CEE Property Forum 2016 - Vienna, Austria

Date: 21st September 2016    Venue: Hotel Park Royal Palace (Vienna, Austria)


Registration, coffee

Section 1: What does Brexit mean for us?

09:00 - 09:20

Keynote speech: Europe after Brexit – CEE in a new world economy

Bruegel is a European think tank that specialises in economics. Established in 2005, it is independent and non-doctrinal. Bruegel’s mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. Bruegel’s membership includes EU Member State governments, international corporations and institutions.

The UK government will soon begin the process to withdraw from the European Union. What will this huge change mean for the future of the European Union and its member states? What is the process of leaving, and what signal should the EU give to the UK? What are the interests of other countries as they negotiate a deal with the UK?


09:20 - 09:40

Presentation: The world of real estate in 2017 – A European outlook


09:40 - 10:10

Senior economists’ debate – Brexit, Brexit, Brexit…

Radovan Jelasity FRICS is a Serbian economist who was the Governor of the National Bank of Serbia from 2004 to 2010. He is currently occupying the position of CEO at Erste Group at Erste Bank in Budapest, Hungary.

The debate will focus on the most important challenges of the European and CEE economies. Besides Brexit, our senior economists will look at the growth potentials of Central European economies.

Chair: Radován Jelasity, Chairman, Chairman of the Board of Directors, CEO, Hungarian Banking Association, Erste Bank Hungary

Conversation participants:

Coffee break – Networking

RICS Photo Session - All RICS members are welcome to join

Section 2: Investment in Europe and in CEE

10:40 - 11:10

The future of the European economy and Europe as a business destination – Interdisciplinary insight

The discussion will seek answers to the most important questions regarding the future of the European and Central European real estate market and Central Europe as a business destination with the help of three bright minds. Our aim is to generate a thought-provoking discussion. Topics to be covered: smart city concept, attracting global shared service centers, migration from Eastern Europe to Western Europe, globalization and location choice by multinational companies.

Chair: Louise Brooke-Smith FRICS, Senior Partner and UK Head of Development Strategic Planning and Head of Social Value, Arcadis


11:10 - 12:10

European real estate executive roundtable – Life after Brexit

Opening speech for the roundtable: Robert Stassen, JLL: Making sense of Brexit

Chair: Noah Steinberg FRICS, Chairman & CEO, WING


12:10 - 13:00

Senior CEE investment debate

Chair: Otis Spencer MRICS, Chief Investment Officer, P3 Logistic Parks

Conversation participants:

Award ceremony: Chris Bennett Memorial Prize

An annual prize created by RICS in the name of Chris Bennett FRICS, to reward a significant display of professionalism by a successful RICS Candidate in the CEE region.

The award will is given to a successful RICS applicant deemed to have made the most outstanding impression on an interviewing panel throughout the RICS business year (1 August – 31 July). Nominations are accepted from all countries of the CEE region.

Lunch - Networking

Section 3A: Office / Industrial

14:00 - 14:40

Panel discussion: office occupier trends, changing tenant requirements, future office trends, office developments of the future

Chair: Miroslav Barnáš MRICS, Supervisory Board Member, Transactions, ARETE

Conversation participants:

14:40 - 15:20

Manufacturing investments in CEE - Infrastructure issues, real estate development opportunities

Where do large manufacturing investments go within the CEE/SEE region and why? What role do infrastructure related issues play in the location choice of large manufacturing companies? Legal risks and challenges for large-scale greenfield developments. How can real estate developers benefit from new manufacturing investments? Is Central Europe’s exposure to automotive industry a blessing or a curse?

Chair: Louise Brooke-Smith FRICS, Senior Partner and UK Head of Development Strategic Planning and Head of Social Value, Arcadis

Conversation participants:

Section 3B: Hotel-Leisure / Retail

14:00 - 14:40

Panel discussion: Hotel investors and operators at one table

Chair: Attila Hegedűs MRICS, Partner, Managing Partner, Prophex Europe Consulting

Conversation participants:

  • Andreas Deutsch, Deputy Head of Department - Real Estate Finance International, Raiffeisen Bank International AG
  • Daniel Folian, Investor Relations, Warimpex
  • Frederic Le Fichoux MRICS, Partner – Global Hospitality Group, Cushman & Wakefield
  • Paul Rosenberg, Director, International Hotel Development, Marriott International, Inc. and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC
  • Astrid Schafleitner, Director Development Germany South, Austria & CEE, Motel One Development GmbH

14:40 - 15:20

Panel discussion: Retail on the move

Chair: Péter Számely MRICS, Head of Real Estate Finance CEE, HYPO NOE Landesbank

Conversation participants:

Coffee break – Networking

Section 4A: Invest in Southeast-Europe

15:40 - 16:20

Panel discussion: Why invest in SEE?

In 2016 commercial real estate investment activity seems to be picking up again in Southeastern Europe after a slightly weaker 2015. Romania is back on the investors’ map, but when will Bulgaria be? What do investors think about Serbia? Where will new money come from? Will the market continue to be dominated by portfolio deals? What is the most sought after asset class in SEE?
Our expert panel will answer all of these questions and many more.

Chair: Tim Wilkinson MRICS, Chairman, Partner, RICS Romania, DTZ Romania

Conversation participants:

Section 4B: Workshop: Technology and real estate

A unique workshop where real estate meets technology and innovation. How technology and innovation can help real estate professionals? What are the most important areas where technology and real estate meet? Future trends: which technologies, which type of innovations are most likely to shape the real estate industry and how?

Our key words are: indoor navigation, augmented reality, virtual reality, smart real estate search, full automatic localisation, sensor-based analytics and engagement platform, 3D solutions.



15:40 - 16:00

Technology meets real estate – Current trends, future outlook for “Proptech”


16:00 - 16:10

Smart real estate search, full automatic localisation


16:10 - 16:20

Indoor navigation, augmented reality, virtual reality


16:20 - 16:50

Technology and innovation roundtable

Conversation participants:

Closing remarks

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