Europe GRI 2016Paris, September 14th - 15th


The 19th edition of Europe GRI gathered more than 450 global senior real estate players to discuss the investment opportunities in Europe.

We will meet again next year on the 11-12 September in Paris for the 20th anniversary of Europe GRI. Visit 2017 website


Europe GRI incorporates France GRI, gathering French investors, developers and lenders together for discussions on the French real estate market.  Visit France GRI to learn more

Jean-Philippe Olgiati
Managing Director
Segment: Fund Manager
Jean-Philippe Olgiati, Managing Director EMEA, is a member of the Real Estate team at BlackRock. He is responsible for acquisitions, financing and asset and development management for the different real estate opportunities sourced in France, Nordics, Germany, UK and Italy as well as assets already under management for BlackRock. Prior to joining MGPA, Mr. Olgiati worked for Bouygues Construction, where he led a development team focusing on refurbishment of the Greater Paris region and managed feasibility studies worth more than €1 billion on behalf of opportunistic funds for acquisition with potential redevelopment. Mr. Olgiati earned a MS degree in engineering from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) in 2003.
Trish Barrigan
Managing Partner
Benson Elliot Capital Management
United Kingdom
Segment: Fund Manager
Trish has over 20 years industry experience. Co-founded Benson Elliot with Marc Mogull in 2006. Prior to Benson Elliot, Trish spent two years within the Dubai Holding Group as Chief Strategy Officer and Head of Global Real Estate Investments for Dubai Investment Group. Ten years at Goldman Sachs, primarily in real estate principal investing and portfolio management for the Whitehall Funds in New York, Paris and London. Trish earned a BA degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College. Benson Elliot is a specialist European real estate private equity firm applying decades of investment experience, deep market knowledge and in-house operational expertise to generate sustained investment outperformance.
Van J. Stults
Managing Director
Orion Capital Managers
United Kingdom
Van is a founding partner of Orion Capital Managers, a pan-European RE private equity investment firm. He has 29 years of RE investment management experience. Van, with his partners, created the opportunistic Orion European Real Estate Funds I, II, III and IV and the core fund, Orion Income Return Partners, which combined have € 10 billion of investment capacity. The Orion Funds target a wide range of RE investments throughout Europe. Prior to Orion, Van spent 15 years with LaSalle Partners in the US and Europe where he was a Main Board Member and a Managing Director. He received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.
Ralph Winter
Founder & Senior Advisor
CORESTATE Capital Group
Segment: Private Equity / Investor
Ralph Winter is Founder and Senior Advisor of CORESTATE Capital Group. Ralph has 25 years of real estate experience and has invested more than €7bn in German and European real estate over the period of his career. From 2006 until today Ralph realizes with CORESTATE his Club Deal approach by investing in residential and commercial assets with potential to release incremental value. In 2009 Ralph created W5 Group AG, a family office that invests globally in real estate and private equity. Through W5 Group AG, Ralph is one of the most active investors in CORESTATEs club deals.
Bernard Penaud
COO Europe
United Kingdom
Mr. Penaud joined Tishman Speyer in 2006 and is currently charged with jointly overseeing the firm’s business in Europe, in conjunction with Michael Spies. Previously, he has held positions both as the COO for Europe and the regional director for France. Mr. Penaud joined Tishman Speyer from JPMorgan, where he was co-head of European acquisitions in London, supervising activities for the JPMorgan European Property Fund in western continental Europe. Prior to this, he was in charge of RE acquisitions in France for the Peabody Funds, co-managed by JPMorgan and the O’Connor Group. Previously, he worked for Arthur Andersen, Unibail and Deutsche Bank.
Chris M. Taylor
CEO Real Estate and Head of Private Markets
Hermes Investment Management
United Kingdom
Segment: Fund Manager
The majority of Chris’s working career has previously been as Fund Manager at Prudential where he took a lead role in the diversification strategy of its UK RE exposure into overseas markets. Apart from being CEO of Hermes Real Estate and Head of Private Markets , Chris is the BTPS Director on the Argent Board and has been an active participant in Argent King's Cross and King's Cross Central for the past 6 years overseeing the regeneration of 67 acres to create the most exciting new development in London. Chris is also Chairman of MEPC, a wholly owned subsidiary which specialises in developing and managing mixed use estates.Chris is currently President of the British Property Federation and non-executive director of NewRiver Retail plc.
Jim Blakemore
GreenOak Real Estate
United Kingdom
Jim is a Partner for GreenOak in London and oversees European fixed income strategies. GreenOak is a partner owned real estate focused lending, principal investing and advisory firm. The experienced senior team possesses a long and successful track record lending on, investing in and managing real estate and advising clients on strategic mandate. Jim was previously European Head of Lehman Brothers Global Real Estate Group for EMEA. In this role, Jim oversaw Lehman Brothers European on-balance sheet real estate activities including commercial mortgage and mezzanine lending. At Lehman Brothers, Jim served on its European Operating Committee, European Fixed Income Executive Committee as well as its Global Fixed Income Operating Committee.
Ronald A. Rawald
Managing Director, Head of European Real Estate
Cerberus Capital Management
United Kingdom

