October 23, 2012


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    Insurance companies, pension funds and sovereign wealth funds: competitors or partners?

    Tuesday, 11th March 2014 from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

    Sponsor: Allianz

    Over the last years we have been witnessing an increase in the real estate allocations of sovereign wealth funds and new players entering the market. With total assets estimated at 5.13 tn USD (as of October 2013) they represent a growing source of capital competing for real estate assets, a source of capital that cannot be ignored. Topics that will be discussed are:

    - SWFs - how much do they invest in real estate and in which real estate conduits do they invest?
    - Investment Strategy – are we looking for the same?
    - Will SWF real estate capital keep growing?
    - Are we competing for the same product or could we be potential like-minded JV partners?
    - Implications for the real estate investment market and insurance money in real estate


    Olivier Piani Olivier Piani
    Allianz Real Estate | CEO
    Olivier Piani is the CEO of Allianz Real Estate. He joined Allianz from GE Capital Real Estate Europe where he successfully built up the company as CEO and its pan-European real estate portfolio. Prior to joining GE in 1998, he worked as CEO of UIC-Sofal and held the position of Deputy Head of Real Estate Restructuring of Paribas Group. O. Piani is a graduate of Paris Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Paris (1977) and received an MBA from Stanford University (1981).
    Pierre Vaquier Pierre Vaquier
    AXA Real Estate | Chief Executive Officer
    Pierre Vaquier,
    AXA Real Estate
    Paris, France

    Vaquier has over 30 years investment banking and property experience. He is currently Chief Executive Officer of AXA Real Investment Managers, having joined AXA in 1993. His responsibilities include the definition of AXA REIM strategy and its day to day management. In such capacity, he chairs AXA REIM Management Board and Executive Committee.

    Vaquier is director of listed property companies: Foncière des Régions SA. He is Vice-President and Director of Logement Français SA.

    Vaquier has held previous posts in France and in the U.S. with Paribas and AXA, having graduated from H.E.C. in 1980. Vaquier was associate at Paribas international private banking for two years. He then went to New York, took over responsibilities as a manager in real estate investment banking activities. He became CEO of Paribas Properties Inc. until 1992 and then was Director at Paribas Asset Management.
    Pierre Vaquier was appointed Chairman and CEO of AXA REIM France in 1999.

    Dr Frank Billand Dr Frank Billand
    Union Investment Real Estate GMBH | Member of the Management Board
    Dr. Frank Billand is CIO and Member of the Management Board of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH since 2009.
    He is responsibilities for all investment activities of Union Investment Real Estate GmbH.
    Before joining Union Investment at the End of 2002, Dr. Billand worked for 18 years for Hochtief.

    Antoine Castro Antoine Castro
    Quantum Global Real Estate | Managing Director
    An Economics graduate from the elite Sorbonne University in Paris, Antoine Castro joined Quantum Global in 2012 from Morgan Stanley where he served with distinction as Executive Director and Senior Officer in the Real Estate division, piloting significant transactions and finance deals. Antoine currently spearheads Quantum Global’s Real Estate arm where, as Managing Director, he leads the £1 billion Plaza joint venture which recently secured blue chip real estate deals in New York, London and Munich. In line with Quantum Global’s African focus and expertise, Antoine is currently overseeing the group’s $1.2 billion real estate interests in the African Continent.
    Wenzel Hoberg Wenzel Hoberg
    Canada Pension Plan Investment Board | Managing Director | Real Estate Investments - Europe
    Wenzel joined CPPIB in 2007 and relocated with his investment team from Toronto to London. He has over 10 years of international real estate investment experience gained as Head of Global Acquisitions at German open ended fund manager “Commerz Grundbesitz Invest” and Head of Asset Management for the German shopping center developer “MFI - Management für Immobilien”. He holds an executive post-graduate real estate degree from the European Business School and a Master of Science from in Real Estate from the University of Wisconsin.


    Jane Roberts Jane Roberts
    Real Estate Publishing | Editor
    Jane Roberts is the launch editor of Real Estate Capital, a monthly magazine and news service about financing UK and European property.

    The title started in 2007 with the aim of filling a gap in reporting and analysing trends in raising and structuring debt and equity capital for real estate. It is read by bank and non-bank lenders, investors, fund managers and debt and equity advisers.

    Jane is a former deputy editor of UK-based weekly, Estates Gazette, and has 25 years' experience of writing about property and finance.

    Melanie Epp Melanie Epp
    Allianz Real Estate | Head of Communications
    Melanie Epp is the Head of Communications at Allianz Real Estate based in Munich.
    She has over 12 years of working experience in communications at real estate companies, holds a Master in Communication and Media Science at the University of Leipzig und completed post-graduate studies as a Real Estate Economist at the European Business School.

    About Allianz Real Estate:

    Allianz Real Estate is the strategic centre of expertise in real estate within the Allianz Group and a leading international real estate investment and asset manager. Allianz Real Estate develops and executes worldwide tailored portfolio and investment strategies on behalf of the Allianz companies, considering direct as well as indirect investments The operational management of investments and assets is currently performed in six international subsidiaries and hubs in Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, USA and Asia/Pacific. The headquarters of Allianz Real Estate are located in Munich and Paris. As of 31st December 2013 Allianz Real Estate has approximately 30 billion euros assets under management.

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