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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, being Germany its core market.
BIG CEE is part of BIG Shopping centers Israel who expanded its operation into the Serbian market in 2008. Subsidiary BIG CEE was formed to develop shopping centers in Serbia, one of the fastest growing markets in Central and Eastern Europe. Under its long-term holding strategy, BIG CEE’s primary focus is development and management of owned assets. From 2016 onwards, the company started with acquisitions and mixed-used developments, including residential and office projects. Current activity of BIG CEE is focused on acquisitions of logistic centers, offices, as well as retail centers of smaller formats. In Serbia there are eight Shopping Centers and one in Montenegro.
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.
ECE PROJEKTMANAGEMENT G.M.B.H. & CO. KG
ECE was founded in 1965 and is still owned by the Otto family. The company provides all services related to properties from one source. The assets under management currently amount to 32.3 billion euros. With 195 shopping centers under management and activities in 12 countries, ECE is the European market leader in the shopping center industry. Approximately 20,000 retail businesses generate an annual turnover of 22.3 billion euros on an overall sales area of 7 million square meters.
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.
GERMAN COUNCIL OF SHOPPING PLACES
The German Council of Shopping Places, GCSP, represents the interests of over 770 member companies in the shopping center and commercial real estate industry, including operators and developers, trade representatives, service providers, consultants, investors, and other companies.
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”.
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.
HMSHost International is part of the Autogrill Group – the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. We operate in Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East and have 50 years’ experience in airport restaurant operations, design, concept and development. We transform travelers into customers by enticing them to use our services and ensuring that when they think back on the experience, it brings a smile to their face. HMSHost International creates places where people want to be. We do this by original and unique food & beverage concepts, sophisticated marketing initiatives, clever technical innovations and engaged staff.
IMMOFINANZ is a commercial real estate group, whose activities are focused on the retail and office segments of seven core markets in Europe: Austria, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. The core business covers the management and development of properties, whereby the STOP SHOP (retail), VIVO! (retail) and myhive (office) brands represent strong focal points that stand for quality and service. The real estate portfolio has a value of approx. EUR 5.0 billion and covers more than 210 properties. IMMOFINANZ is listed on the stock exchange in Vienna (leading ATX index) and Warsaw.
Kaufland is an international retail company with over 1,350 stores and about 139,000 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.
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.
MAPIC Russia is the largest retail real estate event on the Russian market. The exhibition annually brings together leading professionals in the retail real estate industry. MAPIC Russia provides opportunities for the most effective interaction with a professional target audience: retailers, developers, equipment and technology suppliers, management companies, consultants, and investors.
MEC METRO-ECE Centermanagement GmbH & Co. KG
MEC is a joint venture of METRO and ECE. As the German national market leader for retail parks, MEC has more than 250 employees and manages over 80 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 around
€ 4.1 billion in 2021. In all locations, approximately 1,200 rental partners generate an annual turnover of € 3.2 billion over a rental space of 1.7 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 40 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 Southeast Europe’s most experienced real estate development companies. MPC has developed over 30 projects since the company’s foundation in 2002, with the highest LEED and BREAM standards. MPC possesses and manages different types of properties, including the largest retail network of six shopping centers and A-class office projects, which together represent the most recognizable and famous landmarks on the market.
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, part of COFRA Holding AG, is a real estate investment management company with a clear focus on vibrant places across Europe. As the partner in urban real estate, Redevco invests in properties with a view to developing future-proof buildings in dynamic urban locations, where people want to live, work and play. Redevco’s highly experienced professionals purchase, develop, and manage properties, ensuring that the portfolios optimally reflect the needs of their clients. Redevco believes in long-term investments, where quality and sustainability are key.
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, and further new developments in Europe.
SAFE Asset Group
Headquartered in Sweden, SAFE Asset Group is a global certification and advisory company and founder of SHORE – the only internationally acknowledged certification of Risk, Resilience & Governance for real estate.
SAFE Asset Group comprises international experts in shopping centers and mixed-use asset management, risk management, crisis communication, and law enforcement.
Since 2016, we have supported the creation of safe and attractive public places where people shop, work, meet or stay in more than 29 countries.
SES SPAR EUROPEAN SHOPPING CENTERS GMBH
SES Spar European Shopping Centers is No. 1 in Austria and Slovenia for large-scale, multifunctional shopping locations, specialized in the successful development, refurbishment, construction management, and operation of retail properties of international standard. Additional core markets include Northern Italy, Hungary, the Czech Republic and Croatia. The company provides a complete service to retail property owners in Central, Southern and Eastern Europe. Shopping malls managed by SES are among the very best the industry has to offer.
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.
Twenty One Media GmbH
21Media has been a leading Marketing & Advertising Agency for Shopping Centers for over 25 years. In its client list features some of the biggest names from the European retail including Meadowhall, Glatt, ALEXA, CentrO, and Fünf Höfe. Full-service B2B and B2C support is provided at every stage of a mall’s life cycle: from strategic positioning
through hands-on day-to-day Center marketing. The company’s reputation as B2B specialists has been built on helping owners and operators to market their properties, with improved leasing tools, engineering a stronger tenant mix and growing a Center’s asset value.
21Media’s achievements have been recognized by 15 ICSC European Marketing Awards including the Global ICSC “Best of The Best” Viva accolade.
umdasch The Store Makers
umdasch provides special retail solutions: rooted in craftsmanship, visionary in the digital, always with a human aim and a goal: to realise successful stores. The Store Makers from umdasch create extraordinary worlds of experience for demanding customers across Lifestyle Retail, Food Retail and Premium Retail. Digital Retail solutions included.
General Contracting – the all-round, care-free package from umdasch – has developed strongly in recent years. With a top network of professional experts and prudent management skills, the Store Makers ensure all the trades, such as lighting, floors, fire protection and much more, work to schedule – We take care of everything.
UNIBAIL-RODAMCO-WESTFIELD GERMANY GMBH
Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield is the premier global developer and operator of flagship destinations. With the support of 2,900 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.
von7 | K.U.L.T.OBJEKT
As a creative idea incubator, content creator and service partner, von7 | K.U.L.T. OBJEKT accompanies your project from idea to success. If you want to reach people, you have to trigger emotions and create places to meet. With scenography, dramaturgy and storytelling von7 | K.U.L.T. OBJEKT, create spaces and transport the experience of brands, the fascination of product worlds and their authentic lifestyle messages beyond the borders of the online/offline universe.