Ron is the Head of European RE in Cerberus European Capital, responsible for acquiring property related assets, companies and debt investments. Prior to joining the firm in 2006, Ron was a MD with Fortress Investment Group, responsible for commercial property and special situations investing in Europe. Before moving to Frankfurt in 2004, he was a founding partner of Aetos Capital, a real estate private equity fund investing in Japanese assets. He lived in Tokyo for five years, and helped develop Morgan Stanley’s Asian Special Situations Group, doing proprietary investing in distressed debt. His experience also includes working in New York at Merrill Lynch in distressed loan trading and at TIAA/CREF in real estate portfolio management.



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.

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.




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. 


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

Register as a delegate or co-chair


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


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, select the co-chair option at registrationrequest a callback or contact

JP Doggett
+44 (0)207 121 5096  |  [email protected]




It is an ideal opportunity to catch up with those you might have missed during the day as well as enjoying the company of your friends and colleagues in a relaxed environment.

All Co-chairs, delegates and sponsors must book their dinner tickets in advance, select Networking Dinner option in Add Ons when registering online.

DINNER ENTRY: €165 per person (+VAT)

14th September 2016

18.00 - GRI Drinks Reception at the Intercontinental (following GRI Discussion Sessions)
19.00 - Aperitifs at the Tuileries, Le Meurice, 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France,
19.30 - Dinner

*This includes a three-course meal with wine, beer, water and soft drinks. Spirits, liqueurs and other expensive items will be charged separately by the restaurant.


Intercontinental Paris Le Grand is located just 30 metres from the Opéra Garnier and Opera Metro Station.

As part of the GRI event we have managed to secure a preferential rate for attendees. To book your room please use this link or contact the hotel directly stating you are a part of the GRI event

Should you require further assistance please contact Rupa Lal, Operation Manager at [email protected]

(Please note it is not GRI policy to extend a booking service for accommodation on behalf of registered attendees. We urge attendees to be vigilant of any such offers, and to use official methods of booking only).

Henri Alster

Henri Alster


+44 (0)20 7121 5060

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Henri Alster
+44 (0)20 7121 5060
GRI Club

Henri Alster is the Chairman of the GRI. He previously worked for 25 years as a real estate investment banker, advising or partnering with the likes of Exxon, Whitehall, KLM pension funds, Forest City Enterprises and others across the USA and Europe. He also ran his own investment boutique.

Mr. Alster led Citicorp’s early real estate investment banking efforts in Europe between 1988 and 1994, closing Europe’s two largest land deals on behalf of Exxon and Pechiney.

A Columbia B-School MBA (‘74), Henri is an undergraduate Technion (Israel) Industrial Engineer (‘72). 

He is fluent in English, French, German, Dutch and Hebrew, has lived in New York, Paris, London, Brussels and Tel-Aviv and has worked and travelled extensively throughout the Americas, Asia and Europe.

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BNP Paribas

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FREO Group

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Al Marjan Island

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Real estate strategies are getting global, while solutions remain local. Our 3,800 employees provide you with their expertise of their markets. This knowledge, combined with our geographical network, allows us to support you everywhere in Europe in your real estate projects, whether local or international. 

