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Real Asset Media is the publishing arm of Investment Briefings, the leading pan-European event provider, creating forums in the major centres of Europe to link local market investment expertise with pools of capital in the UK, Germany, France, Holland, Scandinavia and beyond into the US, North America, M/E and Asia. Investment Briefings also runs a series of events at the main exhibitions and trade fairs including MIPIM. MAPIC, Transport Logistics, Business Arena, Provada as well as a dedicated stand, The International Investors Lounge, at EXPO Real.
Real Asset Media launched a series of new publications designed to meet the needs of the current market. With a focus on sharing thought leadership, and creating personalized news and data resources, Real Asset Media launched a daily newsletter, The Real Asset Day, a special focus bi-monthly publication, Real Asset Insight, distributed at the major events including MIPIM and EXPO Real, as well as Living Retail focused on the retail, F&B and leisure industry. With 16,000 registered readers, listeners & viewers, and attendees, Real Asset Media and Investment Briefings is the chosen resource for leading cross-border decision-makers.
Arnout Scholten is a partner in our Real Estate & Construction Practice Group and co-heads the global CMS Real Estate & Construction Practice Area Group. He specialises in real estate transactions, project development and lease law.
Arnout advises on major refurbishments, area (re)developments and (turnkey) sale and purchase contracts, including the notarial aspects.
Ben Bannatyne is president of Prologis Europe and chairman of the company’s European Management Executive Committee. He is responsible for Europe’s leading logistics real estate platform, which comprises 19 million square meters across 12 countries, as of 31 December 2021.
Previously, Ben has served as the company’s managing director and regional head for Central & Eastern Europe – a role which he held for more than seven years and with overall responsibility for the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia.
Ben joined Prologis in 2008 from JLL where he was managing director for Central Europe. An accomplished leader, Ben has significant real estate knowledge and expertise, with over 27 years’ of experience.
Ben graduated from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland, with a degree in land economy (BLE). He is also a UK trained chartered surveyor (MRICS).
Benjamin joined CMS Francis Lefebvre Avocats on January 2018.
Benjamin has extensive experience in the work with clients on complex real estate transactions. He advises on a broad range of aspects related to it, including acquisition and disposal of real estate assets or companies, of French or pan-European portfolios, the structuring of projects with the creation of regulated and non-regulated investment vehicles and funds such as OPCIs and the acquisitions or disposals.
Benjamin’s work also covers property development transactions, commercial leases and real estate financing.
Benjamin’s client base extends private and public sectors and includes domestic and international investors, asset managers and property companies which he assists on national and cross-border real estate projects.
Brian Welsh became Head of Student at Round Hill Capital in 2021, having joined as Chief Executive of The Nido Collection, the Group’s UK, Ireland and Continental European student accommodation investment and operational platform and brand in October 2017.
Brian leads the continuing expansion of Round Hill’s student accommodation business as well as exploring the extension of the brand and operational platform into alternative asset classes. Welsh will be responsible for spearheading Round Hill’s investment, development and operational strategy across the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe and developing the Group’s wider international ambitions. Round Hill has funding already in place to help to support the delivery of its identified pipeline of over 5,000 beds across the UK and Ireland, Portugal, the Netherlands and Spain and the Group is in advanced discussions to deliver on its objective to grow its student accommodation portfolio to at least 20,000 beds by 2020 in these markets.
Brian has over 14 years’ experience of the student accommodation and PRS markets across the UK and Europe, where he has been responsible for the development and management of over 20,000 beds. He joined Round Hill from The Student Housing Company Ltd and its development arm ThreeSixtyDevelopments (formerly Knightsbridge Student Housing Ltd), one of the UK’s fastest-growing Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) companies. As Chief Operating Officer at The Student Housing Company Ltd from January 2011, Welsh was responsible for strategy and leadership of a team which purchased, operated, developed, refurbished, financed and disposed of a total of over 14,000 beds across Spain, the UK and Ireland. Prior to this, from 2005 Welsh was at Liberty Living plc, latterly as Head of Operational Management where he worked with the CEO to integrate a number of previously separate organisations into what became one of the most respected private providers of PBSA.
