NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Announces Morning Line-up for 18th Annual REIT Symposium

Hamid R. Moghadam of Prologis to Keynote Conference on “The New Normal For REIT M&A”


New York, March 19, 2013 – The REIT Center at the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (scps.nyu.edu/schack) has announced this year’s theme and morning speaker line-up for its 18th Annual REIT (Real Estate Investment Trust) Symposium. The theme for this year’s symposium is “The New Normal for REIT M&A.” Hamid R. Moghadam, Chairman and CEO of Prologis, Inc., will be the conference’s keynote speaker.

NYU Schack’s REIT Symposium, which will take place on Thursday, April 11 at the Pierre Hotel in Manhattan, offers a unique forum for sophisticated, high-level discussions among industry leaders.

James D. Kuhn, chairman of the NYU Schack Advisory Board and president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, will welcome attendees, and NYU Schack Divisional Dean Rosemary Scanlon will present Moghadam with the Visionary Award.

The Symposium agenda includes eight panels over the course of the day, including the morning panels: “REIT M&A in the “New Normal;” “State of the REIT Capital Markets;” “A Conversation with Milton Cooper;” and “Non-Traded REITs.”

“This year’s event features an extraordinary group of speakers who represent the brightest minds in our industry,” said Dean Scanlon. “Year after year, this conference gives participants the opportunity to hear from today’s thought leaders and to learn about where the experts believe the market will head next and where the strongest sectors for investment may be.”

Following Kuhn’s welcome, Robin Panovka, partner at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, will give the opening remarks before the day’s keynote address.

Keynote speaker Moghadam co-founded AMB Property Corporation in 1983. He led the company through its initial public offering in 1997 and its merger with ProLogis in 2011. He is a trustee and board member of the Urban Land Institute and a trustee of Stanford University and served as chairman of Stanford Management Company. Previously, he served as chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) and the Real Estate Investment Trust Political Action Committee (REITPAC); was a director of Plum Creek Timber Company (NYSE: PCL); and a founding member of the Real Estate Roundtable.

The Symposium’s morning panels include:

  • REIT M&A in the “New Normal” – How Long Will the Virtuous Cycle Last; Doing Deals in Uncertain Markets; Does the Recovery Have Legs?, is moderated by Guy A. Metcalfe, managing director and global head of Real Estate Investment Banking for Morgan Stanley. Panelists are: Michael D. Fascitelli, president and chief executive officer, Vornado Realty Trust; Ronald L. Havner, Jr., chairman, president, and chief executive officer, Public Storage, Inc.; Michael F. Kirby, chairman and director of Research, Green Street Advisors, Inc.; and David J. Neithercut; president, chief executive officer, and member of the Board of Trustees, Equity Residential.
  • State of the REIT Capital Markets – Financing Deals; Equity; Debt; Perpetual Preferred,   is moderated by Michael J. Graziano, managing director, global co-head of Real Estate, Goldman, Sachs & Co. Panelists are: Gordon F. DuGan, chief executive officer, Gramercy Capital Corp.; Jackson Hsieh, vice chairman, joint global head of Real Estate Group, UBS Investment Bank; Matthew J. Lustig, managing partner of North America Investment Banking, and head of Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging, Lazard; and Donald C. Wood, president and chief executive officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust.
  • A Conversation with Milton Cooper, executive chairman of Kimco Realty Corporation.
  • Non-Traded REITs – Trends and Developments; Opportunities for the Public Markets, is moderated by Lisa E. Beeson, managing director, head of Global Real Estate M&A, Barclays. Panelists are: Jeffrey D. Horowitz, head of Global Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch;  Gil G. Menna, partner, Goodwin Procter LLP; Marc Nemer, president and chief executive officer, Cole Real Estate Investments; Nicholas S. Schorsch, chairman and chief executive officer, American Realty Capital; and Randy Williamson, managing director, Eastdil Secured, LLC.

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

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 graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate,  the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll almost 800 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe.  In addition, each year approximately 4,200 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 leads globally.

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