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Educational Afternoon, Spring Conference

20 April 2016 @ 14:00

“All the young dudes” An AFTERNOON OF EDUCATION

Registration will close at COB Thursday 14 April – scroll down for more information. 

14:00 – 18:15 Registration Open

14:20 – 14:30 Welcoming Remarks, Peter Cosmetatos, CEO, CREFC Europe

14:30 – 16:00 “Absolute Beginners” Education Session 1 – Lending in Europe This educational session will focus on European Lending in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

  • An overview of the lending activity and the drivers in each jurisdiction
  • Getting in – licensing, WHT
  • Getting out – enforcement processes – timing, certainty, debtor friendly protections
  • Key jurisdictional differences and the implications of each (from a legal and practical perspective) e.g. leases, ability to access collateral and enforcement regimes

Presenters: Allen & Overy LLP

16:00 – 16:30 Networking Break

16:30 – 18:00 “We could be Heroes” Education Session 2 – Lessons learned from restructuring distressed CRE deals

This educational session will be an opportunity for those not in the industry during the eye of the storm in the last recession to hear from those that were some lessons learned. The session will start with an overview of the key issues and then use case studies to develop on the themes. The aim is for the session to have plenty of opportunity for delegate involvement.

Presenters: EY

18:00 – 19:00 Networking Reception – open to attendees from today’s sessions and sponsors only

These educational sessions are aimed at less experienced market participants and students; the sessions are free for CREFC Europe members and full time students with a real estate finance focus.

Non-members are invited to attend at a price of £150 + VAT (bulk discounts available).

All those interested must pre-register. Walk-in registration is not available for the above sessions.

NOTE: Spring Conference attendees – If you are joining the Spring Conference which begins on Thursday 21 April please note that the above sessions are available at no additional cost but you must still register for the above by confirming with Hannah at hliebing@crefceurope.org.

  • Axel Brinkmann, RBC

    Axel Brinkmann is a Managing Director in Royal Bank of Canada’s Real Estate Capital Partners (“RECP”) group heading its London based commercial real estate lending team in Europe. RECP provides comprehensive mortgage, mezzanine and loan-on-loan portfolio acquisition facilities to real estate sponsors in the US, UK and Europe. Axel joined from LaSalle Investment Management’s Debt Investment and Special Situations group where he was responsible for originating and investing into various structured debt and equity transactions across Europe. Axel started his career at Wachovia’s real estate structured finance team which in late 2008 was acquired by Wells Fargo.

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  • John Coburn, Allen & Overy LLP

    John has broad experience acting for both borrowers and lenders across different and diverse product lines and sectors, including real estate finance, general corporate lending, leveraged and event-driven acquisition finance. He has particular focus on real estate finance. John has previously been on secondment in Global Banking & Markets (Loan Markets) at RBS.

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  • Caroline Delavet, Allen & Overy LLP

    Caroline specialises in structured finance with a particular focus on real estate finance advising both lenders and sponsors on French domestic and pan-European transactions.  She has developed her expertise on all types of real estate assets, such as offices, shopping centres or hotels and all types of operations such as the financing of pan-European portfolio assets, mezzanine finance, CMBS and the sale or purchase of real estate portfolios.

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  • Russell Gould, Citigroup

    Russell Gould is  a director in the Commercial Real Estate Finance team (Citi CREF), responsible for large ticket senior lending and loan on loan financing across EMEA. Prior to joining Citi CREF, Russell was a director in the Commercial Real Estate Special Situations Group, making proprietary investments across the capital structure, including preferred equity, mezzanine debt origination, fund investment and sub-performing junior debt trading.

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  • David Guedj, Fortress Investment Group

    David has spent 6 years as a distressed / opportunistic real estate investors (Lehman Brothers, Warburg Pincus, Goldman Sachs, now Fortress Investment Group) and 4 years as a commercial real estate lender at Goldman Sachs. Throughout his career, David has been involved in transactions in most European jurisdictions and asset classes, as well as all parts of capital structures. David holds an MSc in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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  • Craig Lewis, EY

    Craig is an Executive Director within the London Restructuring Team.  He joined EY in 1996, having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1994.  He is an insolvency practitioner with over 25 years restructuring experience gained within a variety of businesses in the UK and overseas.

    Craig led the contingency planning for the Senior Lenders of Battersea Power Station and the subsequent enforcement over this iconic site.  He worked closely with the joint agents to ensure a successful sale process.

    Craig has recent sector experience with Pubs and Restaurants, Hotels and Leisure, as well as a property developer impacted by Crossrail.

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  • Olaf Meisen, Allen & Overy LLP

    Olaf is an expert in national and international real estate finance and restructuring. He advises on traditional finance instruments (mortgage loans on real estate finance) as well as innovative financing elements (real estate project finance, real estate structured finance and MBS (Mortgage-Backed Securities) originations and securitisations). A second focus of his practice are cross-border restructurings and work-outs of German real estate financings. He is a member of the international real estate finance and restructuring team.

    Olaf advised the Loan Market Association (LMA) on the German law Euro Currency Term Facility Agreement for use in German real estate finance multi-property investment transactions.

    He lectures at the Institute for Law and Finance at the Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main and at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster on real estate finance.

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  • Mathieu Roland-Billecart, EY

    Mathieu is a Partner in EY Real Estate Corporate Finance team in London

    He is an experienced corporate and project financier having worked on a wide variety of transactions, including buy side/sell side M&A, capital raising and restructuring mandates.

    Mathieu is part of our EY Global M&A network linking global investors with real estate, hospitality and healthcare opportunities in the UK and Europe

    During the global financial crisis, Mathieu was involved in a number of high profile real estate restructurings acting as adviser to banks, special servicers and borrowers as well as banker when on secondment to RBS Real Estate Restructuring team.

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  • Pietro Scarfone, Allen & Overy LLP

    Pietro is a dual-qualified lawyer (English law and Italian law) with over 15 years of experience advising both lenders and borrowers. His areas of expertise span real estate finance, acquisition and leveraged finance, general lending, asset finance and project finance. He advises domestic and international clients including domestic foreign banks, sponsors and institutional investors in transaction  structuring and implementation as well as regulatory compliance analysis.

    “Brilliant banking and finance lawyer. Commentators also appreciate his understanding of teamwork, and clients note: ‘He is very reassuring and clever’.” Chambers Global 2016 (Banking & Finance: Italy)

    He is very thorough and reliable and is always thinking ahead of what we are going to need – it is a very strong relationship we have built.” Chambers Europe 2015 (Banking & Finance: Italy)

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