Christiane Conrads heads the German Real Estate Desk at PwC Legal London since 1 January 2018 and is a member of the Real Estate Law Practice Group.
She has experience in all aspects of commercial real estate, with partic- ular emphasis on developments and investment work. Christiane advises national and international corporations, investors and banks on real es- tate law, including in particular acquisitions and disposals. She also ad- vises real property owners and occupiers on various matters of asset and facility management.
In addition, Christiane is an expert in sustainability in the built environ- ment. She focuses on innovations and developing suites of documenta- tion as well as best practice in this dynamic area, including the creation of award winning green building management concepts and a German Green Lease Model.
Before joining PwC Christiane Conrads worked in real estate teams of leading international and national law firms.
Clare Thomas is a partner in CMS’s Real Estate group. She has experience acting for property companies, funds, institutions and international investors on acquisitions, disposals, lettings and developments. Her transactional expertise spans a range of sectors including office, hotel, retail and mixed use. Significant transactions include acting on the acquisition by a Chinese investor of We Work’s European HQ in the City for £271 million and acquiring the Kensington Forum, one of London’s largest hotels for a U.K. private equity company. She also recently led one of the largest office acquisitions to take place in Canary Wharf since 2014.
She regularly speaks at industry events and leads the publication of CMS’s annual real estate thought leadership, with the most recent looking at the future of urban living across 6 key European Cities. She has been named as one of Bisnow’s 51 most influential women in real estate and appeared in The Lawyers Hot 100 List 2019.
Daniel joined Cain International in 2017 and leads the firm’s investment origination and execution activities across Continental Europe.
Daniel has over 20 years of real estate experience across Continental Europe. Prior to joining Cain International, Daniel was a managing director at Tristan Capital Partners for seven years, where he sourced and closed over €2.5 billion of transactions. Before that, Daniel spent five years with MGPA, where he was head of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), specialising in regional acquisitions, which amounted to over €1.5 billion over the five-year period. Priot to MGPA, Daniel worked at Heitman for three years where his role included managing acquisitions for a pan-European logistics fund.
In February 2010, Daniel was awarded Professional of the Year at the CEE Retail Awards. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Arthur Anderson and holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from the University of Leeds.
Stefan Voß specialises in real estate law with a focus on property transactions. He advises portfolio holders on an ongoing basis on all aspects of real estate, landlord and tenant law. His clients also include national and international investors that are buying and selling (operator) properties in the health and care industries, often via sale and leaseback transactions. Furthermore, Stefan handles the property law aspects of renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms.
He joined CMS in 2001, spent six months on secondment with the property fund manager Cordea Savills in London and in 2009, became a partner of our firm. Alongside his legal practice, Stefan also lectures at Württembergische Verwaltungs- und Wirtschafts-Akademie, an institute for further professional education, and has published numerous articles on real estate law.
Prior to founding StoneVest, he was CEO of Frasers Property Europe from 2013 to 2019, where he initially acquired the business of Geneba Properties NV and then launched the industrial real estate portfolio from scratch, building to a total volume of around €1.6 billion assets under management.
Between 2001 and 2012, Wulf Meinel was Managing Director and partner of The Carlyle Group, where he was responsible for the German real estate business. He previously held leading roles at LaSalle Investment Management and various German mortgage banks.
He studied law and political science at Bonn and Freiburg universities and holds a PhD in European law.
My strengths lay in coaching and development, helping drive teams to embed a growth culture while delivering on revenue targets & achieving ambitious YoY Growth.
Francesca Brady is CEO at AirRated, which provides certification for indoor air quality to evaluate the health of indoor environments. Francesca can talk about healthy buildings, the importance of, and best practices around, air quality, and what role technology can play in improving wellbeing in the built environment.
Francesca holds a Masters degree in Environmental Geoscience from Royal Holloway, University of London, one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities. During her degree, Francesca became passionate about the topic of indoor air quality (IAQ) which has largely been ignored:
“So much emphasis is dedicated to outdoor air quality, yet we have overlooked the spaces where we work and live and spend 90% of our lives.”
