05 Dec 2019
DLA Piper offices, 160 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HT
REFI Europe Breakfast Briefing: Outlook 2020
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Join REFI Europe for our December Breakfast Briefing, where we will be discussing the topic of Outlook 2020.

Institutional capital continues to pour into the European market, despite widespread economic, political, and macro concerns.

The question we’re hearing most often right now is if the current demand for commercial real estate will continue into 2020. While we don’t have a crystal ball, our panellists will consider the impact of continued political uncertainty and rising interest rates on the European market – and try to provide their best analysis of what could happen in the coming year.

  • How will the current political and economic environment affect real estate investment in 2020?
  • What will be the sources of capital being committed to European real estate in 2020?
  • Which cities should investors be looking at in 2020?
  • Which asset classes should institutional investors consider and which ones should they shy away from?
  • Solving the residential housing crisis
  • How are real estate companies adapting to new technologies?
  • How is ESG changing real estate investment?

Speaker panel:

Susan Samuel, partner, DLA Piper

Susan Samuel is a lawyer with specific expertise in the Hospitality & Leisure, Consumer and Senior Living sectors. Susan’s clients include investors, developers and funders of real estate, global hotel operators, corporates in relation to their UK and global real estate, consumer and retail businesses and senior living organisations.

Dirk Sosef, VP of research and strategy, Prologis

In Mr. Sosef’s current role his key responsibilities within Prologis are analysing current market conditions and future trends, understanding the factors that drive the (logistics) property performance, and providing research-led strategy and advice to internal and external clients. He also leads and contributes to the development of best-in-class research, demonstrating Prologis’ know-how and market insight. Recent areas of investigation include obsolescence, e-commerce, and the most desirable logistics locations in Europe. Prior to joining Prologis in 2011, he worked at Cushman & Wakefield.

Stefan Kolibar, head of marketing, Bonard 

Stefan joined BONARD in 2010 ans later became Head of Marketing & Partnerships. His main responsiblity is strategic formation & partnerships, brand awareness & visibility, marketing research & lead generation, content & communications. 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.

Kari Pitkin, head of business development – Europe, Allianz Real Estate 

Kari Pitkin is Allianz Real Estate’s Head of Business Development for Europe. She is responsible for driving origination and partner management for more complex cross-border equity deals in Europe. Kari has 20 years of investment banking experience in the EMEA region. She joined Allianz Real Estate from Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she held the position of Head of EMEA Real Estate & Lodging, having joined the firm in 2005.

Dr Dennis Schoenmaker, senior quantitative real estate market analyst, AEW

Dr Dennis Schoenmaker is a senior quantitative real estate market analyst. He joined AEW in 2017 and is an Associate Director in the Research & Strategy team. Dennis works with a wide range of key international clients and business colleagues focussing on the pan-European commercial real estate markets. Prior to taking up this position with AEW, Dennis was a Global Economist at CBRE. Dennis earned a Ph.D. in real estate economics at the University of Groningen.


08:00 Networking & Snacks
08:30 Panel discussion – Outlook 2020
10:00 -11:00 Coffee & Networking

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