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Shopping Centers Forum & Awards 2018

31 May 2018  |  Thursday
Fairmont Grand Hotel Kyiv

31 May, URE Club will host one of the largest Forum and Awards for key players of commercial real estate market. 


URE Club is holding the annual retail real estate Forum for the eighth time in row. During that time, the market experienced different periods: from rapid growth, which was accompanied by the launch of new large-scale projects, to a deep crisis, followed by the freezing of most of the facilities. Today, the real estate market is gradually recovering: the construction of a shopping and entertainment centers is resuming, Ukrainian developers are increasingly declaring themselves, international retailers are entering the country’s market, investment interest is growing.

Shopping Centers Forum is an effective platform for communication & cooperation which is aimed to connect major Ukrainian retail real estate owners, developers and agents as well as retailers, bankers, architects and service providers doing business in Ukraine, CIS, and CEE region for one day of efficient deal-making.


9:30 – 10:00 Morning coffee and business networking

10:00 - 10:15 Welcome speech & opening remarks

10:15-10:45 Legal aspects of the retail real estate market 
                    Natalia Kochergina, partner at DLA  Piper Ukraine

10:45-11:05 Retail real estate market survey: Q1 results and forecast for 2018 
  Vitaliy Boyko, CEO at NAI Ukraine

11:05 – 11:40 World class architecture by Zaha Hadid: CityLife Shopping District in Milan
                      Gian Luca Barone, associate partner at Zaha Hadid Architecs, M. Arch, ARB, RIBA

11:40 – 12:15 Improving the retail real estate space to create unique experience: EuropaCity case in Paris
                      Gregoire Marty, Immochan International Development and Concept Director

12:15 – 13:00 Lunch & business networking

13:00 – 13:30 Management of commercial real estate in the VUCA world: challenges, strategies, solutions
                      Mykhailo Merkulov, CEO at Arricano Real Estate plc

13:30 – 14:30 Discussion Panel: Ukrainian real estate market from other side
                      ▪ Gian Luca Barone, associate partner at Zaha Hadid Architecs, M. Arch, ARB, RIBA (United Kingdom)
                      ▪ Marco-Milo Lube, managing partner at VIPartners (Austria)
                      ▪ Dmitriy Grillberg, Vertex United (Ukraine)
                      ▪ Sergey Ovčinikov, developer & investment manager


Retail property tour is the key part of the Forum which allows participants to observe a couple of retail real estate landmarks in Kiev and witness their up-to-date changes & achievements.


The Shopping Centers Awards 2018 by URE Club will determine the best shopping and entertainment centers in 20 nominations, and will also become an effective networking site for leading industry companies in Ukraine and from abroad. Participation of developer companies in Shopping Centers Participation in the Shopping Centers Awards 2018 is a good opportunity to demonstrate key advantages of your shopping center and be evaluated by the international professional jury, leading retailers and focus groups of visitors.

The Awards will be handed in 13 nominations on the results of integrated independent evaluation.

Assessment by jury members:

  • Best architecture. Interior
  • Best architecture. Facade
  • Best future project
  • Best concept
  • Awards of excellence by jury

Assessment by retailers:

  • Best redevelopment
  • Best management company
  • Best marketing
  • Retailers choice

Focus group survey:

  • Best food court
  • Best tenant mix
  • Family-friendly shopping mall
  • Best entertainment

Key Dates

 Untill April 15th - Submission of applications
16-20 April - Preliminary processing of applications
7-18 May - Evaluation by leading retailers. Focus group survey among the visitors of shopping centers 
26-28 May - 3-city retail property tour for the international jury committee
29 May - Jury meetup and voting
31st May - Gala Dinner + Official Awards Ceremony


19:00 - 20:00 Welcome cocktail
20:00 - 21:00 Winners announcement & awarding ceremony
21:00 - 23:00 Cocktail Party



  • Includes 2 non-transferrable tickets for the Forum, Kyiv Property Tour and Gala Dinner. Admission fee also covers application processing and expenses for the international jury committee.
  • Extra admission fee for each additional application 200 €


  • Shopping Centers Forum
  • Kyiv property tour
  • Gala Dinner

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