Subsequently, in 2019, Francesca joined AirRated to further channel her knowledge and generate awareness of the effects of IAQ on the health, well-being, and productivity of people. As Head of Environmental Research, she contributed to the development of the AirScore – a tangible and quantifiable building certification which aims to set the global benchmark for indoor air quality by communicating the health of indoor environments. The goal of the AirScore being to educate and advise people about healthy buildings and promote best practices.
Within her first 12 months at AirRated, Francesca was fast-tracked to the position of CEO and is continuously keen to educate others on the importance and value of good indoor air quality across the built environment. She is a frequent speaker at events at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, local schools and is currently an active member of the IWBI’s Taskforce for COVID-19.
“In the near future, I hope to see legislation come into effect to ensure that healthy indoor environments are mandatory and not just ‘nice to have’.”
Frédéric is President and Managing Partner of Mozaïc AM and has over 15 years experience in the healthcare sector.
On behalf of its clients/investors, Mozaïc has acquired and is managing over 250M€ of healthcare real estate in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
Frédéric is the co-founder of Residial – Perial’s first regulated investment vehicle in France dedicated to nursing homes and nurseries, which was created as a joint venture between Mozaïc and Perial Asset Management.
Prior to this, Frédéric was the President of Senior Santé, an owner and operator of nursing homes in France. During his tenure, he was responsible for operations developing the group’s operating model and processes. During that period it funded, developed, built, delivered and sold 11 nursing homes (circa 50,000 m2).
Prior to Senior Santé/B-Patrimoine, Frédéric held various positions within HSBC (London) and Lazard (New York and London).
Frédéric graduated from ESSEC Business School in Paris and speaks French, English, Spanish, Italian and Arabic.
Herman joined the company in 2017 and is responsible for all research related activities supporting strategic investment and project decisions. Prior to joining, Herman worked for 16 years at Multi Corporation.
MARK, formerly Meyer Bergman, has unrivaled experience in delivering world-class urban solutions. Ability, know how and a true understanding of people’s work-life relationship are all key to our success. With our team of specialists, we nurture these qualities in every investment, from inception to divestment. Using our extensive network we diligently scour and source off-market opportunities. From city centre shops, offices and apartments to corporate opportunities. While every urban space is different we consistently create visionary solutions through three defined aspects; design concepts, active asset management and investment acumen. This is how we continue to grow our portfolio and galvanise our reputation as the leading name in urban investment and management.
Target transactions types:
- Core assets whose performance might be improved through skilled and focused active asset management
- Corporate entities
- Portfolios of attractive assets
- Investment targets in need of financial restructuring
- Joint Venture opportunities with developers, retailers and other investors
- Opportunities to acquire REIT entities in various European geographies
Kevin is a Director in the Savills Research team where he heads up research capability into industrial and logistics markets. Kevin co-ordinates market data collection across the UK and is author of the periodical Big Shed Briefing reports.
He specialises in topic and trend based research by applying “real life” issues to logistics and industrial property. Key examples being a landmark study into the real estate implications of the growing waste management and recycling industry and the landmark Warehouse of the Future Report.
Kevin regularly presents at industry events and has appeared at The Estates Gazette European Distribution Summit, the Retail Week Supply Chain Summit, Warehousing Futures and other events for the IPF, IPD and the CPD Foundation
Kevin is a member of Industrial Agents Society, CILT, IPF and Past Chair of the Society of Property Researchers.
Co-founder of Spaceflow, a company changing the way how people connect with spaces and buildings around them – making amenities, smart building features and community life available right in the palm of your hand.
We are growing rapidly to enhance tenants experience globally.
Graduated from the University of Economics in Prague. Passionate about PropTech, mindfulness and sustainability.
Marcus is Head of European Operational Capital Markets at Savills. He joined Savills in 2007 as Head of the Student Investment Team – a team of 6 fee earners whose main focus is on the student investment and education sector.
