As with previous years, the programme of the conference is divided into four different sessions according to the content, which will profoundly discuss the most significant and current issues of the sector today. The first block of the forum will focus on macro-economics and the development thereof, and also demographic and political aspects which the Baltic states and European countries face every day, by researching how these factors affect the real estate sector. The impact of large infrastructure objects on the development of real estate and urban development will be assessed. The second session will be devoted to the investment topic, within the framework of which local and foreign investors will share their experience and views of the real estate market of the Baltic region. This session also intends to cover the newest trends of the investment sector and different approaches of investors, which are applied in the decision-taking process every day.

The third session of the forum is related to the office segment and within the framework of it the global workplace trends will be viewed and compiled, the SSC (Shared Service Centres) topic will be covered, and also the large potential of the capital cities of this region will be discussed. Lastly, the topic of the fourth and closing session of the forum will be retail with a focus on innovative and consumer-orientated technologies, during which the experts will offer their opinion regarding the effect of e-commerce on traditional retail premises. An interactive panel discussion and networking activities are also intended after each session.

“As usual, this year we have given a great deal of thought to the programme of the forum. Our objective is not simply to organise a real estate conference, but to also implement a high-level event of an informative and educational nature, which would be interesting to listen to for us as well. Therefore, we would like to present fresh ideas to the participants of the forum and familiarise them with new professionals of the sector, which have not yet been seen. And of course, the BREL forum is a great possibility to meet leading market participants and establish new contacts in addition to exploring market trends,” comments Deniss Kairāns, the Managing Director of Colliers International in Latvia.

Among the speakers included in the programme of the forum, the heads and analysts of real estate companies, investors, developers and several international experts will be represented. Arnis Kākulis, the Director of AECOM of the Baltic region, Baiba Rubesa, the Chairperson of the Board of Directors and Executive Director of JSC RB Rail, Raiko Uri, the leading partner of the Estonian company Lumi Capital, JanJaap Boogaard, the Head of EMEA Workplace Solutions from the Netherlands, as well as other experienced professionals of the sector have already confirmed their participation.

Since opening the forum in 2012 the conference has been attended by nearly one and half thousand participants, which reached a record-high number last year – 310 participants. The attendees represented sectors such as the real estate and investment field, bank and financial sector, state and local government institutions, and also the segment of legal services. Moreover, by continuing the rapid growth and assessing the increasing interest of the public, the event is going to be more extensive and well-attended than ever before.

The Baltic Real Estate Leaders Forum will take place on November 3 at the National Library of Latvia. More information about the forum’s programme, including speakers information and ticket booking platform can be accessed through the BREL Forum website – www.brelforum.com. The working language will be English. Until September 22, the tickets are available at a special price. The forum is organised by Colliers International in collaboration with iDEA HOUSE events. The major partners of the forum are ABLV Bank, DNB Bank, Hanner, Linstow, and the National Alliance of Real Estate Developers (NNĪAA).