Anthony Shayle

Anthony Shayle

Anthony Shayle formerly (until March 2020) Head of Real Estate Debt EMEA and  Portfolio Manager for UBS-PREMF within Real Estate Debt UK (RE-UK-DT), businesses-part of Real Estate & Private Markets within UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM). He was appointed Head of REUK-DT and Portfolio Manager for UBSPREMF in April 2013. In this role, he focused on growing the debt business within RE-UK-DT.

Anthony joined UBS-AM’s RE business in June 2009 as Head of RE-UK. This senior debt fund has deployed equity 1.4 times and as at September 2019 was showing an IRR at portfolio level of > 8%.

Prior to joining UBS, Anthony worked for AXA REIM (20052009), where he was initially Head of Business Development and Marketing UK and then Regional Head of UK, Benelux and Nordics. Anthony held various senior investment asset management, debt structuring, finance and accounting positions in the area of private equity and real estate in Curzon Global Partners, AXA REIM (in a previous period), RODAMCO, UBS, BZW and Bankers Trust. Over the last 20 years he has raised circa €2.3 billion of equity for real estate investment and debt strategies representing approximately €5.5 billion potential AUM.

Anthony is both a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and the Royal institution of Chartered Surveyors. 

John Forbes

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.

Nick Holman

Nick Holman

Partner, Hogan Lovells

Nick is co-head of Hogan Lovells investment funds group. He has extensive experience of advising on the structuring, establishment, marketing and reconstruction of a wide variety of investment funds, and on associated legal and regulatory issues.

Nick's practice covers both closed ended and open ended funds. He has a particular focus on real estate funds, private equity funds, infrastructure funds and other alternative investment classes. He also has advised on the launch of several exchange traded funds (ETFs).

Ben Robins

Ben Robins

Partner, Mourant Ozannes

Ben Robins is a partner at Mourant Ozannes in Jersey with extensive experience in investment funds, offshore capital markets, real estate and structured finance.  Having qualified as an English solicitor with Speechly Bircham in London, he returned to Jersey to join Mourant Ozannes in 1997. He became a partner in 2002 and has headed its global funds practice area since 2008.  Ben has been a frequent participant in local industry working groups looking at key regulatory changes, including the implementation of the EU Alternative Investment Manager's Directive (AIFMD).  He was appointed Chairman of the Jersey Funds Association in July 2013.
Melville Rodrigues

Melville Rodrigues

Head – Real Estate Advisory, Apex Group

Melville's practice focuses on the launch and operation of funds, including funds which hold underlying real estate investments in the UK as well as internationally. The funds have attracted institutional, private and retail investors.

In addition to servicing clients, he has been involved in representing industry bodies in their dialogue with the Treasury and the FCA. He is a regular contributor to the real estate press.

Jacqui Bungay

Jacqui Bungay

AREF Policy Secretariat , AREF

Jacqui provides policy guidance and secretariat services to the AREF Board and AREF Management Committee as well as the following AREF Committees: Corporate Governance, ESG & Impact Investing, Investor, Public Affairs, Research and Information and Retails Funds. In addition, Jacqui monitors members’ compliance with AREF’s Code of Practice. 

Jacqui joined AREF in 2014 after working for over 25 years in fund compliance, client relationships and administration at Natwest Trustee & Depositary Services.