related
Tom joined Argent in 2012 and is the CEO of the Argent Related Tottenham Hale development, leading the team which will deliver over 1.2m sqft of development including over 1,000 new homes. Prior to this Tom was responsible for the residential product at the King’s Cross development including the delivery of the Gasholders apartments. Before joining Argent, Tom worked in project management consultancy and as a practising Architect on numerous large-scale mixed-use schemes including the Shard and the London 2012 Athlete’s Village. Tom is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and also sits on their Housing Group.
Víctor Pérez Arias
Víctor
Víctor Pérez Arias
CEOASG Homes
Consejero Delegado de ASG Homes. Previamente, desde enero de 2016, Victor ocupó el puesto de Managing Director de ASG Iberia. Antes de unirse a ASG, Víctor trabajó en CBRE España como Director de Optimización de Activos y Gestión del Desarrollo, y miembro no Ejecutivo del Consejo. Era responsable del análisis de las nuevas operaciones y la generación de nuevas inversiones "fuera de mercado" y activos con gestión y promoción. Antes de CBRE, Víctor fue Director General y miembro del Consejo de IDL Inverdolsa, grupo inmobiliario español con actividades de promoción, de inversión y construcción. Víctor ha estado involucrado en promociones por un valor de más de 500 millones de €. Comenzó su carrera en CBRE
Raising Capital for Development - Insatiable appetite but where’s the debt and equity?
Alejandro Cano
Alejandro Cano
Senior Vice President
Oaktree Capital Management
Andrea Vanni
Andrea Vanni
Partner
Areli Real Estate
Gavin Neilan
Gavin Neilan
Founding Partner
Deutsche Finance International
John Dunkerley
John Dunkerley
Founder partner & CEO
Apache Capital Partners LLP
Mark O’Donnell
Mark O’Donnell
CEO
Richmond Homes
Peter  Shacalis
Peter Shacalis
Director
EQT Partners UK Advisors II LL
Peter Plaut
Peter Plaut
Executive Director
Wimmer Family Office
Alejandro Cano
Alejandro
Alejandro Cano
Senior Vice PresidentOaktree Capital Management
Mr. Cano joined Oaktree in 2012 from Hellman & Friedman, LLC, where he served for over two years. Prior experience includes over two years as an associate in the Investment Banking TMT team at Goldman Sachs and two years as a senior fellow at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Cano holds a B.Sc./M.Sc. in telecom engineering and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Barcelona Tech and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is fluent in Spanish and Catalan.
Andrea Vanni
Andrea
Andrea Vanni
PartnerAreli Real Estate
Mr Vanni is a Managing Director at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management for the real estate investment business (formerly RREEF Real Estate) within the Alternatives and Real Assets platform. Mr. Vanni joined the firm in June 2007. Since then he has accomplished over £2 billion restructuring of senior, mezzanine and CMBS. Previously, he worked at JP Morgan commercial mortgage group. Over the last ten years, he has completed real estate transactions with an aggregate value in excess of £8 billion in the form of equity, senior, mezzanine, distressed debt and structured finance transactions.
Gavin Neilan
Gavin
Gavin Neilan
Founding PartnerDeutsche Finance International
Gavin Neilan is a Founding Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee of Deutsche Finance International or DFI, a London based pan-European private equity investor with over €1.8bn AUM, which specialises in operational real estate. Gavin Neilan has 18 years’ of industry experience as a real estate business owner, investor, financier and lawyer. He has been involved in more than €5 billion of transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 markets across Europe, Americas, Africa and the Middle East.
John Dunkerley
John
John Dunkerley
Founder partner & CEOApache Capital Partners LLP
John Dunkerley, is a founder of Apache Capital Partners and has over 25 years' experience in property and investment management. John is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and for a period of 12 years, John worked for Jones Lang Wootton and Fletcher King, specialising in UK wide investment before building London & Capital's expanding property division. In 2008, together with Richard Jackson, John established Apache Capital Partners, a business that is structured to take advantage of the current market conditions, specialising in investing on behalf of Middle Eastern investors into the UK. Apache Capital now manages in excess of £500m of assets with a pipeline which takes AUM to £1.4bn.