During the last 10 years Marcus has acted for a number of different developers and operators in the acquisition of sites and buildings across the UK and Europe. Marcus has acquired or sold in excess of 20,000 bed spaces. Along with members of the team, Marcus is also involved with a number of universities /colleges advising them on wider accommodation reviews and strategies.
Michelle Buxton, is founder and CEO of proptech trailblazer Toolbox Group – the creators of award-winning real estate community engagement and management technology Mallcomm. With more than 20 years’ expertise in engaging real estate users in the changing ways they live, work, shop and play, Michelle is a leading expert, innovator and influencer in the proptech arena.
She spent her early career in retail real estate in South Africa, voted Cape Times Business Person of the Year, before setting up her innovation agency in the UK in 2000. Since then she has been providing visionary strategic insight and advice, innovative marketing services and leading technology solutions to real estate across Europe, and now the USA. The company is working in 22 countries with over 360 retail, office and mixed-use locations including Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield, Savills, British Land, King’s Cross, Brookfield Properties and many more.
Nils Hübener is Chief Investment Officer and a member of the Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group. In this position, he has direct responsibility for all deal sourcing processes and structuring as well as the implementation of the group’s acquisitions and disposals. He is also responsible for the departments of Investment, Equity Raising, Marketing, Research and Client Relations. Nils Hübener was born in Berlin and has a Dipl.-Ing. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the TU Berlin and a master’s degree in European Property Development and Planning from the University College London.
He has over 20 years of experience working in the real estate industry and profound expertise, particularly in the areas of real estate investments and asset management. He started his career as Acquisitions Manager International Investments at Bavaria Objekt- & Baubetreuung in Berlin. This was followed by positions as Head of Branch at IBI Real Estate in Paris and London, Vice President International Acquisitions and subsequently Head of Transactions Western & Southern Europe at DB Real Estate Investment and as Head of Real Estate Management Europe and Head of Real Estate Investments at SEB Asset Management in Frankfurt/Main (since 2015 Savills IM). Most recently, he held the position as Global Chief Investment Officer at BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management, being responsible for transaction and asset management. In April 2020, he was appointed to the Management Board of CORESTATE Capital Group.
Dr. Thomas Beyerle is in central responsibility as Group Head of Research in the internationally operating Catella Group and will substantially expand the independent market research. In this capacity he will also function as Managing Director.
His function particular involves all research activities according to transactions, investment planning, fundraising and all research publication within the Catella Group. His role will include the Group companies Catella AB, Catella Corporate Finance AB, Catella Real Estate AG Kapitalanlagegesellschaft, Catella Property GmbH and he will be Managing Director of Catella Property Valuation GmbH Chartered Surveyors.
Thomas Beyerle, Phd and graduated geographer, studied geography and business management at the universities of Stuttgart and Mannheim. From 1995 to 1999 he was Head of Division at Stuttgart-based Dr. Lübke Immobilien GmbH, a subsidiary of Dresdner Bank. From 1999 until 2002, when Dresdner Bank was taken over by Allianz he was director and head of the Research & Consulting division of Dresdner Bank Real-Estate Group (since 2003 of DEGI, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Immobilienfonds mbH). After the takeover of DEGI by Aberdeen Property Investors plc. in 2008 he was appointed Head of Global Research for the Aberdeen Group. Dr. Beyerle most recently worked with IVG Immobilien AG as Managing Director and was responsible for the sustainability activities and research.
Dr. Beyerle has been temporary lecturer of various real-estate colleges and training institutes for more than 10 years. He runs the working group “market analysis and demand research" for gif. e.V. Gesellschaft für immobilienwirtschaftliche Forschung. Furthermore, he is speaker at renowned real-estate congresses and author of numerous articles and textbooks.
Rainer Nonnengässer (born 1963) is CEO at International Campus Group since January 2019.
International Campus (IC) is a developer, investor and operator of innovative Student Housing and Co-living environments. Under its brand THE FIZZ, the company offers a home, innovative services and the opportunity to experience a vibrant community. The portfolio of the group of companies currently comprises around 12,000 residential units in Germany, the Netherlands, Austria, Czechia, Hungary and Poland.
