Club MeetingLondon, October 31st

The UK Investment Cycle

Keep Calm & Don’t Crash!

Rental values,  interest rates, Brexit, affordable housing bubble, Corbyn; is the investment cycle heading for a spectacular crash in 2019 or is the market over panicking?

After all, business is booming in London both centrally and on the fringes, cranes are flying across all cities and new models of office, resi and hospitality are driving growth across all assets.

GRI Club members will gather to discuss where we are in the UK investment cycle and especially reflect on where to find value in the still tightly yielded, ultra low interest rate environment.

Is the risk curve completely flat or does the UK still shine as the top profitable real estate investment destination?

Discussion will touch upon:

  • Economic outlook - is the UK now overpriced for all?
  • Where are we in the cycle?
  • Can the UK still compete on a global scale?
  • Navigating through the macro political climate - Corbyn, Brexit, BoE or something worse?
  • Ultra low interest rates -  now the norm or any way out?
  • Rental values and prices across UK cities - where is best to hedge bets?
  • Opportunistic Investments - Any left?
  • Is absolute performance achievable these days?
Simon Durkin
Head of European Research - Real Assets

Simon has over 20 years’ experience in real estate strategy and research, and has recently joined BlackRock Real Assets to head European research for the real asset platform. Previously he was Head of Research for BNP Paribas Real Estate leading a team of economists and forecasters, and European Head of Research & Strategy for Deutsche Asset Management’s real assets business (formerly RREEF) providing strategic research and advice to investors and the wider market.


Wednesday, October 31st

08:30 - 09:00 Arrival

09:00 - 10:00 Discussion

10:00 - 10:30 Departing Refreshments


Membership is subject to approval by a committee of peers and is reserved exclusively for senior investors, lenders and developers*.

Qualified individuals (C / Director Level) that believe they could benefit from being part of such a global community are welcome to further details.

*Some leniency is given to those outside this category up to a maximum of 10% ratio of the Club.



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Thiago Alves

Thiago Alves

Portfolio Director

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David Averre

David Averre

Club Manager

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Thiago Alves
+44 20 7121 5096
Portfolio Director
GRI Club
David Averre
+44 (20) 7121 5082
Club Manager
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