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Finance, Property & Real Estate

FT Property Summit 2015 London |

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Martin Wolf, CBE

Martin Wolf, CBE

Chief Economics Commentator
Financial Times

Martin Wolf is chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, London. He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 2000 “for services to financial journalism”. Mr Wolf is an honorary fellow of Nuffield College and of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He is also an honorary professor at the University of Nottingham. He has been a forum fellow at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos since 1999 and a member of its International Media Council since 2006. Mr Wolf was made a Doctor of Letters, honoris causa, by Nottingham University in July 2006 and a Doctor of Science (Economics) of London University, honoris causa, by the London School of Economics in December 2006. He was joint winner of the 2009 award for columns in “giant newspapers” at the 15th annual Best in Business Journalism competition of The Society of American Business Editors and Writers, and won the 32nd Ischia International Journalism Prize in 2012. His most recent publications are Why Globalization Works and Fixing Global Finance.

Chaired by (1)

Kate Allen

Kate Allen

Property Correspondent
Financial Times

Kate Allen is the FT's Property Correspondent. She covers commercial and residential real estate in the UK and continental Europe, and international investment trends. She joined the FT in 2012 as a statistics journalist, covering global economic and financial data. She was previously the Editor of Social Housing magazine, which focuses on financial and business trends in Britain's affordable housing sector

Speakers (3)

David Paine

David Paine

Head of Real Estate Investments
Standard Life
Juan del Rivero

Juan del Rivero

Chairman of the Board of Directors
Azora Capital
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The Financial Times is delighted to present the 9th annual FT Property Summit, which will bring together global investors, occupiers, lenders and developers to explore the opportunities available in the UK commercial property market, highlighting key areas for growth and assessing future prospects. Throughout 2015 we plan to host a series of smaller, specialist events leading towards the annual summit, in order to provide in-depth coverage and discussion of specialist topic areas.

As the UK property market continues to boom, speculation is centred on current trends shaping the industry. 

Themes to be discussed include:

  • What impact will the change in government be on real estate?
  • How will the market be affected by global economic developments such as falling oil prices, quantitative easing in the eurozone and slower growth in China?
  • When can interest rates be expected to rise?
  • Will London be able to retain its competitive edge as a global city in the next decade?
  • How will the capital’s growth continue to ripple out across the UK to regional cities, and is the infrastructure sufficient to support this?

Agenda - 12th Nov

  • 8:00am
    Registration and Breakfast
  • 9:00am
    FT Chair’s Opening Remarks

    Kate Allen, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 9:05am
    Opening Keynote: The Economic Outlook
  • 9:40am
    Presentation: The Investment Picture for Europe

    In the current climate of low interest rates and quantitative easing investors are looking to real estate assets for their higher yields and the prospect of greater returns. Recovering markets in Europe, such as Spain, Italy and Ireland offer plenty of opportunity, but for how long is this likely to continue? How can investors prepare for future volatility? Are we in danger of creating a real estate bubble?

  • 10:10am
    Pan-European Panel Discussion

    Where are investors looking? What are the trends in price and location? Where are the latest investments flowing from?

  • 10:45am
    Coffee Break
  • 11:10am
    Hot Investment Locations

    Short case studies:

    11.10 – 11.30  Spain
    Juan del Rivero, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Azora Capital, Hispania
    11.30 – 11.50  UK region

  • 12:45pm
  • 1:45pm
    Interview: The View from City Hall

    Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor, Policy and Planning

  • 2:10pm
    Developer Case Studies

    What impact are these developments having on the UK property market? How could they help to rebalance the UK's economy?

    With a panel discussion and Q&A

  • 3:20pm
    Panel Discussion: London and the Regions

    How much of recent investment in regional real estate comes from London-based investors looking elsewhere, and which other groups are showing interest? If so which ones? Will the divide between London and the UK continue to grow in the next decade, or could it start to balance out? How could the ripple effect from London outwards create challenges and opportunities lie for developers and investors?

    David Paine, Head of Real Estate Investments, Standard Life

  • 4:00pm
    Property Innovation: What's next?

    Which new innovations are driving change in the property sector? How will new office builds incorporate the latest in smart technology and innovation? How are developers incorporating sustainability strategies into their planning? How will technological advances influence building design and structure in future? What role will the developments in the property market in shaping the UK economy?

  • 4:40pm
    FT Chair’s Closing Remarks

    Kate Allen, Property Correspondent, Financial Times

  • 4:50pm
    Networking Drinks

Who Attends?

