Monthly Newsletter 2021


Welcome to our May Newsletter, which gives you details of the work we have been doing throughout the month.

It's been a busy few weeks, with lots going on!  See below for details of a research report we released, looking at the industry 10 years on from the GFC, as well as new dates for AREF Connect and Property Investors' Voice, an open sponsorship opportunity, as well as vacancies on our committees and for a Non-Executive Director on our Board.

Our FutureGen Committee have also sent out a short anonymous member survey and we would be very grateful if you could all complete it.  The survey will help gather data for a Whitepaper they are writing on what the 'world of work could look like in the future'.  Click here to take the survey.

Wishing you a lovely bank holiday weekend and we hope you are keeping safe and well!

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AREF seeks Non-Executive Director to join the Board

We are seeking someone with significant experience in the property fund management industry, who is not currently working for a fund manager or having any other potential conflict of interest.

For more information and to apply, click here

Looking for volunteers to review 2020 Code of Practice Self-Certifications

Each year roughly 12 funds are selected for audit to ensure managers are completing the Self Certification process correctly and are running the fund within the spirit of the AREF Code of Practice.

Click to view the guidance document and for more information.

Property Investors' Voice - second date released

Let’s discuss what matters to you as investors. At these quarterly group video-call sessions, we invite you all to come together for 45 minutes and set your own agenda for discussion. Open to any and all qualified investors in property funds, no AREF membership required.

For more information and to register, click here...


See what's coming up on our Events Calendar!

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Don’t be left out of the index!

Click to view the deadlines for submission to the MSCI/ AREF UK Property Fund Index for Q2 2021. If these submission and signoff deadlines are not met your fund risks not being included in the index for this quarter.

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27 May 2021
FCA CP21/12: A new authorised fund regime for investing in long term assets (LTAF)

The FCA have published a consultation (CP21/12). This will be an alternative investment fund (AIF) that is able to invest in illiquid assets such as venture capital, privat...

Active Consultation
26 May 2021
AREF FutureGen Network - 2021 Survey

This year, with lockdowns easing and a return to work on the horizon, we would like to find out how attitudes have changed over the past 12 months, and what the world of wo...

News Article
27 May 2021
Post-event materials - FutureGen Educational Series 2021 Event 1 - 26th May 2021

The AREF FutureGen Committee held the first, in our three part 2021 educational series focusing on 'Real Estate - The Investor's Perspective'. Kindly sponsored by Carey Ols...

Post-event Materials
24 May 2021
Carey Olsen to sponsor the AREF Tokenisation event on 14th June 2021

We are delighted to announce Carey Olsen will be the sole sponsor for AREF's Tokenisation event 'How to Tokenise an Asset' on 14th June 2021. Click for more information, in...

News Article
21 May 2021
AREF CTI Reporting Q&A

We have added Question 32 and 33 to the AREF CTI Reporting Q&A. Any questions on the CTI can be referred to AREF CTI & Expense Ratio Working Group.

News Article
21 May 2021
AREF D&I Taskforce confirmed

We are pleased to announce the names in our new D&I Taskforce

News Article
21 May 2021
Sponsor announced for The AREF Pub-chat Podcast Series 2 : 'The Road to Recovery'

We are delighted to announce 'RSM' will be the sole sponsor for the second series of the highly popular pub-chat podcast. 

News Article
20 May 2021
Open End Fund Pricing Project

The Open End Fund Pricing Project is an industry-wide project conducted in collaboration with INREV. View the latest updates with the project.

AREF Activity
19 May 2021
AREF have become supporters of the RED Foundation

As we move into an ever more data driven world, there is little doubt that investment management will need to evolve to realise the enormous benefits that this offers us......

News Article
11 May 2021
IA Political update: The Queen’s Speech

View an update from the Investment Association on the Queen's speech on 11th May 2021.

News Article
10 May 2021
IA Political update: election results

This weekend saw the largest set of votes to be counted this side of the next general election... Click to view the key results and analysis from the elections.

