RICS to bring industry leaders together to discuss real estate investment strategies and trends

WASHINGTON, D.C. – September 17, 2014 – (RealEstateRama) — RICS, a global professional organization which promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of real estate, property and construction, will host a panel presentation on international investment at the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C. on Sept. 17, 2014, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., bringing together international investors on a global platform for an evening of networking and discussion.

Panelists include Martin Brühl, president elect of RICS for 2015 and head of international investment management at Union Investment Real Estate in Germany; Elchanan Rosenheim, managing director of Profimex in Israel; Dietmar Georg, chairman at GLL Real Estate Partners; Martin Lamb, MRICS, director, head of acquisition and sales at Credit Suisse; and Timothy M. Walsh, president of Gaw Capital USA, LLC.

“RICS is about drawing together leaders and influencers to promote standards and best practices,” said Neil Shah, managing director of the Americas for RICS. “This is a high level panel whose views influence tens of billions of dollars in real estate investments. The event will offer a fascinating insight into the client trends that are moving the market.”

The event will create a platform for panelists to discuss their investment strategy for the Americas, and how each fits into their global strategy. Discussion will also be based around International Property Measurement Standards (IPMS), which are being created by a coalition of standard-setting organizations from across the world, including the Building Owners and Managers Association, The Appraisal Foundation and CoreNet Global.

IPMS looks to address current inconsistencies in the way property is measured from one market to the next by introducing internationally recognized standards for measuring different types of properties, including office, residential, retail and industrial property. IPMS office standards will be launched in late 2014 and IPMS for residential, retail and industrial will follow.

These standards will provide a means for comparing investments across all markets, benefiting investors by allowing for much clearer and robust measurement information.

RICS hosts events and forums throughout the world, and will be holding its Third Annual Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles in April 2015, bringing together international professionals and industry leaders in the fields of property and construction.

About RICS
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.

We accredit 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers valuation and management across all asset classes; the costing and leadership of construction projects; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and land. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved, the same professional standards and ethics apply.

With offices covering the major political and financial centers of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, property and construction, for the benefit of all.

In the Americas we have staff in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Barbados.

RICS will be hosting their Third Annual Summit of the Americas in April 2015.

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