6 complementary business lines creating value 

Choosing to work with BNP Paribas Real Estate means gaining the benefit of across-the-board property expertise under one roof. Our major asset is our expertise across six business lines covering the whole property lifecycle: Property Development, Transaction, Consulting, Valuation, Property Management and Investment Management. We have experts in all of these business lines that can offer you support and guidance.

Present in 36 countries
Our teams are directly active in 16 countries, and in another 20 through our network of alliances. As such they will provide our international and local customers with a know-how highly regarded in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and in North America. 

Platforms in Asia and in the Middle East supporting local investors in European markets 

With two offices in Hong Kong and Dubai, we enable our Asian and Middle Eastern investors to benefit from our in-depth expertise in the main European markets.

FREO Group

FREO Group was established in 1996.  FREO is today an independent pan-European investment manager and developer with a deep and cohesive network of 15 offices in 7 countries with over 100 employees

FREO offers a complete real estate lifecycle asset management service tailored to the needs of our partners and clients including asset selection, prudent capital structuring, identification of value creation opportunities through proactive management or repositioning and ultimately opportunistic disposal. We only target real estate investments that offer intrinsic value for our partners with the goal of delivering sustainable cash flows and long-term capital enhancement. We only operate in markets we know well and typically adopt an entrepreneurial yet rigorous approach using our local networks to source opportunities where we possess competitive advantages, often via off-market bilateral connections or limited marketing processes.

Al Marjan Island

Al Marjan Island (AMI) Company is a leading waterfront developer in the UAE. Located in the Emirate of Ras Al Khaima, AMI is developing a collection of four man-made islands covering an area of 2.7 square kilometers.

Extending 4.5 kilometers into the Arabian Gulf, AMI offers a highly desirable luxurious living and leisure experience. Globally connected and culturally authentic, this destination offers a stunning and varied landscape.

Led by Architect Abdullah Rashed Al Abdouli, this ambitious venture presents strategic partners with unprecedented investment opportunities and lucrative returns.  AMI’s strategy is to work alongside its increasing number of investors and development partners to ensure every milestone is reached on Al Marjan's journey to success.

AMI offers an investment landscape as distinctive as the destination. It is the project of choice for real estate investors and developers who wish to pursue something truly unique.

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Abdullah Rasheed Al AbdouliAbdullah Rasheed Al AbdouliManaging DirectorAl Marjan Island
Abigail ShapiroAbigail ShapiroDirectorOxford Properties Group
Adam JosephAdam JosephManaging Director - European Real EstateMacquarie Group
Adrien BeuriotAdrien BeuriotFund Manager/ Portfolio ManagerStandard Life Investments
Alain de La BellièreAlain de La BellièreInvestment DirectorDTZ Investors
Alban LissAlban LissPresidentDTZ Investors
Alessandro StoppaAlessandro StoppaPartnerGianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Alexander StrassburgerAlexander StrassburgerExecutive Director, Private Equity FundsAEW Europe
Alexandre LamotAlexandre LamotManaging DirectorA. Lamot & Co
Alexandre NedjarAlexandre NedjarFund ManagerLa Banque Postale Asset Management

