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ambas Real Estate GmbH
ambas Real Estate is an independent retail investment and asset management advisory firm. The company advises owners and developers about retail assets and modern mixed-use properties. Its service portfolio includes tailormade transaction-related advisory and strategic asset management services. ambas is active in the European real estate markets, with Germany being its core market.
BIG CEE is the subsidiary of BIG Shopping centers Israel, based in Belgrade capital of Serbia, since 2007.
The company was founded with a mission of developing the BIG brand in the Balkan countries and with focus on implementing BIG Shopping Centers strategy and vision in Serbia and neighboring countries such as North Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro. BIG CEE holds and operates 10 active shopping centers – 9 in Serbia and 1 in Montenegro. In Serbia operates 6 Retail Parks which are branded as BIG, 2 Shopping Centers which are branded as BIG Fashion and the only Designer Outlet in the country branded as BIG Fashion Outlet. With a focus on the company’s core product – Retail Parks, BIG CEE has successfully became one of the leading retail real estate developers in Serbia and the Balkan region.
Chainels is a tenant experience platform for multi-tenant destinations, aiming to digitalize operations and enhance communication. Our intuitive app helps stakeholders manage communication, amenities, data reporting, and marketing. Based in Rotterdam, we serve over 400 communities in 15 countries, with clients including Multi Corporation, CBRE, and Wereldhave.
Christmasworld – Seasonal Decoration at its best – is the leading international trade fair for festive decorations. Exhibitors from all over the world present the latest trends and products for all festive occasions of the year, including innovative concepts for decorating large spaces and outdoor areas, such as shopping centers in Frankfurt am Main.
Coniq is the Total Customer Engagement Company for growth-minded shopping centers, outlets, and retail brands. Our IQ platform provides a faster, more economical and simpler way to generate revenue by understanding, anticipating and engaging customers through unique and personalized experiences in real-time, in-store and online. Coniq powers over £1 billion of sales annually for its customers, with more than 20 million consumers shopping at more than 1,800 brands in +25 countries worldwide.
dfv Conference Group
dfv Conference Group the event arm of dfv Media Group, which develops, organizes and produces executive-level conferences and conventions about a variety of themes and across a wide range of sectors. As a relationship manager, it turns media and information into a hands-on experience, fostering professional exchange and networking throughout the business community. The majority of the delegates attending its events come from senior management and other top-ranking corporate positions.
EUROVEA mixed-use-development is part of the modern urban quarter in the vicinity of the historical center of Bratislava. It represents an entirely unique and dynamic destination with the riverside promenade. Eurovea broadens patterns of living, working and shopping as it provides the sort of downtown, high street shopping experience.
GfK GeoMarketing GmbH
GfK GeoMarketing is one of Europe’s largest providers of geomarketing services and products, which include consultancy and research expertise, market data, digital maps as well as the software RegioGraph. GfK helps companies from all industries to answer critical location-related business questions in sales, marketing, expansion planning and controlling. GfK’s geomarketing department promotes business success and thus delivers “Growth from Knowledge”.
HBB Group – based in Hamburg – has been active in the real estate industry as an investor and project developer for more than 50 years. Asset classes like retail, office, hotel, senior living and residential properties have been developed and built across Germany. HBB sees itself as a specialized investor with the aim of creating successful long-term value rather than short-term profit maximation. The focus of HBB is on sustainability and compatibility of their real estate projects. The company is owner operated and has a team of more than 140 highly skilled professionals. HBB Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG manages shopping centers in Hanau, Frankfurt, Munich, Langenhagen, Gummersbach, Nidderau, Hamburg, Weiden, Essen, Wittenberg, Leipzig, Wuppertal, Ingelheim, Stein, Heiligenhaus, Langen and Lübbecke among others.
HEUER DIALOG GMBH
As the market leader for networking in the form of events and business matching, Heuer Dialog has been accompanying the real estate industry in accessing all disciplines that deal with questions about the future of the urban and real estate worlds since the 1980s. With around 50 events per year, Heuer Dialog enables high-level executives to meet on physical and virtual platforms or even in both simultaneously, in a hybrid setting for sustainable urban, real estate and building development. Heuer Dialog builds networks with power, creativity and capital that secure the future of cities, regions and companies.
As initiator and moderator, Heuer Dialog brings together minds from architecture, civil engineering, ecology, economics, sociology, technology and law in face-to-face dialogues. Over the past four decades, more than 100,000 personalities have taken part in lectures and discussions that have led to initiatives for current and future action.
In association with the Immobilien Zeitung and the dfv Mediengruppe with more than 100 specialist titles, Heuer Dialog sees itself as the competence centre for events related to real estate.
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HyperIn brings a game-changing solution for people who Manage® shopping malls. We provide all the tools for multi-channel communication, collaboration and integration between you and your tenants. You can Monetize® spaces to outside advertisers and marketers. You have always up-to-date information that you can use to Connect® to consumers and understand them. We are a Red Herring Top 100 Winner in recognition as one of the leading private technology and innovation companies. For more information, please visit www.hyperin.com.
