ULI Europe Digital Programme: Taking Stock – The Latest Update on the Landlord-Tenant Relationship Across Europe


Mittwoch 2 Dezember 2020
12:30pm - 1:30pm GMT


Online This webinar will be hosted by Zoom. UNITED KINGDOM


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Webinar Summary

'Taking Stock – The Latest Update on the Landlord-Tenant Relationship Across Europe'
COVID-19, and the ongoing uncertainty, has greatly affected the built environment and all sectors of our economies that are based on physical interaction. Commercial tenants and landlords have all been affected, in some countries more than others.

In this session, our panellists will share their experience of the friction they have seen across Europe and the different approaches taken in tackling business interruptions in the short-term. We will also discuss what approaches have worked better than others and how to better align the interest between tenants and landlords over the longer term?
View confirmed speakers below. 
Webinar Series
This is the second webinar in the series looking at "Rethink: Innovation, finance and new solutions for real estate".
Other webinars in this series include:

The 2020 ULI Europe Digital Programme Autumn Series: Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink

Join one of our webinars this Autumn on the central theme of "Rebuild, Reshape and Rethink: Preparing for a new built world". We will explore each of these concepts through webinars grouped into series, including:
  • Rebuild: Creating liveable and resilient cities
  • Reshape: Evolving real estate formats to meet consumer needs
  • Rethink: Innovation, finance and new solutions for real estate



Rebeca Guzman Vidal

Group Head of Retail Strategy, Chelsfield Mews Services Limited

Rebeca Guzman Vidal is the Group Head of Retail at Chelsfield, where she works on retail strategy across a global portfolio that spans gateway cities including London, Paris, New York and Hong Kong. Chelsfield is an international investor and developer currently redeveloping one acre of the three and a half acre, retail focused Knightsbridge Estate. Rebeca is heavily involved in bringing new retailers to the development and leveraging relationships that crossover into the Paris and New York portfolios too. In Paris, she is working on projects on Avenue Montaigne that will significantly change the retail landscape of the Triangle d’Or. In 2019, she will be spending more time in New York working on the retail strategy for the redevelopment of 550 Madison Avenue, a Philip Johnson-designed tower with a stunning new garden that will redefine Midtown. Prior to joining Chelsfield, Rebeca worked at CBRE where she was part of the London retail advisory team working for some of London’s major landlords including Grosvenor, The Crown Estate, Cadogan Estate and GPE. She specialised in luxury assets and worked on a number of high-profile placemaking schemes including Regent Street, Sloane Street and Mount Street. She started her career in the Barcelona office and subsequently moved to London and later Hong Kong. In her free time, Rebeca enjoys travelling and is a real foodie so will travel for food – a neat combination. She is an architecture geek and will often be found on weekend breaks getting lost in a new city admiring its architecture. She is also a gym enthusiast and can be seen at Barry’s or her favourite gym pretty much every day.


Chris Igwe

Founder, Chris Igwe International

Chris Igwe is one of the world’s leading authorities on global retail and highly sought after for his passionate views, deep knowledge and great insights. Based in Paris, he is special advisor to global brands, owners and investors on strategic matters at his own consultancy firm, Chris Igwe International. He is also Managing Partner at More Or Less, a company which represents exclusively tenants in their portfolio and lease-related problems. Chris is Co-Chair of the ULI Europe Retail and Entertainment Council and a member of the European leadership of ULI. From 2007 to 2015 he was Senior Director EMEA and Head of Retail, France at CBRE, and before that, Head of Real Estate Europe at Gap, and prior to that Head of Real Estate Europe at Foot Locker Europe. Chris was also Managing Director Europe for ICSC. Retail clients have included 7 For All Mankind, Aesop, Costco, Disney, Farrow & Ball, Fossil, Hard Rock Café, Michael Kors, Nike, Sunglass Hut, Swarovski, TUMI, Vapiano. Landlord clients have included AEW, Apsys, Deutsche Bank, Eurodisney, FREO, Grosvenor, Inter Ikea, Value Retail, Unibail Rodamco. Chris is an international speaker, former Jury Member for ICSC, RLI, CNCC, and a long-standing Steering Committee Member and Conference Master of Ceremony (2011 – 2019) for MAPIC. He has also lectured for ICSC, UK’s Bayfield Training, EFAP MBA in Paris and Abu Dhabi Paris Sorbonne University. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer, holds a BSc in Civil Engineering and an MSc in Geotechnical Engineering. Chris was recognised by his peers as a recipient of the “2014 ICSC Award for Outstanding Service to the Research Community”. Chris is multi-lingual and enjoys being a coach and mentor to young professionals. Chris was honoured by being appointed to become a Global Governing Trustee of ULI in June 2020.


Rida Kalvaitienė

Head of Newsec Property Asset Management in the Baltics, Newsec

Rida Kalvaitienė is Head of Newsec Property Asset Management in the Baltics. She has more than 13 years in the shopping centres industry and has been Head of Newsec asset property management service since 2015. She is taking daily care of commercial and retail properties for international investors in Baltics region such as Deka Immobilien, Nepi Rockcastle etc. She deals with majority of International (Inditex, HM, LPP etc) and local retailers among the region and takes care of day to day operations and tenant relations of Newsec asset property management portfolio sizing to 500 000 sq.m while giving the service. She had an opportunity to lead the teams of several retail turn around or reconfiguration projects in Lithuania.


Wolfgang Thoeren

Sr Vice President Retail EMEA, Fossil Group Retail

Wolfgang Thoeren is the Senior Vice President Retail EMEA at Fossil Group. He is in charge of the 155 stores in the EMEA region and has been with Fossil for 15 years, and has built up the retail business from scratch since 2005. Before that, he spent seven years at The Body Shop and was in charge of the German and Austrian operations.


Mark Robinson

Property Director and Co-Founder at Ellandi, and Chair at High Street Task Force, Ellandi/Revo

Mark is a high-profile leader in the world of retail property and placemaking, a position recognised with his appointment to lead the government’s 'High Street Task Force' in July 2020, following his role as Revo President in 2019. Over nearly three decades, Mark has worked in all aspects of the industry as an advisor, investor/developer and occupier. In 2008 he co-founded Ellandi, a business currently undertaking over 30 projects in the UK with a value in excess of £1.5bn. In 2016 Ellandi won 'Property Entrepreneurs of the Year' at the Property Awards and were shortlisted for the Retail Property Company of the Year award by Estates Gazette. Most recently Ellandi won the inaugural Estates Gazette Rewire award recognising commitment to leading diversity and inclusivity in the built environment industry. Mark is a passionate advocate of the role of community in repurposing and shaping our future places in response to the challenges and opportunities presented by the current market.


Roderick Gibbs

Managing Director, Value Retail Management Limited

Roderick Gibbs is a co-founding director of Value Retail PLC (1993) which exclusively specializes in the creation and operation of luxury outlet retail destinations, The Bicester Village Shopping Collection, in Europe and China (www.ValueRetail.com). Roderick serves as Value Retail’s Managing Director and is primarily responsible for the development of the Value Retail Villages and overseas all real estate matters. He holds a BSc Honours Degree in Urban Estate Management and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.