ULI Global Webinar: Impact Investing Research Launch in partnership with DLA Piper – Session 2 EMEA and Americas (16:00 BST / 11:00 EDT)


2022-06-28T16:00:00 - 2022-06-28T17:00:00

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    Social impact: investing with purpose to protect and enhance returns

    Social impact real estate investing represents a major opportunity for the industry to improve the present circumstances and future prospects of underserved communities. This webinar explores how through relatively small adjustments to existing investment strategies, there is opportunity to create a disproportionately positive impact through real estate that may also protect and enhance returns. It also examines the right partnership and operating approaches and the new risks involved with addressing the needs of a previously underserved customer base.



    Raymond Jacobs

    Managing Director, Franklin Templeton Real Estate Advisors

    Raymond J. Jacobs is managing director of Franklin Real Assets Advisors and a member of its Management and Global Investment Committees. Mr. Jacobs heads European private real estate investment and portfolio management and serves as portfolio manager on a number of value-add and core real estate funds. Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 1999, Mr. Jacobs worked in real estate investment and asset management functions at Dutch firm GIM Capital, Swedish property company PriFast and the New York office of a private Japanese property firm. Mr. Jacobs entered the real estate industry in 1990. Mr. Jacobs holds an M.B.A. from Aston University (U.K.) and a B.B.A from Nyenrode Business University (Netherlands). He is a former six year term board member of INREV and serves on the advisory committee of a number of private equity funds.


    Lisette van Doorn

    Chief Executive Officer, Europe, Urban Land Institute

    As chief executive of ULI Europe, Lisette van Doorn is responsible for the development of the Institute’s activities across the region, including its renowned pan-European conferences and over 250 local meetings and events across 14 countries. She is responsible for working with ULI’s staff both locally and globally to deliver more high profile content and reports; coordinating Advisory Services panels and Urban Plan; and expanding the Institute’s thought leadership across Europe. Van Doorn joined ULI in January 2015 from LIRE, her own consultancy business, which advises international institutional real estate investors and fund managers on strategy, organisational optimisation and portfolio structuring. Prior to this, van Doorn was country manager for CBRE Global Investors where she managed a €1.6bn portfolio of assets in Italy and fund manager of two shopping centre funds (€ 1.3 billion) with assets in Spain, Portugal and Italy. Before joining CBRE Global Investors, van Doorn was founding chief executive for INREV, the European association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles for four and a half years. Van Doorn started her career at ING Investment Management, where she held account manager and assistant controller positions before being made managing director of research & strategy for ING Real Estate Investment Management Europe.


    Brenna O'Roarty

    Owner, RHL Strategic Solutions

    Brenna is an independent real estate professional and founded RHL Strategic Solutions in 2010. She has over 25 years experience in strategic real estate research and has amassed a deep understanding of structural and market risks. Brenna is particularly adept at identifying the strategic implications of structural and market trends on the industry, on investment opportunities and risk considerations. Her work includes undertaking a range of major projects on behalf of international real estate organisations, including ULI, INREV, ICSC, CREFC and the IPF. Brenna also undertakes bespoke, ad hoc assignments for investment managers and service providers and is appointed as an external advisor to specific funds. Formerly, Brenna was a Director and Head of European Strategic research at RREEF (part of Deutsche Asset Management, now DWS), where she was involved in providing strategic research to all aspects of the business. Fund strategy, business development and real estate decision-making were central to her role. Brenna was an investment committee member. Prior to joining RREEF in 2006, Brenna was Director of European retail research at Jones Lang LaSalle where she spent seven years. Her focus was on developing innovative investment applications and real estate solutions for the business and clients. Previous to joining Jones Lang LaSalle she held a lectureship in Land Economy at the University of Aberdeen, which she joined upon completion of her PhD at the University of Ulster.


    Andrea Carpenter

    Diversity Talks Real Estate

    Andrea Carpenter is a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, and a writer and communications consultant in the property industry. As a Director of Diversity Talks Real Estate, Andrea helps raise the visibility of under-represented groups in the industry through the stage and media. This includes training and other female-led initiatives through DTRE’s Women Talk Real Estate community. On the writing side, her book about the history of the modern European property industry, High Rise and Fall, was published by Routledge in September 2018. Andrea began her career as a journalist at Property Week before moving on to be editor of EuroProperty for seven years. Following this she worked for various industry bodies including the Urban Land Institute, INREV in Amsterdam, and its sister organisation ANREV in Hong Kong. On returning to the UK, she worked as Head of Marketing and Communications EMEA at CBRE Investment Management (then CBRE Global Investors).


