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Real Estate Investors’ Conference

Receive unique insight into this sector through our capacity as a global professional body operating in the real estate sphere.

Innovation, opportunity and uncertainty

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Wed 6 Jun 2018
08:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Pinsent Masons, 30 Crown Place, London, EC2A 4ES
5.5 hours formal CPD
£260 + VAT


RICS Real Estate Investors’ Conference, hosted in partnership with Pinsent Masons, will again bring together the UK’s largest institutional investors to discuss investment priorities, emerging asset classes and pressing risks in the real estate sector.

The inaugural event in 2017 brought together speakers and delegates from the world’s largest REITs, hedge funds, private equity funds and rating agencies. Building on this success, 2018’s event will be a full day conference, with discussion focused on foreign and domestic capital flows, the future of Public-Private Partnerships and the rise of FinTech disruptors.

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Build your surveying network

You’ve told us that networking is an important part of your conference experience. So, we’ve set aside times in the day to give you a chance to network with like-minded professionals, including your peers and our expert panel of speakers. One of these is a two-course hot lunch while you connect with colleagues old and new.

In partnership with

  • Pinsent Masons


Highlights of the conference include:

  • Innovative asset management strategies 
    As investor focus shifts from capital growth to income, how can asset owners work with occupiers to maximise returns? A combination of multiple factors, including the rise of alternative assets, the shift towards shorter-term commercial leases and a changeable retail environment is necessitating innovative and versatile asset management strategies. This session will consider how closer and more collaborative relationships between owner and occupier are driving long-term returns in the face of challenging market conditions.
  • Afternoon keynote address: What now for Public Private Partnerships? Although recent events have cast further public doubt over the viability of Public-Private Partnerships, the UK’s infrastructure needs cannot be funded by public money alone. Well executed public-private collaborations benefit taxpayers and generate handsome returns for investors. As PPP models are adopted across the world, often with the advice and assistance of UK consultants, how can the domestic narrative be better managed?
  • Panel discussion: Managing disruption – Real estate investment in the fourth industrial age
    Venture funding in UK FinTech start-ups totalled nearly £2bn in 2017. This represents growth of 150% on 2016’s numbers, against a global backdrop of declining FinTech investments. With the UK sector clearly booming, this session will ask: how much of a threat do the disruptors pose to traditional REITs? Many other sectors can attest to tech’s ability to quickly and entirely reshape the professional landscape. As the value of assets under the management of disruptors continues to grow, how can investors respond to the challenge?
  • Panel discussion: Analysing inward and domestic capital flows
    With interest rates on the increase, and the future of quantitative easing uncertain, government bonds are increasingly attractive to investors. As such, the real estate market needs to respond accordingly. Considering existing investment flows from the EU, US and Far East, the session will address the challenge of boosting investment levels in UK real estate in the face of a problematic Brexit.
  • Introducing RICS Insight Paper: The Future of Valuations
    Exploring the relevance of real estate valuations for institutional investors and banks, and collating the views of experts from across Europe, this landmark RICS Insight Paper was released in November 2017. Considering the impact of emerging technology and shifting client expectations, it makes six recommendations with the potential to fundamentally alter the relationship between valuation professionals and their clients.


Industry leading speakers include:

  • Marcus Sperber, Managing Director, BlackRock
  • Howard Meaney, Managing Director and Head of Global Real Estate – UK, UBS
  • Peter Matthews, Managing Director, Link Asset Management
  • Clare Dawson, Chief Executive, Loan Market Association
  • Faisal Butt, Founder and Chairman, Pi Labs
  • Johnathan Ransom, Chief Operating Officer, LendInvest
  • Joanna Turner, Head of Property Research, Canada Life Investments
  • Phil Clark, European Head of Property Investment, Kames Capital
  • Thilo Schneider, Legal Director, Pinsent Masons
  • Jonathan Bull-Diamond, Senior Director – Investment Partnerships Team, GVA
  • Richard Shepherd-Cross, Managing Director, Custodian Capital and Fund Manager, Custodian REIT
  • Stephanie McMahon, Head of Research, BNP Paribas Real Estate
  • Peter Cosmetatos, Chief Executive, Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Europe
  • Sue Forster, Chief Executive, Investment Property Forum
  • James Crookes, Partner, Head of Global Real Estate Sector and Head of Property Group, Pinsent Masons
  • Alexander Aronsohn, Director of Technical Standards, RICS


  • RICS professional £260 + VAT
  • Non-RICS professional £351 + VAT
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£260 + VAT