Club MeetingLondon, September 20th, 2017

Retail 4.0

Reinvention or Extinction?

Digitilisation - it fuelled the growth of online retail, it changed the way we view the high street and it fundamentally shifted consumer demand and expectations for shopping.

For better or for worse, when it comes to retail assets across Europe, investors cannot ignore the impact that technology, changing consumer behaviours and demands will have on their strategies. Shopping centres, retail parks, mixed use schemes, logistics, warehouses and grocery stores are facing a new and very present reality - reinvention or extinction?

Europe club members will discuss innovation, disruption, the models and the top locations to protect and advance their retail real estate portfolios.

Simon Williams
International Malls Director
Tesco PLC

Simon joined Tesco in 1995, working in the Property Management, Store Extensions and non-food development fields. In 2007, he was appointed Director for Convenience and led the SE Superstores team as the business focus on the rapid expansion of the Express format. In March 2011, Simon was appointed to the Group Property Team as Director of Acquisitions and Asset & Estates where he led work on Global blueprints for Acquisitions performance & structures and the strategic tenant partnerships across CE and Asia. In September 2013, he moved to China to take up the role of Chief Operating Officer of the Tesco China Property Company and led its integration into a joint venture with China Resources Holdings. Simon now fills the role of International Mall Director with direct accountability for Tesco’s 419 malls in Europe and supports our Asian Mall teams including our JV in China.

Dominic Cools-Lartigue

When I launched Street Feast back in 2012 it was with the intention of inspiring a vibrant night market culture in London. Having seen night markets across the world from Barbados to Zanzibar, I knew we could create something special in a city like London.

Animating and transforming empty spaces across the city has been an important part of our process, taking care to create environments that become a viable alternative to being in a pub or restaurant. Over the years we've taken over car parks, breweries, warehouses, old tube stations and builders merchants to create one of London's most innovative and popular contemporary food and drink events.

With Dalston Yard, Dinerama, Hawker House and Model Market, we have four sites across London with more in the pipeline. A typical night at Street Feast will see thousands of people come through to enjoy a selection of the city's best street food traders, leading chefs and restaurants, and drink cocktails, craft beer and great wine.

Mathew Greenwell

Storefront is the largest international marketplace for short-term commercial space rental. We connect brands with retail spaces for the purpose of pop-up shops, showrooms, product launches and other events. We're the “Airbnb for pop-up stores” and we are revolutionizing the retail industry.

Our platform powers over 10,000 listings, which represent more than 30 million square feet of retail space. We offer greater access to spaces in leading retail cities around the world, including New York City, Paris, London, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, and Amsterdam. Since our launch in 2014, we have helped thousands of brands all over the world, including Google, Samsung and L’Oréal, open temporary retail stores.

Chris Davies
EU Property Acquisitions Manager

Wednesday, September 20

09:00 - 09:30 Registration / Arrival

09:30 - 10:50 Discussion

10:50 - 11:30 Networking Refreshments

Wednesday, September 20
Pop up retail – viable for investment?
Market disruption – who, what and where?
Distressed assets and portfolio diversification
The convergence of retail and logistics
The rise and rise of online retail – how is technology reshaping the future of retail?
Shopping centre and high street innovation – community, leisure or convenience?
Europe hotspots
Last mile delivery – challenge or opportunity?

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Kirsty Stevens

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Kirsty Stevens
+44 (0)20 7121 5095
Head of Content & Sales, UK
GRI Club

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.

