British & Irish GRI 2018London, May 2nd - 3rd

British & Irish GRI 2018

British & Irish GRI is a get together of senior international and local real estate investors, developers and lenders. The collegial discussions enable you to interact and engage - much like an after-dinner conversation in your own living room. Identify like-minded peers, build relationships, and continue the conversation afterwards.

Gregory Clerc
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment Bank
Biography:
Gregory Clerc is a Director of Merrill Lynch in the Global Market division, based in London. He is working in the Mortgage Group where his current focus is on sales and trading of commercial real estate debt. During his time at Merrill Lynch, Gregory has worked on a wide range of financing transactions from traditional senior lending, opco-propco, and mezzanine. Prior to this, Gregory was with Societe Generale and HSBC in London where he worked on debt and equity deals across Europe.
Kevin Cooper
Co-Head of Real Estate UK
ICG Longbow
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment Manager
Biography:
Kevin is joint managing partner and a Board and Investment Committee member responsible for investment strategy and loan origination. Prior to establishing ICG-Longbow Kevin was a founding member of GMAC's UK Commercial Mortgage business which was established in 2002. ICG-Longbow's investors benefit from our sole focus on the UK market which ensures that we have a deep local market knowledge, intimate understanding of the key UK real estate sub-markets and a local operating presence. Through our client funds we structure and provide senior, mezzanine and whole loans to the UK's commercial property sector.
Roger Wade
Founder and CEO
BoxPark
United Kingdom
Segment: /
Biography:
Roger Wade is the Founder and ex CEO of British Street Fashion brand, Boxfresh. He grew the brand from a market stall, to an International Brand. Boxfresh were renowned pioneers of the British Street scene. In 2005, Roger sold the Boxfresh to Pentland Brands and formed his own Brand Consultancy, Brands Incorporated, specialising in the development, financing and licensing of UK Fashion Brands. In 2010, Roger founded and created the World's 1st Pop Up Mall, Boxpark Shoreditch, www.boxpark.co.uk, and in 2016 created Boxpark Croydon, our 1st Food and Drink only retail development.
Mark Allnutt
Managing Director, Investments
Greystar Europe Holdings
Segment: /
Carrie Hiebeler
Senior Investment Officer
Ventas, Inc.
United States
Segment: REIT
Biography:
Carrie Nowacki Hiebeler joined Ventas as Senior Investment Officer in November 2012. Ms. Hiebeler is responsible for international and domestic healthcare investment opportunities. She drives growth and diversification of the Company’s RE portfolio through execution of moderate to large asset and entity transactions. From 2005 to 2012, Ms. Hiebeler held various positions in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Investment Banking Division where she focused on healthcare, mergers and acquisitions 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 and healthcare. And she has a Biomedical Engineering undergraduate degree from Northwestern University.
Michael Vrana
Managing Director
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor
Biography:
Michael Vrana is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Vrana leads Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in the U.K. and Ireland. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Vrana has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe, including the acquisitions of Max Property Group and Multi Corporation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vrana was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent eight years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in North America on behalf of Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity group. Mr. Vrana graduated from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Paul Hadaway
CEO
Empiric Student Property plc
Segment: /
Biography:
Paul has been a principal in property development and investment for 20 years. In late 2008 he began to focus on the student accommodation sector, developing and managing a portfolio of direct let premium student residential properties around the UK. In 2014 he launched Empiric Student Property plc, a main market listed, internally managed REIT, with a target of 10,000 beds in similar premium direct-let properties within five years. In early 2016 Empiric launched its own operating platform, Hello Student®. Empiric currently has just under 9,000 beds operating or on site, in 30 towns and cities around the UK, half of which are now marketed and managed by Hello Student®.
Martine Philibert
Vice-President
Canada
Segment: /
Biography:
Martine Philibert has been leading the Asset Management team of the Residential business unit at Ivanhoé Cambridge since 2011. The 9 billion CDN$ residential portfolio comprises more than 27,000 residential apartments located in the United States, London (UK) and Canada. Martine also oversees investments and relationships between Managing Partners and Ivanhoé Cambridge. Since 1994, Martine has held various managerial positions within the real estate subsidiaries of the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec namely, Ivanhoé Cambridge, SITQ and Cadim, managing large-scale real estate investments in Canada and overseas (USA, UK, China, India, Poland and Brazil); formerly, devoting herself to the project management of large scale development sites in Greater Montreal.
FORMAT
The Experience

NOT YOUR TYPICAL CONFERENCE

A GRI is a get together of senior international and local real estate investors, developers and lenders. The discussion format enables you to interact with everyone in the room. Quickly find the right partners for your business, build high value relationships, and continue the conversation afterwards.

