Leveraging the Recovery
By engaging the minds of some of Europe’s most innovative, proactive and visionary real estate executives, the Bloomberg Intelligence and EPRA 2022 Real Estate Summit will confront the extraordinary challenges geopolitics and the pandemic legacy present for European commercial real estate.
Are the economic impacts an opportunity or threat for REITs as they emerge from Covid-19 restrictions?
How can they rework portfolios quickly to leverage the opportunities? What role does sustainable finance play and how much leverage is optimal?
Delegates will join debates on these issues to help inform investment decisions amid a dynamic networking environment at Bloomberg’s spectacular London HQ.
Registration and Breakfast
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dominique Moerenhout, CEO, EPRA
KEYNOTE: The Toxic Mix of Inflation and Geopolitics
Roger Bootle, Chair, Capital Economics
PANEL: How Can REITs Navigate Macro Risks?
Roger Bootle, Chair, Capital Economics
Evert Jan van Garderen, CEO, Eurocommercial Properties
Margaret Sweeney, CEO, Irish Residential Properties
Giacomo Balzarini, CEO, PSP Swiss Properties
Jack Sidders, Bloomberg News (Moderator)
Tea & Coffee Break
PANEL: How Should REIT Leverage be Measured?
Els Vervaecke, CFO, Montea
Nick Sanderson, CFO, GPE
Simon Robson Brown, Managing Director, Morgan Stanley
Jesse Freitag-Akselrod, Managing Director, Green Street (Moderator)
PANEL: Is Sustainability-Linked Finance a Level Playing Field?
Nicolas Dutreuil, CFO, Gecina
Timon Drakesmith, CFO, The Carbon Trust
Jana Sehnalova, Managing Director, Conduit Asset Management
Hassan Sabir, Finance & ESG Director, EPRA (Moderator)
Tea & Coffee Break
PANEL: How Can REITs Capitalize on the New Normal?
Olivier Elamine, CEO, alstria REIT
James Seppala, Head of Real Estate Europe, Blackstone
Matthew Norris, Director of Real Estate Securities, Gravis Capital
Sue Munden, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence (Moderator)
Sue Munden, Senior Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
Followed by networking reception with drinks & canapes
Dominique Moerenhout is the CEO of EPRA (European Public Real Estate Association), the voice of the publicly traded European real estate sector. He joined EPRA in 2017, moving from BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management where he held the CEO position for Luxembourg and Belgium. After working in a private bank followed by five years as a management consultant on large financial sector projects for KPMG Consulting, he joined Fortis Real Estate in 2004, where he was COO for international investment and fund management activities in Luxembourg, Belgium and Spain until 2011, before moving with the company to the UK. Moerenhout is a native French and Dutch speaker and fluent in English. He holds a Master in Business Administration from ICHEC Brussels and a European Master in Financial Analysis (CFA) from the Belgian Association of Financial Analysts.
Roger Bootle is one of the City of London’s best-known economists. He is Chairman of Capital Economics, which he founded in 1999, and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. From 1998 to 2017 Roger was a Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Treasury Committee. He was formerly Group Chief Economist of HSBC and, under the previous Conservative government, he was appointed one of the Chancellor’s panel of Independent Economic Advisers, the so-called ‘Wise Men’. In 2012, Roger and a team from Capital Economics won the Wolfson Prize, the second biggest prize in Economics after the Nobel.
Roger Bootle studied at Oxford University and then became a Lecturer in Economics at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Most of his subsequent career has been spent in the City of London.
Evert Jan van Garderen
Evert Jan van Garderen joined Eurocommercial in 1994 after experience in a major law firm and an international investment group. He held the position of Finance Director from 1994 until he was appointed Chief Executive in November 2020. Mr van Garderen, a graduate of Erasmus University Rotterdam, is both a Chartered Accountant and a qualified lawyer
Margaret Sweeney is the Chief Executive Officer and Board Director of Irish Residential Properties REIT Plc (IRES), the leading provider of private residential rental accommodation in Ireland, with assets under management of ca. €1.5bn. Margaret is currently a non-executive director of Dalata Hotel Group Plc and is Chair of the board of Irish Institutional Property (IIP). Margaret is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland and a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors. She is the Chair of the Industry Advisory Board and Adjunct Professor at Dublin City University (DCU) Business School. Margaret has served as a board member to a number of regulated entities and listed companies, including Aer Rianta International Plc, Flughafen Düsseldorf GmbH, Birmingham International Airport and Hamburg Airport. She also served as President of the Dublin Chamber of Commerce and was a member of the Governing Body of DCU for fifteen years. She previously held the position of Chief Executive Officer of daa Plc (Dublin Airport Authority) and Postbank Ireland Ltd. She is also a former Director of Audit and Advisory Services at KPMG, a firm she worked with for 15 years. Margaret has a wide range of personal and professional interests, particularly relating to sustainability and the development of women leaders.
