NYU Schack's Capital Markets in Real Estate Conference Sets Morning Line-Up

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NEW YORK, NY - October 26, 2011 - A full roster of real estate leaders will kick off the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s 44th Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate at the Waldorf=Astoria in New York on November 17. The theme of this year’s Conference is “The Velocity of Reward and Risk in the Age of Social Networking: The Express Lane to a Recovery in the Global Real Estate Capital Markets.”

The first panel of the day will be “Private Equity Panel: Seeking Risk-Adjusted Returns in a Competitive Global Market.” Moderator John Kukral, president and chief executive officer of Northwood Investors LLC, will be joined by industry experts Neil G. Bluhm, managing principal of Walton Street Capital,LLC.; Kelvin Davis,senior partner of TPG Capital; Paul A. Galiano,senior managing director, co-head of Acquisitions, Dispositions, Equity Capital Markets, and Joint Venture Transactions at Tishman Speyer Properties, LP; Jonathan D. Gray,senior managing director and co-head of Real Estate of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors; and William H. Walton,managing member of Rockpoint Group,LLC.

The Conference’s second panel of the morning, “Liquidity Returns,” will be moderated by Richard A. Kessler, advisory board member at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate and chief operating officer of Benenson Capital Partners LLC. Kessler’s panel of industry leaders includes Ken Cohen, a managing director at UBS; Mark Finerman, managing partner of Loan Core Capital; Greta Guggenheim, president, chief financial officer, and director at Ladder Capital Realty Finance LLC; Michael P. Higgins,managing director and head of U.S. Real Estate Finance of CIBC World Markets Corp.; Jonathan Pollack,head of Americas for Commercial Real Estate for Deutsche Bank AG; and David A. Twardock,president of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, LLC.

These panels join a star-studded panel previously announced with Conference Chair Robert S. Blumenthal, managing director at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc., who will moderate “New York City: We Are the Golden Apple.” Panelists include Michael D. Fascitelli, president, chief executive officer, and trustee, Vornado Realty Trust; Marc Holliday, chief executive officer, SL Green Realty; William Mack, founder and chairman, AREA Property Managers; Stephen Ross, chairman, chief executive officer, and founder, Related Companies; William C. Rudin, chief executive officer & vice chairman, Rudin Management Company, Inc.; and Larry A. Silverstein, president and chief executive officer, Silverstein Properties, Inc.

“The Capital Markets in Real Estate Conference is an essential tool for anyone involved in real estate private equity, structured finance, REITs, and related fields to learn from the leaders and experts,” said Rosemary Scanlon, interim divisional dean and academic director of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate. “It is a rare opportunity to have the industry’s elite in one location, and I encourage those in the field to take advantage of their insight into the real estate capital markets.”

NYU Schack welcomes corporate sponsorships for its Capital Markets Conference. All net proceeds support NYU Schack students, and advance academic and research initiatives. Major supporters of the Conference include: Deutsche Bank; Fitch Ratings; Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Greenberg Traurig LLP; Newmark Knight Frank; Benenson Capital Partners LLC; and Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation.

For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at jessica.watson@nyu.edu or 212-992-3618.

Registration for the Conference is now open. To view the complete agenda or to register for the Conference, visit www.scps.nyu.edu/capital.

About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (www.scps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack is home to three graduate degrees and related graduate certificate programs— the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the new M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll some 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries. The NYU Schack Institute now has nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe. In addition, each year approximately 7,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute's professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region is a global leader.