News Article
07 May 2021
FCA FS21/8: Feedback to consultation paper (CP20/15) on liquidity mismatch in authorised open-ended property funds

AREF and the IA jointly responded to CP20/15 in November 2020. FCA FS21/8 gives feedback to this response, click for more information.

News Article


Industry Initiatives you may be interested in...

19 May 2021
Quarterly newsletter from Investment 20/20

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News Article
12 May 2021
The Investment Association Engine ESG TechTalk - 10 June - Sustainable & Responsible Data

Click for more details on this ESG TechTalk from the Investment Association's Engine.

News Article
27 May 2021
The Investment Association Annual Conference 2021

AREF members have been given a discounted rate to attend - Please quote 'AREF Member' when you book. 

News Article

Do you know of a fantastic industry initiative?

Please share this with us and we can include it in the next newsletter.

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Upcoming Events

09 Jun 2021 London
Investor Event - Net Zero Pathways
14 Jun 2021 London
Tokenisation Event – How to tokenise an asset
23 Jun 2021 London
Society of Property Researchers Event - Risk management re-examined
24 Jun 2021 London
AREF FutureGen Educational Series 2021 Event 2: : Investment Selection and Initial Deployment of Capital
FutureGen event
07 Jul 2021 London
Property Investors' Voice- calls for investors in real estate funds
Member Call
08 Jul 2021 London
'AREF Connect' - Our digital networking solution - sponsored by CMS
Networking events

Sign-up your new Graduates

Do you have new Graduates starting in your firm? If so, then we’d be delighted to hear from them! As part of your AREF membership, graduates at your firm, along with any other FutureGen staff members, can join the AREF membership for free and become a member of the AREF FutureGen Network.

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Our online events!

Gain some valuable hours of CPD whilst working from home! View our selection of previously filmed events which cover a range of subjects that remain highly topical, including the very popular Social Impact Investing events

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Join our LinkedIn Member Forum

Keep up with all the latest news through our secure LinkedIn Member Forum. This Forum is exclusively for AREF members and is a great way of keeping up-to-date with news and events. Follow the link and click ‘Join’.

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Join the FutureGen Network

AREF is committed to investing in our future! We have over 400 future generation members in our Network. If you would like to join and receive updates on events and industry news, click below.

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Committee Updates

24 May 2021
Corporate Governance Committee - Update

The Committee is working on: Guidance for Code of Practice compliance reviews and preparing the Code for 2021. Click for more info.

Committee Update
24 May 2021
Education & Training Committee - Update

The committee is working on: Delivering an events programme for 2021. Click for more info.

Committee Update
23 Apr 2021
ESG & Impact Investing Committee - Update

The Committee is working on ESG metrics reporting. Updates to AREF's Code. Social Impact Investing events. TCFD reporting requirements. Click for more info.

Committee Update
24 May 2021
FutureGen Committee - Update

The Committee continue to meet for 'FutureGen Connect' virtual networking and are planning the Educational Series for 2021. Click for more info.

Committee Update
26 May 2021
Investor Committee - Update

Currently looking at: LGPS Pooling; ESG metrics; BREXIT; and secondary market trading. Also assisting AREF on a paper for investors. Click for more info.

Committee Update
26 May 2021
Public Policy Committee - Update

The Committee is looking at fund liquidity management, Brexit, and the Professional Investor Fund. Click for more info.

Committee Update
26 May 2021
Research & Information Committee - Update

The Committee is assessing MSCI’s proposal to change the methodology for index calculations. Also it is commissioning a research project for 2020. Click for more info.

Committee Update
26 May 2021
Retail Funds Committee - Update

The Committee is currently leading AREF’s response to FCA CP20/15 and considering whether indemnities should be permitted for property sales. Click for more info.

Committee Update
29 Mar 2021
Tax Committee - Update

The Committee is liaising with HMRC on draft guidance on NRCGT, and requirements the 'Making Tax Digital' initiative, as well as tax measures in the Spring Budget. Click ...

Committee Update


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