Young Professionals in Real Estate Finance (YPREF)

Europe’s sole networking group dedicated to CRE lending professionals and advisors with less than 10 years industry experience

Communication Promoting and encouraging avenues of communication within the REF industry young professional community and beyond;
Education Assisting with career development by providing an educational platform through a combination of peer learning and access to leading REF professionals
Support Providing the tools and resources required for members to fulfil their educational and professional development goals
Networking Recognition as the primary convention point for all young professionals working in REF and to build upon the current CREFC networking opportunities



YPREF in 2018 Year to Date…

ING hosted an Exclusive YPREF Wine Tasting Evening.

YPREF Afternoon at the Spring Conference 2018


What the group achieved in 2017…  

Networking at The Water Poet on 8 March & 13 July

Morning educational seminar at Ashurst focused on “Negotiating points for Borrowers on Facility Agreements”  on 28 March

Educational Afternoon at our Spring Conference

Morning Seminar at Herbert Smith Freehills focusing on Hedging where over 100 young professionals were in attendance

Pizza & Prosecco networking event

Morning of education on 14 November at our Autumn Conference

Read about the core group who are working with us to deliver events and new initiatives for the younger REF professionals.YPREF is co-chaired by: Ben Herson, Lloyds Banking Group & Rob Mersh, Eastdil Secured
Ben Herson
Ben is an Associate in the Commercial Real Estate team within the Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking arm based in the City of London. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing large commercial Real Estate financings for major institutional and fund investors. Lloyds Bank’s Commercial Real Estate team is one of the largest providers of funding to the UK commercial property sector.

Ben joined Lloyds in 2015 having started his career with German lender Helaba in their London office focussing on originating senior loans to a variety of domestic and international investors in UK commercial Real Estate. Ben graduated from the University of Aberdeen with a MA in Real Estate, he is a keen Squash player in his spare time.

Rob MershRob is an Associate in the Real Estate Debt Placement team at Eastdil Secured, the wholly owned real estate investment banking subsidiary of Wells Fargo and Company. The team is responsible for the placement of senior, mezzanine and entity level debt financings and CRE mortgage loan sales in the U.K. and Europe.

Rob joined Eastdil Secured in 2013 and his experience includes working on senior, B-note, mezzanine and whole loans, as well as land and construction loans. In addition to working on single-asset transactions in countries such as the U.K., Ireland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy, Rob has also worked on a number of multi-jurisdictional, pan-European deals.

Rob holds a BSc in Real Estate Management from Oxford Brookes University and an MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School.

Register your interest to become part of this network.  Contact Rachel Smith at CREFC Europe