Sectors Demystified: Real Estate Private Equity Investment– A Global Overview


The latest in our “Sectors Demystified’ series was held on Wednesday 1 May 2019, kindly hosted by CBRE Global Investors.

Ian Gleeson, CEO &CIO of CBRE Global Investment Partners and Elisabeth Teo-Pennell, Managing Director at PGIM Real Estate, gave a global overview of the growth of the Real Estate Private Equity market discussing global investment trends as well as the changing landscape of investor sentiment.

Over breakfast they discussed the way the market has developed, how the relationship between investment managers and investors drives capital and that strong global capital flows and the search for yield and stability continues to drive record amounts of capital into real estate private equity as an asset class. With real estate markets at late-stage and the economic-political backdrop uncertain, Ian and Elisabeth discussed key investment trends - geography, sectors, risk profile and structures - and how investment managers and investors are investing in an increasingly competitive and challenging investment world.

The event was very well attended with interesting questions from the audience including, in particular, “Do investors consider how diverse the investment management team is in selecting a real estate private equity investment opportunity and does this influence their selection process?” – A very relevant question to Real Estate Balance’s Intent & Vision of improving gender balance at senior levels in the real estate industry! The response being that although not wide spread, there is a growing focus by investors to take this into consideration, particularly among the public pension plans.

We would like to thank CBRE Global Investors for their generous hosting of the event.