19 May 2020 11.15am – 12pm Webinar Webinar

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Our popular series of fortnightly panel discussions continues on 19th May. We will be discussing developments over the last fortnight and the challenges our members are expecting to be addressing over the coming fortnight and beyond. The Forums give an opportunity for all our members to discuss the most pressing issues for their firms, share their experiences and help each other get through this crisis.


  • how companies are developing their coping mechanisms
  • discuss the valuers possibly lifting valuation uncertainty
  • look at the new guidance from the government - expected Wednesday. 


  • Chair - John Forbes, Independent Consultant, John Forbes Consulting
  • Anne Koeman-Sharapova, Principal European Real Estate at Mercer
  • Anne Copeland, Head of Specialist Funds, Real Assets Equity at Kames Capital
  • Alison Riddle, Partner, UK at Osborne Clarke
  • Nick Brown, Finance Director at M&G

Nick Brown

Finance Director, M&G Real Estate

Nick is a Big4 trained Finance Director with extensive experience within both public practice and commercial environments. His expertise lie in providing financial and commercial oversight to investment intensive organisations that require strategic financial management to maximise IRR and mitigate risk including Funds, Real Estate and Infrastructure.

Anne Copeland

Fund Manager, Kames Capital

Anne is a fund manager at Kames Capital UK plc and is responsible for looking after the Kames Target Healthcare Fund. She joined Kames in 2008 from Aviva Investors where she was a Fund Manager for funds including Ashtenne Industrial Fund and Quercus Healthcare Property Partnership and then more latterly she was responsible for fund operations in the UK, Channel Islands and Europe.  Prior to this Anne was an Investment Manager with Schroder Property Investment Management from 1996 to 2001 working on both SEPUT and SERPUT.

Anne has a 1st Class honours degree in Land Management and Development from Reading University, is a Chartered Surveyor and is regulated by the FCA.

John Forbes

Independent Consultant, John Forbes Consulting

John Forbes is an independent consultant advising real estate investment managers, investors and others in the real estate industry in the rapidly changing areas of product development, governance and regulatory matters for real estate funds.  He has advised on the restructuring of high profile open and closed-ended real estate funds in the UK and elsewhere in Europe, as well as the establishment of new funds. He has advised service providers to the real estate investment management industry on the strategic implications of regulatory and other changes.  Prior to setting up John Forbes Consulting LLP in 2013, he spent over twenty-five years with PwC, where he led the firm's Real Estate Industry Practice in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa across all of the firm's services to the real estate industry.

John is the chairman of the Independent Supervisory Board of the UBS Triton Property Fund, independent chair of the Urban Splash Residential Fund and non executive chairman of Ginkgo Advisor UK Limited.

Anne Koeman- Sharapova

Principal European Real Estate, Mercer

Part of the Mercer Alternatives' Real Estate Team within Mercer’s Wealth Practice, Anne is responsible for Mercer’s research and intellectual capital on European real estate, supporting colleagues who provide investment management and consulting services around the world.

Before joining Mercer, Anne spent most of my career at two real estate investment managers, where she worked in a Research & Strategy capability. She started her career in the research team of a large property agency. Throughout her career she has focused on real estate markets in Continental Europe and has gained considerable expertise in this field.
She participates in several industry bodies, the Investment Property Forum (IPF), the Society of Property Researchers (SPR) and the European Association of Non-Listed Real Estate Funds (INREV).

She holds the IMC and a professional certification in Data Analysis from the LSE. Her academic achievements have been in Geography and Urban Planning, wherein she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Amsterdam and a Master of Science from the LSE. 

Alison Riddle

Partner, UK, Osborne Clarke

Alison is a funds partner at Osborne Clarke with a particular focus on the real estate sector. She has experience working with fund managers on the structuring and establishment of real estate funds as well as ongoing governance issues, management arrangements and providing transactional support.

Tuesday 19th May 2020

11.15 Webinar start
12.00 Webinar end

Call details will be sent to attendees ahead of the call

This webinar is FREE and open to all staff from AREF Fund, Affiliate, Associate and Investor member firms (view our list of members here). This event is also open to future generation* staff.