FORMAT

GRI has no speakers, no presentations. Instead, you have a selection of closed-door discussions where everyone can participate. Much like a conversation in your own living room, the dynamic environment allows you to engage with your peers in an informal and collegial setting

Join

PARTICIPATE AS A DELEGATE

Delegate slots are available for anyone senior currently active in real estate. Immerse yourself in a dynamic environment of informal group discussions where everybody participates. Discuss the latest opportunities, challenges and trends with top level decision makers. 

PARTICIPATE AS A DISCUSSION CO-CHAIR

Available exclusively to senior-level investors, developers and lenders that confirm their participation in advance, chairing a discussion at India GRI is a way of attending while enjoying greater visibility, reduced rates and other benefits.

Register as a delegate or co-chair

SPONSORSHIP

The GRI has a limited number of commercial packages available and our sponsorship team will be happy to tailor a package to ensure you maximise your return on investment. 

Enquire about Sponsorship

Co-chairing a discussion

JOIN INDUSTRY LEADERS AS A CO-CHAIR

Available selectively to senior-level Investors, Developers and Lenders confirmed in advance, co-chairing is a way of attending while enjoying greater visibility, reduced rates and other benefits.

As a discussion Co-chair you do no more and no less than anyone else. Just bring your experience and opinions. Discussion co-chairs are featured in the marketing brochure, profiled on the website and event program book, and enjoy reduced rates to attend.

Each discussion has a limited number of places and these fill up fast.

If you are interested in co-chairing please contact Kirsty Stevens. 

Timetable

2 - 3 May

13:00 - 14:00 Registration/Arrival


14:00 - 15:15 Discussions


15:15 - 15:45 Networking Break


15:45 - 17:00 Discussions


17:00 - 18:30 Drinks Reception

08:30 - 09:30 Registration/Arrival


09:30 - 10:30 Keynote


10:30 - 11:15 Networking Break


11:15 - 12:30 Discussions


12:30 - 13:45 Lunch


13:45 - 15:00 Discussions


15:00 - 15:30 Networking Break


15:30 - 16:45 Discussions 16:45-18:00 Farewell Drinks

Discussions
2 - 3 May
Bigger Picture
  • Brexit and UK 2025 – Singapore, Switzerland or Sahara? 
  • Cities that thrive, cities that die -Which & why? 
  • Proptech – Productivity booster or transformational force?
  • Real Estate As A Service - Are flexible, short term leases the new future?
Finance and Investment
  • The Investment Cycle - Will a Brexit no deal crash values? 
  • Opportunistic Investments - Is the risk curve now completely flat? 
  • Debt Finance- Priced out of the playground?
  • Debt Funds Structures- As interest rates tighten, how does one get yields?
London exposé
  • London Office Vacancy- Too late for fringe locations or never better?
  • Solving London’s Housing Dilemma - Densify, Diversify or Deflect?
  • London Growth Derby - Which zone top of the league and which relegated?
  • London Investor Landscape – Will local trump global?
UK & Ireland Regions
  • Ireland’s Institutional Activity - Long game or cashing out?
  • Dublin PRS –Boom or Bust?
  • Past Manchester & Birmingham – Only for the brave?
  • Speculative Development in Secondary Cities – Little backing or back on the agenda?
Asset Classes
  • Finance For Residential Development – Is the bloom off the rose?
  • PRS – Do the numbers work for all?
  • Co-Working tenants and the Regus tale - Can they survive a down market?
  • Lifestyle Offices - 'New economy' employee magnet or tomorrow’s standard rule for happy workers?
  • Co-Living & Microflats - Niche Concept for Millennials or the future of all apartment living 
  • High Street Retail -Just a back office for E-Growth or money gusher for creative retailers?
  • Shopping Centre SOS, Who Will Answer? Community, F&B, technology, pop ups or entertainment? 
  • Investment in Last Mile Delivery – Do the economics make sense?
  • Light Industrial, Warehousing & Logistics - Brexitproof?
  • Hospitality Growth – As good as it gets or room for more?
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Venue

Institute of Directors 116 Pall Mall, St James’s, London, SW1Y 5ED
Kirsty Stevens

Kirsty Stevens

Head of Content & Sales, UK

+44 (0)20 7121 5095

[email protected]
Kirsty Stevens
+44 (0)20 7121 5095
Head of Content & Sales, UK
GRI Club
Biography:

Kirsty has seven year’s experience in conference production globally. Her previous role included Conference Producer for RICS, fostering events in Corporate Real Estate, Residential, Industrial and Regional Investments across UK, Middle East and Europe. Kirsty is passionate about industrial and logistics, residential alternatives, distressed Investing, as well as connecting investors and developers with focused discussions in her core markets of the UK and Europe.

