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Autumn Conference, London

21 November @ 08:00 - 22 November @ 14:00

DIVERSITY & DYNAMISM IN OUR INDUSTRY – A must attend conference for all real estate finance professionals

View the final programme – Wednesday 21 November (MAIN DAY)

We are delighted to have partnered with BPF Futures to deliver an educational and networking morning for young professionals in the industry.  Encourage your junior colleagues to join us for a networking breakfast followed by a keynote address from ING’s Chief International Economist and a further two sessions which will focus on High Street / Retail today and tomorrow.   View the BPF Futures / YPREF programme here.

Venue & host sponsor: Aviva Investors, Saint Helen’s, 1 Undershaft, EC3P 3DQ.


Member fee: £900 + VAT.  Non member fee: £1125 + VAT. 

A number of complimentary Borrower tickets are available – contact Carol

Conference co-chairs

  • Sarah Watkinson, Banking Partner Real Estate Group, Ashurst LLP
  • Head of Real Estate Finance at Aviva Investors, Gregor Bamert
  • Alison Lambert, Financial Director at Oxford Properties Group

Host Sponsor: Aviva Investors

Platinum: Deutsche Bank, Paul Hastings

Gold: Clifford Chance, K&L Gates, M7 Real Estate

Silver: JCRA, Wells Fargo

Bronze: Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP, CBRE, Cloudscraper, DRC Capital, Fitch Ratings, Goerg, Kroll Bond Rating Agency, Moody’s Analytics, Reed Smith, Sidley Austin, US Bank


Side events on the day...

  • Networking Drinks 21 November

    Networking Drinks 21 November

  • YPREF morning Thursday 22 November

    YPREF morning Thursday 22 November

    Platinum Sponsors

    Deutsche Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Group (CRE) provides financing to public corporations, private equity groups and individuals owning or acquiring commercial real estate assets in all property types including hotel and lodging, industrial, manufactured housing, multifamily, office and retail across the Americas, Asia and Europe.

    In addition, CRE, through its Real Estate Special Situations Group, is an active investor in distressed commercial mortgages and other real estate debt instruments acquired in the secondary market from other financial institutions and non-bank lenders globally.

    Deutsche Bank’s Corporate Trust division sits within Issuer Services in the Global Transaction Bank. The group provides third party ancillary services to a variety of transactions in the real estate sector. Roles such as SPV administrator, Escrow agent and paying agent sit alongside the traditional trustee services to offer a complete administrative solution to CMBS, loans, bonds and other real estate transactions.

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    Our real estate finance lawyers have the deep market knowledge and transactional experience to guide our clients through complex and challenging financings in markets throughout the world. We represent both lenders and borrowers in the full spectrum of financings – from conventional commercial loans to sophisticated capital market and securitised transactions.

    Our London team specialises in large CMBS transactions and as a result, our finance, tax and restructuring lawyers are among the most experienced in the market.  The team at Paul Hastings is better able to lead a CMBS transaction through the legal, regulatory, rating agency and investor hurdles than any other legal team in the market.


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    Gold Sponsors

    We are one of the world’s pre-eminent law firms, with significant depth and range of resources across five continents. As a single, fully integrated, global partnership, we pride ourselves on our approachable, collegial and team-based way of working. We always strive to exceed the expectations of our clients, which include corporates from all the commercial and industrial sectors, governments, regulators, trade bodies and not-for-profit organisations. We provide them with the highest-quality advice and legal insight, which combines the Firm’s global standards with in-depth local expertise.


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    K&L Gates has one of the largest dedicated real estate finance practices of any global law firm with over 200 real estate finance lawyers across our global platform. We have 46 offices spanning across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. We regularly support our institutional and corporate clients on complex structured real estate finance deals, real estate fund structuring and high level investment work. In recent years we have played a major role in the restructuring and regeneration of the real estate sector.  We are consistently ranked by both Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners as one of the leading real estate finance law firms and have been described as “very knowledgeable”, “hardworking” and having ‘strength in depth’.