Kaufland is an international retail company with over 1,500 stores and about 148,000 employees in eight countries, namely: Germany, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, and the Republic of Moldova. Kaufland offers a large assortment of food and everything else for daily needs. The company is part of the Schwarz Group, one of the leading food retail companies in Germany and Europe. Kaufland is based in Neckarsulm, Baden-Wuerttemberg.
Mallcomm is a 360 technology platform for asset and property management that streamlines everyday tasks, joins up stakeholders and generates new insight for more efficient and effective operations.
The platform seamlessly connects all built environment communities: occupiers, operations, suppliers, consumers and other stakeholders. By transforming the users’ experience of the space, Mallcomm creates loyalty by connecting people to places while delivering efficient operations, significant budget savings and valuable insights.
By using the most established, advanced and cutting edge technology, Mallcomm helps managers curate and promote their ecosystem and provides a suite of powerful data insight to efficiently measure and adapt the outputs of B2B and B2C engagement.
MAPIC is the key meeting point for retailers looking for partners, property developers, and owners looking for retailers to enhance their sites. MAPIC delivers 3 days of tailored meetings, expert-led conferences and a premium exhibition for industry leaders, targeting all types of retail properties, such as shopping centers, cities, factory outlets, leisure areas and transit zones.
MAPIC Italy is a deal-making event dedicated to the Italian retail property market. It gathers together Italian and international retailers and investors looking for retail properties and locations to expand their business in the Italian market. Retail property owners, shopping centers management companies and agents will have a unique opportunity to present their assets to a qualified public of clients and prospects.
MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG
MEC with headquarters in Düsseldorf is a joint venture of METRO and ECE. As the German national market leader for retail parks, MEC has more than 280 employees and manages more than 65 retail properties. Its service portfolio includes customized services for all aspects of integrated center management, including commercial and technical management, leasing, marketing, development, commercial asset management and property management for smaller retail properties. The market value managed (assets under management) was € 3.8 billion in 2022. In all locations, approximately 1,200 rental partners generate an annual turnover of € 3 billion over a rental space of 1.55 million sq m.
Messe Frankfurt is one of the world’s leading trade fair organizers. 592,127 sq m of exhibition ground are currently home to ten exhibition halls and two congress centres. Events “made by Messe Frankfurt” take place at approx. 50 locations around the globe, and cover the fields of consumer goods, textiles & textile technologies, technology & production, mobility & logistics, entertainment, media & creative industries.
MIPIM, the premier real estate event, gathers the most influential players from all sectors of the international property industry, for four days of networking, learning and transaction through premium events, conferences and dedicated exhibition zones.
MK Illumination is the leading provider of year-round festive lighting solutions, which form the cornerstone of powerful marketing, engagement, and visitor attraction campaigns. The family-owned business was founded in 1996 and has presence in more than 44 countries. Each year, its independently-owned subsidiaries combine global experience with local knowledge to deliver upwards of 1200 projects worldwide for clients in a range of sectors including Retail Real Estate, Public Spaces, Travel Retail and Leisure. MK Illumination is known for its innovative full-service approach, its commitment to the highest quality products and services, and for creating extraordinary tailored solutions that deliver results.
MPC Properties is one of the Southeast Europe’s most experienced real estate companies. MPC has developed over 30 projects since its foundation in 2002. Its strategy is development of modern retail and office assets in accordance with the green building principles and the highest LEED and BREEAM standards. One of the main points of sustainability of company’s business is implementation of ESG strategy across portfolio.
MPC possesses and manages different types of properties – retail network of six shopping centers and six A-class office assets, each of them representing the most important and recognizable landmarks on the market. It is the first company in Serbia to receive the WELL Health-Safety certificate for the portfolio of business and retail assets awarded by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI).
Multi Corporation B.V.
Multi Corporation is a leading pan-European integrated service platform for retail real estate assets, managing about 100 retail assets for institutional investors across Europe and Turkey.
Multi Corporation offers a full spectrum of services, including active asset management, shopping center operations, redevelopment and refurbishment, leasing, legal
and compliance. Over the past few years, Multi’s broad financial, commercial, and technical expertise has enabled them to outperform the industry in terms of occupancy, net rental income and state-of-the-art shopping center marketing.
Multi’s in-house studio for master-planning and architecture, TTDesign, uses their fundamental knowledge of shopping center functionality to enhance the retail environments in their portfolio. In total, they welcome over 400 million customers annually, spending an estimated € 4 billion in over 6,000 stores, restaurants and leisure attractions. Multi’s office network boasts a team of 650+ talented professionals in 14 countries: Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
NEINVER is a Spanish multinational company specialised in managing, developing and investing in commercial properties. The leading manager of outlet centres in Spain and Poland, and the second largest in Europe, it has two proprietary brands: The Style Outlets and FACTORY. Founded in 1969, NEINVER manages 17 outlet centres and 4 retail parks including active pipeline in six European countries: France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Spain and the Netherlands.
