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.
Our 2018 keynote speaker and session hosts are listed below. Our panellists will be announced shortly.
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.
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.
President and CEO
USAA Real Estate Company
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.
General Counsel and Managing Director
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.
Integrated Alternative Finance Ltd
Executive Director, Commercial Real Estate, Europe, Middle East & Africa
Standard Chartered Bank
Head of Real Estate
ENBD REIT (CEIC) Limited
Managing Director – Corporate Advisory & Direct Investments
Al Mal Capital PSC
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.
Chief Operating Officer
Abu Dhabi Financial Group
Partner, Global Capital Markets
Managing Partner, Middle East and South Asia
Brookfield Asset Management
Managing Director – Asset Management
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?
Corporate Head of Contracts
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.
Senior Economist (Middle East)
Oxford Economics Middle East DMCC
Chief Commercial Officer
Jabal Omar Development Company
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.
"Congratulations for such a well organised conference - should become annual."
"It was great to have the opportunity to catch up with some old faces and also to meet various DLA Piper representatives from your international offices."
"Thank you for the fantastic event and more importantly the quality and interest of the panels and discussions held."
"Awesome event, very well ran and extremely informative."
"Congratulations for putting on such a worthwhile event!"
"It was my pleasure to speak at your event and it was also very worthwhile for me to meet the other panellists and attendees."