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Update from Dominique Moerenhout

As we enter the summer months, I would like to remind everyone to register for the EPRA Conference in Berlin in September via our website: www.epra.com.

We have a new and compelling Conference programme in store, with top speakers who will provide fresh insights into the markets and our industry, and hopefully support you in your daily business decision-making with direct relevance to the bottom line. EPRA has decided to adopt a more open and participatory debating forum in the afternoon session of the main conference day to challenge the traditional panel model.

Before we reach Berlin, there is a busy travel schedule ahead with the premier North American industry event of the year, REITweek in New York in June, organised by our sister association Nareit. In keeping with previous years, we will also take the opportunity to meet leading US investors to update them on developments in the European market.

Following REITweek comes the EPRA Asia Week, promoting the European listed real estate sector with an inaugural workshop organised in partnership with the China REITs Alliance in Beijing. The China market is definitely one to keep an eye on as the market is evolving very quickly and, like many other sectors in China, could emerge as a future giant on the global listed real estate investment stage as it moves closer to launching a standard REIT regime.

Nearer to home, EPRA is following the evolution of the market in light of MiFID II in order to provide the best service to our members. There will be much more on this in the next editions of this Magazine and at our upcoming large corporate access event. In the interim, EPRA has been upping the pace in the number of private wealth management events we organise or participate in to educate investors and provide them with insights on the listed real estate sector.

In early April, we partnered with Degroof Petercam in Brussels to present 16 listed real estate EPRA companies to a series of Benelux investors. We also participated in the first edition of a REIT event in Paris, a platform providing one-on-one meetings for more than 30 companies and 60 investors. The first EPRA private wealth management event of the year, held in London, focused on the logistics sector and attracted a record attendance. The second, in late-May, turned the spotlight on retail, with the roadshow moving to Frankfurt in June.

Paris, and specifically Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s innovative Majunga Building in La Defense, was also the venue for the 2018 Reporting and Accounting Workshop. Keynote speaker Paul Craven, a behavioural economist, spoke about the psychology of decision-making and how this applies to listed real estate. You can read more about it in this edition.

Don’t forget to download the EPRA Magazine app so you can read our industry news and analysis online and help us ‘walk the talk’ on ESG principles by cutting down on the number of hard copies we have to print and distribute.

Finally, I would like to welcome our newest members: Natixis, Deutsche Industrie REIT, Spain Financial Centre, Brack Capital Properties, the University of Baltimore and Triodos Investment Management, and look forward to seeing many of you at our Conference in September.