New York Stock Exchange. October 30, 2018. Global Real Estate Markets Conference


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 will bring to life the challenges of and agility needed when doing business in global markets. Returning to New York for its 8th 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.




Tuesday, October 30

Time Event
8:00 a.m. Registration
New York Stock Exchange
Please allow extra time for security screening. A state-issued ID will be required.
8:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast 
Sponsored by Metzler Real Estate
NYSE Freedom Hall
8:30–8:40 a.m.

Welcome  & Introductory Remarks
Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

8:40-9:10 a.m. 

The Big Picture: Global Trends in Real Estate
Real Capital Analytics
Keith Breslauer, Founder and CEO, Patron Capital

9:10–10:00 a.m.

Session 1: Global Interest in U.S. Real Estate
Sponsored by Amherst Capital Management
While the US political environment and fears that the market has peaked are limiting the demand for US real estate on the part of some foreign investors, the US still remains the first choice for many global institutional investors seeking diversification from their home markets.  This panel, moderated by the head of international portfolio management of one of Canada’s largest institutional investors, features a major international investor, a global fund manager and a leading capital markets advisor.  These experts will share their views on the US real estate markets as we look forward to 2019.

Moderator: Lucy Fletcher, Senior Vice President, International Portfolio Management, QuadReal Property Group 
Christopher LudemanPresident, Capital Markets, CBRE
Susan MelloManaging Director, PGIM Real Estate
Richard Varkey, Senior Portfolio Manager, HOOPP (Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan)

10:00–10:30 a.m.  Networking Break 
Sponsored by US Bank
10:30–11:20 a.m.

Session 2: Global Debt Markets - Growth and Innovation from Various Sides
Sponsored by Societe Generale
Most investors have historically been focused on owning the real estate equity, but the debt side of the equation is rapidly evolving as an asset class unto itself. Many have predicted that debt origination activity will reach or exceed 2007 levels as nearly every lender is back in the game, including CMBS originators. What can you expect from the global debt markets in 2018? Our panelists offer insight into the global lending environment as well as their underwriting parameters in an increasingly competitive lending environment.

Moderator: Marc Warren
, Principal, Ackman-Ziff

Panelists: Panelists: 
Christopher Kelly,
Managing Director, Amherst Capital Management
Dan Thomas,
President, DT Capital Group; and former President, Bank of the Ozarks
Josh Wechter,
CIO, Jamestown Properties

11:20 a.m.–12:10 p.m.

Session 3:  Creative Solutions to the Global Affordable Housing Challenge
Sponsored by Lennar International
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.

Raphael Dawson, Principal, Walton Street Capital

Malayappan Murali
CEO, Shriram Properties
Alberto Smeke, Senior Associate, Grupo Alsavision

12:15–12:45 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored by Mayer Brown

12:45–1:45 p.m.

Session 4: CEO Keynote Conversation: A View from the Top
Sponsored by Lennar International
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2019? 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, Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate


Ken Bernstein, President and CEO, Acadia Realty Trust
Greta Guggenheim, Chief Executive Officer and President, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Juan Monroy, CEO, FIBRA Macquarie Infrastructure

1:45 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Andra Ghent, Academic Director & Associate Professor, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate

2018 Speakers

Alberto SmekeAlberto SmekeBiographySenior AssociateGrupo Alsavision
Greta GuggenheimGreta GuggenheimBiographyCEO and PresidentTPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Keith BreslauerKeith BreslauerBiographyFounder and CEOPatron Capital
Lucy FletcherLucy FletcherBiographySenior Vice PresidentQuadReal Property Group
Richard VarkeyRichard VarkeyBiographySenior Portfolio Manager, Real EstateHealthcare of Ontario Pension Plan
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-MadisonChairman, Managing PrincipalBrennan Investment Group
Christopher LudemanChristopher LudemanBiographyGlobal President of Capital MarketsCBRE
Frederick CooperFrederick CooperBiographySenior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor RelationsToll Brothers, Inc.
Andra GhentAndra GhentBiographyAcademic Director & Associate ProfessorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Susan MelloSusan MelloBiographyPrincipalPrudential Real Estate Investors
Christopher KellyChristopher KellyBiographyManaging Director and Head of Commercial Real Estate LendingAmherst Capital Management
Dan ThomasDan ThomasBiographyPresidentLand Development Corporation
Joshua WechterJoshua WechterBiographyManaging Director and the Co-Chief Investment Officer Jamestown
Raphael DawsonRaphael DawsonBiographyPrincipal and Senior Asset Manager Walton Street Capital
Brad OlsenMalayappan MuraliBiographyCEO and MDShriram Properties
Juan MonroyJuan MonroyBiographyCEOFIBRA Mccquarie Infrastructure
Kenneth BernsteinKen BernsteinBiographyPresident and Chief Executive OfficerAcadia Realty Trust
Marc WarrenMarc WarrenBiographyPrincipalAckman Ziff


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 12, 2018. 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!

Who Attends?

The 2018 conference featured a sell-out crowd with more than 150 real estate leaders in attendance at the New York Stock Exchange. We are expecting 150+ global real estate leaders to join us at this year's exclusive event at the newly remodeled NYSE.

They represent:

  • Presidents/CEOs of Global Real Estate Companies
  • Global Real Estate Developers
  • Investment Analysts and Strategists
  • Global Real Estate Asset Managers
  • Global Finance Professionals
  • REIT Managers

Sponsor Levels

November 8 Board Dinner Opportunities:

  • Reception: $2,500 - Sponsored by
  • Keynote: $3,000 - Sponsored by
  • Dinner: $5,000 - Sponsored by 

November 9 Global Real Estate Conference Opportunities:

  • Panel Session (3 opportunities): $2,500 ea.

Global Capital Flows- Sponsored by
Global Affordable Housing - Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group
Global Debt - Sponsored by Societe Generale

General event sponsorships available at the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels:

  • Gold (1 opportunity): $10,000
  • Silver (2 opportunities): $5,000 
  • Bronze (5 opportunities): $3,000 

Non-profit sponsorship options are available. Contact us for details.

Click here for a detailed sponsor packet. Click here to make a secure sponsorship payment online. (Please enter 01 for the Reservation Number.)

For More Information

To request additional information, please contact Lee Gottschalk at or 608-265-2032, or Mary Brost at or 608-263-3459.

Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Wisconsin School of Business
4440 Grainger Hall
975 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Fax: 608-265-4823

Location and Lodging

Program Location


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.


Nearest subways to New York Stock Exchange:

2/3 or 4/5 to Wall Street; N, R, or W to Rector Street

Hotel Accommodations

There are a number of hotels in the Financial District convenient to the Exchange:

Club Quarters, Wall Street
52 William Street, New York, NY 10005
212-269-6400 |

Holiday Inn Wall Street
126 Water Street, New York, NY 10005
1-888-465-4329 ‎|

W New York - Downtown
123 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
646-826-8600 |

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel New York City - Financial District
8 Stone Street, New York, NY 10004
212-480-9100 |‎

Conference Photos

Launch Conference Photo Gallery

Featured Speakers

Keith Breslauer
Founder and CEO, Patron Capital

Ken Bernstein
Arcadia Realty Trust

Juan Monroy
CEO, FIBRA Mccquarie Infrastructure

Christopher Ludeman
President of Capital Markets, CBRE

Dan Thomas
Former Vice Chairman, Bank of the Ozarks

Lucy Fletcher
Senior Vice President, QuadReal Property Group


Conference Sponsors

James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Toll Brothers
Atlantic Partners

Ackman Ziff Mayer Brown
US Bank
Amherst Capital Management Eastdil
Annaly  Metzler