Europe GRI 2017Paris, September 11th - 12th, 2017


Over 500 senior real estate lenders, developers and investors gathered in Paris for the 19th Europe GRI, numbers not seen since pre market crash. Could it be that the black cloud over Europe’s current cycle has lifted?

Participants discussed asset performances and shared business strategies within 37 different discussions. Over the two days it was clear that the threat of a Europe bubble still looms, the exit of global capital worries most and uncertainty over interest rates abounds.


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

Tania Concejo-Bontemps
Union Investment Real Estate

Tania Concejo-Bontemps is President of Union Investment Real Estate France, leading the Paris subsidiary since 2011. She has over 15 years of experience in general management, investment and asset management, leading multi-disciplinary projects and teams for international real estate companies. Prior to joining the real estate sector, Tania started its career in the high-tech sector with the Japanese-American group Senko in Boston (USA). When she moved to Paris in 2003, she joined Renta Corporacion, a listed property company. With Renta as Managing Director, she was in charge of acquisitions and asset management for the French, English and German markets.

Jared Hart
Managing Director
Thor Equities
United Kingdom
Jared Hart joined Thor Equities to lead the company’s European expansion with an investment strategy aimed to focus on well-located properties where there is an ability to enhance value by way of rental uplift or redevelopment. Since starting at Thor he has acquired approximately 2 billion euros of assets in Europe. Thor Equities was founded in 1986 by President & CEO Joseph Sitt. The company owns prime properties in the US, Europe, Canada and Latin America, with portfolio transactions and a development pipeline in excess of $10 billion
Gerald Klinck
Chief Controlling Officer
Vonovia SE
Segment: Asset Manager
Since April 2015 Gerald Klinck is member of the Board of Directors of Vonovia SE. As CCO he is responsible for the Group’s transactions inwards. This includes Controlling, Valuation, Portfolio-Controlling, Supply Management and WEG business. Prior to that Gerald has been with GAGFAH GROUP since 2011 – he started out as Head of Treasury and became CFO in 2012. He started his career at HSH Nordbank AG when he was part of the project management of the GEHAG and LEG Schleswig-Holstein joint venture. In 2003 he was appointed CFO of HSH N REALESTATE CONSULTING. From 2006, he was employed at GEHAG GmbH and became Head of Corporate Controlling and Planning. He was subsequently appointed Head of Corporate Controlling and Planning at DEUTSCHE WOHNEN.
François Grandvoinnet
Aviva Investors Real Estate France
Juan Manuel Ortega Moreno
Inmobiliaria Colonial S.A.
Segment: Investor & property company
He joined Jones Lang Lasalle (JLL) in January 2001 and carried out various roles such as Senior Consultant in the Office Leasing Department and Head of the Residential Agency Division in Spain. In November 2005, he joined UBS Bank where he worked in Investment Management in the real estate sector and as Property Manager in Spain. Between 2011 and 2014, he was head of the Capital Markets area of JLL.
Trish Barrigan
Senior Partner
Benson Elliot
United Kingdom
Trish has over 20 years industry experience and 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, with responsibility for defining and implementing the Group’s global real estate strategy. Under Trish's tenure, the Group’s portfolio of direct investments increased from $500m to $3.0bn. Previously, she spent 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 Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Boston College.
Troy Javaher
Managing Director
Lincoln Property Company
United Kingdom
Segment: Developer /Investor
Mr. Troy Javaher is currently Managing Director of European operations for Lincoln Property Company. Lincoln Property Company (LPC) was founded in Dallas in 1965 and has developed more than 12.6 million square meters of commercial projects and 212,000 multi-family units at a total cost of over $30 billion. An American national, Troy Javaher was previously the Head of Capital Markets for Central and Eastern Europe for JLL. He has a Masters in Real Estate from Columbia University in New York and has professional work experience in the region since 1998.
Daniel Buaron
First Atlantic Real Estate
Milan | Italy
Segment: Investment Manager
Daniel Buaron is Chairman of First Atlantic Real Estate (FARE), re-founded by him in 2014, two years after the sale of FARE Group to the DeAgostini Group. In fact FARE Group was founded by Daniel in 1998 and was the Italian operating partner of Goldman Sachs’ Whitehall Funds until 2007. In 2005, he founded FARE SGR which became the leading Italian RE fund management firm after the merger with FIMIT SGR (2011) with over 10 billion of AuM. Prior experiences include being Founder, CEO and Vice Chairman of Tradital S.p.A. and CEO of Metropolis S.p.A.. Mr. Buaron began his career with JP Morgan. He graduated with a business degree from Università Bocconi and received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1976.


