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EXPO Real 2018: The largest European property conference

In Insight by James Whitmore

For those of us working in the real estate sector October starts with pretzels, schnitzels and beer. Europe’s largest real estate conference, Expo Real, takes place in Munich over three days at the beginning of October the day after the end of Oktoberfest. With more than 44,000 attendees, it is twice the size of MIPIM, the other real estate conference, …

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Experiences of an intern

In Insight by Nick Johnson

From the perspective of a penultimate year student, applying for the right internship was a gamble. Making the most of a three-year degree meant there was a large impetus on finding a valuable summer internship, where I could gain a level of exposure sufficient enough that upon graduation my experience would be comparable to those who had taken a year …

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When will oil and gas exploration come back into vogue with investors?

In Insight by Nick Elwes

When Cairn Energy made a series of discoveries in Rajasthan, India in 2003 / 2004, it provided one of the catalysts that attracted investors back into oil and gas exploration companies. The Cairn Mangala discovery was, at the time, the largest onshore discovery in India for 25 years and was responsible for Cairn’s entry into the FTSE 100 in 2004. …

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Brexit countdown: what’s next for Theresa May

In Insight by David Cracknell

Around this time of year Theresa May likes to go on walking holidays in Wales. It allows her the freedom to think, apparently. But last year imbibing the Snowdonia air led the Prime Minister to make probably the worst decision of her political life. Returning to Downing Street she announced a snap general election which unexpectedly left her short of …

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MIPIM 2018: On best behaviour

In Insight by James Verstringhe

The property industry is going to be under the spotlight this week at the annual MIPIM conference in Cannes. Now in its 29th year, the property industry get-together has become famous as much for its extravagant beach parties and luxury yachts as being one of the best networking opportunities in Europe. Following the revelations of bad behaviour at this year’s …

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Expo Real 2017

In Insight by James Whitmore

Arguably the second most important European property conference after the world renowned MIPIM conference in the South of France, Expo provides a very different user experience, which is noticeable right from the outset. No long registration process, no queues to enter the venue and this year, as in previous years, a palpable buzz of property people trying to do business. …

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Article 50: How long will Brexit take?

In Insight by David Cracknell

Goodbye and thanks for all the fish. That was basically the message from the mammoth nation of Greenland when it left the EU in 1985. Its exit negotiations, although complicated by relations with Denmark, had taken just three years; but their main interest was cod and it never exactly had any problem with immigration or calls for big contributions to …

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Notes from MIPIM 2017

In Insight by James Whitmore

As a journalist, I had a love-hate relationship with MIPIM, the annual global real estate conference in Cannes. I loved leaving grey, chilly London in March for the sunny and glamorous Mediterranean resort. Well, who wouldn’t? But I hated the packed diary, the need to write reams of copy for the paper in London and the pressure to find stories …

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Mining Indaba 2017 outlook: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…

In Insight by Jos Simson

Next week Cape Town will once again play host to the annual Mining Indaba, a significant bellwether event for the state of the mining industry. Last year’s gathering was set against a backdrop of a sector in serious financial distress made worse by a bleak outlook. Column inches were dedicated to speculation as to whether several iconic FTSE100 miners would …