Until 2018 Nonnengaesser was CEO Micro-Living at MPC (Staytoo). He has more than 20 years experience in the real estate industry. After working at the investment company Union Investment, the trained banker held various management positions and board positions within the AXA Group since 1998. From 2010 to 2013 Mr. Nonnengässer was CEO of YOUNIQ AG (one of the market leaders for student housing). He has directed all project development, asset management, sale & purchase activities and was in charge of ongoing improvement of operational processes and operational management of student accommodation sites. Mr. Nonnengässer was responsible for investor relations and institutional clients. Experience of development of 1,870 student apartments on 9 sites; approx. 3,000 units under management.
Robert Dobrzycki set up Panattoni Europe’s headquarters for the CEE region in Poland in 2005. Being a Chief Executive Officer Europe, he has responsibility for the operations in Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Germany. For 11 years under Mr.Dobrzycki’s management PE achieved the position of market leader in Poland and a high brand recognition in Central Europe. Effectively managed, currently, the company has developed over 4 million sqm of warehouse and industrial space. Since 2007 PE was the most active developer on the Polish market year by year, currently initiating 90% of new developments and keeping vacancy rate of the portfolio under management at average 2% – much below the market levels.
Awarded CEEQA “Industry Professional of the Year and CEEQA “Industrial Developer of the Year” and was named “Industrial developer of the decade 2000-2010” for Poland at the Eurobuild Awards 2010.
Up till now Panattoni Europe won more than 60 prizes in many real state contests. After 11 years of intensive work becomes a market leader developer ever.
Following in the footsteps of success in Poland, Czech Republic and Germany, he has decided to expand into other European markets. The developer has opened another office – in Bucharest, Romania and will focus on developing build-to-suit investments but also plans to create its own multi-tenant logistics centre near Bucharest
Since 2012 Van Bloois has been a visiting lecturer at the Amsterdam School of Real Estate on the subjects of (health care) property finance/investments, business cases and assetmanagement. In the past few years, as leader of the Health care Division, Van Bloois has written numerous articles, participated as speaker at congresses and been active in the field of strategic (real estate) issues at board room level.
In his role as partner Van Bloois is particularly focused on expanding the activities in healthcare and the investor community. As a result of increased internationalisation not only the established order but also international investors are looking for alternative asset categories to invest in (health care, education, student housing and thematic investments). HEVO plays a valuable connecting role between the public and private sector as a consultant and risk-bearing party.
Sean Culey (SCOR-P, FCILT) is an award-winning keynote speaker on the topic of disruptive technologies and their impact on supply chains, businesses, the economy, and society. He is the author of ‘Transition Point: From Steam to the Singularity’, an in-depth examination of the causes of technological disruption and how the current wave of technological change will completely disrupt our business models, economy and society at large. Sean is also the author of numerous articles published in magazines such as Forbes, The World Financial Review and The European Business Review.
Sean helps companies to strategically design and deliver transformation programs and new customer-centric business models and align their organization to ensure they are executed successfully. He has 25 years of experience including 6 years as CEO of a boutique business consultancy, 10 years at Cadbury Schweppes as the Global Design Authority on what was the world’s largest SAP implementation, and VP of Marketing for a supply chain analytics company.
Sean is also Visiting Fellow at Cranfield University, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (FCILT), and an Advisor for the Association of Supply Chain Management (ASCM). He is also the UK’s only certified SCOR Master Instructor and a futurist for IBM Watson Supply Chain.
Based in London, Simon Mallinson joined Real Capital Analytics in January 2013. Simon has board level responsibility for EMEA and APAC, with a particular passion for the continued development of RCA’s industry-leading client service and capital markets analytics.
Previously, Simon was Senior Director leading European Research at Invesco Real Estate. Prior to Invesco, Simon held a number of roles with IPD (now part of MSCI) in London and the United States. As Head of US Services, based in Chicago, he established IPD’s first North American office.
Simon is a Board Member of US association NCREIF, a member of RICS and is active across a number of other global real estate associations. He holds degrees from both Leeds and Manchester University, UK. Simon has set foot in 48 U.S. states and is looking for an excuse to visit Maine and Alaska.