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    M7 Real Estate is one of the leading specialists in the pan-European, regional, multi-let real estate market. With over 225 employees in 13 countries across Europe, the team manages a portfolio of over 1,300 assets with a capital value in excess of €7.7 billion.

    M7 acts as an investment and asset manager to a series of funds that it has established and in which it co-invests alongside a large number of family office, high net worth and institutional investors. In addition, M7 has a number of joint ventures with private equity partners including Blackstone, H.I.G. Capital and Starwood Capital. M7 also has separate account mandates where it acts as a third party asset manager for the portfolios of institutional, family office and high net worth.

    Additional information about M7 can be found at www.m7re.eu

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    Silver Sponsors

    JCRA is an independent financial risk consultancy, specialising in hedging and debt advice. We have over 29 years’ experience structuring and advocating for competitive pricing in derivative products. We formulate and execute interest rate, foreign exchange, inflation and commodity hedging strategies and provide debt advice to real estate clients across the globe. Our debt advisory team evaluates your funding requirements and advises on the most appropriate debt structure, covenants and cost for you. The volume of transactions we see means you gain access to a wide network of potential debt providers and sources of capital. We know which financial counterparties are the right fit for your business. www.jcragroup.com

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    Wells Fargo Corporate Trust Services provides trustee and agency services for borrowers, debt issuers, investors and lenders. Our team has more than 30 years of experience providing comprehensive services to support the administration of commercial real estate loans and CMBS. We will work with you to determine your transaction needs and to customise a suite of business and technology services to optimise the performance of your transactions. Our superior technology and reporting systems make us ideal to support your transaction.

    Wells Fargo’s global network offers international services through its domestic U.S. offices and 30 overseas offices, providing customer coverage in 130 countries. We offer you in-depth experience, innovative products, and access to a network of financial institution partners across the world.

    Learn more at wellsfargo.com/com/corporate-trust/international.

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    Bronze Sponsors

    Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft is proud of 225 years of service to many of the world’s most prestigious institutions. With more than 350 lawyers in our offices in New York, London, Charlotte, Washington and Brussels,  the firm offers clients innovative solutions to legal and financial issues in a wide range of areas. Cadwalader is a recognised leader in capital markets and real estate finance.  Our standout lawyers have extensive track records advising clients on the origination, underwriting, structuring and securitisation of commercial real estate loans across the full range spectrum of projects and portfolios.  We offer the insight and experience necessary to navigate complex markets offering myriad challenges and opportunities.  www.cadwalader.com

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    CBRE Capital Advisors combines financial expertise with property insight to drive true client advantage. Uniquely positioned as a real estate investment advisory business within CBRE, the leading global real estate services company, the team offers independent Capital Markets advisory and global institutional investor distribution. It combines this with unmatched real estate experience in all aspects of investment. CBRE Capital Advisors understands the fundamental drivers of capital and real asset performance, and creates solutions for clients, ensuring that every aspect of an investment is delivering optimum returns.

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    Cloudscraper combines the worlds of PropTech and FinTech’s into a unified trading and communications platform, revolutionising the commercial real estate sector, allowing all parties involved to make the management of disjointed deals and their participants issues of the past.


    Cloudscraper has developed cutting-edge technology and tools to make the entire deal instigation, discovery and management processes substantially more efficient, simpler, and faster. Unifying all trading participants, Cloudscraper links trading opportunities, stakeholders, their advisors, and equity and debt capital into an integrated network with the realistic ability to realise asset sales in as little as one week.


    For the first time, all components of the commercial real estate capital stack can be found and structured through one platform – equity, senior debt, mezzanine debt, loan syndication – even the ability to raise and trade joint venture equity – all with the ability to manage the entire due diligence process through a single hub.

    The company, headquartered in London with offices in Tel Aviv, Dublin and Berlin, executed a highly successful ‘stealth’ period since its inception in 2014, attracting more than 100 global organisations representing assets in excess of $200 billion and lenders with over $350 billion of lending capacity. Following the successful public launch February 2018, Cloudscraper has seen a 50% increase in users wanting to participate in the unstoppable dynamic and technological change occurring within the commercial real estate sector.

