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<b>Real Estate Distress & Financing Opportunities</b>

Take distress to success and optimise deal flow through open conversations on CRE’s changing pricing and fundamentals

17th April
08:30 - 12:30 | Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+0)
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Should distress have hit already? Are you worried or hopeful about office repricing and its impact on opportunistic deals? RE funds targeting distress continue to generate interest, but we are yet to see much action.

Cautious optimism characterises the current real estate investment climate. How are market players making sense of pricing, defining value, and determining liquidity?

The GRI Distress Forum, created by members, encourages a series of open conversations to make sense of the current climate, understand strategies, and inspire confidence in deals. No stages or speakers, just private conversations with fellow dealmakers.



9:00 - 10:00

Value Add, Distress & Capital Allocations

When will it make sense to fire up the engines?

  • Post GFC, Post Covid, Post Inflation… Will this distress wave be scalably different than before? Could it mean a more competitive landscape?
  • The Cycle - If not distressed, where to make money in the meantime?
  • Opportunistic vs Distress Strategies
  • Dry Powder - Time to open the warchest and bring capital into play or keep it dry and wait for signs of capital growth?
  • Bid & Ask Spread - Is mispricing and lack of buyer/seller expectations the reasons for the distress delay?
  • Fundraising - Plenty of capital, will it fire into distress or something else?
  • Real Estate - Are we seeing better returns elsewhere? When will pricing make sense to return back to RE fundamentals and bet there?
10:15 - 11:15

Maturing Loans & Refinancings

Pivot to distress deals or transactional opportunities best kept risk-off?

  • Germany Center Stage - Distress coming quicker and stronger than in other countries?
  • Refinancing - Funding gap opening doors to transactional opportunities or liquidity too messy?
  • Borrower vs. Lenders - Pricing making sense to join forces? 
  • Asset Prices - Rough patch or a whole new price game in certain spots?
  • Mezzanine Funds - Making a comeback as cautious lenders take the backseat?
  • Underwriting - Is the spotlight on debt yields?
11:30 - 12:30


Assets are dead, long live places!

  • Offices by ESG - What makes sense to keep, sell, and reconvert?
  • Offices by Place - New anchor assets, mixed use, and placemaking ideas to generate value from distress
  • Rethinking Place and Space - Is multi-purposing and sustainability the future?
  • Operational Challenges- Do we need to be more strategic in our choices?
  • Tenant and Demographic Demands - How are they impacting commercial portfolios?
  • How to allocate capital to the preservation of buildings that deserve to be preserved
  • Placemaking and regeneration (green and brownfield)


08:30 - 09:00
Registration & Welcome
09:00 - 10:00
Distress & The Cycle - When will it make sense to fire up the engines?
10:00 - 10:15
Refreshment Break
10:15 - 11:15
Maturing Loans & Refinancings - Pivot to distress deals or transactional opportunities best kept risk-off
11:15 - 11:30
Refreshment Break
11:30 - 12:30
Reincarnation - Assets are dead, long live places!

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Kirsty Stevens
Kirsty Stevens
GRI Club
Victor Tranquilini
Victor Tranquilini
Club Director
GRI Club
Kirsty Stevens
Kirsty Stevens
Kirsty Stevens
GRI Club
12 years experience within conference production in infrastructure, tax, finance and real estate. Previously working with RICS for four years helping drive the global CPD rollout. I have been with GRI Club for over 4 years, from Sales Director, UK Markets Director, Content Director and now as Global Head of Content with Sales Specialty within our Europe and USA markets. Ask me about our European events,asset class specialisms and connecting wtih investors globally. BA Hons in Philosophy from Kings College London, hobbies include Rugby, Theatre Production and Time Out Tastemaker.
Victor Tranquilini
Victor Tranquilini
Club DirectorGRI Club

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Warsaw | Poland
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 46 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.
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Barry O'Shea
Partner, Global financial MarketsClifford Chance
United Kingdom
Barry O'Shea specialises in advising lenders (senior & mezzanine) and borrowers on the financing of real estate, both in the UK and in numerous European jurisdictions, including pan-European transactions. He also advises clients on the restructuring and enforcement of real estate debt, on loan portfolio sales & acquisitions (and loan-on-loan financing), structured debt and JV arrangements relating to real estate.
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