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

Kirsty Stevens
+44 (0)207 121 5095  |  [email protected]



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 Carla Viegas, Event 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).


Le Bristol Paris

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 & members must book their dinner tickets in advance.

DINNER ENTRY: €190 per person (+VAT)
Free for members

11th September 2017

17:30 - GRI Drinks Reception at the Intercontinental (following GRI Discussion Sessions)
19:00 - Aperitifs at the Le Bristol Paris, 112 rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, 75008 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.


Monday. September 11th, 2017

13:00 - 14:00  Registration & Networking

14:00 - 17:30  Discussions

17:30 - 19:00  Drinks Reception

19:00 - 22:00  GRI Networking Dinner

Tuesday. September 12th, 2017

09:00 - 10:00  Registration & Networking

10:00 - 11:00  Keynote

11:45 - 13:00  Discussions

13:00 - 14:15  Lunch

14:15 - 16:45  Discussions

16:45 - 17:45  Farewell drinks


InterContinental Le Grand Paris
2 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France

Book your hotel room for the event at special rates, available here on an exclusive basis. Click Here.

Henri Alster

Henri Alster


+44 (0)20 7121 5060

[email protected]
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.

Senior Sponsors

BNP Paribas Real EstateCMS Hasche Sigle

Café Sponsor

FREO Group

Club Partner UK


Club Partners Italy

REAG Real Estate Advisory GroupMF Real Estate Advisory

Program Sponsor


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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."

CMS Hasche Sigle

With the largest commercial real estate team in Europe and one of the biggest worldwide, CMS is well positioned to help investors, funders, developers, landlords and occupiers navigate all aspects of the real estate market and maximise their assets. Whatever the size and scope of your project or deal, with almost 800 real estate lawyers in 42 countries we have the resources to meet your needs quickly and efficiently, offering expert advice. We have been active in real estate in our markets for decades, so we understand the culture, the economic context, the local legal context and the history.
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.


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.

REAG Real Estate Advisory Group

REAG Real Estate Advisory Group, a division of Duff and Phelps, provides real estate advisory services tailored to meet the requirements of specific jurisdictions and aims to develop and increase the value of individual assets or properties. Headquartered in Italy, REAG has a network of over 750 professionals across Europe. 

Duff & Phelps is the premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor with expertise in complex valuation, dispute and legal management consulting, M&A, restructuring, governance and regulatory consulting.

MF Real Estate Advisory

MF Real Estate Advisory, together with its sister company MF Law & Tax Firm, is a “boutique” real estate company that provides its Clients with highly specialized advisory services for the sourcing, management and disposal of real estate portfolios in Italy.

MF’s aim is to achieve the objectives set forth by the Client by designing investment strategies, improving and maximizing value and, overall, making the investment successful until the disposal of the underlying assets.

Together with the asset management and legal team, MF responds to all the requirements relating to the origination of opportunities and the subsequent management of the portfolio, thus meeting all the needs of the current market.

MFRE is the result of synergies of multiple professionals combining different areas of expertise in investment, financing, property, facility and asset management in addition to the legal advisory field.

Over the years, MF has been entrusted with the management and/or advisory of portfolios (consisting of shopping centres, retail parks, factory outlets, logistics, offices, residential buildings) estimated in a value of over 800 million Euros.


Savills is one of the UK’s leading multi-sector global property advisors with an international network of more than 30,000 professionals and 700 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. By offering the full spectrum of specialist advisory, management and transactional services both locally and globally, we are perfectly-placed to help our clients achieve their real estate needs with direct access to local markets on an international scale.

Aztec Group

First Title Insurance Plc.

First Title Insurance plc is a UK regulated insurer, authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority, which commands excellent* financial security ratings from all of the major agencies and is authorised and regulated to issue policies in England & Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and many other European countries.
Ropes & Gray International LLP


MIPIM gathers the most influential international property players from all sectors for 4 days of networking, learning and transaction.


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Preqin has the most comprehensive and extensive information available on the private equity and venture capital, hedge fund, real estate, infrastructure, private debt and natural resources industries, encompassing funds and fundraising, performance, fund managers, institutional investors, deals and fund terms. Leading alternative assets professionals from around the world rely on Preqin’s services daily, and its data and statistics are regularly quoted by the financial press.

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