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The Middle East
Real Estate
Summit 2018

  • Second Middle East Summit
  • Monday, February 26, 2018
  • Dubai
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About

DLA Piper's second Middle East Real Estate Summit is a half day event bringing together industry leaders for an 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 the Middle East.

Supported by CBRE, JLL and Knight Frank, the Summit harnesses DLA Piper's many years' experience working across all aspects of the sector both in the Middle East and globally. It builds upon successful Real Estate Summits hosted by DLA Piper in the USA and Europe.

Repeating the success of our inaugural 2016 Summit, we hope to be joined by over 200 asset managers, investors, developers, banks and corporate occupiers from throughout the region, with the event providing a valuable networking platform and the opportunity to hear from a distinguished list of speakers as to their views on what it takes to achieve continued success in the ever-changing high-stakes world of commercial real estate.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

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.

8.30 AM – 9.00 AM
Arrival and registration
9.00 AM – 9.15 AM
Welcome and introduction
Tom O'Grady and Duncan Pickering
Speakers
Tom O'Grady

Tom O'Grady

Partner

DLA Piper

Duncan Pickering

Duncan Pickering

Partner

DLA Piper

9.15 AM – 9.45 AM
International keynote presentation
Leonard J. O'Donnell

Len O'Donnell is President and Chief Executive Officer of USAA Real Estate Company, the commercial real estate investment and management arm of USAA, overseeing all operations of the company. Mr. O'Donnell came to USAA Real Estate in January of 2011 as President and Chief Operating Officer with more than 30 years of experience in real estate. In this capacity, Len was responsible for all acquisitions and capital market activities.

During his keynote presentation, Len will share an international perspective on the ever changing global real estate market and touch upon the key trends shaping capital flows.

Speakers
Leonard J. O'Donnell

Leonard J. O'Donnell

President and CEO

USAA Real Estate Company

10.00 AM – 10.45 AM
Cities of the future: The role of technology

The pace of technological change continues to increase, with major implications for how we live and work and the consequent form of our cities and the buildings within them.
Moderator: Craig Plumb
Daniel Parry

Two contrasting views of the future are often portrayed – the first, a positive view based on human experience and happiness, the second, suggesting that technology will reduce the need for human interaction and the number of jobs required.

In this session we explore both of these views. What impact is technology having on the creation of smart cities? And how is the industry responding to these challenges?

Hear from some of the experts responsible for delivering the next generation of commercial buildings as to what they are doing to ensure the Middle East remains globally competitive in the face of new technology.

Moderator
Craig Plumb

Craig Plumb

Head of Research – MENA

Jones Lang LaSalle

Speakers
Daniel Parry

Daniel Parry

General Counsel and Managing Director

Gulf Related

10.00 AM – 10.45 AM
Is alternative capital here to stay? Evolving financing structures fuelling today's investment markets

As liquidity continues to tighten, the need for alternative capital continues to rise. Structured listed vehicles are firmly back on the agenda and investors are looking to non-traditional funding approaches.
Moderator: Simon Townsend
Natasha Hannoun, Shane J. Moore, Anthony Taylor and Sanjay Vig

But what impact is this having on access to investment grade assets and the speed and value of transactions? And what new funding platforms are we seeing or likely to see in the future?

Join our panel of leading real estate funding and investment experts as they debate the current status, perceptions and misconceptions of the regional investment market and its impact on funding platforms. Our panel will share their experiences and insight into the strategies they use to provide their clients and shareholders the edge in an increasingly competitive and congested marketplace.

Moderator
Simon Townsend

Simon Townsend

Senior Director and Head of the Strategic Advisory: Middle East

CBRE

Speakers
Natasha Hannoun

Natasha Hannoun

Director

Integrated Alternative Finance Ltd

Shane J. Moore

Shane J. Moore

Executive Director, Commercial Real Estate, Europe, Middle East & Africa

Standard Chartered Bank

Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor

Head of Real Estate

ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited

Sanjay Vig

Sanjay Vig

Managing Director – Corporate Advisory & Direct Investments

Al Mal Capital PSC

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee break
11.15 AM – 12.00 PM
Investing through change: How global events are influencing investment strategies

Major events inevitably change the real estate investment landscape. Whether political, cultural or financial, investors need to proactively plan, react, adapt and often change their requirements to deal with the associated risks and opportunities presented by these global events in order to achieve their return aspirations.
Moderator: Jay Epstien
Mustafa Kheriba, Joseph Morris, Anuj Ranjan and Sherif Selim

This session will explore some of the major global and regional events influencing today's investment landscape and how they are impacting the investment strategies of regional investors.

Moderator
Jay Epstien

Jay Epstien

Global Head of Real Estate

DLA Piper

Speakers
Mustafa Kheriba

Mustafa Kheriba

Chief Operating Officer

Abu Dhabi Financial Group

Joseph Morris

Joseph Morris

Partner, Global Capital Markets

Knight Frank

Anuj Ranjan

Anuj Ranjan

Managing Partner, Middle East and South Asia

Brookfield Asset Management

Sherif Selim

Sherif Selim

Managing Director – Asset Management

SEDCO Capital

11.15 AM – 12.00 PM
Real estate and construction procurement: The tipping point for change

Whilst few would argue that the GCC has demonstrated significant ambition for changing its construction and real estate landscape, market practice suggests that it has been much slower to change its procurement methods and approach to delivery of the projects.
Moderator: Trevor Butcher
Mohamed A. Thabet

Join our panel of leading developers, contractors, financiers and consultants as we discuss and debate the evolution of procurement and delivery of construction projects across the GCC and where it is going next. Has the industry finally reached a tipping point? Does appetite for change truly exist? What might change look like? And what is it really going to take to enact?

Moderator
Trevor Butcher

Trevor Butcher

Head of Finance and Projects, Middle East

DLA Piper

Speakers
Mohamed A. Thabet

Mohamed A. Thabet

Corporate Head of Contracts

Eagle Hills

12.15 PM - 1.00 PM
Saudi Vision 2030: Turning real estate ambition into reality

Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030 set great expectation for the real estate sector, increasing the Kingdom's attractiveness to foreign investors, improving market sentiment and promising to serve as an important catalyst for exciting future developments that would no doubt create an abundance of opportunity in the years to come across the commercial, residential, hotel and retail sectors.
Moderator: Duncan Pickering
Mohamed Bardastani and Jamil Hassan Ghaznawi

Our esteemed panel will discuss the role of Vision 2030 in shaping Saudi Arabia's real estate landscape. From foreign investment, to PPPs and government regulation, we will look at interesting developments in the real estate sector since the Vision was announced and the progress of its implementation to date.

Moderator
Duncan Pickering

Duncan Pickering

Partner

DLA Piper

Speakers
Mohamed Bardastani

Mohamed Bardastani

Senior Economist (Middle East)

Oxford Economics Middle East DMCC

Jamil Hassan Ghaznawi

Jamil Hassan Ghaznawi

Chief Commercial Officer

Jabal Omar Development Company

1.00 PM – 1.15 PM
Conference close
Tom O'Grady and Duncan Pickering
Speakers
Tom O'Grady

Tom O'Grady

Partner

DLA Piper

Duncan Pickering

Duncan Pickering

Partner

DLA Piper

1.15 PM – 2.30 PM
Networking lunch

Venue

The 2018 summit will take place at The Address, Dubai Marina, United Arab Emirates.

If required, hotel accommodation is available at The Address, Dubai Marina.

For further details please visit their website.

What past delegates say

"Congratulations for such a well organised conference - should become annual."

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