Giacomo Balzarini, 1968, CH and IT, Wollerau, lic. oec. publ., MBA, Chief Executive Officer/ Chief Financial Officer of PSP Swiss Property (in this position as of 1 April 2017; prior since 1 April 2007 Chief Financial Officer) and Chairman of the Board of Directors of all PSP Swiss Property Ltd subsidiaries. Mr. Balzarini completed his studies in economics at the University of Zurich in 1996. In 2002 he obtained an MBA from the University of Chicago (Ill., USA). From mid-1993 to 1996 Mr. Balzarini worked for Union Bank of Switzerland in Zurich in the areas of corporate account management and business development. From 1997 until 2006 he worked at Swiss Reinsurance Company in risk and project management, strategic development and asset management; his last position at Swiss Reinsurance Company was Managing Director, responsible for building up the company’s indirect international real estate portfolio. Mr. Balzarini has worked for PSP Swiss Property since 1 December 2006. In addition to his mandates at the subsidiaries of PSP Swiss Property Ltd, Mr. Balzarini did perform, as at 31 December 2021, the following activities or functions which are subject to disclosure in accordance with the DCG: Member of the Board of Trustees of Ernst Göhner Foundation, Zug, Switzerland, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Seewarte Holding Ltd, Zug, Switzerland – which is entirely controlled by Ernst Göhner Foundation – and of its subsidiaries Seewarte Ltd, Zurich, Switzerland, Seewarte Agrar Ltd, Zug, Switzerland and Seewarte Romandie Ltd, Lausanne, Switzerland.
Els Vervaecke holds a Master’s Degree in Business Engineering. She started her career at EY in October 2006 where she got to work on a wider variety of clients in terms of size and industry. In 2010 she joined Pylos, a Belgian real estate developer active in Benelux, France and Brazil, as Finance Manager of the group. 4 years later she was promoted CFO Pylos Benelux. She has been the Chief Financial Officer of Montea since 2016. Under her management Montea continued to work on strengtheningits financial structure.
Nick is Chief Financial & Operating Officer at GPE plc, which he joined in 2011. He was formerly Partner, Head of Real Estate Corporate Finance Advisory at Deloitte. This followed a decade’s real estate investment banking experience in the UK and Asia with Nomura, Lehman Brothers and UBS Investment Bank, having previously qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Andersen. Nick is a member the Reporting & Accounting Committee of EPRA and Trustee of the Outward Bound Trust.
Simon Robson Brown
Simon Robson Brown joined Morgan Stanley in 2022 and has 22 years of investment experience. He is the Head of European Listed Real Estate within Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) and portfolio manager for European listed real estate strategies. Prior to joining MSIM, Mr. Robson Brown was a Principal and Portfolio Manager for European Listed Real Estate at CBRE Investment Management and predecessor firms. Previously, Mr. Robson Brown worked in various real estate research and analyst positions at UBS and Citigroup. Mr. Robson Brown has a Bachelor of Arts Hons from St John’s College, Cambridge, is active in the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is based in London.
Jesse leads Green Street’s European Advisory team. He began working with Green Street in 2011 and has more than 20 years of diverse financial and investment experience, including working in mergers & acquisitions with Morgan Stanley, corporate finance with MGM Mirage and equity research with Bear Stearns. Since 2005, Jesse has been active in the European listed real estate market, working initially as a buyside investor for Heitman and Cohen & Steers, before taking on his current assignment with Green Street’s Advisory & Consulting team in London. Jesse holds a B.S. in Business Administration from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.
A Dauphine and Sorbonne graduate, with a postgraduate DESS in banking and finance, as well as a postgraduate DESCF in accounting and finance, Nicolas Dutreuil began his career at KPMG Audit, before moving to the Investment Banking Department at Calyon, where he stayed from 1999 to 2006. From 2006 to 2009, he was Head of Operations and Finance for Dolmea Real Estate, then Head of Investment Banking at Crédit Suisse. From 2009 to 2013, Nicolas Dutreuil was Deputy Finance Director at Icade, where his responsibilities included mergers-acquisitions, financing, cash management and investor relations. Nicolas Dutreuil joined Gecina in September 2013 as Chief Financial Officer before becoming Deputy CEO in charge of Finance in march 2019. He was awarded the Pierre d’Or 2020 in the “Financial Engineering” category.
