IQ-EQ Roundtable Insights

How has Covid-19 changed real estate investing globally?

Since the Covid-19 pandemic first took hold in the early months of 2020, the commercial real estate sector has experienced significant worldwide disruption and uncertainty, with some sub-sectors subjected to particular turmoil.
With more than a year now passed since the coronavirus became a global crisis, how have things played out for real estate investment? What is the current outlook for the sector?

This was the focus of IQ-EQ’s virtual roundtable on 20 April 2021, which brought together eight senior experts from across the international real estate investment sphere.

Hosted by IQ-EQ U.S., this exclusive session featured experienced real estate asset managers and servicing professionals from across the United States, Europe and Asia, who collectively painted a detailed global picture of the post-Covid real estate investing landscape. 

Moderating the roundtable was Jordan Rothberg, Senior Managing Director of Blue River, one of IQ-EQ's key subsidiaries in the United States. He was joined by:

  • Jarrod A. Huffman, Partner at global law firm Morgan Lewis , based in California
  • Euan Kennedy, Member of Management, Private Real Estate Asia with Partners Group, a global private markets investment manager
  • Tamas Mark, Client Director and Head of Real Estate for IQ-EQ Luxembourg
  • Anwer Mirza, Vice President, Portfolio Management for global alternative asset manager Brookfield, based in Luxembourg
  • David Seifert, Partner at Velocis, a Texas-based private equity real estate fund manager
  • Neil Synnott, Client Director with IQ-EQ Singapore, responsible for key international real estate clients
  • Ruth Tang, Audit Partner in KPMG's New York Real Estate and Construction practice

Together, they covered a number of pertinent topics, including the extent to which the pandemic affected transactions and deal flow and how the market is recovering. Our participants discussed which real estate categories are 'hot' and which are not, and highlighted an array of new opportunities that presented themselves during the crisis. A lot was also said about how the accelerated rise of ESG is playing out in the real estate specifically. Rounding off the discussion, each participant shared their predictions for real estate investing in the years to come, providing clarity over the which changes will be fleeting and which will be permanent.

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Key contacts:

Jordan Rothberg

Jordan Rothberg
Senior Managing Director, Blue River (part of IQ-EQ)
T: +1(929) 388 7934

Tamas Mark

Tamas Mark
Client Director / Head of Real Estate, Luxembourg
T: +352 466111 2389

Neil Synnott

Neil Synnott
Client Director, Singapore
T: +65 6955 1574