Real Estate Derivatives Summit 2017

Zurich, 13th October 2017

Prime Tower, Hardstrasse 201, 8005 Zürich, 34floor

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The conference is organized in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT and European Real Estate Society ERES.


Real Estate, both residential and commercial, is one of the largest and most important global asset classes. However, unlike other asset classes such as equities and bonds, derivatives on real estate have not enjoyed much past success. Today the real estate derivatives market is practically non-existent despite the recent volatility in property values. The purpose of the Real Estate Derivatives Summit 2017 is to bring together global leaders from industry and academia to begin a discussion on how to revitalize the real estate derivatives market.

Close interaction between participants will foster a better understanding of past efforts to launch real estate derivatives and why many failed as well as make participants aware of current ongoing efforts in the area. The goal of the summit is to identify where efforts to relaunch real estate derivatives should be focused and what first steps should be taken by participants to achieve this goal.

Real Estate Derivatives Summit 2017 is designed to be the first of a series of annual summits that will build on previous summits to ultimately revitalize this important market and bring the benefits of real estate derivatives to investors and society as a whole.

Steering Committee

  • Eamonn D’Arcy, University of Reading
  • Prof. Marc Francke, University of Amsterdam
  • Dr. Robin Goodchild, LaSalle Investment Management London
  • Prof. Thorsten Hens, University of Zurich
  • Prof. Martin Hoesli, Universities of Geneva and Aberdeen
  • Prof. Walter Torous, MIT Center for Real Estate, Massachusettes

Project Management

  • Andreas Loepfe FRICS, CUREM, University of Zurich
  • Monika Egloff (Administration), CUREM, University of Zurich



Flying Lunch




History of Real Estate Derivatives


Ongoing Initiatives


Critical Discussion


Possible Relaunch


Ongoing RE Derivatives Forum?