BDO REC team at EXPOReal 2016

10 Oktober 2016

From 4-6 October 2016, 17 partners from BDO's global network were among the 39,000+ people present at EXPOReal, one of the world's biggest Real Estate & Construction trade fairs. Partners came from as far away as Sydney for the chance to meet our clients and targets at this huge international event. This year it was bigger and more successful than ever, and dozens of meetings and match ups were made with some of the largest real estate investors and developers around the world.

The focus of discussions and seminars at the European focussed event was overwhelmingly, and unsurprisingly Brexit; and the implications it will have on investment into our industry in the future. The uncertainty around what it means for the UK and the EU countries was the subject of intense debate. Those speaking in favour of the leave vote urged opponents to take a long term view on the impact of the vote, intoning that it will be very positive for the UK in the future; whilst the Brexit naysayers spoke of Europe-wide political failings and economic worries with no end in sight. Watch this space for further debate!

Affordable housing was also a hot topic, with Florian Pronold (Parliamentary State Secretary in Germany´s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety), asking Expo attendees to share their ideas of concepts for affordable housing in our ever more crowded cities. He called it "one of the great challenges of the future" which will require deep investment from both the State and the Private sector to overcome.

On the evening of October 5th, BDO welcomed more than 60 people to their evening event at the world famous Munich Höfbrau Haus. This is the first time we have hosted a client event at EXPOReal and we're pleased to report it was a great success! The traditional Bavarian venue has in the past played host to the likes of Mozart and John F. Kennedy, and for one night only was the backdrop to a wonderful evening of beer, pretzels and German culinary delights for our clients and staff. Our German partners entered in to the true spirit of Oktoberfest (which ended the weekend before EXPOReal came to Munich) in their traditional dirndl and lederhosen. See photos below!

We hope to see you all there next year. If you would like to find out more about our time at EXPOReal or have a conversation with one of our Real Estate partners, please get in touch with Anna Simmons on anna.simmons@bdo.global, who will be happy to help.