About Real Capital Analytics Inc.
Real Capital Analytics, Inc. offers the most in-depth, comprehensive and current information of property investment activity. The firm publishes a series of Capital Trend reports and offers an online service that provides real-time deal level transactional information for all markets globally.
Stefan joined Bonard in 2010 and later became Head of Marketing, Communications & PR. His main responsibility is brand awareness, strategic partnerships, lead generation, and content marketing. The company, under his supervision, successfully rebranded to Bonard in February 2019.
Stefan is also a speaker and panellist at various conferences on international education and student housing and is often quoted by industry media. He holds a master’s degree in International Relations and is a strong networker as he speaks English, French and Spanish. He considers himself to be a global citizen, an avid traveller, a news follower and a sports lover. He loves to hang out with his family and friends and supports Chelsea FC.
Stephen Miles is an Executive Director in the CBRE EMEA Capital Markets Team and, since 2019, Head of Operational Real Estate Investment, Continental Europe
Stephen’s previous roles have also included leading the Investment Properties Team, working with the firms biggest clients across the region, Global Capital flows coming into the region, transacting cross border portfolios. equity raising for unlisted vehicles, and he has advised institutions on the creation of unlisted fund portfolios, structuring and capital raising.
Stephen has transacted in over €7 billion of real estate deals across EMEA representing clients in both the acquisition and disposal process.
Tobias Schultheiß FRICS SIOR is managing partner of Blackbird Real Estate GmbH, founded by him in 2011. Tobias qualified from European Business School with a degree in business administration (1997) and as a real estate economist (2001). Since 1997, he was responsible for sales activities on behalf of various national and international investors. He set up the investment department at Eureal and supervised several landmark transactions, which he led to a successful conclusion, at Colliers Schön & Lopez Schmitt GmbH.
With over 23 years of experience in the real estate industry, Tobias Schultheiß has established a network of national and international decision-makers. He has extensive experience in buying and selling advice, valuation, financing and pre-development. His personal track record of successfully closing individual asset and portfolio transactions totals more than € 2.6 billion.
Tobias Schultheiß is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS) and also their regional group leader Rhein / Main (RICS). Since end of March 2017 he chairs the competence group “real estate risk” at gif e.V. – the society for property researchers in Germany and since April 2020 he is member of SIOR – Society of Industrial and Office Realtors. In addition to this, Tobias is best selling author of “100 real estate ratios.” Tobias Schultheiß is married and has two children.
Tom Leahy joined RCA in November 2014. In his role as director of market analysis for the EMEA region Leahy is responsible for the development and expansion of the market analytics service for RCA’s European clients. Prior to joining RCA, Leahy was an associate director and then head of research at UK-based property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton. He started his career as an analyst at research consultancy Property Market Analysis (PMA).
Real Capital Analytics Inc.
Real Capital Analytics, Inc. offers in-depth, comprehensive and current information of property investment activity. The firm publishes a series of Capital Trends reports and offers an online service that provides real-time, deal-level transactional information for all markets globally.
I founded Spaces to Places to solve problems and increase profits for commercial property owners and flexible office operators. We help make sense of research, placemaking, and marketing in the flexible workspace sector, helping clients to find their place in the market, secure leads, and grow revenue.
My career was built on a foundation of passion for commercial spaces and how people engage with them. I’ve spearheaded marketing for the first UK Business Improvement District, managed a retail property portfolio for Landsec, and ran property marketing campaigns across three continents as Marketing Director at JLL.
That experience was only ever going to lead to one place, though, and that’s the founding of Spaces to Places. We’re far more than just a marketing agency or placemaking consultant, we’re a strategic partner you can join forces with to turn your space into a place.
My belief is that places should be built for humans, and that relevance to the needs of the market is more important than anything else. But the way we use commercial spaces is changing rapidly. Keeping up with the rate of change is your way of leading the market.
Spaces to Places is here to help you uncover disruptions in the commercial property market and adapt to them. With us, you can make the right decisions to transform your un-optimised space into a flexible, profitable, relevant, and human-centric place.