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2020 Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Europe

February 11 - 13, 2020 | Hotel Arts Barcelona | Barcelona, Spain


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 2020 VIP Europe Brochure.

Registration Information
Institutional Investors and Consultants Fee

Investment Managers and Others Fee
Early Bird Rate: $1995 (Expires 18 October 2019!!)
Regular Rate: $2295

In addition, this year we will be including a complimentary one-year subscription to Institutional Real Estate Europe with your registration. With a regular subscription price of $295, it’s a great perk to go alongside your VIP Europe registration.

The Qualified Institutional Investor registration category is reserved for individuals employed by a public, corporate or union pension fund organization, a foundation or endowment, or an insurance company with responsibility for infrastructure investment strategy or decision-making. A government official is defined as a federal, state, local or city-level government employee focused on the policy making, planning, and/or funding/financing of infrastructure projects, as well as legislators and their staff. This definition does not include pension/benefit plan administrators.

Photography Information
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Cancellation Policy
All refund requests must be made in writing to Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI), directed via e-mail to IREI at Cancellations received on/before 1 January 2020 are eligible for a full refund, less a $350 processing fee. Cancellations received between 2 January 2020 and 31 January 2020 are eligible for a 50% refund. Cancellations received after 31 January 2020 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. If you selected an activity, the cost is included in your registration fee. Therefore, no additional cancellation fees are incurred for the activity when canceling registration.

  • Agenda
Theme: Defining risks and finding solutions in a time of change.
Pre-Event: Tuesday, 11 February 2020
16:30 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.

17:30 Welcome Reception

Join us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.

19:30 Adjourn
Day One: Wednesday, 12 February 2020
08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Welcome & Overview

Geoffrey Dohrmann, President & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Jonathan Schein, Global Head of Business Development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Arno van Grondelle, Managing Director, Europe, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

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

Geoffrey Dohrmann, IREI’s President & CEO, shares key themes and insights from our global editorial board meetings, which will be followed by a Q&A session with thought leaders for comments about global trends.

Indeesh Tangeraas
EMEA Head, Real Assets Investment Group
Cambridge Associates

10:30 Keynote: TBA
11:00 Break
11:30 Keynote Roundtable Discussions and Group Leader Reports

Each table will have a group leader as a facilitator and will have the option of picking one of several keynote topics and related questions for discussion. After our table discussions, we will have our group leader reports, where group leaders share a brief summary of their group’s insights in an open-forum discussion with conference chairs and keynote speaker.

12:30 Lunch
13:30 Late-Cycle Global Capital Flow Trends

What are common investor themes related to equity and debt capital flows? What are the main risks investors are trying to mitigate related to allocation trends? Which trends are strengthening and which ones might be fading and why?

14:15 State & Future of European Core Investing

  • Defining core’s key attributes
  • Review the evolving profile of how each sector defines what is core
  • Examine pricing and valuations; is core fully priced or overvalued?
  • What is the case for core today, late in the cycle?
  • On a risk-adjusted basis, do other strategies make more sense (core-plus, value-add, opportunistic)?
  • How might Brexit impact London & Continental Europe’s core real estate?
  • What are some core-like alternative strategies to consider?

Justin Curlow
Global Head of Research & Strategy, Real Assets
AXA IM – Real Assets

Caleb Mercer
Managing Director
European Private Equity group

15:00 Break
15:45 Spotlight: Opportunities in Spain

  • Overview: Fundamentals of Spain’s economy
  • Examine office, retail and residential markets in Barcelona and Madrid
  • Define opportunity sets, challenges and risks in each market

Oscar de Navas
Managing Director
FREO Group

Cristina García-Peri
Managning Partner
Azora Capital

Pere Viñolas Serra
Inmobiliaria Colonial SA

16:30 Compare & Contrast Residential Rental Housing Markets in United States, UK and Continental Europe

  • What are the fundamentals of US, UK, and Continental Europe markets? What is similar, unique and different about each area from an opportunity set and risk level? Which city in each region has the best long-term fundamentals?
  • Age of populism: Putting political and regulatory risks in perspective. What is community-based investing, and how does it help increase returns and lower risks?