    Glenn Pierce

    Principal & President of Education Initiatives, Turner Impact Capital

    Glenn Pierce has been a leader in the development of charter schools since 1997. As President of Education Initiatives, Glenn is responsible for the oversight and management of all Turner-Agassi investment opportunities across the country. Throughout his career, Glenn has developed more than 160 charter schools in 15 states and the District of Columbia, creating over 75,000 incremental student seats for best-in-class operators across the United States. Prior to joining Turner Impact Capital, Glenn was CEO and President of the Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund where he was responsible for the oversight and management of all Canyon-Agassi investment opportunities. Prior to Canyon-Agassi, Glenn served as President and CEO of Pacific Charter School Development (PCSD), which he founded with funding provided by NewSchools Venture Fund in 2003. PCSD is a Los Angeles based not-for-profit organization focused on providing underserved California students with high-quality charter school facilities. Glenn is a graduate of Lafayette College (B.A., Economics) and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (M.B.A.) and the Broad Center for Urban Superintendents. Glenn serves as Chairman of the South Florida Autism Charter Schools.


    Mike Bedke

    Location Head, Miami Real Estate Practice, DLA Piper

    Mike Bedke represents clients in all aspects of real estate and commercial financing work. He has significant domestic and cross-border experience with transactions involving public-private partnerships and infrastructure projects. His experience includes rail, ports, airports, marinas, toll roads, renewable energy, university housing and research facility related matters as well as stadium, ballpark and arena projects. His clients include institutional lenders, investors, national developers, and companies in the hospitality, transportation and technology sectors. Mike is recognized nationally as a leader in the area of sustainability and the "triple bottom line." He has been at the forefront of the ESG area through his advocacy of rail projects, transportation-oriented development, his work on inland port projects, his lecturing on green leases and the WELL building standard and in his prior role as general counsel to Earth Charter US. RECOGNITIONS Recognized as a 2020 Professional Excellence Award Honoree by the Daily Business Review for the Social Impact award. Chambers USA, published by the respected English research firm Chambers & Partners, has repeatedly recognized Mike for his real estate work. He has been "identified as a 'very high-level strategic thinker.' Clients value his negotiation skills, and 'calm and sophisticated' navigation of deals, in addition to his 'great business acumen' and 'wise counsel.'" He has a "pragmatic and business-oriented approach," and clients have said "he is professional, knowledgeable and courteous, prompt and extremely helpful." Mike is "a great strategic thinker who is great at marshaling resources, extremely well connected, personable and one of the best business development people I've met," stated one client. In 2019, Chambers USA wrote that "Michael Bedke draws praise from clients for his 'friendly and approachable style, and they further note that 'he is very confident in negotiations and has done a tremendous job.’ He has significant expertise in connection with the acquisition, construction and development of high-value assets." Mike is also named in The Best Lawyers in America and Marquis Who's Who. He has been listed as a Florida Super Lawyer and one of the Florida Legal Elite. The National Law Journal recognized him in its exclusive "40 Under Forty" listing of lawyers and The Business Journal also named him to its list of "40 Under Forty" outstanding business talents. Mike has been rated AV® by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, the highest rating attainable. He was awarded the John Arthur Jones Annual Service Award by the Florida Bar Association's Real Property, Probate and Trust Law (RPPTL) Section twice for his dedicated and significant outstanding service to the Section and its varied programs. The RPPTL Section is the largest Section of the Florida Bar, with more than 11,000 members. Mike has also received numerous recognitions for his pro bono and volunteer work. He received the 2019 Medal of Honor Award from The Florida Bar Foundation. He is the recipient of the Florida Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, the Florida Bar President's Pro Bono Award, the Jimmy Kynes Pro Bono Award and the State of Florida Governor's Summer Leadership Program "Local Hero" Award. In 2004, Mike was recognized by Florida Governor Jeb Bush and State Attorney General Charlie Crist as the Florida Victim Advocate of the Year, and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners unanimously adopted a proclamation praising Mike. He was the first recipient of DLA Piper's Pro Bono Partner of the Year award. Mike also is the recipient of Stetson College of Law's Wm. Reece Smith Award for his pro bono work.