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2018 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Europe

February 20 - 22, 2018 | Copenhagen Marriott Hotel | Copenhagen, Denmark


VIP Europe is the sister event of our highly acclaimed VIP Americas event. It attracts the industry’s top investment managers, investors and consultants who all have a stake in the European institutional marketplace.

VIP Europe delivers content that is carefully selected to meet the needs of our European audience. Speakers are carefully selected for their expertise. VIP Europe is "THE" place to meet the right people in the European marketplace. The intimate environment and balanced mix of attendees allows you to get to know your fellow attendees on both a professional and personal level.

VIP Europe delivers a quality agenda that is marketing-free. During the event there are several opportunities to socialize with attendees. Whether you are discussing critical industry issues as a part of a roundtable breakout session or at a reception for attendees, VIP gives you an excellent networking platform to establish new relationships and strengthen existing.

View the 2018 VIP Europe digital brochure.

Registration Fees:

Institutional Investor Fee – Complimentary
The Qualified Institutional Investor registration category is reserved for individuals employed by a public, corporate or union pension fund organization, foundation or endowment, with responsibility for real estate investment strategy or decision-making. Sovereign wealth funds, family offices and government officials may also qualify for complimentary registration. A government official is defined as a federal, state, local or city-level government employee focused on the policymaking, planning, and/or funding/financing of real estate projects, as well as legislators and their staff. This definition does not include pension/benefit plan administrators.

Investment Manager/Adviser, Other Fee – USD 1,995.00
Early Bird Investment Manager/Adviser, Other Fee - USD 1,795.00 (ends 17 November 2017!)

Category 2 Fee – USD 1,095.00
The Category 2 registration category is reserved for funds of funds/managers of managers and consultants. A “fund of funds” or “manager of managers” is defined as a company that solely manages portfolios composed of investments in the funds of other managers. A "consultant" is defined as an individual who provides financial advice to institutional investors (pension funds, endowments and foundations) on portfolio construction and asset allocation and does not manage money (i.e. Mercer, Callan Associates, Towers Watson).

Registration for IREI publication sponsors opens 21 August 2017.
Registration for all opens on 18 September 2017.

Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing to Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI), directed via e-mail to IREI at or faxed to +1 925-244-0520. Cancellations received on/before 1 January 2017 are eligible for a full refund, less a USD 350 processing fee. Cancellations received between 2 January 2017 and 31 January 2017 are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received after 31 January 2017 are not eligible for a refund. IREI does not offer credit to future events for the unrefunded portion of the registration fee unless you are a current sponsor of an IREI publication. If IREI decides to cancel this conference, IREI does not accept responsibility for airfare, hotel or other costs incurred by registrants.

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  • Agenda

The 2018 VIP Europe themes are “Finding value in a low yielding world” and “Shifting technological developments and their impacts on real estate investors.” Please refer to the agenda below to see how these themes are incorporated into the sessions.
Tuesday, 20 February 2018 [Pre-Event Investor-Only and Manager-Only Breakouts, Workshop & Welcome Reception]
15:30 Investor-Only and Manager-Only Roundtable Breakout Session

Discuss timely issues with your fellow investors or managers in an open-forum discussion designed to examine various topics of interest to both groups. We will then bring the two groups together and listen to table leader reports. As each table reports, discover where differences and common ground exist and gain new insights and a broader perspective on important issues.

16:30 Workshop: Examining the Amazon/Whole Foods Deal

Examine the Amazon/Whole Foods deal in an interactive panel with audience discussion. We will cover and define possible macro trends this deal could set in motion for the economy and the technology, retail and real estate spaces. What new opportunities could the deal create? What new risks could emerge?

17:30 Welcome Reception

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

19:30 Adjourn
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Welcome & Overview

Geoffrey Dohrmann, president & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jonathan Schein, SVP, managing director of global business development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

09:30 A Global Perspective: The World As Our Readers See It

IREI’s president and CEO will share key themes and insights from our global editorial board meetings and then lead a moderated Q&A session with two advisory board members for comments about global trends.

Moderator: Geoffrey Dohrmann, president & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Lisa Lafave, senior portfolio manager, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Joe Valente, managing director, J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Real Assets

10:00 Global Capital Flows

IREI and Kingsley Associates’ Investor Survey highlights and FundTracker Trends highlights open the session to set stage regarding global capital flow trends.

Jonathan Schein, SVP, managing director of global business development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

10:45 Break
11:15 Topic of the Day: Roundtable Discussions and Group Leader Reports

Advisory Board members, together with the editorial team, will develop a list of timely topics for the investor community. Attendees will be polled prior to the event, and tables will pick one of the top five topics to discuss and gain new insights.

