NEW YORK, March 30, 2015 – The REIT Center of the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) will host the 20th Annual REIT Symposium on Wednesday, April 15, at The Pierre in New York City. The full-day conference, titled “20/20: The Last 20–The Next 20,” will bring together representatives from the most successful REITs, investment banks, and other related businesses to discuss the extent of change in the REIT universe over the last 20 years and what developments to expect in the next two decades.
The Symposium will feature real estate leaders Martin Cohen, executive chairman, Cohen & Steers, Inc.; Jonathan D. Gray, global head of real estate, Blackstone; and Barry Sternlicht, chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Capital Group, as well as many of the leading CEOs, bankers, analysts, and other professionals in the REIT and real estate industries. The day will culminate with a keynote conversation featuring Equity Group Investments Chairman Samuel Zell—one of the most respected industry veterans—offering his observations on the REIT industry, punctuated by his trademark candor and wit.
“The 20th anniversary REIT Symposium presents an opportunity for an in-depth examination of the trends and the developments in the REIT revolution that have occurred over the past 20 years,” stated Schack Divisional Dean Rosemary Scanlon. “We are excited, as always, to feature an extraordinary group of speakers, who will reflect upon the past 20 years and who also will provide informed predictions on the direction in which REITs are heading.”
The cochairs of the event, Robin Panovka and Adam Emmerich of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, and the Schack Institute of Real Estate have assembled eight panels for the day. Topics to be discussed include: whether to expect continuing consolidation and M&A activity until, as some have predicted (only 30 mega-REITs are left owning an ever-increasing share of the world’s commercial real estate); whether U.S. REITs will finally take the plunge “across the pond” and traverse borders to truly expand globally; whether we can expect another wave of privatizations; what’s on the horizon in terms of governance changes and activist shareholders; which new frontiers and property types REITs will permeate, and how quickly; and many other areas of interest.
At the Symposium, the Schack Institute of Real Estate will issue its ninth edition of Premises, its world-class magazine, which offers innovative information to educate current and future leaders in the industry. This special issue is devoted entirely to trends in REITs.
To register for the REIT Symposium, please visit sps.nyu.edu/reit.
FULL PANEL LIST
- Robin Panovka, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
CONSOLIDATION – Full speed ahead until only 30 REITs (with $3T of assets) are standing?
- Andrew J. Jonas, Global Co-Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, Goldman, Sachs & Co. [Moderator]
- Debra A. Cafaro, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Ventas, Inc.
- Ronald L. Havner, Jr., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, Public Storage
- Michael F. Kirby, Chairman, Director of Research, Green Street Advisors
- Timothy J. Naughton, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.
GLOBALIZATION – If not now, when; if not American REITs, which?
- Michael Bilerman, Managing Director, Head of Real Estate and Lodging Team, Citi [Moderator]
- Trevor P. Bond, President and Chief Executive Officer, W.P. Carey Inc.
- David B. Henry, Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kimco Realty Corporation
- Chaim Katzman, Chairman, Gazit-Globe
- Matthew J. Lustig, Managing Partner of North America Investment Banking and Head of Real Estate, Lazard
- W. Benjamin Moreland, President and Chief Executive Officer, Crown Castle International Corp.
STRATEGY – M&A, governance, capital raising, JVs, share-buybacks?
- Thomas A. Grier, Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Investment Banking, J.P. Morgan [Moderator]
- Anthony E. Malkin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.
- Dennis D. Oklak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Duke Realty
- Mark S. Ordan, Executive Chairman, WP Glimcher
- Scott H. Rechler, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RXR Realty LLC
- Owen D. Thomas, Chief Executive Officer and Director, Boston Properties, Inc.
- Guy A. Metcalfe, Managing Director and Chairman of Real Estate, Morgan Stanley [Moderator]
- Michael Carroll, Chief Executive Officer, Brixmor Property Group, Inc.
- Jeffrey S. Olson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Urban Edge Properties
- James D. Taiclet, Jr., Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, American Tower Corporation
- James D. Kuhn, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Chairman, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate Advisory Board
- Barry Vinocur, Editor, REIT Wrap [Moderator]
- Martin Cohen, Executive Chairman, Cohen & Steers, Inc.
- Barry S. Sternlicht, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Starwood Capital Group
A CONVERSATION with Jonathan Gray
- Jonathan D. Gray, Global Head of Real Estate, Blackstone
- Rosemary Scanlon, Divisional Dean, NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate [Moderator]
STATE OF THE MARKETS – Surprises in the next 20 years, or more of the same?
- Jeffrey D. Horowitz, Global Head of Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America Merrill Lynch [Moderator]
- Theodore R. Bigman, Managing Director, Head of Global Listed Real Assets, Morgan Stanley Investment Management
- Joseph F. Coradino, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust
- Joel S. Marcus, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and Founder, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.
- Glenn J. Rufrano, Chief Executive Officer, American Realty Capital Properties Inc.
- Donald C. Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, Federal Realty Investment Trust
KEYNOTE CONVERSATION: A Conversation with Sam Zell
- Sam Zell, Chairman, Equity Group Investments
- Adam O. Emmerich, Partner, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz [Moderator]
About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.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, the Schack Institute of Real Estate offers graduate degrees—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—as well as graduate certificates in real estate and construction management, all of which enroll nearly 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries, with over 3,500 graduates around the globe. In September 2013, the Schack Institute launched a new undergraduate degree – the B.S. in Real Estate.
Each year, approximately 4,200 working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s certificate programs, noncredit courses, intensives, 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 is home to the 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. The Schack Institute of Real Estate is one of several academic divisions within the School of Professional Studies, which offers a broad range of professionally focused undergraduate, graduate, and noncredit offerings.