MIPIM 2012 features Asia as a growth market for real estate (FR)

Asian companies' increased activity in attracting international investment and in deploying capital outside their region is reflected at MIPIM 2012. Delegations from 10 Asian territories, including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, India, China and South Korea, are heading to the Cannes-based international real estate event.

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MIPIM's sister show, MIPIM Asia, will take place in Hong Kong, November 7-9, 2012.

"On March 6, MIPIM's Asia-themed program will feature a series of dedicated conference sessions and networking events, emphasizing East-West connections and opportunities for growth, which are key to international investment in the challenging world economic context," says MIPIM Director Filippo Rean.

The first day of MIPIM will offer a dedicated program centered on Asia: a conference entitled "Asia: a business hub of choice," will bring together David Watt, International Director at DTZ, Peter Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) and Kumar Tharmalingam, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Property Incorporated (MPI), to explore the real estate offer in the Asia Pacific region.

Another session, co-organised with Cushman & Wakefield, will focus on 'China: investment diversification' as the country's Gross Domestic Product is again one of the global growth drivers for 2012. Frank Khoo, Global Head of Asia at AXA Real Estate, who oversees all investment and asset management activities in the Asia Pacific region, will share his views with two other key experts: Choy-soon Chua, Managing Director at SEB Investment GmbH, and Yue Tang, a real estate, corporate and mergers & acquisitions partner in the Beijing office of Jun He Law Offices.

MIPIM delegates will also have the chance to meet during a breakfast seminar on the Japanese market – 'Real estate investment opportunities in a time of crisis'. Masafumi Yokota, Director of the Real Estate Investment Market Office for the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, will detail how the Ministry has provided support to the real estate industry following the earthquake. Then Shuji Tomokawa, Managing Officer at Mitsui Fudosan, will look into the lessons to be learned from Japan's financial crisis in 1997/1998. Panel discussions will follow, drawing parallels with the current financial crisis in the Eurozone and the related real estate opportunities. Dr. Leonard Meyer zu Brickwedde, President and CEO of Kenzo Capital Corporation, will conclude on how the European crisis influences the investment flow.

The Asia Lunch, which is sponsored by the Chinese City of Chongqing - attending MIPIM for the second year in a row with an important delegation - provides another opportunity for MIPIM participants interested in the Asian market to network, discover new business opportunities and present their projects.

To wrap up this full day dedicated to the Asian region, MIPIM Director Filippo Rean will give a special press conference on March 6 at 3pm, in the MIPIM Press Club on level 01. He will be speaking with Justin Chiu, Executive Director, Cheung Kong Holdings Limited and Francis Li, Vice Chairma

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