Bruce Dear is head of London real estate at Eversheds Sutherland.
This was my 18th Mipim. I have officially reached the age of Mipim majority. When I first strolled the Croisette, my oldest son could fit into a 20cm giraffe-print Babygro. Now he’s over 6ft tall and doesn’t even fit on the sofa.
When you land at Paphos airport, the first thing you see is a golden advert for Russian Commercial Bank. The second thing you see is a silver advert for Russian Standard Vodka.
As my TGV rolls out of a distinctly chilly Cannes and along the shores of an iron grey sea (it’s not all lemon blossom and almond cakes down here!), what did this MIPIM’s runes say about the market’s future:
Travelling to MIPIM is a pleasurable, annual ritual: some cycle, others motor in vintage Alfa Romeos. It’s surely only a matter of time before we have “MIPIM Iron Man”. Hundreds of surveyors running to Cannes across the French countryside, sporting macho, Maori tattoos.
Every March, the world’s property industry squeezes into one town. MIPIM mingles investors, developers, end users and funders in Cannes.