Club Partner UK

Evercore

Senior Sponsor

BNP Paribas Real Estate
Evercore

Evercore is a premier independent investment banking advisory firm. Evercore was founded in 1995, on the premise that clients would be best served by an investment banking firm free of the conflicts of interest inherent to large, multi-product financial institutions. We believed our model would attract the most talented senior finance professionals to our firm. We believed that by maintaining the highest standards of excellence we could create a firm unlike any other in terms of capabilities to advise on highly complex strategic transactions, dedication to our client and our experience and professionalism. Today, we serve a prominent and diverse set of clients and investors, including leading multinational corporations, large institutional investors and financial sponsors, and high net worth individuals.

BNP Paribas Real Estate

"BNP Paribas Real Estate, one of the leading European real estate providers, offers its clients a comprehensive range of services that span the entire real estate lifecycle: property development, transaction, consulting, valuation, property management and investment management. 

BNP Paribas Real Estate offers local expertise to global clients through its presence in 38 countries (17 countries with direct locations and 21 via its Alliance network) with more than 180 offices. As a European leader with a global reach, we can offer our clients in Asia, Middle East and North America unparalleled European expertise and opportunities.

Our clients are at the heart of everything that we do and our full service offering means that we can build long term relationships with our clients, producing business strategies that are built around what our clients need in a changing world.

BNP Paribas Real Estate is more than a property adviser. We are part of BNP Paribas Bank, which means that we can offer our clients finance, global connections at the very top level, financial and sector intelligence and the certainty and security of working with part of the world’s fourth largest bank.

BNP Paribas Real Estate is also a developer. We are one the leading commercial developers in Europe. This means that we have a unique perspective into development opportunities for our developer clients, together with the relationships with local authorities that we have built up over the years. 

BNP Paribas Real Estate is the real estate adviser for a changing world."

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Some past participants
Raj KotechaRaj KotechaCo-founder & Managing DirectorAmro Real Estate Partners
Manish GudkaManish GudkaCEOAprirose Real Estate Investment
Carolina BrochadoCarolina BrochadoPartnerAtomico
Nikolay GolubevNikolay GolubevSenior Vice PresidentBain Capital
Gregory ClercGregory ClercManaging DirectorBank of America Merrill Lynch
Guillaume GruchetGuillaume GruchetDirector Real Estate FinanceBank of America Merrill Lynch
Hunt DoeringHunt DoeringManaging DirectorBaupost Group International
Michael VranaMichael VranaManaging DirectorBlackstone
Michael ZerdaMichael ZerdaManaging DirectorBlackstone
Simon WilliamsSimon WilliamsHead of InvestmentBNP Paribas Real Estate
Matteo GhediniMatteo GhediniCEOBrera Serviced Apartments
Charlie DesmondCharlie DesmondFounding PartnerBrydell Partners

