DLA Piper's 7th 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.
Rapid changes in user demands, technology, and consumer behaviour are disrupting the market for real estate. Economies are seeing a desire for amenities and 24-hour activity, changing use of both urban business headquarters and the growing popularity of inner city areas, despite the ability of remote working. Rigid zoning based upon outdated ideas of separation of work, home and play have given way to a desire to mix uses in the built environments to create places where people want to live, work, shop, and play.
Our panel of world-class investors and developers will discuss how these trends are affecting their decisions on deployment of capital and resources at the cutting edge, and what we should expect moving forward.
Trinova Real Estate
Head of Real Estate Investments
Omnam Investment Group
Our panel of entrepreneurs and investors will address the intersections between traditional real estate and other sectors of the economy. We will be taking a look at how the rapidly changing use of property necessitates a fresh look at sectors which seem less affected by changes in how people shop, work and live.
At what point does it cease to be a real estate play and with this in mind how should investors view real estate as a separate asset class in a balanced portfolio?
Vice President, Global Transactions
Savills Immobilien Beratungs- GmbH
MPC Micro Living Development GmbH
Israeli based capital has consistently favoured US real estate for its relatively consistent and dependable returns and because of the familiarity and breadth of its markets. Will this endure? How will the US market be affected by current political and market shifts? Do the restructuring of Europe and the spectre of Brexit pose risk to investors or more opportunities for the brave?
Global Co-Chair, Restructuring Practice Co-Managing Partner, Chicago Office
Founder & CEO
The Davis Companies
President & Founder
Madison International Realty
Head of International Real Estate
Global Head of Asset Management
Manulife Real Estate