Israeli investors and industry leaders gather at the DLA Piper's 3rd Annual Global Real Estate Conference in Tel Aviv

DLA Piper hosted its 3rd Global Real Estate Conference in Tel Aviv. The event provided perspectives on current trends and the future outlook of the real estate markets in Europe, Asia and the United States for Israel-based companies seeking to diversify their real estate capital investments.

Co-hosted by Jeremy Lustman, the Tel Aviv-based head of DLA Piper’s Israel Practice, and Paul Jayson, a real estate partner based in London, the conference attracted more than 150 participants, including many of Israel’s elite real estate investors and professionals who have invested abroad.

The program included two keynote addresses: Tal Keret, President of Silverstein Properties, spoke on Lessons Learned and Perspectives on Urban U.S. Real Estate Markets through the Prism of One of New York’s Leading Developers, whilst Adam Irányi, Senior Investment Manager at Union Investment Real Estate examined How to Core Invest in Challenging Times.

Two panel discussions allowed for lively debate and the exchange of views.  A Look into The New World of Real Estate: how innovation and new asset classes are impacting the design and use of real estate was discussed by Allen Chilten (Rockspring Property Investment Managers), Benjamin Singer (WeWork Israel), Ely Razin (CrediFi) and Shawn Rosenthal (CBRE Capital Markets) and was moderated by Jay Epstien (DLA Piper). Understanding Global Real Estate Investment Trends: the dynamics and challenges of cross-border real estate investment was discussed by Mody Kidon (Alto Real Estate Funds), Linus Forsberg (Trinova Real Estate Investments), Gabi Stein (Tishman Speyer Properties) and Jay Zwiebel (Harbor Group International), and was moderated by Paul Jayson (DLA Piper).

DLA Piper participants included the firm’s Global Real Estate practice co-chair Jay Epstien (Washington, DC) and country heads Les Koltai (Australia), Carsten Loll (Germany). Also in attendance were Lee Miller, the Firm’s Chair Emeritus, Tony Angel, Senior Partner of DLA Piper International LLP, Naftali Weg (Baltimore), Mike Danielewsky and Torsten Pokropp (both Frankfurt) and Michael Marelus (Brussels).

"The feedback that we have received is that we have now created one of the staple annual events in the industry" said Lustman, head of DLA Piper’s Israel practice. "It is a true privilege to bring together our talented colleagues and some international clients globally with the who’s who of the local business and investment community, in the context of a creative and innovative program."    

"The conference was a great success. The room was full of energy and interest in global real estate opportunities"  said Jay Epstien, co-chair of DLA Piper’s Global Real Estate practice. "It was a true reflection of the DLA Piper’s world-leading global real estate practice".