Mark O’Donnell
Mark
Mark O’Donnell
CEORichmond Homes
Mark is the CEO of Richmond Homes, the Irish residential development business ofAvestus Capital Partners. Mark has been working in private equity and real estate since 2000. He is vastly experienced in sourcing, underwriting and structuring real estate and debt-related investments, as well as capital-raising and investor relations. Since 2013, Mark has focused exclusively on residential development in Ireland and in that time Mark has led the growth of Richmond Homes into one of the most active housing and apartment developers in the Irish market operating in both the owner-occupier and PRS markets.  Mark is a Commerce graduate of University College Dublin, a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Irish Taxation Institute.
Peter  Shacalis
Peter
Peter Shacalis
DirectorEQT Partners UK Advisors II LL
Peter Plaut
Peter
Peter Plaut
Executive DirectorWimmer Family Office
Mr. Plaut is consistently recognized as a leader in the industry. Among his many achievements and awards, he was ranked as one of the Top 20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds during the 2008 financial crisis –a recognition of his ability to manage through crisis and create positive investment opportunities in all environments. Mr. Plaut's three decades of experience cover both the sell-side and buy-side as an analyst, portfolio manager, salesman and banker. Mr. Plaut operates globally sourcing, researching, negotiating and structuring capital markets transactions. He has been a lead banker on many successful capital raises, transactions, and consultative assignments with senior management teams and Boards of Directors.
Co Living vs Student Housing - Blurry lines benefitting rental sustainability or better off apart?
Brian Welsh
Brian Welsh
CEO
The Nido Collection
Carlo Matta
Carlo Matta
Head of Europe
CA Ventures
Dominic Butler
Dominic Butler
UK Investment Director
The Collective Partners
Franck Lirzin
Franck Lirzin
Executive Director Residential
Gecina
Gerald Paulmier
Gerald Paulmier
President and Founder
GNC Co-living
Philip Sauer
Philip Sauer
Managing Director
Sauer Real Estate
Ravi Sharma
Ravi Sharma
CEO
Respublica
Brian Welsh
Brian
Brian Welsh
CEOThe Nido Collection
Spearheading expansion is Nido’s CEO, Brian Welsh, who joined in October 2017 and has over 12 years’ experience within the student accommodation/PRS markets across the UK and Continental Europe. Under Brian’s leadership, the Nido brand ensures it’s as ambitious as our residents, aiming to set the global standard for student accommodation as we continue to grow across the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Nido Student, Brian was the COO of Threesixty Developments and The Student Housing Company, where he oversaw the acquisition and delivery of over 17,100 beds across Europe, breaking into new PBSA markets which have since become well established, in particular Ireland and Spain.
Carlo Matta
Carlo
Carlo Matta
Head of EuropeCA Ventures
Carlo heads the CA Ventures’ European platform and he is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region. Prior to that he had set-up and served as CEO for Actis London development platform in West Africa where he developed $500m of commercial class A assets. Between 2002 and 2010, he spent eight years as MD with Hines Europe. His time with Hines included responsibilities for the development of large mix-use scheme Porta Nuova in Milan, the pan-European Hines European Development Fund and the Hines CalPERS Spain Fund. He is a registered architect, graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin
Dominic Butler
Dominic
Dominic Butler
UK Investment DirectorThe Collective Partners
Dom is responsible for sourcing and executing deals, attracting and managing capital relationships, and leads the team in London. Dom joined The Collective in March 2018, prior to which he held positions and at Queensgate Investments LLP and Nabarro LLP.
Franck Lirzin
Franck
Franck Lirzin
Executive Director ResidentialGecina
A Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines graduate, Franck Lirzin has held various positions with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. His career path since 2006 has taken him to the cabinet of the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. Previously Deputy Chief of Staff for the French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital and Innovation, Franck joined Gecina as Executive Director Residential in 2017.
Gerald Paulmier
Gerald
Gerald Paulmier
President and FounderGNC Co-living
Gerald Paulmier is an entrepreneur in real estate and real estate related services. He moved to real estate advisory in 2008 after working in high tech industrial sectors in product and service development, in the USA, Finland, UK, France. He first worked in the hospitality, student and senior housing sectors leading to deals such as the off-market acquisition of an office bloc with hotel permit for 150+ rooms on avenue des Champs Elysées and the signature of two forward leases totalling 250+ rooms in Paris IM. He acquired in 2014 a regional flat-share operating company aiming to scale-up its shared and community living offer and created GNC. Today, GNC has a pipeline of 1.000 beds.
