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.