NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate to Honor Three Industry Innovators at Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner

Robert S. Blumenthal of Deutsche Bank Securities, and Adam O. Emmerich and Robin Panovka of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Will be Recognized by Their Peers at the Mandarin Oriental, New York on June 11

NEW YORK, June 4, 2015 – The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate (sps.nyu.edu/schack) will honor three leaders in the capital markets and REIT sectors – Robert S. Blumenthal, vice chairman and managing director of The Americas Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging, and Leisure Group at Deutsche Bank Securities Inc.; and Adam O. Emmerich and Robin Panovka, who are both partners at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz—at the 44th Annual Urban Leadership Award Dinner on Thursday, June 11, 2015, at the Mandarin Oriental, New York. Attended by more than 600 top industry professionals, the Urban Leadership Award Dinner is the Institute’s largest fundraising event of the year, generating financial resources for student enrichment programs.

The Urban Leadership Award was created in 1971 to recognize professionals who have contributed significantly to the growth and prestige of the real estate industry, as well as to acknowledge their important roles in relation to the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. Past winners of the Urban Leadership Award have included: Mary Ann Tighe, Mike Fascitelli, Bruce Ratner, Bill Rudin, Stephen Ross, Mitchell E. Rudin, and Scott Rechler.

“Our three honorees, with their outstanding professional success and philanthropic activities, serve as shining examples to our students and to the real estate industry,” stated Rosemary Scanlon, divisional dean of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate. “Adam, Robert, and Robin also have each demonstrated a deep and longstanding commitment to the Schack Institute and our students, and we are proud to recognize their achievements with the Urban Leadership Award.”

An executive advisory board member of the Schack Institute of Real Estate, Robert Blumenthal has served as the chair of Schack’s annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate for over twenty years. He joined Deutsche Bank (then Bankers Trust) in 1987 as a vice president and was elected managing director in 1990. At Deutsche Bank, he has advised on or completed in excess of $20 billion worth of real estate assignments or transactions. He has senior experience in numerous rated securitized financings, public equity issuances, private equity placements, mezzanine financings, off-balance-sheet acquisition and development programs, and merger and acquisition advisory assignments.

Adam Emmerich is recognized as one of the 500 leading lawyers in the U.S. by Lawdragon and as one of the world’s leading lawyers by Chambers and Partners, and Who’s Who Legal, as well as other rankings. Among the transactions in which he has taken a leading role are: the $12.2 billion merger between Tim Hortons Inc. and Burger King Worldwide, Inc.; Covidien's $49.9 billion acquisition by Medtronic; Simon Property Group's $4.15 billion spin-off of Washington Prime Group; Deutsche Telekom’s $39 billion sale of T-Mobile USA to AT&T Inc.; Wyeth’s $68 billion acquisition by Pfizer Inc.; Tishman Speyer and Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc.’s $22.2 billion acquisition of Archstone-Smith; Vornado Realty Trust, Starwood Capital Group, and Walton Street Capital in their $39 billion bid for Equity Office Properties Trust (EOP); Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.’s investment in Seiyu in Japan; and other transactions in Brazil, China, Puerto Rico, and the U.K. He is co-chair of the International Institute for the Study of Cross-Border M&A and co-chair of the advisory board of the NYUSPS REIT Center.

In addition to being a corporate partner, Robin Panovka is a co-head of Wachtell Lipton’s Real Estate and REIT M&A groups, which have played a leading role in the ongoing consolidation and securitization of the commercial real estate industry. He has advised on a large number of M&A transactions in the real estate, hospitality, gaming, and other industries, valued at more than $500 billion. He also has provided strategic advice on large-scale projects, including the redevelopment of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan and of Pier 54 in the Hudson River. He serves on a number of nonprofit and educational boards, including as co-chair of the NYUSPS REIT Center and as a member of the Schack Institute’s Executive Committee. He has been named one of the 500 leading lawyers in the U.S. by Lawdragon, and is consistently ranked as one of the leading REIT and real estate M&A lawyers in the world.

This year’s dinner co-chairs are James D. Kuhn, NYUSPS Schack Advisory Board chairman and president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, Mitchell E. Rudin, chief executive officer of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation, and Larry A. Silverstein, chairman of Silverstein Properties, and founder and chairman emeritus of the NYUSPS Schack Advisory Board.

For inquiries on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at jessica.watson@nyu.edu or call (212) 992-3618. For more information, please visit sps.nyu.edu/urbanleadership.

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 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.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Celebrating its 80th anniversary, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU’s several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School’s diverse graduate, undergraduate, and noncredit programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Politics; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Foreign Languages, Translation, and Interpreting; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Health Information Management; Hospitality and Tourism; Human Resource Management and Development; Liberal and Allied Arts; Management and Systems; Marketing; Professional Writing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Social Entrepreneurship; and Sports Management, Media, and Business.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty and lecturers to create vibrant professional and academic networks that annually attract nearly 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent continuing higher education needs of local and professional communities, as evidenced by close to 48,000 annual noncredit enrollments in individual courses, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 28,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.