DLA Piper's 8th Israel Real Estate Summit is a half day event that will bring together major Israeli institutions active in the global real estate markets, leading real estate professionals from around the world and DLA Piper partners from the profiled regions. The Summit will provide an opportunity for insightful discussion on the key trends and issues driving change, creating opportunities for growth, challenging market participants and shaping the future of real estate in Israel and around the world.
The Summit harnesses the extensive experience of our distinguished panellists and DLA Piper’s many years of experience working across all aspects of the real estate sector, on behalf of Israeli and other global real estate investors, to deliver this important event.
Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
2018 was a year of record investment levels around the world. Our opening panel will explore what drove the high levels of activity last year and what they see over the horizon for the coming year, including capital flows in and out of the US, Asia, Europe and Israel at a time when investment returns for traditional, core real estate are under intense pressure.
Founder & Managing Partner
Head of Global Cross Border Investment
Nuveen Real Estate
Founder and Chairman
With the search for yield and income, the real estate industry is being forced out of its historic comfort zone. Some are moving into niche or alternative areas, such as student accommodation which requires more operational expertise, others are considering development or value add to reach their required rates of return. Combined with the threat of trade wars, the continuing uncertainty surrounding BREXIT and overall geopolitical risk, our panel of experienced investors from around the world will discuss how they are navigating the many challenges confronting commercial real estate in 2019.
Head of Debt Finance
CEO and Partner
M&G Real Estate
Founder and President
Kampler Advisory Group
As the pace of innovation increases in an effort to keep up with rapidly evolving technology, the PropTech industry comes of age and is developing new applications on a daily basis. These applications bring opportunities and challenges to the traditional ways of doing business in the CRE industry. At the same time, the meteoric growth of co-working spaces is changing many of the assumptions relating to the office sector and more. The panel of experts will explore the intersection between technology, innovation and investment in commercial real estate.
Chief Operating Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Head of International Real Estate
Migdal Insurance Company