Philip Sauer
Philip
Philip Sauer
Managing DirectorSauer Real Estate
Philip C. Sauer is a real estate professional with 20 years of experience in European real estate transaction. He holds a Master in Real Estate Investment & Finance from the European Business School in Germany. As Managing Director of a 80 year-old Real Estate Investment firm he is responsible for investments in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Spain with focus on Residential Real Estate.
Ravi Sharma
Ravi
Ravi Sharma
CEORespublica
Ravi is CEO and Co-founder of Respublica. Respublica is a vertically integrated developer and operator of mixed use, Co Living led assets. It is developing just over 1000 beds in London as part of its first phase of growth with ambitions to scale to 20,000 beds over the next decade. Respublica has a differentiated offering focused on creating soulful and inspiring neighbourhood destinations to live, stay, work, connect and thrive. Ravi has a tech and real estate background, having previously founded and exited a B2B e-commerce platform and as CEO of high-end residential developer Elysian Homes.

Meet our exclusive format

GRI has no speakers, no presentations. Instead, you have a selection of closed-door discussions where everyone can participate.
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Julia Haugg
Julia
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Production ManagerGRI Club
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Kirsty
Kirsty Stevens
Head Conference Production - EuropeGRI Club
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With the largest commercial real estate team in Europe and one of the biggest worldwide, CMS is well positioned to help investors, funders, developers, landlords and occupiers navigate all aspects of the real estate market and maximise their assets. Whatever the size and scope of your project or deal, with almost 800 real estate lawyers in 42 countries we have the resources to meet your needs quickly and efficiently, offering expert advice. We have been active in real estate in our markets for decades, so we understand the culture, the economic context, the local legal context and the history.
+381 11 313 99 55
Prague 1 | Czech Republic
Colliers International is an industry leading global real estate company with more than 16,000 skilled professionals operating in 66 countries, providing full range of services to real estate occupiers, developers and investors on local, national and international basis. Services include brokerage sales and leasing (landlord and tenant representation), real estate management, valuation, consulting, project management, workplace solutions, project marketing and research. We provide our services across the following core sectors and across many other specialised property including, offices, retail, hotel, industrial and logistics. With our office in Prague, our clients all around the Czech Republic benefit from the experience and expertise of our specialists. Even in the Czech Republic we are defined by our spirit of enterprise - we take initiative, think creatively, and collaborate to exceed the expectations of our clients.
www.duffandphelps.it
www.duffandphelps.it
+39 039 6423 1
Milan | Italy
The Duff & Phelps Real Estate Advisory Group (REAG) provides real estate advisory services tailored to meet the requirements of specific jurisdictions and aims to develop and increase the value of individual assets or properties. REAG has a network of over 750 professionals across Europe. Duff & Phelps is the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor with expertise in complex valuation, dispute and legal management consulting, M&A, real estate, restructuring, governance and regulatory consulting. The firm’s more than 2,000 employees serve a diverse range of clients from offices around the world.
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Wolf Theiss is one of the leading law firms in CEE and SEE. We have built our reputation on a combination of unrivalled local knowledge and strong international capability. We opened our first office in Vienna 60 years ago. Our team now brings together over 340 lawyers from a diverse range of backgrounds, working in offices in 13 countries throughout the CEE and SEE region. Over 80% of our work involves cross-border representation of international clients, and we offer full range of services.

