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Join over 150 global real estate leaders at the historic NYSE to learn about the current state of the global real estate markets. 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 7th 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.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

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
8:30–8:45 a.m.

Welcome  & Introductory Remarks

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

8:45-9:15 a.m. 

The Big Picture: Global Trends in Real Estate

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

9:15–10:15 a.m.

Session 1: The Global Investment Market: Lots of Money, Lots of Markets
Sponsored by Arch Street Capital Advisors
Around the world, historically low interest rates and increased savings have produced higher allocations to real estate and pushed yields to record low levels. While some of the capital is coming from familiar countries or regions – like Canada, Germany and the Middle East, Asian investors increasingly are active. “Core” still is the preferred strategy for many institutions, but others are taking on more risk and returning to emerging markets like Brazil, India and central Europe. This panel will look at where money is likely to come from in 2018 and how and where it will be invested.

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

Panelists: Fahed Boodai, Chairman & Co-Founder, Gatehouse Capital in Kuwait, Gatehouse Bank in London, & Gatehouse Financial Group
Catherine Ann Marshall, President, RealAlts
Masashi Otake, President & CEO, Otake Global Capital LLC
Thomas Shapiro
, President & Founder, GTIS Partners

10:15–10:45 a.m.  Networking Break 
Sponsored by US Bank
10:45–11:45 a.m.

Session 2: Global Infrastructure: How Public-Private Partnerships and Creative Financing Solutions Can Address Infrastructure Challenges Across the Globe
The poor condition of roads, bridges and tunnels - the conventional categories of infrastructure in the U.S., which are pre-conditions for successful real estate markets - will require massive amounts of capital to modernize. Beyond this, upgrades to airports, seaports and rail systems; IT infrastructure; water and air improvements and other necessities of modern life and commerce, also roll up into the infrastructure category. The several trillion dollars of capital required to modernize infrastructure and prepare for the future has created its own asset class and demands creative alternative financing solutions. 

This panel will look at the scale of the problem, what solutions have worked around the globe, and how sophisticated and opportunistic investors are thinking about investing in infrastructure.

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

Panelists: Georges J.G. Arbache, Director-Power, Energy & Infrastructure, Lazard
John Graham, Principal, Global Transport Group, International Finance Corporation
Karl Reichelt
, Senior Managing Director, AECOM Capital

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Session 3: Navigating Today's Global Debt Markets 
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: Ken Cohen, Managing Director and U.S. Head of Commercial Real Estate Structured Finance, Bank of America
Greta Guggenheim, President & Chief Executive Officer, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Mark Hudspeth, Executive Vice President, Head of Capital Markets, Vornado Realty Trust

12:45–1:45 p.m. Lunch
Sponsored by Mayer Brown

1:45–2:45 p.m.

Session 4: CEO Keynote Conversation: A View from the Top
Sponsored by Deloitte
What are the key emerging trends that will shape the real estate market in 2017? 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: Robert O'BrienGlobal and US Real Estate & Construction Leader, Deloitte 

Panelists: Chris Marlin, President, Lennar International
Daniel Neidich
, Chief Executive Officer, Partner and Member of the Investment Committee, Dune Real Estate Partners
John Peyton, President and Chief Executive Officer, Realogy

2:45-3:00 p.m.  Closing Remarks
Andra Ghent, Academic Director & Associate Professor, James A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
3:00-4:00 p.m.      Informal Networking Reception
Sponsored by Real Capital Analytics
NYSE Hamilton Room

2017 Speakers

Georges ArbacheGeorges J.G. ArbacheBiographyDirector-Power, Energy & InfrastructureLazard
Fahed BoodaiFahed BoodaiBiographyChairman and Co-FounderGatehouse Capital in Kuwait, Gatehouse Bank in London, & Gatehouse Financial Group
Michael BrennanMichael BrennanBiographyIrgens Executive DirectorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate, University of Wisconsin-MadisonChairman, Managing PrincipalBrennan Investment Group
Ken CohenKen CohenBiographyManaging Director and U.S. Head of Commercial Real Estate Structured FinanceBank of America
Frederick CooperFrederick CooperBiographySenior Vice President, Finance, International Development & Investor RelationsToll Brothers, Inc.
Andra GhentAndra GhentBiographyAcademic Director & Associate ProfessorJames A. Graaskamp Center for Real Estate
John GrahamJohn GrahamBiographyPrincipal, Global Transport GroupInternational Finance Corporation
Greta GuggenheimGreta GuggenheimBiographyPresident & Chief Executive OfficerTPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Mark HudspethMark HudspethBiographyExecutive Vice President - Head of Capital MarketsVornado Realty Trust
Chris MarlinChris MarlinBiographyPresidentLennar International
Catherine MarshallCatherine MarshallBiographyPresidentRealAlts
Dan NeidichDaniel NeidichBiographyChief Executive Officer, Partner and Member of the Investment CommitteeDune Real Estate Partners
Robert O'BrienRobert O'BrienBiographyGlobal and US Real Estate & Construction LeaderDeloitte
Brad OlsenBrad OlsenBiographyPresidentAtlantic Partners, Ltd.
Masashi OtakeMasashi OtakeBiographyPresident & CEOOtake Global Capital LLC
John PeytonJohn PeytonBiographyPresident & CEORealogy
Karl ReicheltKarl ReicheltBiographySenior Managing DirectorAECOM Capital
Tom ShapiroThomas ShapiroBiographyPresident & FounderGTIS Partners
Marc WarrenMarc WarrenBiographyPrincipalAckman Ziff
Robert WhiteRobert WhiteBiographyFounder and PresidentReal Capital Analytics


Sponsorship opportunities

If you are interested in any of the sponsorship packages, please complete the sponsor form and return it to us by Wednesday, October 25, 2017. 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 2016 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 Annaly
  • Keynote: $3,000 - Sponsored by Dentons
  • Dinner: $5,000 - Sponsored by Värde

November 9 Global Real Estate Conference Opportunities:

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

Global Capital - Sponsored by Arch Street Capital Advisors
Infrastructure - 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

Eastdil Secured

  • Bronze (5 opportunities): $3,000 

Ackman-Ziff Goldman Sachs

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 Kate Hawley 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

Dan Neidich Daniel Neidich
CEO, Partner, & Member of Investment Committee, Dune Real Estate Partners

Greta Guggenheim Greta Guggenheim
CEO, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

John Peyton John Peyton
President & CEO, Realogy

Conference Sponsors

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

 Ackman Ziff  Mayer Brown
US Bank
Varde  Annaly 
Dentons  Deloitte
Arch Street  Metzler 
Goldman Sachs Realogy 
Societe Generale  Eastdil