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The American Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (AMCHAM) Real Estate Committee held a networking event at the Bentley Garage on Thursday 18 April 2024, attracting over 100 professionals from the real estate industry.

Themed "Accessing the Luxembourg Real Estate Market via Investment Funds: Perspectives for 2024/2025", the event provided a platform for various presentations, networking opportunities and shared discussions over a glass of champagne and whilst admiring the cars.

The evening commenced with words of welcome from Pascal Faber, Managing Director of Bentley Luxembourg, as well as Daniel McKenzie, Head of Communications at AMCHAM, and Mario Di Stefano, Managing Partner of DSM Avocats à la Cour and President of AMCHAM Real Estate Committee, who provided context and introduced the speakers.

As reported by the organisers, the highlight of the event was a panel discussion featuring the following industry experts: Aymeric de Seresin from Fidelity, Mario Di Stefano from DSM Avocats à la Cour, and Tehdi-Edouard Babigeon from INOWAI, with moderation by David Arendt. Their insights into investment strategies and trends for 2024/2025 seemed to resonate with the diverse audience, offering perspectives and insights.

Key topics explored during the event included:

- Characterisation of the Luxembourg commercial real estate market: delving into the principal players, transaction volume and market dynamics, the discussion underscored the uniqueness of the local market;
- Market correction and recovery: assessing the impact of recent market corrections and exploring potential pathways for recovery, participants engaged in lively debates about government initiatives and strategic opportunities;
- ESG in real estate: emphasising the shift towards sustainability, the panellists discussed the rising demand for ecological materials and the economic implications for renovation versus reconstruction projects;
- Real estate investment funds: from forms and taxation to investor eligibility and governance, the discussion shed light on key considerations for investors navigating the complex landscape of real estate investment funds;
- Cost adjustments: reflecting on post-Ukraine war shock market adjustments.

Looking ahead, the evolving landscape of Luxembourg's real estate market promises intriguing developments, with sustainability and innovation at the forefront of industry discourse, concluded the organisers.