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Brigitte Gouder de BeauregardBrigitte Gouder de BeauregardDirecteur GénéralAG Real Estate France
Nicola ZeniNicola ZeniCEOAngular
Jonathan PerlJonathan PerlPartnerArax Properties
Gregory ClercGregory ClercManaging DirectorBank of America Merrill Lynch
Robert BalickRobert BalickManaging PartnerBaumont Real Estate Partners
Oliver CorletteOliver CorletteCEOBlack Mountain Partners
Simon WilliamsSimon WilliamsHead of InvestmentBNP Paribas Real Estate
Robbin HerringRobbin HerringManaging DirectorBoxberg Capital
Patrick O'GormanPatrick O'GormanPrincipalBywater Properties
Kean HirdKean HirdPartnerCatalyst Capital

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Daniela Galvani
William Lalonde
Associate Director
AEW Europe
Brigitte Gouder de Beauregard
Directeur Général
AG Real Estate France
Segment: Investor & Developer
Nicola Zeni
Legnano | Italy
Segment: Investor / Developer
Owner and CEO of Angular, a privately-held company specializing in large-scale, retail developments around the world. Prior was partner at DLA Piper, and in 2006 Italian EU Director on Real Estate Tax; promoted legislative changes in Italian Real Estate tax law. In 2007 founded Zeni & Partners, a firm focused in italian and international tax law. The firm manages the financial aspects of structuring international mergers and acquisitions, real estate and project financing investments and strategic alliances. The firm’s client include Orion Capital Managers, EuroHypo AG and more. Mr. Zeni launched and is President of the Italian Diabetes Foundation.
Jonathan Perl
Arax Properties
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment firm.
Jonathan has over 15 years of experience in real estate. He joined Arax in 2015 following four years spent with Apollo Global Management, where he sourced and executed real estate investments in Continental Europe. Prior to that, Jonathan spent over five years at Citi Property Investors and one year at the private real estate investment company London & Regional Properties. Jonathan started his career in M&A and real estate investment banking at Schroder Salomon Smith Barney in London, where he spent four years.
Gregory Clerc
Managing Director
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
United Kingdom
Segment: Investment Bank
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.
Robert Balick
Managing Partner
Baumont Real Estate Partners
United Kingdom
Segment: Private Equity & Real Estate Investment
Robert Balick is a Managing Partner at Baumont Real Estate Partners. Prior to co-founding Baumont in 2017, he led the equity real estate investment activities of CarVal Investors in Europe and was an investment banker in real estate finance at Salomon Brothers. He received his MBA with specialization in finance from the Stern School of Business at NYU and his B.A. in mathematics from NYU.
Oliver Corlette
Black Mountain Partners
United States
Segment: Investors
Oliver Corlette was Managing Director of Porto Montenegro for 10 years, having steered the development from inception until the sale to the Investment Corporation of Dubai in 2016. Previously at Onex Corporation, a New York-based private equity group, Oliver was responsible for entertainment & leisure investments involving numerous real estate company restructurings. Prior to this he was in the Investment Banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co, in their New York office. Oliver graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney with a Bachelor of Business (Honours) and the Harvard Business School with a Master’s in Business Administration. He is now CEO of Black Mountain Partners.
Simon Williams
Head of Investment
Segment: /
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,
Robbin Herring
Managing Director
Boxberg Capital
United Kingdom
Segment: Operator, Investor
Robbin Herring has been active in European RE for over 20 years and has been involved in many successful core plus, value-add and opportunistic transactions across Europe. He founded and runs Boxberg Capital, an operating partner and investor in Europe. Prior to founding Boxberg, he was a senior member of the RE Private Equity groups of Apollo Management, Citi, CSFB and Deutsche Bank. At Citi he was also a European CIO and Portfolio Manager. Mr. Herring holds a BSc and MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA and PhD in Economics from the EUI. He is also a Visiting Lecturer at Imperial College London, where he designed and teaches a popular elective in RE Investment and Finance within the MSc Finance program.
Patrick O'Gorman
Bywater Properties
Kean Hird
Catalyst Capital
United Kingdom
Segment: Fund Manager
Kean Hird oversees Catalyst Capital's activities in Germany and Poland along with fund raising and investor relations. Catalyst Capital purchases, develops and manages a significant portfolio of retail, office and industrial assets in Europe. Since its inception, Catalyst Capital has invested more than €5.8 billion in 60 real estate transactions in nine countries and has approximately €1.4 billion of assets under management. Kean began his career at Townsend Thoresen Properties and then subsequently spent 13 years with Imry Group Plc, before becoming MD and principle shareholder of Frame Investments.