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UK CRE debt for Asian investors and lenders

14 November 2016 @ 08:00 - 12:30

          A complimentary CREFC Europe workshop in association with RICS

By invitation only 

Timing: Monday 14 November 2016, 08.00 registration, 08.30 start, finish by 12.30

In pursuit of CREFC Europe’s goal of making European CRE debt more accessible for investors, borrowers and new entrants, we have designed an informative half-day programme specifically for CRE debt investors from Asia, to be held on the morning of Monday 14 November, just before CREFC Europe’s Autumn Conference 2016.  The focus will be on understanding and accessing opportunities in the UK CRE debt market, and will address specific issues relevant to investors from Asia. Our speakers (details below) will cover the following:

  • An overview of UK economic and CRE market developments (Simon Rubinsohn, RICS)
  • The size, structure and evolution of the market (Hans Vrensen, CREFC Europe)
  • Returns analysis and risk outlook following the Brexit vote (Emma Huepfl, Laxfield Capital)
  • Legal overview: structuring, technical and practical issues for overseas investors (Andrew Carnegie, Clifford Chance)

We are grateful to Clifford Chance for sponsoring this programme, allowing us to make it free to attend.  A limited number of passes are available per organisation, and strict limits apply to the total number of attendees.  Please register your interest in the half-day programme by contacting Carol at CREFC Europe. 

Attendees are offered the additional benefit of a special discount on the normal cost of registering for the CREFC Europe Autumn Conference which takes place immediately after this programme.  The conference attracts many of the leading participants in European CRE debt markets with a variety of highly informative sessions that will deepen your understanding of the asset class and offer outstanding networking opportunities.  Contact Carol Wilkie on site on Monday 14 November.

The Commercial Real Estate Finance Council (CREFC) Europe is the trade association for providers of and investors in European commercial real estate (CRE) debt.

RICS are a professional body that accredits professionals within the land, property and construction sectors worldwide – RICS regulate and promote the profession; maintain the highest educational and professional standards; protect clients and consumers via a strict code of ethics; and provide impartial advice and guidance.


  • Simon Rubinsohn, RICS

    Simon Rubinsohn is responsible for overseeing thought leadership within RICS including managing  the high profile suite of market surveys. He is closely involved with policy development and regularly works with Bank of England officials on issues related to the real estate sector. He frequently speaks at conferences focusing of both residential and commercial markets and is regularly quoted for his insights in the media.

    Alongside this, Simon continues to support the IMF in building the organizations capability in understanding trends in global property and is on the advisory committee of a work stream the World Economic Forum is conducting into asset price dynamics in real estate.

    Simon is also on the Board of the housing provider L&Q, where he has specific responsibility for the development programme. Prior to joining RICS, he worked for Barclays Wealth where he was involved in setting the asset allocation for client portfolios.

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  • Hans Vrensen, CREFC Europe

    Hans Vrensen has held a number of high profile roles in the industry, including most recently Global Head of Research at DTZ.  He was also Head of European Securitisation Research at Barclays Capital, after roles with Moody’s, LaSalle IM and PwC. As a Dutch national, he worked for eight years in the US, focused nine years on European markets and has near six years of global experience. He has been able to show consistent success in commercial real estate research and valuations, investment fund management, business start-ups, credit ratings and fixed income research.  Hans has worked with many relevant media channels including CNBC, FT, WSJ, Bloomberg and the trade press. He is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars and client events. Hans is now exploring new full time employment opportunities, while working on a part-time basis with CREFC Europe on research and education projects.

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  • Emma Huepfl, Laxfield Capital

    Emma started her working career at Savills in 1993, where she joined Adam Slater in the Finance team, working with German Banks entering the UK lending market.

    In 1995 Emma and Adam were recruited by GE Capital to start a structured lending programme.  In 1997, Adam and Emma formed their first business Halkyn Capital, exclusively mandated by Württemberger Hypo, whom they represented for 12 years, managing all aspects of their UK lending programme.  During this time, Emma built up a wide network of contacts in the property industry, originating, structuring and closing loans, and helped create their client’s loan management system which was adopted throughout its European branch network.

    Following the merger of their client Württemberger with Hypo Real Estate in 2007, Emma and Adam started Laxfield, which focussed on working with the new capital entering the UK market as banks carried out a deleveraging programme.  As Co-Principal of Laxfield, Emma covers all aspects of business management, and oversees lending client relationships as well as working with new capital seeking entry to the market. She continues to originate lending business through her wide contact base and is well known in the property finance industry.

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  • Andrew Carnegie, Clifford Chance

    Andrew Carnegie is a partner at Clifford Chance and Head of Real Estate Finance in London. Specialising in real estate finance, restructurings, work-outs and loan sales, Andrew also has extensive experience in cross-border transactions and hotel-related work. His clients include investment banks, borrowers, investors and developers. Andrew joined Clifford Chance in 1988 and has been a partner since 1996.

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