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Abdullah Rasheed Al Abdouli
Managing Director
Al Marjan Island
Segment: Master Developer
Abdullah Al Abdouli is the managing director of Al Marjan Island the largest master developers in the Emirates of Ras Al Khaimah. Al Abdouli as well the Director of Town Planning & Survey Administration in Ras Al Khaimah Municipality and board member for Ras Al Khaimah International Airport and Ras Al Khaimah Sewerage Authority. Al Abdouli hold a master degree in Regional & Urban Planning from the Paris Sorbonne University, and Bachelor of Architecture in Urban Design from the American University of Sharjah.
Abigail Shapiro
United Kingdom
Segment: Investor
Abby has responsibility for leading the execution of Oxford's European investment strategy, with a particular focus on France and Germany, in line with Oxford's target for growth to over C$13.5bn AUM by 2020. Abby has over 10 years' experience in real estate development, investment and finance, working on over £3bn of transactions across Washington, DC, London and Paris. Prior to joining Oxford, Abby worked at The Carlyle Group’s European Real Estate Fund in London and at Buchanan Partners, a local real estate developer in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region.
Adam Joseph
Managing Director - European Real Estate
Macquarie Group
United Kingdom
Segment: Lending
Macquarie Real Estate Lending provides bespoke finance solutions to companies operating across the full real estate spectrum including residential, retail, light industrial, data centres, office and hotels. Team has invested over €2 billion across Europe since 2010. Adam Joseph is a Managing Director and founder member of this team which was created in 2009.
Adrien Beuriot
Fund Manager/ Portfolio Manager
Standard Life Investments
Adrien is responsible at Standard Life for investments, asset management and disposals in France and Belgium. He has 10 years’ experience in financial services and real estate. He started his career in 2003 at PWC and SGCIB in real estate M&A team. From 2007 to 2014, he worked at GE Real Estate and AXA REIM in the transaction team, being responsible for sales and acquisitions. He joined Standard Life in February 2014 as Portfolio Manager.
Alain de La Bellière
Investment Director
DTZ Investors
Segment: Asset & Investment Management
Alain de La Bellière joined DTZ Investors France at the beginning of 2015 as Director of Investments and member of the Executive Committee. Alain’s main responsibilities include developing the firm’s investments for third party clients. Prior to joining DTZ Investors Alain, was Director of Investments at CBRE Global Investors France for one year and head of acquisitions and sales at Generali Real Estate between 2004 and 2013. Alain started his career at STAM Europe as a Risk Manager in Real Estate acquisitions. Alain holds a masters degree in management and a post-graduate diploma in real estate management from Paris IX-Dauphine University.
Alban Liss
DTZ Investors
Segment: Investment Management
Alban joined DTZ Asset Management in November 2013. Alban began his career in 1990 at AWON Asset Management In 2003 he joined Generali Real Estate, as director of asset management and investment then of international investments. Alban then joined Area Property Partners France. Alban was awarded a “Pierre d’or” in 2008. Alban is a graduate of Sciences Po Paris, and holds a master in Business Law. He is a member of the Real Estate Club of the Ile-de-France.
Alessandro Stoppa
Gianni, Origoni, Grippo, Cappelli & Partners
Milano | ITALY
Alexander Strassburger
Executive Director, Private Equity Funds
AEW Europe
United Kingdom
Alexander is an Executive Director in the investments team of AEW Europe’s private equity division in London. Alexander joined AEW Europe LLP in January 2015 from The Carlyle Group where he was Country Head of German Real Estate. He brings 12 years of real estate experience and has completed real estate transactions across Europe, including direct investments, joint ventures and the acquisition of loan portfolios. Alexander is focused on Value Add investments in Germany, France, UK and the Nordics.
Alexandre Lamot
Managing Director
A. Lamot & Co
Segment: Real estate investment management
Alexandre Lamot has a 25-year track record in investment management through private equity funds, direct asset transactions and development projects. Alexandre did this at Wilhelm & Co, Goldman Sachs, Arthur Andersen, GIC, Rockspring and La Compagnie B. de Rothschild. He is now adviser to added-value real estate funds such as Catalyst Capital (commercial real estate, Europe), ESJ Capital Partners, (school infrastructure, USA), Aina Hospitality (luxury hotels Europe) and Kool Solutions (cold storage facilities, India) on fund raising, co-investments and deal structuring. Alex holds degrees in Economics from the University of Louvain and in Urban Planning from Harvard University.
Alexandre Nedjar
Fund Manager
La Banque Postale Asset Management
Alexandre Nedjar, 39 years old, joined the Real Estate Private Debt team of LBPAM as Fund Manager in April 2016. He holds a Master in Finance from ESCP Europe and Neoma. In addition, he has a Master of Econometrics and a Licence in law. He began his career in 2001 at Crédit Agricole CIB as Credit Analyst focusing on European corporates. In 2003, he joined the Basel 2 team in charge of methodology on corporates. From 2006 to 2016, he worked in the Real Estate Structured Finance Dept. of Credit Agricole CIB where he covered corporates, REITs and real estate asset managers.
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