Quo Vadis Italia?

DLA Piper Italian Real Estate Summit 2021

  • Milan


Trying to understand the new normal – Upsides and downsides in a market dominated by uncertainty

As Europe approaches the 50% threshold of double vaccination, employees are returning to work, tourists are travelling again and Italy has just won the European Championship in front of 60,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium. Even if the positive trend continues, it’s clear that nothing will be like it was before the COVID-19 pandemic. People have changed so many of their habits: remote (or now flexible) working and online shopping will never disappear and the desire for an apartment with a balcony or a study will permanently change the way we live. If we add the changes that will be driven by SESG, a picture emerges that is dominated by uncertainty like never before.

What does this all mean for the real estate industry? What role will real estate investments play in the asset allocation policy of institutional and private capital? Which asset classes are the winners, which asset classes will struggle? And is there room for opportunistic investment? Is it time to take advantage of distressed situations? Internationally and in Italy, what will the new normal look like?

After a break in 2020 due to COVID-19, DLA Piper has decided to resume the Quo Vadis Italy conference, albeit in a different format to reflect social distancing rules. 

In collaboration with:

REsummit Italy Logos SM

Wednesday, 29 September 2021

Conference 4pm – 6:30pm CET

Reception 6:30pm – 8:30pm CET

Due to COVID-19 we have limited the invitation to a reduced number of clients. The event will be available on a streaming platform. For more information contact DLA Piper Italy Events.

COVID-19 safety measures

As indicated in the Legislative Decree no.111 effective from 6 August 2021, to enter The Triennale Design Museum and the event it will be necessary to show a Green Pass, in paper or digital version, at the check-in desk located at the main entrance.

Please check here all details on Green Pass.


The event has been organized in compliance with the ISO 20121 standard: sustainable event management.

The event has been audited by a third party body TUV NORD ITALIA.

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Speaker bio

Sam Zell

Sam Zell


Equity Group Investments

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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.

The international perspective – what does the “new normal” mean for real estate investments
Moderator: Paola Dezza
Anne Kavanagh, Andrea Orlandi and François Trausch
Paola Dezza

Paola Dezza


Il Sole 24 Ore

Anne Kavanagh

Anne Kavanagh

Chief Investment Officer


Andrea Orlandi

Andrea Orlandi

GLT-Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Europe

CPP Investments

François Trausch

François Trausch

Global Chief Executive Officer & Chief Investment Officer

Allianz Real Estate

The Italian perspective – what money invests where in Italy?
Moderator: Dino Gioseffi
Mario Abbadessa, Paolo Massimiliano Bottelli, Emanuele Caniggia, Fabio Longo, Giuseppe Oriani and Andrea Ruckstuhl
Dino Gioseffi

Dino Gioseffi

Managing Director - Coverage Large Corp. & Head of Real Estate


Mario Abbadessa

Mario Abbadessa

Senior Managing Director & Country Head

Hines Italy

Paolo Massimiliano Bottelli

Paolo Massimiliano Bottelli

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Kryalos SGR

Emanuele Caniggia

Emanuele Caniggia

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

DeA Capital Real Estate SGR S.p.A.

Fabio Longo

Fabio Longo

Managing Director

Bain Capital Credit

Giuseppe Oriani

Giuseppe Oriani

Co-Head Client Capital EMEA

Savills Investment Management

Andrea Ruckstuhl

Andrea Ruckstuhl

Head of Continental Europe




Triennale Design Museum

Viale Emilio Alemagna, 6

20121 Milano

The venue can be easily reached by public transport.

The event will be available also in streaming.