CREFC Europe real estate debt training programme later this month

CREFC Europe, the European trade association for commercial real estate (CRE) lenders and debt investors, is launching the second iteration of its real estate debt training programme.

CREFC Europe logo.jpgThe course will follow on from the training programme which ran in July last year where recent hires and mid-level professionals were offered a comprehensive programme of practical and commercial training sessions in the lending and debt financing side of the real estate industry.

The course is again aimed principally at entry and mid-level commercial real estate finance professionals. CREFC Europe expects that there will be continued interest from lending and debt investing professionals, with last year’s attendees including Deloitte, Barclays, PwC and the Bank of England.

According to CREFC Europe’s CEO, Peter Cosmetatos, it’s about continuing to bridge the educational gaps within the industry while firms are scrambling to build up their teams in a fiercely competitive lending market.

One of the attendees from our July Programme highlighted that the opportunity to speak one-on-one with leading finance experts about a wide range of topics during the previous training programme granted further scope for personal development.

The five-day programme is scheduled for 18-22 January and will broadly replicate last year’s well-received programme with an introduction to real estate finance and sessions around loan structuring, collateral perspective, lenders’ perspective and an overall European sector update.

In response to feedback CREFC Europe has created a new modular structure including a few changes to some of the sessions and lower attendance fees. Attendees can select to join the full week course or the modules that are of interest to them.

  • Introduction and overview to real estate finance (Day 1 – Module 1)
  • Loan terms and conditions, Collateral perspective and Lenders’ perspective (Days 2-4 – Module 2)
  • Focus on student housing and logistics, as well as on the French and Germans Markets (Day 5 – Module 3)

The course has a distinguished faculty of speakers from leading market participants and academic institutions, including, BAML, Lloyds Banking Group, Capita, JLL, Savills, Cushman & Wakefield, Barclays Plc, CBRE, Clifford Chance, Deutsche Bank, TH Real Estate, Radley & Associates and Regensburg University. 

The full programme and registration details can be viewed here.

CREFC Europe has also enhanced the case studies component of the programme responding to feedback after July.

Peter Cosmetatos, chief executive of CREFC Europe, said: “Our training programme is structured to suit real estate finance professionals and their advisers with more modest levels of CRE debt experience. A grounding in real estate finance is crucial for professionals right across the sector and consultants as well as principals see an increasing amount of value add in having well rounded staff.”

Rob Stamford, commercial real estate associate at Lloyds Bank who attended the July 2015 course said: “The whole week was excellent and lived up to my expectation giving me an insight into areas of the business I currently have minimal involvement in while also further enhancing my knowledge of areas I already undertake.

“To add to the experience there was an excellent spread of attendees joining me on the course from different areas of the Real Estate industry including other bankers, journalists and system analysts all with their own views and questions which gave to a more broad depth of conversations.”

Madeleine McDougall, CREFC Europe Chairman and Head Of Institutional at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “CREFC Europe are providing the young talent of today a chance to learn from market leading experts covering a wide variety of fields and from diverse backgrounds.

“It is also a chance to enhance their careers via networking with peers and deepening their sector knowledge, whilst for companies it gives them an opportunity to support and build the best teams. This extensive course will suit new entrants to the market as well as more experienced analysts and associates.”

Emma Huepfl, CREFC Europe Board member and Managing Director at Laxfield Capital, added: “People enter CRE lending from many different backgrounds, and the industry needs recognised standards of training for new participants. 

“A good CRE lender needs to understand real estate and the economy which drives it, the people that manage it, financial and legal structuring and cycles affecting real estate values and capital flows. 

“There are many different aspects to getting it right, and I hope that the industry will value and support this CREFC Europe initiative to raise standards.”

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