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    DRC Capital LLP is an independent investment adviser focusing on the commercial real estate debt sector in Europe. Through its London-based dedicated debt investment platform, it offers advisory and origination services to borrowers and investors seeking high quality returns from commercial real estate. The company has been at the forefront of developing debt structures for the commercial real estate sector. DRC adopts an opportunistic approach focussed on high quality commercial real estate assets for both new and existing debt.

    –       Investment focus: acquisition financing, interim financing, refinancing, debt acquisitions
    –       Geographic focus: Western Europe, particularly the UK, Germany and France.  Also the EU, Norway, Switzerland
    –       Asset focus: commercial real estate, particularly offices, hotels, retail and light-industrial

    Since 2008, the DRC team has successfully arranged over £1bn worth of debt investments for its institutional investor client base

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    Fitch Group is a global leader in financial information services with operations in more than 30 countries. Fitch Group is comprised of: Fitch Ratings, a global leader in credit ratings and research;Fitch Solutions, a leading provider of credit market data, analytical tools and risk services; BMI Research, an independent provider of country risk and industry analysis specializing in emerging and frontier markets; and Fitch Learning, a preeminent training and professional development firm. With dual headquarters in London and New York, Fitch Group is majority owned by Hearst.

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    GÖRG is one of Germany’s leading business law firms. As an independent law firm with more than 270 lawyers at five offices in Berlin, Cologne, Frankfurt am Main, Hamburg and Munich, GÖRG advises on all core areas of business law. GÖRG has a leading reputation in restructuring and insolvency and is top ranked in corporate, real estate, banking and finance as well as in procurement law. Clients include renowned companies both in Germany and abroad as well as the public sector. GÖRG has a wealth of experience, particularly in advising banks and financial service providers, real estate and energy companies.



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    Kroll Bond Rating Agency (KBRA) is a full service global rating agency whose mission is to set a standard of excellence by providing users of our ratings with transparent, responsive and timely analysis. KBRA offers market participants with an alternative solution by delivering in-depth research as well as the tools needed to make informed investment decisions. With over 300 employees globally across the United States and Europe, KBRA is headquartered in  New York with additional offices in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Dublin, Ireland.  The experienced and extensive team expands across the Structured Finance, Public Finance, Financial Institutions, Project Finance, Insurance and Corporate markets collectively publishing over 10,000 ratings.

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    Reed Smith is a leading international law firm with over 1700 lawyers in 27 offices throughout Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States. Founded in 1877, the firm represents leading international businesses from FTSE 100 corporations to mid-market and emerging enterprises. Its lawyers execute the full range of strategic, domestic and cross-border transactions, provide litigation and other dispute resolution services in multi-jurisdictional and high-stake matters and deliver regulatory counsel. Reed Smith is a pre-eminent advisor to industries including financial services, real estate, life sciences, health care, energy and natural resources, advertising, technology and media, shipping, manufacturing, and education.

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    Trepp, LLC, founded in 1979, is a leading provider of data, analytics, and technology solutions to the global securities and investment management industries. Trepp specifically serves three key sectors: structured finance, commercial real estate, and banking to help market participants meet their objectives for surveillance, credit risk management, and investment performance.  Trusted by the industry for the accuracy of its proprietary data, Trepp provides clients sophisticated, comprehensive models and analytics.  Trepp is wholly owned by dmg Information, the business information division of Daily Mail and General Trust (DMGT).

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    U.S. Bank Global Corporate Trust Services has built an impressive reputation for providing high quality trustee and agency services for all types of structured and secured transactions; providing flexible service solutions for originators, arrangers and investors. Our personalised, full array of services include: security and note trustee, paying agent, account bank, cash manager, collateral administrator, facility & security agent, issuing and paying agent, custodian, calculation agent, registrar and a variety of back-up roles to support rated transactions. We have particular expertise with CMBS and CRE loan administration, and across a wide variety of asset classes including Auto Leases, Residential Mortgages, Equipment Leases, Trade Receivables, Credit Cards, Loan and Bond portfolios.

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