2015 GREM Conference

2015 Global Real Estate Markets

Join over 200 global real estate leaders at the New York Stock Exchange to learn about “Going Global: Real Estate Capital Flows and Urbanization Around the World.” 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. Back for its 5th 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. Through events like this conference, the James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate is setting the standard for real estate in the new millennium. 

Thank you to our event partners, sponsors, and all who attended and made this another successful Graaskamp Center event!

2015 Global Real Estate Markets

8:00 a.m. Registration
New York Stock Exchange, 7th Floor
Please allow extra time for security screening. A state-issued ID will be required.
8:00–8:45 a.m.
Networking Breakfast 
Sponsored by Ackman-Ziff
New York Stock Exchange, Main Dining Room, 7th Floor
Continental Breakfast
8:45–9:00 a.m.

Welcome  & Introductory Remarks

Michael Brennan, Irgens Executive Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison

9:00–9:30 a.m. 

The Big Picture: Global Trends in Real Estate

Robert White, CRE, FRICS; Founder & President, Real Capital Analytics, Inc.

9:30–10:30 a.m.

Session 1: Coming to America:  Global Capital Flows into US Real Estate
Sponsored by Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC
Capital is moving from more places, to more places than ever before, but the US remains one of the favored destinations for global investors.  With a large and transparent real estate market and economic growth which is sparking demand, the US is attracting capital from all corners of the globe.  The panelists will discuss the factors which are driving investor demand, what markets and property types are most compelling – and what to expect in 2016.

Bradley Olsen, President, Atlantic Partners, Ltd.

Lucy Fletcher
, Managing Director, International Capital Group & Americas Capital Markets, JLL
Jamie Manley, Portfolio Manager, CPPIB
Gary Phillips, Senior Director and Head of Acquisitions and Equity Investments, Allianz Real Estate of America
Robert White, CRE, FRICS; Founder & President, Real Capital Analytics, Inc.
Henry Williamson, Founder and Managing Director, InterCapital Advisers

10:30–10:45 a.m.  Break 
Sponsored by Annaly


Session 2: Cross-Border Real Estate Lending: Navigating Risks and Opportunities
Sponsored by Brennan Investment Group
Global real estate lending continues to be a popular choice for cross-border investors who see great opportunity in recovering real estate markets.  Competition for deals has increased as more large players enter the field and investors search for yields not available in other debt markets.  Andra Ghent, Associate Professor, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, moderates a discussion on navigating the threats and opportunities in the current global real estate lending market.

Moderator: Andra Ghent, Associate Professor, Real Estate & Urban Land Economics, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Michael Nash, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone Group
Wayne Potters, Head of Real Estate Finance, Societe Generale Corporate & Investment Banking
Brian Schmidt, Senior Managing Director, Värde Partners

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Session 3: Global Urbanization: Examination of the Top Urban Centers of the World
Sponsored by Jefferies LoanCore
Global urbanization is predicted to add more than 60 million people annually to cities for the next thirty years.  This is creating many challenges and opportunities for real estate investors across the globe.  Rising incomes and buying power, more and denser cities, extensive and more sophisticated infrastructure and technology needs, and environmental pressures are creating opportunities across the real estate spectrum from retail and housing to logistics to office, industrial and infrastructure.  

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

Debra Erb
, Managing Director of Housing Programs, Overseas Private Investment Corp.
Thomas McDonald, Managing Partner, Jaguar Growth Partners
Kenneth Munkacy, Senior Managing Director, GID International Group/GID Investment Advisors
Jason Yablon, Senior Vice President, Cohen & Steers

12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch
Co-Sponsored by USAA and Eastdil Secured

1:30–2:30 p.m.

Session 4: Keynote Conversation: A View from the Top
Sponsored by Societe Generale
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2016? 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: William Ferguson, Chairman & CEO, Ferguson Partners, Ltd.

Trevor Bond
, CEO, W.P. Carey Inc.
Jack Chandler, Chairman of Global Real Estate, BlackRock, Inc.
Robert Gifford, President & CEO, AIG Global Real Estate
Jay Mantz, President, Rialto Capital Managment
Robert Merck, Senior Managing Director, MetLife Real Estate Investors

2:30–2:45 p.m. Break

2:45–3:45 p.m.

Session 5: Asian Capital Flows and Global Opportunities
Sponsored by Mayer Brown
Asian capital flows continue to have a growing and dynamic influence on real estate markets worldwide. Changing Chinese economic conditions have affected investment decisions, with significant capital seeking real estate opportunities abroad. Robert G. Koen, partner at Mayer Brown, leads a conversation exploring the economic and political implications of Asian investment in U.S. markets, and discusses the effects of slowing growth on global capital flows. 

