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.

Andrew Gunne
CEO
Chartered Land, UK & Ireland
Ireland
Segment: Developer
Biography:
Andrew Gunne is Chief Executive of Chartered Land. His primary roles are to oversee the business and grow Chartered Land’s asset base by securing new ventures in conjunction with leading global real estate capital partners. Prior to joining Chartered Land, Andrew was Managing Director of Key Capital Real Estate in Dublin and London, a business he co-founded in 2010. Between 1999 and 2010, Andrew played a senior role in various Capital Markets Divisions in London and Dublin with CB Richard Ellis.
Ben Eppley
Managing Director
Apollo Management
Segment: Investment Manager
Biography:
Ben Eppley is a Managing Director of Apollo in London and is primarily responsible for leading Apollo’s commercial real estate debt efforts in Europe. Prior to joining Apollo, he worked in the real estate structured finance and debt capital markets groups at Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Barclays Capital, respectively. He started his career in the investment sales and capital markets advisory business at Eastdil Secured. Mr. Eppley holds a BA from Yale University.
Bernard Michel
Chairman
Gecina
France
Biography:
French business leader specialized in the banking insurance and RE industries. He is Chairman of Gecina's Board of Directors since 2010 and also served as its CEO from October 2011 to June 2013.
Robert Rackind
Partner & Co Head Real Estate
EQT Partners UK Advisors II LLP
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor
Biography:
Rob Rackind is a Partner of EQT Partners. Robert has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. He has held management positions for leading real estate investment, development and private equity companies: Wainbridge, Hines, CPIM, HRO and Meyer Bergman.
Romain Ferron
Head Europe Real Estate Debt Strategies
Davidson Kempner
United Kingdom
Simon Laker
Managing Director
H.I.G. Capital
United Kingdom
Biography:
Simon is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital based in London and is responsible for Asset Management across the H.I.G. European Real Estate portfolio. Simon has over 20 years of experience working in the European RE market in both advisory and investor roles. As a qualified MRICS surveyor, he has managed a diverse range of RE projects, including retail, offices and industrial portfolios covering acquisition, development, operational management and value add roles. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Simon was Director and Head of Asset Management at Evans Randall Limited, RE investment firm whose holdings included a number of high profile assets such as the Gherkin building in London.
Martin Skinner
CEO
London | United Kingdom
Segment: Property Investor
Biography:
Martin has been an entrepreneur for nearly 20 years, has developed thousands of properties, and is considered a London investment property expert. He is now combining this experience in London residential property, finance and technology to build Inspired Asset Management. With a portfolio approaching £500m GDV, Inspired has established a number of substantial Joint Ventures through which it is rolling out its unique high-tech, high-spec, and affordable private housing across Greater London. Martin has also been featured in Property Week, the Financial Times and on BBC Radio 4 & 5. He enjoys turning investment concepts into exceptional opportunities for our investors to outperform other property sector investments and the wider markets.
Pauline Bradley
CEO
Greyfriars Investments
Biography:
Former Corporate Banker who rose to Executive level before leaving the industry in 2006. Led two high performing transacting teams that became market leaders in PFI and Real Estate. Member of the Bank’s Credit and Investment Committees and held Board positions in Housebuilding, Real Estate and Hotel & Leisure sectors. Became CEO of a pan European Property Company where she implemented a major restructure before moving to set up the UK office for a European Private Equity company. Formed Greyfriars in 2008 as a co-investing advisory business, working with US funds and HNWI sourcing debt and equity opportunities in the UK Real Estate sector. Greyfriars were the lead financial advisor on the delivery of a £300M Regional PRS portfolio.
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
Cities that thrive, cities that die -Which & why?
Co-Working & Co-Living Fads - Can they survive a down market?
Debt Finance- Priced out of the playground?
Debt Funds Structures- As interest rates tighten, how does one get yields?
Distressed High Street Assets - What structural changes might save the store?
Hospitality Growth – As good as it gets or room for more?
Ireland’s Institutional Activity - Long game or cashing out?
Light Industrial, Warehousing & Logistics - Brexitproof?
London Growth Derby - Which zone top of the league and which relegated?
London Investor Landscape – Will local trump global?
London Office Vacancy- Too late for fringe locations or never better?
New Development Finance– Is the bloom off the rose?
Opportunistic Investments - Is the risk curve now completely flat?
Past Manchester & Birmingham – Only for the brave?
Prop Tech - Productivity booster or revolutionary force?
PRS – Do the numbers work for all?
RE as a Service & Lifestyle - The new flexible future?
Shopping Centre SOS, Who Will Answer? Community, F&B, Technology, Pop ups or Entertainment?
Solving London’s Housing Dilemma - Densify or Diversify?
Student Housing - Headed for a bubble?
The Investment Cycle - Will a Brexit no deal crash values?
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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]
Olga Andreevskikh

Olga Andreevskikh

Club Director, UK

+ 44 20 7121 5061

[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.

Olga Andreevskikh
+ 44 20 7121 5061
Club Director, UK
GRI Club

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.