Join over 150 global real estate leaders at the historic NYSE to learn about the current state of the global real estate markets at the 8th annual Global Real Estate Markets Conference. As the real estate industry -and the world around us -continues its rapid evolution, you’ll hear from industry thought leaders and visionaries on how to navigate the global real estate landscape and where to find the global market opportunities. Panel sessions and case studies willbring to life the challenges of and agility needed when doing business in global markets.Returning to New York for its 9th year, the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is proud to partner with Toll Brothers to host this premier industry forum.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has a long and honored tradition of excellence in education and research in the discipline of real estate and urban land economics and our Real Estate Program is consistently ranked one of the best by US News and World Report. The James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate is setting the standard for real estate education in the new millennium.

For more information on the conference, contact Genie Trewyn at or Lee Gottschalk at

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October 31, 2019

Time Description

8:00–8:30 a.m.

Registration and Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by Metzler Realty Advisors
Freedom Hall, NYSE

8:30–8:40 a.m.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

8:40–9:10 a.m.

Morning Keynote: Global Trends in Real Estate
Sponsored by Real Capital Analytics
Robert White, Founder and President, Real Capital Analytics

9:10–10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Global Interest in US Real Estate
Real estate is local, but real estate capital has become global. Historically low interest rates around the world have spurred investors to increase their allocations to real estate, both in their home markets and abroad. The US remains a preferred location for many international investors, despite the political environment and fears that the market has peaked. Panelists representing capital from Asia, Canada, Europe and the Middle East will share their views on the US real estate markets as we look forward to 2020.

Moderator: Brad Olsen, President, Atlantic Partners, Ltd.


  • Gila Cohen, Managing Director, Real Estate & Private Equity, MUFG Fund Services (USA) LLC
  • Catherine Pfeiffenberger, Managing Director, Jamestown LP
  • Genghis Hadi, Co-Founder and Managing Principal, Nahla Capital
  • Colin Lynch, Vice President & Director, TD Greystone Asset Management

10:00–10:30 a.m.

Networking Break
Sponsored by U.S. Bank

10:30–11:20 a.m.

Session 2: Global Debt Markets - Growth and Innovation from Various Sides
Sponsored by Ackmann-Ziff Real Estate Group
Most investors have historically been focused on owning the real estate equity, but the debt side of the equation has grown into a separate asset class unto itself. Liquidity from banks, insurance companies, non-banks and other sources, both traditional and non-traditional, have recently expanded in size and in their missions. What can you expect from the global debt markets for the rest of the cycle? Our panelists offer insight into the global lending environment and “here they see value" in an increasingly competitive lending environment.

Moderator: Marc Warren, Principal, Ackman-Ziff


  • Karen Case, Executive Managing Director and President, U.S. Commercial Real Estate, CIBC
  • Michael McLarney, CRE/CMBS Sector Head, LibreMax Capital
  • Peter Smith, Vice President and Head of Originations, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m.

Session 3: Alternate Residential Housing: Freedom or Stability?
Sponsored by Ackmann-Ziff Real Estate Group
With home ownership rates still well below historical norms and the appetite for and financial capacity of millennials to own homes still unclear, new alternatives have emerged to accomodate shifting residential preferences.

This panel will explore the new urban and suburban options that are arising as alternatives to home ownership including co-living, micro-units and single family rentals. What do the demographics tell us? How do developers design units and what are the programming features that will make these alternatives more than a passing fad?

Moderator: Frederick Cooper, Senior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor Relations, Toll Brothers


  • Jonathan Moore, Chief Investment Officer — Mixed Use Development, Brookfield Properties
  • Brian Lee, Senior Director of Real Estate, Common
  • Matt Blank, Co-Founder, BB Living
 12:10–12:30 p.m. Update on the Global Real Estate Master Program (GREM)
Jacky Chan
, GREM Student, Class of 2019

12:30–1:30 p.m.

Lunch Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group

1:15–2:15 p.m.

Session 4: CEO Keynote Conversation
Sponsored by Amherst Capital
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2020? What does the future hold for global real estate investment and development? What do industry leaders say about the outlook for global real estate, metro areas, finance and capital markets, and other real estate issues? Leading voices in the global real estate industry will share their perspectives and predictions about what business leaders need to address as the future unfolds.

Moderator: Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate


  • Annemarie DiCola, Chief Executive Officer, Trepp, LLC
  • Michael Dorf, Chief Executive Officer, City Winery
  • Steve Plavin, Chief Executive Officer, Blackstone Mortgage Trust

2:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks
Mark Eppli, Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

Keynote Speakers

2019 Global Real Estate Markets Conference features over 15 speakers.

Annemarie DiCola

Annemarie DiCola

Trepp LLC


Karen Case

Karen Case

Executive Managing Director and President, U.S. Commercial Real Estate

Steve Plavin

Stephen Plavin

Senior Managing Director
The Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies Group

Chief Executive Officer
Blackstone Mortgage Trust

Our Sponsors

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Sponsorship Opportunities

If you are interested in any of the sponsorship packages, please complete the sponsor form and return it to us by Friday, October 11, 2019. Sponsorship payments can also be made online via this secure payment link. (Please enter 01 for the Reservation Number.)

Sponsors receive: 

  • Extensive brand outreach throughout the event marketing campaign
  • Visibility and exposure to global real estate leaders
  • Direct access to an exclusive global business community
  • Create and nurture new business partnerships 
  • Inspiring knowledge and expertise for you and your clients
  • Competitive edge
  • Support real estate education at all levels by being affiliated with the Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, which the leader in global real estate education
  • Your success is our success!

Location and Lodging

All events will take place at the New York Stock Exchange, located at 11 Wall Street. Please use the 2 Broad Street Entrance at the corner of Broad Street and Wall Street. Names of all registered conference participants will be on a list with security at the Exchange. *Please bring a state-issued identification or passport and allow extra time for security screening.*

All events will take place at the New York Stock Exchange in the Freedom Hall.