Timon Drakesmith brings over thirty years of experience gained from board and senior executive finance positions in the real estate, retail, financial services and industrial sectors. Timon began his career with PwC before moving into banking with Barclays and Credit Suisse. He subsequently worked in the property sector where he was Chief Financial Officer of Great Portland Estates and Hammerson. Timon has served on the board of three large, listed companies and brings considerable international experience, having worked in companies with activities in the US, Asia, Africa, the Gulf region and Europe. He is Audit Committee Chair of the Merchants Trust, an equity income investment company.
Jana Sehnalova is Managing Director of Conduit Securities and Tovana Investment Advisors, focused on developing global real estate securities investment solutions since 2021. Prior to that Jana was the CEO and Board Member of La Francaise Forum Securities for 6 years. She acted as Global Portfolio Manager and was based in Singapore, managing her global team and a range of innovative real estate strategies. Jana was awarded Best Sustainable Real Estate Fund Manager prize in 2018. In the past, Jana covered European, Australasian and emerging market real estate companies. Before joining Forum Securities, she worked as a Portfolio Manager and an International Analyst in the Global Real Estate Securities team at Citi Property Investors and prior to that at European Investors Inc. She holds an LLM in law (summa cum laude), from Charles University’s Faculty of Law in Prague, Czech Republic and an MBA from the University of Economics in Prague. She participated in the MBA Exchange Program at the University of North Carolina / Kenan Flagler Business School in the US and in the Erasmus Program at the University of Law in Hamburg in Germany. Jana speaks seven languages, she is the Member of the Young Leaders Circle of the Milken Institute and Global Property Index Committee.
Olivier Elamine is one of the founding members of alstria office REIT-AG and became CEO of the Company in November 2006. Prior to the founding of alstria, he was a founding Partner of NATIXIS Capital Partners Ltd. (NCP; formerly IXIS Capital Partners) from 2003 to 2006. He participated in more than €6bn of pan-European real estate transactions and led all the acquisition which form today alstria’s portfolio. In 2003, Olivier Elamine joined the Real Estate Investment Banking team at CDC IXIS as a Director and was one of the founding members of NATIXIS Capital Partners Ltd. In 1998 Olivier Elamine joined Ernst & Young as a consultant in the real estate industry and from 2000 to 2003 he headed the Sales & Leaseback advisory team.
James Seppala is the Head of Real Estate Europe, based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2011, Mr. Seppala has been involved in a number of Blackstone’s investments across Europe, including Logicor, OfficeFirst, Sponda, and Mileway. Prior to joining Blackstone, Mr. Seppala was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs & Co, where he spent 10 years focused on equity and debt investment opportunities in Europe and the United States on behalf of Goldman Sachs’s real estate private equity group. Mr. Seppala graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 2001. Mr. Seppala currently serves as Chairman of Sponda, is on the board of The Office Group and Kereby, and chairs the European Advisory Board of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at the Wharton School.
Matthew Norris CFA
Matthew has over two decades investment management experience and specialises in real estate securities. He is the Investment Adviser to the VT Gravis UK Listed Property Fund which invests in a diversified portfolio of specialist real estate companies with exposure to four socio-economic mega trends: ageing population, digitalisation, generation rent, and urbanisation. He is also the Investment Adviser to the VT Gravis Digital Infrastructure Income Fund which invests in a globally diversified portfolio of best-in-class real estate and infrastructure companies that are likely to benefit from the digitalisation of economies. These ‘next generation’ REITs own assets within four specialist sub-sectors: data centres, fibre optic networks, logistics warehouses, and mobile communication towers.
He was previously at Grosvenor with responsibility for investing in global real estate securities. He joined Grosvenor from Fulcrum Asset Management and Buttonwood Capital Partners where he ran international equity strategies. Matthew graduated from the University of York with a degree in Economics & Politics. He is a CFA charter holder and has been awarded the Investment Management Certificate.
Sue Munden, with 30+ years in investment, leads Bloomberg Intelligence’s European real estate equity franchise. A CFA charterholder, she held Director positions at Seymour Pierce, Cantor Fitzgerald, and Panmure Gordon, covering real estate and financial equities in Asia and the U.K.
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