The FT Property Summit 2015 will be attended by:  

● Pension funds 
● Insurance companies 
● Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) 
● Investment managers and advisors 
● Investment banks 
● Property developers

● Asset managers 
● Chartered surveyors 
● Estate agents 
● Property services providers 
● Accountancy practices 
● Law firms


Abbey Business Centres Ltd

Abbey National

Aberdeen Asset Management 

Addleshaw Goddard

AEGON Asset Management

Allianz Real Estate

Angelo, Gordon Ltd

Association of Real Estate Funds (AREF) 

AXA Real Estate

Bank of America

Bank of England

Barclays Capital

Berwin Leighton Paisner LLP


BNP Paribas Real Estate UK

British Land

British Property Federation (BPF)

Brookfield Incorporações S.A.


Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Carlyle Real Estate Advisors LLP

Cass Business School

CB Richard Ellis


Clifford Chance

Climate Change Capital

Cohen & Steers

Coutts & Co


Deutsche Pfandbriefbank AG

Dominion Real Estate Limited



Emlak Konut Real Estate Investment Trust

Eric Young & Co


European Banking Authority

Exemplar Properties

F&C Property Asset Management 

Ferguson Partners Europe

Generali Real Estate


Grant Thornton

Great Portland Estates

Grosvenor Group Limited

GTIS Partners

Hammerson UK Properties plc

Hampton/Hoerter LLC

Helical Bar

Herbert Smith

Heron International

Hines UK

IKB Deutsche Industriebank AG

ING Real Estate Investment Management

Internos Real Investors

Invista Real Estate


IVG Immobilien AG

Jones Lang LaSalle


Lachman Associates, LLC

Land Securities


LaSalle Investment Management
Legal & General Property

Lloyds Banking Group

Local Shopping REIT plc

Locate in Kent

London School of Economics and Political Science

Longbow Real Estate Capital LLP

Maastricht University

Mayor of London’s Office

McGrigors LLP

Melcorpo Commercial Properties

MetLife Real Estate Investments


Ministry of Justice

Nabarro LLP


Norges Bank Investment Management

OCBC London Branch

Olympic Park Legacy Company

Orchard Street Investment Management LLP

OVG Real Estate

Oxford Properties

PA Consulting Group

Palatium Investment Management

Pramerica Real Estate Investor

Prudential Mortgage Capital Company

Quantum Global Capital Advisors

Redevco Europe Services BV



Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Schroder Property Investment Management 

Scottish Widows Investment Partnership



Sellar Property Group

SJ Berwin LLP

Standard Life Investments

Stanhope PLC

Tate Hindle

The Bank of Tokyo Mitubishi UFJ, Ltd

The Blackstone Group

The Crown Estate

The EDI Group Limited

The National Bank of Kuwait

The Royal Bank of Scotland

Thomas and Adamson

Thomas Eggar

Threadneedle Asset Management Limited


Townsquare Sliema Ltd.

TriGranit Development Corporation 

Tyndaris LLP


UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative

University of Cambridge

Urban Green

Urban Land Institute


             and many more...

Why Sponsor?

  • Gain access to senior decision makers across the investor, developer, lender and occupier sectors
  • Brand alignment with the FT and its unrivalled credibility
  • Demonstrate thought leadership around the current critical issues affecting the real estate sector
  • Benefit from sustained international visibility through our advertising and marketing campaigns


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Supporting Partners (2)

London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) is the capital's largest independent networking and business support organisation. Representing the interests of thousands of companies, we connect thousands of business people every year and offer our members a wide range of practical and professional services.

In addition to hosting over 200 B2B events each year, LCCI provides member-to-member marketing opportunities, unlimited access to legal and HR advice, access to our exclusive central London meeting space and the opportunity to be part of an extensive international trade mission programme.

LCCI also represents the interests of its members to key business stakeholders and influencers in London and further afield across all business sectors.

Unlike many other business membership organisations, membership of LCCI is corporate. This means that any employees of member companies can take advantage of our diverse range of benefits and services.

The Business Year (TBY) is a leading research firm and publisher of annual economic resources on national economies. Present in over 25 countries, TBY provides accurate, timely, and country-specific economic data.

Each year we meet with leading policy makers and business leaders to compile first-hand information and in-depth analysis, providing strategic advice to the global business community on economic trends and investment opportunities in the countries we cover. Acclaimed by leaders in government and business, TBY is the most comprehensive publication of its kind.

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"Thank you for an excellent Summit, it was very informative." - Winkworth International Estate Agent 

"Great to get a cocktail of up to date London Property insight from market - thought provoking on many levels - quality networking." - King's College London 

"Martin Wolf was an excellent speaker and did a fabulous job of summarising the UK economy into a 20 minute presentation.- Kensington Dexter

"Good subjects with great speakers who have vast experience of the market." - CBRE Global Investors

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