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Raj Kotecha
Co-founder & Managing Director
Amro Real Estate Partners
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor & Operator
Biography:
Raj is Co-Founder and Managing Director of Amro Real Estate Partners, a specialist investor and operator of purpose built residential real estate assets. He graduated with a 1st class degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and holds a Masters Degree in Finance from Cambridge University. He began his career as a strategy consultant and has been a real estate investor for over twenty years.
Manish Gudka
CEO
Aprirose Real Estate Investment
Segment: /
Carolina Brochado
Partner
Atomico
Segment: /
Biography:
Carolina is a Partner at Atomico based in London. She works on sourcing, evaluation and due diligence of global investments. Carolina focuses on fintech, consumer / retail, and marketplaces. She works with several of Atomico portfolio companies including Lendinvest, Farmdrop and Uniplaces, and sits on the boards of Gympass, Chemist Direct and Bebestore. Having interned at Atomico during her MBA, Carolina then moved to London as acting COO of an e-commerce start-up, leading daily operations across product management, business development and marketing, before joining Atomico's team on a permanent basis. Prior to her MBA, Carolina was at private equity firm Madison Dearborn Partners, where she worked on multiple buyout opportunities across sectors, including the global credit bureau TransUnion. Carolina has a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MBA from Columbia Business School.
Nikolay Golubev
Senior Vice President
Bain Capital
United Kingdom
Segment: Global Credit Specialist
Biography:
Mr. Golubev joined Bain Capital in 2014. He is a Senior Vice President in the Distressed and Non-Performing Loans team based in Bain Capital’s London office. Previously, Mr. Golubev worked in the European Principal Finance Fund at Apollo in London and invested in non-performing loan portfolios and real estate assets across Europe. Prior to that, he was an Associate at Peakside Capital, a spin-off of Merrill Lynch’s Global Principal Investments team, and began his investment career at Merrill Lynch in Frankfurt.
Gregory Clerc
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment Bank
Biography:
Gregory Clerc is a Director of Merrill Lynch in the Global Market division, based in London. He is working in the Mortgage Group where his current focus is on sales and trading of commercial real estate debt. During his time at Merrill Lynch, Gregory has worked on a wide range of financing transactions from traditional senior lending, opco-propco, and mezzanine. Prior to this, Gregory was with Societe Generale and HSBC in London where he worked on debt and equity deals across Europe.
Guillaume Gruchet
Director Real Estate Finance
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment Bank
Biography:
Guillaume Gruchet is a Director within the Global Market division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London. Guillaume works within the RE Finance group where his focus is on origination, structuring and distribution of real estate debt in EMEA. Guillaume has worked on a wide range of financings from traditional senior lending, opco/propco and mezzanine loans. Between 2009 and 2012, Guillaume worked on the ABS trading desk and was responsible for the CMBS trading book. Prior to joining BofAML in 2006, Guillaume held positions at Rothschild and Fitchratings, always with a focus on real estate and fixed income products. Guillaume started his career in London in 1998 in the real estate & hospitality team at Ernst & Young.
Hunt Doering
Managing Director
Baupost Group International
United Kingdom
Segment: Value investor
Biography:
Hunt is a Managing Director in Baupost’s Private Investment Group and focuses on European real estate investments, including new joint venture partner and operating partner relationships. Baupost has extensive experience in direct real estate ownership, development, leasing, property management, financing, construction and asset management. Funds managed by Baupost have invested in real estate projects globally and currently own more than 300 real estate assets, which have an aggregate gross asset value of approximately US $10 billion. Prior to joining Baupost, Hunt was a Managing Director at Northwood Investors. Hunt graduated from Cornell University magna cum laude with a B.A. in Economics and from Harvard Business School with an MBA.
Michael Vrana
Managing Director
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor
Biography:
Michael Vrana is a Managing Director in the Real Estate Group based in London. Mr. Vrana leads Blackstone’s real estate acquisitions in the U.K. and Ireland. Since joining Blackstone in 2013, Mr. Vrana has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments in Europe, including the acquisitions of Max Property Group and Multi Corporation. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Vrana was a Vice President at Goldman, Sachs & Co., where he spent eight years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in North America on behalf of Goldman Sachs’ real estate private equity group. Mr. Vrana graduated from Duke University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Michael Zerda
Managing Director
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor
Biography:
Michael Zerda is Head of Europe for Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Zerda spent six years at LaSalle Investment Management overseeing the set-up and growth of its debt investment and special situations group. Prior to that, Mr. Zerda worked in Merrill Lynch's real estate private equity group focused on pan-European equity investments and at Archon, Goldman Sachs’ real estate and distressed loan management platform.
Simon Williams
Head of Investment
Segment: /
Biography:
Having been a property agent for nearly 30 years, specialising in retail investment for 15 years, Simon Williams has been practising both in the UK and overseas. Simon has advised on investment transactions in the UK, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe,
Matteo Ghedini
CEO
Brera Serviced Apartments
Germany
Segment: Serviced apartments operator
Biography:
Matteo Ghedini is the founder and CEO of Brera Serviced Apartments. Matteo started Brera in 2013 by opening the first location in Nuremberg. Since then Brera expanded in Munich and Frankfurt and manages today ca. 150 Apartments. Born in Italy, Matteo started his career as a consultant at the Boston Consulting Group, attended an MBA at INSEAD and thereafter successfully completed the turnaround of a Real Estate Family Office in Germany. Passionate about Interior Design and about unleashing People´s talent, Matteo´s goal is to develop Brera to one of the most important long stay players in Europe.
Charlie Desmond
Founding Partner
Brydell Partners
Segment: Investor
Biography:
Brydell opportunistically invests across all UK real estate sectors, often where the asset requires re-positioning, re-letting, refurbishment or redevelopment. Charlie began his career at Goldman Sachs’ Real Estate Principal Investment Area (REPIA) where he worked on a wide variety of transactions in Europe and the UK, including portfolios, developments, non-performing loans and corporate vehicles. In his years at Goldman Sachs, Charlie was directly involved in underwriting over €5.0bn of transactions, of which €2.7bn were successfully closed. He moved to Brockton Capital in 2007 where as an Associate Partner he led the acquisition, financing and asset management of a wide range of investments throughout the UK, totalling over £500 million. Sectors invested into include offices, retail, industrial, , leisure, residential, healthcare, data centres and car parking.