Will Gibby
Global Residential Fund Manager
Hermes Investment Management

Claudius Weissbarth
Managing Director

John R. Williams
President and Chief Investment Officer
Avanath Capital

17:15 Wrap-up

A review of the day’s key insights.

Geoffrey Dohrmann, President & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Jonathan Schein, Global Head of Business Development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

17:30 Adjourn
18:30 Cocktails
19:30 Dinner
19:30 Dinner
Day Two: Thursday, 13 February 2020
08:00 Working Breakfast
09:00 Overview of the Day

Jonathan Schein, Global Head of Business Development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Arno van Grondelle, Managing Director, Europe, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

09:15 European Retail and Logistics Trends Examined

  • Where are we in the economic and real estate cycles for retail and logistics?
  • What are the underlying fundamental drivers, and how might they change related to e-commerce, trade wars and evolving changes in supply chains?
  • How is technology redefining needs and types of retail and logistics centers?

Dr. Volker Kraft
Managing Partner
ECE Real Estate Partners G.m.b.H.

10:00 Session TBA
10:45 Break
11:15 Advisory Board Wrap-Up Panel

Several advisory board members will share key insights and questions you should keep in mind from our event to help you put everything into perspective, which should lead to some actionable ideas.

Norbert Bol
Sweco Capital Consultants

Laura Chapman
Senior Fund Manager
Tesco Pension Investment

11:30 Farewell “Thank You” Lunch (onsite) and Afternoon Networking Activity (offsite)

Geoffrey Dohrmann, President & CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Jonathan Schein, Global Head of Business Development, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
Arno van Grondelle, Managing Director, Europe, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

14:00 Adjourn
  • Board/Speakers

Our speakers for 2020 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

2020 VIP Europe Co-Chairs:

Geoffrey Dohrmann
President & CEO
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jonathan Schein
Global Head of Business Development
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Arno van Grondelle
Managing Director, Europe
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

2020 VIP Europe Advisory Board:

Norbert Bol
Sweco Capital Consultants

Laura Chapman
Senior Fund Manager
Tesco Pension Investment

Kristian Elonen
Portfolio Manager Real Estate
APG Asset Management

Paul Jackson
Managing Partner
Accord Equity Advisors

Jay Kwan
Managing Director
QuadReal Property Group

Stephan Müller
Portfolio Manager
Bayerische Versorgungskammer

Helena Olin
Head of Real Assets
AP2, Andra AP-fonden

Sonia González Valverde
Portfolio Manager
Shell Asset Management Company

  • Hotel & Venue

Hotel Arts Barcelona

Marina 19-21

Barcelona, Spain

Marina 19-21 Barcelona, Spain 08005

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  • Attendees

Partial List of the 2019 Attendee Firms

A. Lamot & Co.
Accord Europe
AEW Europe
Albourne Partners
Almanac Realty Investors
AM alpha KVG mbH
AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets
Bayerische Versorgungskammer
Benson Elliot
BlackRock (Europe)
Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors
California State Teachers’ Retirement System (CalSTRS)
CBRE Global Investment Partners
CBRE Global Investors
Church Pension Fund, The
Cording Real Estate Group GmbH
Crow Holdings Capital
DNB Real Estate Investment Management
Employees Retirement System of Texas
Freo Group S.A.
Green Street Advisors
Hammerson Plc.
Harrison Street Real Estate Capital
Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Hillcrest Finance LLC
Hodes Weill UK LLP
Invesco Real Estate
J.P. Morgan Asset Management Global Real Assets
JBW Partners
Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
Kempen Capital Management NV
Lionstone Investments
Lufin Partners
Madison International Realty GmbH
National Australia Bank Asset Management
Niam AB
NN Group
Nuveen Real Estate
Partners Group
PATRIZIA Multi Managers A/S
Principal Real Estate Investors
Round Hill Capital
SWECO Systems AB
Swiss Life Asset Management
Tesco plc
UBS Asset Management, Global Real Estate – United Kingdom
Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company
Women Talk Real Estate
  • Contact

Registration Inquiries
Jenny Krasnovskaya
Event Coordinator or +1 925-244-0500 ext. 145

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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