Melissa Reagen of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. Headlines Ivy Family Office Network Philadelphia Forum

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Melissa Reagan, Head of Property Research - Americas at Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. based in Philadelphia, PA, headlines The Ivy Family Office Network’s Philadelphia forum on November 29th. The forum is part of a continuous dialogue with family offices to provide value and address current trends for family office investing, structure and operational excellence.

Melissa Reagan, Head of Property Research - Americas at Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. based in Philadelphia, PA, headlined a discussion on “Investing in Emerging Market Real Estate” at the Ivy Family Office Network Forum held on November 29, 2012 at the Radnor Hotel in Wayne, PA.

The Forum is part of an international and continuous dialogue with family offices to provide high value education and information on trends for family office investing, structure and operational excellence. The Ivy Family Office Network is one of the leading global family office networks with more than 500 family offices attending their events within the past 12 months.

Some of the more than 1,000 past speakers have included 5 of the top 10 leading asset allocating consultancies by size, pre-eminent alternative investment funds, best in class asset management professionals, family office subject matter experts and world class family offices.

Melissa Reagen shared her months of work researching the “Opportunities in Emerging Market Real Estate”. Aberdeen Asset Management PLC, the parent company of Aberdeen Asset Management Inc., is a London Stock Exchange listed global asset management firm with over 25 years of experience especially in all areas of emerging markets.

Sharing her research, she said: “We started our research by looking at the mature markets of the United States and the distressed situation in Europe. We noted the trend of emerging markets capturing more and more global GDP. From a purchasing power parity perspective, emerging markets have actually captured the majority of global GDP. Then we discussed our approach towards researching the opportunities in emerging markets. We examined data provided by multiple sources including the World Bank, United Nations, and the IMF with a focus on the evolution of the emerging economies,” said Reagen.

“We reviewed more than 200 countries with a bottom up analysis considering demographics, economics, catalysts for development and opportunities from rapid urbanization. Likewise we addressed favorable trends in employment, wealth accumulation and migration to employment services. Accessing these markets is not trivial when many times there are no public or private vehicles for investing,” Reagen said. “After isolating several investable countries and trends we found favorable, we came up with our top 20 list,” she added. “More than just the BRICs came to the top of the list. Investing in these countries requires rigorous due diligence and trusted partners. We recommend utilizing a fund of fund approach because of the vast differences in investment opportunities across these 20 markets. Despite the vast differences, the logistics market looks like a promising investment opportunity across almost all 20 markets.”

Other Forum sessions covered a variety of topics, including those designed to help attendees successfully prepare for potential changes that might occur as a result of new SEC initiatives; other regulation, changes to tax codes, political impact of the upcoming election, Brazilian private equity and other family office centric topics including outsourcing.

According to event producers The Ivy Family Office Network, ivyFON, their Forums are developed as an ongoing dialogue with family offices on an international basis. IvyFON’s expertise is an outgrowth of leading one of the United States’ oldest and largest alternative investment networks, the IvyPlus network. The IvyPlus network was started as a private equity, real estate and hedge fund network consisting primarily of Ivy League alumni but inclusive of other participants who had attended more than 50 globally comparable programs or through merit are worthy participants in the program. More than 10,000 investment, family office and institutional investment professionals have attended IvyPlus forums globally.

Attendees emerged from the Forum with practical strategies and solutions to achieve both short and long-term objectives. The program featured off-the-record, peer-to-peer discussions in a non-commercial setting, in-depth and highly interactive sessions addressing organizational structure, family dynamics and succession planning, and granular investment sessions covering the latest asset classes and strategies.

Melissa will be addressing the December 11, 2012 Ivy Family Office Forum in NYC on this topic again.

Aberdeen Asset Management PLC is headquartered in Aberdeen, Scotland while Aberdeen Asset Management Inc. is headquartered in Philadelphia, PA. For more information, please contact Donna Pulini, Sr. Business Development Manager, donna(dot)pulini(at)aberdeen-asset(dot)com or call 1 215 405 2459 (direct).

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