Moderator: Robert Koen, Partner, Mayer Brown

Kai-yan Lee, Managing Director, Chief U.S. Representative, Vanke Holdings (USA) LLC
Kye Joon Lee, Director, Asia, Clarion Partners
Grace Liu, Managing Partner, GZ Real Estate Partners
William Tung, Managing Director, CINDAT Capital Management

3:45-4:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Timothy Riddiough, Professor and Academic Director, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
4:00-5:00 p.m.      Networking Reception
Sponsored by Real Capital Analytics
New York Stock Exchange Dining Room, 7th Floor

2015 Global Real Estate Markets


Trevor BondTrevor BondBiographyCEOW.P. Carey Inc.
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jack ChandlerJack ChandlerBiographyChairman of Global Real EstateBlackRock, Inc.
Frederick CooperFrederick CooperBiographySenior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor RelationsToll Brothers, Inc.
Debra ErbDebra ErbBiographyManaging Director of Housing ProgramsOverseas Private Investment Corporation
Bill FergusonWilliam FergusonBiographyChairman and Chief Executive OfficerFerguson Partners Ltd.
Lucy FletcherLucy FletcherBiographyManaging Director, International Capital Group and Americas Capital Markets Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL)
Andra GhentAndra GhentBiographyAssociate Professor, Real Estate & Urban Land EconomicsUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert GiffordRobert GiffordBiographyPresident & CEOAIG Global Real Estate
Robert KoenRobert KoenBiographyPartnerMayer Brown
Kai-yan LeeKai-yan LeeBiographyManaging Director and Chief U.S. RepresentativeVanke Holdings (USA) LLC
KJ LeeKye Joon LeeBiographyDirector, AsiaClarion Partners
Grace LiuGrace LiuBiographyManaging PartnerGZ Real Estate Partners
Jamie ManleyJamie ManleyBiographyPortfolio ManagerCanada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB)
Jay MantzJay MantzBiographyPresidentRialto Capital Management
Thomas McDonaldThomas McDonaldBiographyManaging PartnerJaguar Growth Partners
Robert MerckRobert MerckBiographySenior Managing DirectorMetLife Real Estate Investors
Ken MunkacyKenneth MunkacyBiographySenior Managing DirectorGID International Group/GID Investment Advisors
Mike NashMichael NashBiographySenior Managing Director - Real Estate Debt StrategiesThe Blackstone Group
Brad OlsenBradley OlsenBiographyPresidentAtlantic Partners, Ltd.
Brad OlsenGary PhillipsBiographySenior Director and Head of Acquisitions and Equity InvestmentsAllianz Real Estate of America
Tim RiddioughTimothy RiddioughBiographyProfessor and Academic DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Robert WhiteBrian SchmidtBiographySenior Managing DirectorVärde Partners
Robert WhiteWilliam TungBiographyManaging DirectorCINDAT Capital Management
Robert WhiteRobert WhiteBiographyFounder and PresidentReal Capital Analytics
Henry WilliamsonHenry WilliamsonBiographyFounder and Managing DirectorInterCapital Advisers
Robert WhiteJason YablonBiographySenior Vice PresidentCohen & Steers

2015 Global Real Estate Markets

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 30, 2015. Sponsorship payments can also be made online via this secure payment link. (Please enter 01 for the Reservation Number.)

As a sponsor, you will receive extensive brand outreach to our audience of global leaders throughout the marketing campaign and at the conference. We leverage multiple media outlets including media partnerships, press releases, social media, web, and email to publicize the event. 

Why Sponsor?

  • Visibility and Exposure to Global Real Estate Leaders
  • Direct Access to the Global Business Community
  • Create and Nurture New Business Partnerships
  • Inspiring Knowledge and Expertise for You and Your Clients
  • Competitive Edge
  • Your Success is Our Success!

Who Attends?

The 2014 conference featured a sell-out crowd with more than 200 real estate leaders in attendance. We are expecting 200+ global real estate leaders to join us again this year.

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

We also can customize a sponsorship package to fit your needs and budget. Non-profit sponsorship options are available.

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 a sponsor registration form or additional information, contact Mary Brost at mary.brost@wisc.edu or 608-262-9816 or Kate Hawley at kate.hawley@wisc.edu or 608-263-3459.

Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
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Fax: 608-265-4823

2015 Global Real Estate Markets

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 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 on the seventh floor in the Main Dining Room.


Nearest subways to New York Stock Exchange:

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


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 | clubquarters.com

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

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

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

Featured Speakers

Jack Chandler2 Jack Chandler
Chairman of Global Real Estate, BlackRock
Robert Gifford
Robert Gifford
President & CEO, AIG Global Real Estate

Conference Sponsors

James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
Toll Brothers
Ferguson Partners
Atlantic Partners NAREIT
Oak Point Investors
Real Capital Analytics
 USAA Real Estate Co.  Eastdil
 Mayer Brown  Ackman Ziff
 Jeffries LoanCore  Arch Street
 Annaly  Societe Generale