NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Announces Morning Panels and Keynote Speaker at 17th Annual REIT Symposium

Additional Speakers/Panelists to be Announced in Coming Weeks

NEW YORK, March 14, 2012 – The REIT Center at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) announced today that a star-studded roster of top real estate executives will headline next month’s 17th Annual REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) Symposium. The theme for this year’s Symposium is “Doing Deals in Volatile Markets.”

NYU Schack’s REIT Symposium, which will take place on Thursday, April 19th at the Pierre Hotel in Midtown Manhattan, offers a unique forum for sophisticated, high-level discussions among industry leaders. Over its history, the Symposium has become a must-attend event for hundreds of senior REIT executives, newsmakers, and industry movers and shakers. 

James D. Kuhn, chairman of the NYU Schack Advisory Board and president, Newmark Knight Frank, will welcome attendees, and REIT Symposium Co-chair Adam Emmerich, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, will introduce keynote speaker Ronald L. Havner, Jr., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Public Storage, Inc. Havner also will be presented with the “Visionary Award” by NYU Schack Interim Divisional Dean Rosemary Scanlon.

“NYU Schack’s REIT Symposium has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year,” said Scanlon. “Once again, conference speakers will share their views on current conditions as well as the progress of recovery in this vital segment of the real estate market.”

Morning panels include:

  • THE TWO-YEAR PLAN—Managing Through Volatility and Planning for Growth Opportunities, M&A, and Capital Raising; Balance Sheet Management; Assessing the IPO Market with moderator Guy A. Metcalfe, managing director and global co-head of real estate investment banking, Morgan Stanley, and panelists Debra A. Cafaro, chairman and chief executive officer, Ventas, Inc.; Michael F. Kirby, chairman, Green Street Advisors, Inc.; Sandeep Mathrani, chief executive officer, General Growth Properties; Robert S. Taubman, chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Taubman Centers, Inc.; and Donald C. Wood, president and chief executive officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust.
  • REITS VS. PRIVATE EQUITY—Are REITs Gun Shy? Are They Taking Advantage of Distress Opportunities, Their Superior Access to Capital, and Global Opportunities? Where's the Virtuous Cycle? With moderator James D. Kuhn, president, Newmark Knight Frank, and panelists Joseph F. Azrack, managing partner of Real Estate, Apollo Global Real Estate; Trevor P. Bond, president and chief executive officer, W. P. Carey & Co. LLC; Terry Considine, chairman and chief executive officer, Apartment Investment & Management Company; Gordon F. DuGan, global head of Commercial Real Estate Equity Investments, Annaly Capital Management, Inc.; Matthew J. Lustig, vice chairman of U.S. Investment Banking and head of Real Estate, Lazard Real Estate Partners, LLC; and Martin E. Stein, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Regency Centers.
  • STRUCTURING AND FINANCING DEALS—Public-to-Public vs. Private-to-Public; Stock vs. Cash Consideration; Protecting Against Volatility in Deals; Bankruptcy Auctions, with moderator Jackson Hsieh, global head of real estate investment banking, UBS Investment Bank, and panelists Jeffrey H. Fisher, chief executive officer, Chatham Lodging Trust; Edward A. Glickman, president and chief operating officer, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust; Jeffrey D. Horowitz, global head of Real Estate, Gaming, and Lodging, Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Mark S. Ordan, chief executive officer, Sunrise Senior Living, Inc.; and David Stockert, president and chief executive officer, Post Properties, Inc. 

An announcement will be made in the near future on the afternoon panels, including The View from 10,000 Feet, which last year featured Sam Zell and William Mack and once again will be moderated by REIT Symposium Co-chair Robin Panovka, partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

To register for the event, please visit scps.nyu.edu/reit. If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at 212-992-3618 or jessica.watson@nyu.edu.

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