MIPIM 2006: session: Do we need a European Corporate Governance Code?

Session Wednesday 15 March, 16.30-17.30, Auditorium I, level 4, Palais des Festivals.

Would real estate be an even more attractive investment class if it increased its level of transparency and professionalism? Is a uniform approach to corporate governance part of the solution? Could your business take greater care of its stakeholders?

In Germany, the Initiative Corporate Governance for the Real Estate Industry was founded in 2002 to address these topics at a national level. Leading enterprises in real estate have joined the Initiative as corporate members, whilst many well-known players have joined individually. It has been successful in establishing principles of transparent, ethical and professional corporate management and has published a real estate corporate governance code based on the Cromme-code.

At this session, top real estate professionals and representatives of the major European associations will discuss the need for and benefit of a Europe-wide coherency in corporate governance and ask whether the Initiative's German code could form its basis. Points of agreement between existing codes will be highlighted and the audience will be asked for their views on the essential elements of a pan-European governance initiative.

- Andreas Schiller, Publisher Immobilien Manager, Germany, and Editor-in-Chief Europe Real Estate Yearbook, the Netherlands.
- Mark Cooper, Editor EuroProperty, UK

- Jan de Kreij, CEO Corio, The Netherlands
- Eckart John von Freyend, CEO IVG, Germany
- Werner Knips, Partner/Global Head Real Estate and Construction Practice Heidrick & Struggles, Germany
- Paul Marcuse, CEO AXA Real Estate Investment Managers, UK
- Elizabeth Peace, Chairman of the Managing Committee, European Property Federation, UK
- Nicholas Van Ommen, CEO EPRA, The Netherlands

Andreas Schiller, publisher of Immobilien Manager, and Editor-in-Chief of Europe Real Estate yearbook, and one of the two moderators of this session.

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