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Alejandro Cano
Alejandro Cano
Senior Vice President
Andrea Vanni
Andrea Vanni
Partner
Augusto Monte
Augusto Monte
Director, Commercialisation
Brian Welsh
Brian Welsh
CEO
Carlo Matta
Carlo Matta
Head of Europe
Dominic Butler
Dominic Butler
UK Investment Director
Franck Lirzin
Franck Lirzin
Executive Director Residential
Gavin Neilan
Gavin Neilan
Founding Partner
Gerald Paulmier
Gerald Paulmier
President and Founder
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme Berenz
Head of Indirect Investments
Jill  Xiaozhou Ju
Jill Xiaozhou Ju
Investment Director
John Dunkerley
John Dunkerley
Founder partner & CEO
John van Oost
John van Oost
Managing Partner
Jon Harley
Jon Harley
Director- Asset Management
Alejandro Cano
Alejandro
Alejandro Cano
Senior Vice PresidentOaktree Capital Management
Mr. Cano joined Oaktree in 2012 from Hellman & Friedman, LLC, where he served for over two years. Prior experience includes over two years as an associate in the Investment Banking TMT team at Goldman Sachs and two years as a senior fellow at McKinsey & Company. Mr. Cano holds a B.Sc./M.Sc. in telecom engineering and a B.Sc. in mathematics from Barcelona Tech and an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is fluent in Spanish and Catalan.
Andrea Vanni
Andrea
Andrea Vanni
PartnerAreli Real Estate
Mr Vanni is a Managing Director at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management for the real estate investment business (formerly RREEF Real Estate) within the Alternatives and Real Assets platform. Mr. Vanni joined the firm in June 2007. Since then he has accomplished over £2 billion restructuring of senior, mezzanine and CMBS. Previously, he worked at JP Morgan commercial mortgage group. Over the last ten years, he has completed real estate transactions with an aggregate value in excess of £8 billion in the form of equity, senior, mezzanine, distressed debt and structured finance transactions.
Augusto Monte
Augusto
Augusto Monte
Director, CommercialisationSDIN Residencial
Augusto Monte joined SDIN in January 2019. He is a professional with over 25 years' experience in the RE sector, and has worked in the most important RE companies in Spain, such as Inmobiliaria Osuna, Vertix Grupo Inmobiliaro, Solvia, Dospuntos, Neinor and Haya R.E. He has developed his career in business management, business development, marketing, sales and analysis. He is a tenured professor in the Master's degree of Laws degree from the University of Valencia, an MBA from the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, a Master's degree in Legal Practice for Lawyers from the University CEU Cardenal Herrera, and he is a RE Agent duly registered with the Ministry of Public Works. He is currently enrolled at the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
Brian Welsh
Brian
Brian Welsh
CEOThe Nido Collection
Spearheading expansion is Nido’s CEO, Brian Welsh, who joined in October 2017 and has over 12 years’ experience within the student accommodation/PRS markets across the UK and Continental Europe. Under Brian’s leadership, the Nido brand ensures it’s as ambitious as our residents, aiming to set the global standard for student accommodation as we continue to grow across the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Nido Student, Brian was the COO of Threesixty Developments and The Student Housing Company, where he oversaw the acquisition and delivery of over 17,100 beds across Europe, breaking into new PBSA markets which have since become well established, in particular Ireland and Spain.
Carlo Matta
Carlo
Carlo Matta
Head of EuropeCA Ventures
Carlo heads the CA Ventures’ European platform and he is responsible for all development activity, acquisitions and operations in the region. Prior to that he had set-up and served as CEO for Actis London development platform in West Africa where he developed $500m of commercial class A assets. Between 2002 and 2010, he spent eight years as MD with Hines Europe. His time with Hines included responsibilities for the development of large mix-use scheme Porta Nuova in Milan, the pan-European Hines European Development Fund and the Hines CalPERS Spain Fund. He is a registered architect, graduated from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy) and received an MBA from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin
Dominic Butler
Dominic
Dominic Butler
UK Investment DirectorThe Collective Partners
Dom is responsible for sourcing and executing deals, attracting and managing capital relationships, and leads the team in London. Dom joined The Collective in March 2018, prior to which he held positions and at Queensgate Investments LLP and Nabarro LLP.
Franck Lirzin
Franck
Franck Lirzin
Executive Director ResidentialGecina
A Polytechnique and Ecole des Mines graduate, Franck Lirzin has held various positions with the French Ministry of Economy and Finance. His career path since 2006 has taken him to the cabinet of the French Minister for Economic Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. Previously Deputy Chief of Staff for the French Secretary of State for Industry, Digital and Innovation, Franck joined Gecina as Executive Director Residential in 2017.
