Nareit and EPRA Team Up on European Investor Outreach Meetings

Nareit and the European Public Real Estate Association (EPRA) joined forces earlier this month for a series of investor outreach meetings in Europe.

Nareit Senior Vice President for Investment Affairs and Investor Education Meredith Despins and members of EPRA’s investor outreach team met with major investment organizations in the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and Finland.

Meetings were conducted with key decision-makers at 20 organizations, including pension and sovereign funds, central banks, investment managers, insurance companies, and private wealth managers. The total aggregated assets under management and advisement of these organizations is more than $2 trillion.

In addition to individual meetings with investors, while in Helsinki, Nareit, EPRA, and the U.K. REIT SEGRO were invited to speak during an educational luncheon seminar organized by United Bankers, a prominent Finnish wealth management and investment firm. The seminar was attended by representatives from 20 Finnish pension funds, foundations, and industry trade associations.

A frequent topic of conversation was the use of listed equity REITs and property companies as an important and efficient way to achieve diversified real estate investment exposure globally. A key focus for many of the conversations was the Nareit-sponsored research by CEM Benchmarking, Inc. The research focuses on the investment performance of different asset allocations of U.S. public and corporate pension funds, notably the top performance of allocations to listed equity REITs.

This is the seventh year that Nareit and EPRA have collaborated in joint investor outreach meetings in Europe.

(Contact: Meredith Despins at mdespins@nareit.com)

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