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Fri 10 Oct 2014
The final few Early Bird tickets for the 40 Percent Symposium Frankfurt 2014 are available until the 15th October - with a very limited number still for sale. From the 16th October tickets will be available for 850.00 EURO.  Early bird ticket prices are 750.00 EURO.  All prices are subject to VAT. You can register for your place here.

Wed 8 Oct 2014
40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike recently attended Expo Real for a series of very positive meetings with our speakers, partners and sponsors.  As part of the Expo Real programme, John chaired a session for Green Rating Alliance called - 'Common platform for sustainable measurement - is it ever possible?'  Panelists were: Ralph Wood of AXA Real Estate Investments, Christoph Wildgruber of Allianz Real Estate and Christiane Conrads of DLA Piper.   John writes: "The seminar was very well attended. On a show of hands the audience was equally divided on whether one system platform to include portfolio and individual building measurements was needed or whether the current multi-system of measurement and certification was better. As one delegate said - 'I do not want one system holding me to ransom.'  ‎However an alternative view expressed was that a single data house such as Google or Microsoft could house all data supplied by GRESB...

Fri 3 Oct 2014
Our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November at the Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof presents a great opportunity for industry leaders to meet and debate the key topics within the industry right now.  There has been much debate around the issue of reporting standards and within this blog, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike FRICS discusses the importance of the session in the next of our conference spotlight series. John writes: "The session, 'Multiple Reporting…is it really necessary?'  at the Frankfurt 40 Percent Symposium will focus on the difficult issue of exactly which reporting standard should you adopt. There are at the moment least 9 and still counting, standards in use ranging from the Global Reporting Initiative to those at a building level such as BREEAM.   As one of our investors said, 'can we have just one standard?'  The fear he has is that having developed their systems to work with one standard regulators then...

Mon 22 Sep 2014
  The green bonds market and how this will impact on real estate in the future is a hot topic at our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November.  One of our speakers François Cantin, who is Group Director Property, Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability at Unibail-Rodamco gives us a sneak preview into the principles behind Unibail-Rodamco’s first ever green bond issuance for €750 million and the position he will be taking in our 'Green Bonds and Green Real Estate Funds' session at the conference in Frankfurt.   François writes: "Last February, Unibail-Rodamco issued the first "Green Bond" for a real-estate company in the Euro market (€ 750 million, for a fixed coupon of 2.5% and a 10-year maturity). This "Green Bond" has met with great success, placement having been 3.4 times oversubscribed with an order book reaching over €2.5 billion in less than 2 hours. This issuance is part of the Group’s strategy to...

Fri 19 Sep 2014
As our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November draws closer, 40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike, spotlights one of the sessions featured on the programme - 'The Link between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management.' John writes: "A major topic for all previous 40 Percent Symposia has been defining the relationship between Sustainability, Shareholder Value and Investment Management. Larger companies now embrace sustainability but the issue remains on how medium and smaller sized companies can benefit in a cost effective way. Our panel of Roger Baumann, Head of Business Development at Credit Suisse Real Estate Management, Alex Edds, Interim Head of Sustainability at TIAA Henderson and Professor Dr. David Lorenz of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology will look at ways in which the benefits of sustainability can be more broadly understood and acted upon. The panel will also look at why the ESG strategies of the investors/pension...

Wed 10 Sep 2014
  We are delighted to be joined by guest blog author and regular 40 Percent Symposium contributor - Prof. Dr. Sven Bienert MRICS.  Professor Bienert is the Head of the Competence Centre of Sustainable Real Estate at Regensburg University.  Professor Bienert will be joining us as one of our speakers at our next Symposium in Frankfurt on the 5th November, where he will join fellow panel members Mr. Ulrich Steinmetz, Managing Director at Deutsche Asset and Wealth Management, Alternatives and Real Assests as well as Wolfgang Gemünd, Vice President and Senior Client Manager at Swiss Re Corporate Solutions.  Together the panel will debate the impact extreme weather has on commercial real estate, as we see the occurrence of extreme weather more and more frequently. At the conference Professor Bienert will be outlining his conclusions from his recently researched paper regarding extreme weather and property values, a copy of which will be available to...

Wed 27 Aug 2014
The 40 Percent Symposium focuses on the impact that climate change and sustainability has on the value of commercial real estate investments, occupation and the effective management of those assets. The Symposium creates a platform where best practice and experience from across Europe can be shared through our leading industry speakers and senior real estate executive delegates. The Symposium acts as a forum for the exchange of knowledge where new ideas and  environmental strategies are discussed. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to network with leading industry figures in the world of investment, corporate occupation and real estate consultancies. At the Frankfurt 2014 Symposium which will be held on the 5th November, we will be offering a very limited number of stands in the networking room for innovative companies to demonstrate what is new in the field of sustainability and energy management.  This new initiative from the Symposium will provide added value...

Wed 27 Aug 2014
The conference programme for our next Symposium which will be held on the 5th November in Frankfurt is continuing to develop with some fantastic speakers confirmed to partake in the programme.  In the next of our Speaker Spotlight series we are focusing on François Cantin who is the Group Director of Property, Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability at Unibail-Rodamco. François co-chairs the Sustainability Group at ICSC Europe and is a member of the EPRA Sustainability Committee.  François joined Unibail-Rodamco in 2002, where he has held different management positions in the technical operations for both the Retail and Office portfolio's respectively.  François currently holds the position of Group Director of PMPS (Property Maintenance, Purchasing and Sustainability) at Unibail-Rodamco within the Paris HQ.   Prior to joining Unibail-Rodamco, François spent 10 years in consulting firms including 5 years in Deloitte...

Fri 18 Jul 2014
Investment and Pensions Europe published an article yesterday by Stephanie Pfeifer, Chief Executive at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.  The focus of the article was on the risks and opportunities presented to investors by climate change.   40 Percent Symposium Founder and Managing Director John Pike comments: "As this really focused article says the risk of climate change is not only the physical, EG rising sea levels but also sudden policy responses. These have the potential to leave “high carbon assets” , or in real estate parlance “older buildings”, stranded. Our next Symposium in Frankfurt on November 5th concentrates on the value impact of climate change and we will hear from many real estate leaders on their responses to this in terms of their investment policy as well as the tools available to implement their strategies. We will also be looking at the emerging markets in green bonds and green investments." You can read the full article...

Thu 17 Jul 2014
Our conference programme is shaping up very well for our next Symposium on the 5th November in Frankfurt.   The 40 Percent Symposium has a well established reputation for delivering conferences at the forefront of industry thinking and attracting a very senior level audience.  Delegates attending the conference also benefit from successful networking opportunities throughout the event. We are fortunate to have the support of our high profile speakers who we will be spotlighting in the coming weeks.   Alex Edds is acting Head of Sustainability and Responsible Property Investment at TIAA Henderson Real Estate and will be joining us as one of our esteemed speakers on the 5th November in Frankfurt.  Alex is responsible for TIAA Henderson Real Estate’s corporate sustainability programme and Responsible Property Investment programme. Alex’s focus is to support the TIAA Henderson Real Estate fund and asset teams with the active management and...

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