Autumn Conference – 3 – 5 November

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Join us for a digital conference experience this November.

Plans are underway to ensure we deliver relevant, valuable content and networking opportunities for all.

The conference will be held over three half-days, one of these will be dedicated to YPREF.

Sponsor opportunities and registration will be available over the summer.  

If you’ve any questions please contact us.  Primary contact at this time: Carol

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Enjoy complimentary access to CREFC Europe member benefits

Enjoy complimentary access to member benefits

CREFC Europe is a membership association that provides CRE finance professionals with an opportunity to come together to learn, stay informed and be part of a wider conversation that helps shape our industry’s future. We currently have around 120 corporate members comprising lenders, loan servicers, lawyers and other advisers, real estate investors and CRE debt investors.

Covid-19 has triggered fundamental challenges for the real estate sector in the short term, and probably accelerated significant changes over the longer term. We have taken the opportunity to use our power to convene and to disseminate knowledge, taking part in policy discussions alongside real estate trade associations, and bringing members together to share market insights and inform the policy dialogue.

A collective industry response can be very important during a crisis – and connecting with industry participants is especially important in this particular crisis. Our members have been supporting and benefiting from our efforts to facilitate both collective response and connection in recent weeks. We now want to offer a time-limited free taster of the benefits of membership to non-member firms – and hope those who take it up will be persuaded to become members thereafter.

The offer

We are for the first time offering complimentary access to our corporate membership benefits until 31 August 2020, as a taster for you and your colleagues. All you need to do is sign up, as an organisation, and everyone in relevant teams can enjoy benefits. Here are some current highlights of what you will have access to during the free taster period:

• All our member mailings, including those with Covid-19 specific briefings

Engaging with other industry associations and with policymakers, especially in the UK, has become a
central part of our activities in the time of Covid-19. We participate in at least weekly calls with
Ministry of Housing officials and with officials at the Bank of England and PRA, and occasional calls
with officials at HM Treasury and the European Central Bank. We also have calls several times each
week with UK real estate industry bodies, every couple of weeks with European real estate industry
bodies, and occasionally with other industry bodies.

• Free access to our virtual meetings and webinars 

For the time being, all our events are virtual. Those currently in the diary for the coming months can be viewed in the events section of our website.

• Ability to participate in our committees and industry working groups

We have a standing regulatory and tax committee, and a number of working groups focused on
particular issues including green CRE finance, due diligence, alternative lenders and care homes. Some
of the focus has inevitably shifted away from industry initiatives during the pandemic, but these
remain a fundamental focus for CREFC Europe and a key source of value for our members.

Access for less experienced team members to activities and events organised by the steering committee of our network for young professionals in real estate finance, YPREF.

If you are interested in taking up this offer or would like to discuss further, please contact Carol (cwilkie@crefceurope.org or 07961 798 484).

Of course, what we really want is for you to join our network as a fully paid-up member next year and
beyond. To encourage you to consider that, we will offer a reduced rate membership for the remainder
of 2020 when the trial period ends, giving you four months for the price of three.

We’ve a number of events on the horizon and previous events are available on demand – read all about it here.

 

 

 

CREFCE Coronavirus statement

As a trade body, we normally hold many gatherings where market participants can exchange views, discuss industry issues, learn and network, so we have to respond to the impact of the Coronavirus crisis. We continue to follow official advice and will keep our plans under constant case-by-case review, in discussion with relevant member firms and members generally.

For the time being, the need for social distancing measures is paramount, so we are no longer planning to go ahead with even small-scale meetings over the coming weeks.

In discussion with relevant members, we have decided to postpone our 26 March Dinner.  We hope that our Dinner will be able to go ahead on the newly rescheduled date, Wednesday 30 September 2020, but will of course keep that under review.  Our CMBS conference has also been postponed.

In the meantime, the operational and commercial impacts of the Coronavirus are dramatic, but there are many important industry conversations and initiatives demanding attention. We will continue to offer our members and industry a forum for discussion, a voice and, where relevant, leadership, notwithstanding that physical gatherings remain off limits.

We are holding and participating in numerous virtual meetings, from bilateral to large-scale webinars, across a range of topics (as well of a more purely social character). In most cases, the lead-in time is short, so members should monitor the weekly newsletter, keep an eye out for email invitations, and contact a member of the team if there’s something they would like us to do, or to be involved in.

Updated 11.00 GMT, 11 May 2020

Property Industry Alliance – A best practice framework for a responsible real estate industry

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We are delighted to have worked successfully with our partner associations at the UK Property Industry Alliance to agree and launch a set of best practice principles  structured around environmental, social and governance considerations

The Principles are intended to signal the importance of ESG considerations and to provide a useful framework and reference point for businesses as they develop, apply and strengthen their own ESG-related policies and practices.