17 April 2018

Breakfast Briefing: Will rising rates upset Germany’s CRE market?

Germany’s commercial real estate market saw record transaction volume in 2017 as domestic and international buyers tapped into what they believe are solid, long-term growth prospects. With interest rates expected to rise over the next year to 18 months, what will the impact be on investment and development activity?



Date: 17 April 2018


Venue: DLA Piper, London, EC2V 7EE


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Germany’s commercial real estate market saw record transaction volume in 2017 as domestic and international buyers tapped into what they believe are solid, long-term growth prospects. With interest rates expected to rise over the next year to 18 months, what will the impact be on investment and development activity?

Discussion points:

  • What’s the impact of the narrowing spread gap between real estate and fixed income?
  • Is Germany’s reputation as a safe haven attracting foreign investors?
  • What are Germany’s potential political and economic risks?
  • Where the development is happening and why?
  • Is there a Brexit bonus and will Frankfurt be the sole beneficiary?
  • Is there liquidity in the debt markets?
  • What do investors need to know before investing in Germany, with regard to issues that include transfer taxes, the use of Pfandbrief, and building regulations.

Speaker panel:

MODERATOR
Frances Robinson, Freelance JournalistFrances Robinson is a freelance journalist who previously covered the EU, tech and telecoms for the Wall Street Journal in Brussels, and the ECB for Bloomberg in Frankfurt. She writes for publications including Politico, The Spectator and CityMetric. She has written on PropTech and tech companies’ offices for PIE, as well as subjects from Belgian beer to prison overcrowding in Brussels. She now writes about Brexit, travel, food and wine. Her radio and TV appearances include Sky News, RTBF, CNBC, and the BBC World Service, and she has a wide experience of moderating panels for clients including the OECD, Google and Microsoft.
Fabian Mühlen, Partner, DLA Piper

Fabian Mühlen focuses on complex real estate transactions. He is equally familiar with share deal and asset deal structures. His work also covers sale-and-lease-back transactions, portfolio transactions and project developments, as well as advising purchasers and banks in connection with acquisition finance.
Besides Fabian’s real estate transaction experience, he advises real property owners on all matters relating to asset and facility management, starting with the conclusion of lease agreements, the arrangement and negotiation of agreements with project managers, development and construction companies, legal advice during construction works and real estate related litigation. Fabian heads jointly with Lars Reubekeul the German Real Estate group of DLA Piper.

Curth-C. Flatow, Managing Partner & Founder, FAP Group

Following a classical banking career, he worked for the Credit Suisse Group as an authorised representative until he founded FAP. In the private banking sector, he established the real estate consulting (transaction and alternative financing) and corporate finance segments. Furthermore, he accompanied various international business activities in Switzerland, the US and Asia. In 2005, he founded FAP as one of the first independent capital advisors for commercial real estate in Germany.

Olivia Reynolds, Founder & Director, Lobe GmBH Co KG

Olivia Reynolds is the founder & director of the Lobe GmBH Co KG that builds a creative Business Block – A 3000 Sqmeter building ikon in central Berlin designed by the renowned Architect Arno Brandlhuber. The Block is near completion & opens this June. After her BA & MA studies as a Art curator Olivia attended the Centra business Enterprise Ltd, she then worked at the BBC world service news while investing various properties in London before moving to Berlin- where she is now highly aware of the present property situation. She opened the Gallery LoBe: London/ Berlin from 2009-15. She lectured at the Architecture Uni HDK Berlin and her Lobe Block will be a hub in the Berlin architectural Benaille ‘Make city’ this summer. The Lobe Block is presently interested in a UK based investor input.

Vanessa Muscara, Associate Director of Property Research, M&G Real Estate

Vanessa joined M&G Real Estate in 2014, as a Senior Research Analyst, focusing on European markets. Her responsibilities include the formation of market forecasts, European fund strategies, research publications and bespoke research projects. Vanessa has 13 years’ experience in real estate research, working both in consultancy as well as investment management, namely at AECOM and LaSalle Investment Management. She has an MEng in European Civil Engineering at the University of Warwick and an MSc in European Property Development & Planning at University College London, as well as being Junior Vice Chair of the Society of Property Researchers (SPR) and a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). She is bilingual in English and Italian and fluent in French.

Agenda:

08:00    Networking & Snacks
08:30    Panel discussion
10:00    Close

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