State MeetingLondon, April 25th, 2017

State Meeting - GRI Barometer Results

Over 50 State Members gathered to share thoughts on where the best risk adjusted returns for property markets were to be found in the short term, and the most likely outcome of the Brexit imbroglio. Participants included Roger Orf (Partner and Head of RE Europe, Apollo), Ian Gleeson (CIO, CBRE Global Investors), Roman Kogan (MD-Head of Commercial Real Estate Europe, Deutsche Bank), Robert Weinberg (MD, Forum Partners) and Jim Garman (MD, Goldman Sachs).

Advisory Board Members
Aref LahhamAref LahhamFounding Partner & Managing DirectorOrion Capital Managers
Luis Pereda EspesoLuis Pereda EspesoExecutive ChairmanGrupo Lar
Trish BarriganTrish BarriganManaging PartnerBenson Elliot Capital Management
Richard CroftRichard CroftCEOM7 Real Estate
Ronald RawaldRonald RawaldManaging Director, Head of European Real EstateCerberus Capital Management
Aref Lahham
Founding Partner & Managing Director
Orion Capital Managers
United Kingdom
Aref Lahham is Founder and Managing Director of Orion. He is located primarily in Orion’s London office and acts as Orion’s Chief Executive Officer, setting the strategy and leading the Orion Fund’s acquisition team. He has been responsible for over €5.0 billion of property acquisitions throughout Europe. Aref has 30 years of real estate investment and development experience in the US and Europe. He has served on the board of French public quoted company Société Foncière Lyonnaise as well as on the investment committee of a Bulgari sponsored private equity fund called Opera. Mr. Lahham has a BSc in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, a Masters of Engineering in Civil Engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from INSEAD.
Luis Pereda Espeso
Executive Chairman
Grupo Lar
Segment: Developer/Investor
Luis Pereda is Executive Chairman of Grupo Lar, a developer and investor with current activities in seven countries of Europe and Latin America. Grupo Lar is also the manager of Lar España Real Estate, a Spanish REIT that trades on the Madrid stock exchange. Luis graduated from the University of Madrid with a BA in Law and a BS in Econometrics. He holds postgraduate degrees from IESE, MIT and Harvard. He is also a Professor of Management at the Instituto de Empresa in Madrid, Advisor to the Board of Grupo Barceló and Member of the Advisory Board of GED Fund Management.
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.
Richard Croft
M7 Real Estate
United Kingdom
Segment: Asset Manager
Richard Croft is CEO of M7 Real Estate. M7 manages over 1,000 properties with a value of c.€4.8 billion. Richard is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, capital raising and leads the real estate fund management function. He sits on the board and Investment Committees of all of M7’s funds in addition to numerous other M7 JV boards. Prior to M7, Richard was CEO and co-founder of Halverton REIM (latterly GPT Halverton) and before that, International Investment Director of Teesland iOG (now Valad). He has been involved in over 5bn euros of transactions across the UK and Europe during his 25 years of real estate experience.
Ronald Rawald
Managing Director, Head of European Real Estate
Cerberus Capital Management
London | United Kingdom
Segment: Private Equity

About GRI Club

State membership is by invitation and reserved exclusively for investors, lenders and developers. Qualified individuals (Chairman/CEO Level) that believe they could benefit from being part of such a global community are welcome to further details. If you want to find out on how to become a club member get in touch with Kirsty Stevens.

Kirsty Stevens

Kirsty Stevens

Head of Research - Europe

+44 (0)20 7121 5095

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Kirsty Stevens
+44 (0)20 7121 5095
Head of Research - Europe
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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