12:00 Lunch
13:00 How is technology changing the world of real estate?

Take an in depth look at how technology is disrupting historical trends. We will cover how trends in technology are reshaping the world of logistics. We will then examine how the office sector is being transformed with the sharing economy and review how retail is reinventing itself in our new world.

Moderator: Kim Politzer, senior director – European research, Invesco Real Estate

Dirk Sosef, vice president research and strategy, Prologis

13:45 How is technology changing the real estate asset management and investing business?

Examine the science and logic behind using artificial intelligence, big data and machine learning for the world of property management and investment management. What are the benefits, limitations, and risks of these technologies? How will they revolutionize our industry?

14:30 CIOs examine asset allocations, strategies and impact of technology

Identify and review key macro trends impacting the economy and investors’ real estate and strategic portfolio planning. Find out how real estate compares to other asset classes and how it fits into a total portfolio. Discover how CIOs see the world of technology and how technology is reshaping markets and economies as well as creating new opportunities and risks that investors should watch.

Moderator: Ben Sanderson, director of international investment, Hermes Real Estate Investment Management

15:15 Break
15:45 Finding value and yield in today’s market

Where are pockets of value and yield today? What are the underlying fundamentals that make these options attractive? Are the risk levels of these opportunities being overly discounted? Discover why or why not.

Moderator: Albert Yang, managing director & client portfolio manager, real estate Europe, Barings Real Estate Advisers

Raimondo Amabile, managing director, head of Europe, PGIM Real Estate
Louis-Simon Ferland, managing director, The Blackstone Group

16:30 Investor Perspectives: Finding value, yields and examining the impact of technology

Find out where investors see pockets of value and attractive yields in Europe. Gain a perspective on how investors view technology as it impacts economics and real estate.

Moderator: Eoin Bastible, managing director, UBS Asset Management, Global Real Estate

Kateryna Diesen, portfolio manager, Varma

17:15 Wrap-Up

Review the day’s key insights with our co-chairs.

Geoffrey Dohrmann, president & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jonathan Schein, SVP, managing director of global business development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

17:30 Adjourn
18:30 Networking Reception
19:30 Networking Dinner

Join us for our gala dinner.

Thursday, 22 February 2018
08:30 Breakfast
09:30 How long will the new normal last? Will the old normal come back?

Investigate the long-term impacts of ECB’s QE program and speculate about possible unintended consequences. How might the program reshape values and returns across all asset classes? What new investment opportunities might it create?

Moderator: Simon Martin, senior partner – head of research & strategy, Tristan Capital Partners

Dr. Alexandra Krystalogianni, global head of research, Allianz Real Estate GmbH

10:15 To Be Announced: Topic Under Development
11:00 Advisory Board Wrap-Up Panel

Gain perspective as several advisory board members share key insights and questions for you to keep in mind from our event.

Moderator: Jonathan Schein, SVP, managing director of global business development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Martina Malone, senior vice president, client relations – Europe, Prologis
Tami Chuang, head of investor relations & business development, Meyer Bergman
Gustaf Lilliehook, partner, Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP)
Anila Thompson, director, Venn Partners

11:30 Farewell Lunch & Afternoon Networking Activity
14:00 Adjourn
  • Board/Speakers

Our speakers for 2018 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Europe are currently being recruited. If you are interested in speaking at this event, please contact our conference program manager John Hunt at +1 925-244-0526 or


2018 VIP Europe Co-Chairs:

Geoffrey Dohrmann
President & CEO
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jonathan Schein
SVP, Managing Director of Global Business Development
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.


2018 VIP Europe Advisory Board:

Eoin Bastible
Managing Director, Head of Business Development EMEA (ex Switzerland)
UBS Asset Management, Real Estate & Private Markets

Tami Chuang
Head of Investor Relations & Business Development
Meyer Bergman

Lisa Lafave
Senior Portfolio Manager
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan

Gustaf Lilliehook
Nordic Real Estate Partners (NREP)

Martina Malone
Senior Vice President, Client Relations, Europe

Britta Nielsen
Portfolio Manager
Uniper AG

Anila Thompson
Venn Partners

Joe Valente
Managing Director
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Real Assets

  • Hotel & Venue

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel

Kalvebod Brygge 5

Copenhagen, Denmark

Copenhagen Marriott Hotel, Kalvebod Brygge, Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Contact

Melissa Weigand

Event Coordinator or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 138

Lucero Jaramillo

Conference Director or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 130

Sponsorship Opportunities
Randy Schein

Conference Sales Manager or +1 212-706-7023

Speaking Opportunities
John Hunt

Conference Program Manager or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 137

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