NEPI Rockcastle is the premier owner and operator of shopping centres in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), with presence in nine countries and an investment portfolio of €5.8 billion as at 31 December 2021. The group owns and operates 52 retail properties (excluding joint venture), which attracted 244 million visits in 2021. With group-level management of tenant relationships and a focus on cross-country collaboration, the Group is the leading strategic partner for major retailers targeting CEE countries.
Placewise is the global leader in shopping center property tech, serving more than 1,050 shopping centers, across 4 continents and 20 countries. Placewise has offices in Europe, the USA, and Asia, covered by both venture and PE funds. Placewise offers the only solution purpose-built for shopping centers to create long lasting digital relationships with shoppers – unlocking the power to monetize retail properties beyond the square meter.
Redevco is a European real estate urban regeneration specialist with a clear ambition to create positive impact by helping cities become more sustainable and liveable. Our specialist investment strategies consider opportunities to re-purpose to mixed-use, in the segments of living and leisure & hospitality as well as in retail warehouse parks. Our highly experienced professionals purchase, develop, let, and manage properties, ensuring that the portfolios optimally reflect the needs of Redevco’s clients. Redevco’s total assets under management comprise around €9.7 billion.
ROS RETAIL OUTLET SHOPPING GMBH
ROS Retail Outlet Shopping, headquartered in Vienna, with partnerships in Poland, Italy and France, is an independent retail real estate consulting and center management company specialized in Designer Outlets and innovative shopping concepts across Europe.
The founders Thomas Reichenauer and Gerhard Graf are both committed professionals with many years of experience, and knowledgable about the European outlet market as well as recognized personalities in the industry.
The portfolio of ROS Retail Outlet Shopping includes: Designer Outlet Soltau, City Outlet Geislingen, Brugnato 5Terre Outlet Village, Designer Outlet Warszawa, Designer Outlet Gdánsk, Designer Outlet Sosnowiec, Premier Outlet Budapest, Designer Outlet Algarve, Designer Outlet Croatia, La Torre Outlet Zaragoza, M3 Outlet Polgár, Designer Outlet Luxembourg and further new developments in Europe.
SES Spar European Shopping Centers
SES Spar European Shopping Centers is specialized in the successful development, construction, marketing, and management of multifunctional retail properties and quarters of international standard. In addition to shopping malls, retail parks and managed shopping streets also form part of our business. SES is No. 1 in Austria and Slovenia for large-scale shopping locations. Additional core markets include Northern Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Croatia.
The Happetite (previously known as MAPIC FOOD) is the international event dedicated to multi-site restaurant operators looking to grow their business. This powerful business platform is a unique chance to find new international food retail concepts, and to meet restaurant industry decision makers. Key international restaurant, food chains & operators participate in this exhibition to meet private equity firms and property players to grow their business. The event brings together all the restaurant chains, restaurant operators, travel operators, franchise partners and restaurant industry suppliers to develop and create the food destinations of tomorrow.
UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD GERMANY GMBH
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is an owner, developer and operator of sustainable, high-quality real estate assets in the most dynamic cities. With the support of 2,700 professionals and an unparalleled track-record and know-how, Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is ideally positioned to generate superior value and develop world-class projects. Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield distinguishes themselves by their Better Places 2030 agenda, which sets their ambition to create better places that respect the highest environmental standards, and contribute to better cities.
UNION INVESTMENT REAL ESTATE GMBH
Union Investment is a leading international real estate investment company specializing in open ended real estate funds for private and institutional clients. Union Investment has assets under management of some €51.0 billion. Active in the real estate investment business for more than 50 years, Union Investment operates today in 24 countries around the world. In addition to office space and business parks, the Hamburg-based company is investing in business hotels, logistics properties, residential buildings and retail properties. Union Investment’s retail portfolio currently includes 83 assets in Europe and the US, with a market volume of some €10 bn.
VIA Outlets was founded in 2014 to acquire existing outlet centres across Europe. VIA Outlets’ vision is to create premium shopping destinations, and offer best-in class, beautifully located shopping experiences for visitors and brand partners. VIA Outlets are here to redefine the outlet shopping experience.
Guided by their three R’s elevation (strategy, remerchandising, remodelling and remarketing) VIA Outlets ensures that premium fashion outlets are destinations attracting visitors from all over the world. By bringing together an exceptional mix of international and local premium brands, VIA Outlets have created unexpected and unforgettable shopping experiences, whilst also paving the way for sustainable shopping. Currently, VIA Outlets consists of 11 assets spread across Europe, offering over 1,100 stores across 267,000 sq. m GLA.