A look inside the effects of COVID-19 on the real estate market and workplace strategies to
emerge stronger


Wednesday, August 12, 2020


10 am EDT | 9 am CDT | 7 am PDT

What does the future hold for the real estate market?

In March, industries across the world felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, months later as we begin to re-emerge from the pandemic, we'll look back at the market to see how the real estate industry was affected, where it stands present day, and strategies to future proof your business.

Join our live cross-over Trans-Atlantic event as US and European experts from CBRE, Samsung, and Willis Towers Watson discuss the native and global effects of COVID-19 on the market, businesses, and the ways we work.

Key takeaways include:

  • Expert opinions about the effects of COVID on the US and global markets in Q2
  • An in-depth look at vacancy rates, office leasing, supply & demand, and more
  • Considerations for the future of the market based on recent and historical data
  • Workplace strategies to rebound from the pandemic stronger
  • Insights from the Europe to incorporate into your return to work plans

Register your interest now! Space is limited.

About the Panel

Alejandro Rivero

Senior Director of Corporate Real Estate, Samsung Electronics, America

Alejandro started his career as a Mechanical Engineer working in the oil and telecom industries before transitioning into consulting and business roles. He spent 15 years working in various positions at AXA, a financial services firm, where he was in charge of their portfolio of 110 locations throughout the country and led multiple large construction projects to optimize the company’s footprint and implement modern workplace strategies.

At Samsung, Alejandro implements strategies to provide flexibility for the 9M SF portfolio and transitioning to sites that provide the right mix of amenities to attract and retain the best talent.

Alejandro loves any combination of food, travel and cycling that comes his way.

Brian Marchal

Global Workplace Director - Real Estate and Workplace Solutions, Willis Towers Watson

Brian is a real estate professional with over nineteen years of experience in the workplace, real estate and construction industries as a Civil Engineer, Project Manager, Director and a PMO Manager across various sectors. His previous experience includes the project management for large and small scale fit out projects across London and the UK. Currently, Brian leads the workplace transformation of WTW’s global portfolio as his teams move into the world of activity-based working.

Eric Thomas

Senior Vice President, CBRE

Eric Thomas is a Senior Vice President at CBRE and holds over 20 years of real estate advisory experience. He is a trusted advisor to many clients specializing in Tenant Representation and is known for outstanding client service. He has cultivated a career founded on analyzing and integrating financial, human resources, technology, and talent and brand requisites to create the optimum real estate solutions.

Mike Gedye

Head of EMEA Technology Sector Vertical, CBRE

Leveraging CBRE’s scale, to access specialist market knowledge and data driven insights, Mike has become a recognised expert in Corporate Occupier real estate strategies and leads CBRE’s Technology Sector vertical, supporting the workplace needs of a diverse portfolio of Technology focused businesses from Start-Ups to Corporate Multinationals. Mike also has a passion for emerging and disruptive technologies and is a market leader exploring the impact of Smart Buildings on workforce productivity, cost optimization and the end-user experience.

Jacob Kent

Regional Principal, Business Development, Americas

Jacob is an entrepreneurial creative who leads the Unispace business development team in the Americas. He is an accomplished sales leader who has worked with some of the largest organizations in the world supporting their global real estate portfolios. As a dynamic leader, Jacob takes a human-centric approach to clients, understanding their needs and shaping Unispace’s services around providing solutions and lasting relationships.