Gavin Neilan
Gavin
Gavin Neilan
Founding PartnerDeutsche Finance International
Gavin Neilan is a Founding Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee of Deutsche Finance International or DFI, a London based pan-European private equity investor with over €1.8bn AUM, which specialises in operational real estate. Gavin Neilan has 18 years’ of industry experience as a real estate business owner, investor, financier and lawyer. He has been involved in more than €5 billion of transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 markets across Europe, Americas, Africa and the Middle East.
Gerald Paulmier
Gerald
Gerald Paulmier
President and FounderGNC Co-living
Gerald Paulmier is an entrepreneur in real estate and real estate related services. He moved to real estate advisory in 2008 after working in high tech industrial sectors in product and service development, in the USA, Finland, UK, France. He first worked in the hospitality, student and senior housing sectors leading to deals such as the off-market acquisition of an office bloc with hotel permit for 150+ rooms on avenue des Champs Elysées and the signature of two forward leases totalling 250+ rooms in Paris IM. He acquired in 2014 a regional flat-share operating company aiming to scale-up its shared and community living offer and created GNC. Today, GNC has a pipeline of 1.000 beds.
Jérôme  Berenz
Jérôme
Jérôme Berenz
Head of Indirect InvestmentsAllianz Real Estate GmbH
Jerome Berenz has joined Allianz Real Estate in 2007, as part of the team reshaping Allianz real estate business into a global platform. He held positions in Finance, Portfolio Management, Risk Management and Acquisitions. Since March 2018, he is Head of Indirect Investments and oversees indirect and joint ventures investments both on a global and paneuropean basis. Before joining Allianz, Jerome worked in consulting and in private banking. He is a CFA charterholder and a RICS member.
Jill  Xiaozhou Ju
Jill
Jill Xiaozhou Ju
Investment DirectorThe Collective
Investment Director, Jill oversees global fund raising, investment acquisitions, and strategic growth. Having developed the largest co-living community Old Oak (546-beds), The Collective has recently launched Canary Wharf (705-beds), featuring a restaurant, swimming pool, gym, cafe and event spaces. With a global portfolio of +8,600 units secured and 20 projects in development across UK, US, Germany and Ireland, The Collective is expanding internationally to be the leading co-living provider. Prior to joining, Jill worked as Investment Director for Greystar overseeing its London student housing portfolio Chapter Living. Jill received her MBA from Harvard Business School and graduated from Peking University with a Bachelor of Economics.
John Dunkerley
John
John Dunkerley
Founder partner & CEOApache Capital Partners LLP
John Dunkerley, is a founder of Apache Capital Partners and has over 25 years' experience in property and investment management. John is a qualified Chartered Surveyor and for a period of 12 years, John worked for Jones Lang Wootton and Fletcher King, specialising in UK wide investment before building London & Capital's expanding property division. In 2008, together with Richard Jackson, John established Apache Capital Partners, a business that is structured to take advantage of the current market conditions, specialising in investing on behalf of Middle Eastern investors into the UK. Apache Capital now manages in excess of £500m of assets with a pipeline which takes AUM to £1.4bn.
John van Oost
John
John van Oost
Managing PartnerFluxus Ventures LLP
Managing Partner - John Van Oost is responsible for the overall investment management and fundraising at Fluxus Ventures. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Captiva Capital Management. John received a BS in Economics and an MBA from KU Leuven. He is also completing a MS in Materials Science & Engineering from Stanford University.
Jon Harley
Jon
Jon Harley
Director- Asset ManagementOxford Properties Group
Jon has over 15 years of real estate experience and has held roles in investment agency, asset management, and property asset management across a broad range of sectors. Jon joined Oxford’s Asset Management team in 2015, with responsibility for our City portfolio including assets such as MidCity Place, Watermark Place and London Wall Place. During the last 2 years he has moved to the BTR sector following the establishment of DOOR, a sector focussed co-investment platform with Delancey, which forms part of the Triangle JV, comprising DOOR, APG and Qatari Diar. Get Living are the JV’s operational partner. Jon works closely with these partners to deliver the strategy to build the UK’s pre-eminent residential rental platform.
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