Industry Giants Larry A. Silverstein, Stephen M. Ross, William C. Rudin, Scott Rechler, MaryAnne Gilmartin, Jeff T. Blau, Marty Burger, Richard S. Lefrak, Among Others to Discuss How They Are Pivoting Their Businesses to Put Real Estate Capital to Work

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The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate will host its 49th Annual Conference on Capital Markets in Real Estate, titled “The Big Pivot: Real Estate Capital Markets Adapt to an Uncertain World,” on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at The Pierre. Leaders of the global real estate industry will discuss how they are pivoting their businesses and investment strategies to put real estate capital to work.

Nearly a decade after the real estate market reached its pre-crisis peak, global investors and their capital providers face persistent headwinds, ranging from a volatile outlook for the world economy to political instability in historic safe havens for investment. Balancing these challenges with a thirst for yield, investors and lenders across every layer of the capital stack also must contend with changes in the ways that we finance real estate and the fundamental shifts in how we ultimately use space.

One of the highlights of the Conference will be a conversation between real estate legend Larry A. Silverstein, chairman and president of Silverstein Properties and chairman emeritus and founder of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, and James D. Kuhn, president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank and chair of the advisory board of the Schack Institute.

Among the timely panel discussions on the agenda this year, the Conference will present its annual “The Golden Apple: The Mount Rushmore of New York City Real Estate” panel, featuring New York City real estate titans MaryAnne Gilmartin, president and chief executive officer, Forest City Ratner Companies; Scott Rechler ’90, chairman and chief executive officer, RXR Realty; Stephen M. Ross, chairman and founder, Related Companies; and William C. Rudin, vice chairman and chief executive officer, Rudin Management Company. This panel will be moderated by Conference Chair Robert S. Blumenthal, vice chairman and managing director, Americas Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group, Deutsche Bank Securities.

In addition, other panels will discuss global debt capital flows; drivers of real estate private equity; and global equity capital flows. Moderated by Jonathan L. Mechanic, chairman of real estate and partner of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, the closing panel, “Cities Within Cities: The New Urban Landscape,” will feature high-profile executives Jeff T. Blau, chief executive officer, Related Companies; Marty Burger, chief executive officer, Silverstein Properties; and Richard S. Lefrak, chairman and chief executive officer, LeFrak.

Sam Chandan, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment and associate dean of the NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate, said, “This conference brings together our key industry partners, who are trailblazers in the field, to discuss the state of the capital markets. This discussion is especially timely given the uncertain state of the world and its impact on the real estate industry. Their support of our school and our students is indispensable to the process of further building our reputation as a global leader in real estate research and pedagogy.”

This year, Conference Chair Robert S. Blumenthal will be joined by cochairs Jeff T. Blau, chief executive officer, Related Companies; Greta Guggenheim, chief executive officer and partner, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust; and Tyler S. Henritze, senior managing director and cohead of US Acquisitions, The Blackstone Group.

To register and to view the complete conference agenda, please visit For registration inquiries, please contact Jessica Estrada-Watson at or call 212-992-3618.

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Global Debt Capital Flows

·         Matt Borstein, Global Head of Commercial Real Estate, Deutsche Bank Securities [Moderator]

·         Boyd W. Fellows, Managing Partner, ACORE Capital

·         Greta Guggenheim, Chief Executive Officer and Partner, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

·         David Lehman, Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate Finance, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

·         Jonathan Pollack, Senior Managing Director and Global Head of the Real Estate Debt Strategies Group, The Blackstone Group

·         Dan Thomas, Vice Chairman, Chief Lending Officer, and President—Real Estate Specialties Group, Bank of the Ozarks


Living Legend: One-on-One Conversation with Larry Silverstein

·         James D. Kuhn, President, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank [Moderator]

·         Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman and President, Silverstein Properties


The Drivers of Real Estate Private Equity

·         Tyler S. Henritze, Senior Managing Director and Cohead of US Acquisitions, The Blackstone Group [Moderator]

·         Cia Buckley Marakovits, Chief Investment Officer, Dune Real Estate Partners

·         Jared Kushner, Chief Executive Officer, Kushner Companies

·         Lauren Hochfelder Silverman, Managing Director and Head of Americas for MSREI, Morgan Stanley

·         Khaled W. Kudsi, Senior Managing Director, Northwood Investors

·         Sush Torgalkar, Chief Operating Officer, Westbrook Partners


Global Equity Capital Flows

·         Sam Chandan, Larry & Klara Silverstein Chair in Real Estate Development and Investment and Associate Dean, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate [Moderator]

·         Robert E. Deckey, Managing Director and Cohead of the East Coast Region, Invesco

·         Jonathan Dracos, Head of Real Estate Investment, Investcorp

·         Kai-Yan Lee, Managing Director, Vanke Holdings USA

·         Francis P. Lively ’90, Executive Vice President of Real Estate, Wafra Investment Advisory Group


The Golden Apple: The Mount Rushmore of New York City Real Estate

·         Robert S. Blumenthal, Vice Chairman and Managing Director, Americas Real Estate, Gaming, Lodging and Leisure Group, Deutsche Bank Securities [Moderator]

·         MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and Chief Executive Officer, Forest City Ratner Companies

·         Scott Rechler ’90, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, RXR Realty

·         Stephen M. Ross, Chairman and Founder, Related Companies

·         William C. Rudin, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Rudin Management Company


Cities within Cities: The New Urban Landscape

·         Jonathan L. Mechanic, Chairman of Real Estate and Partner, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson [Moderator]

·         Jeff T. Blau, Chief Executive Officer, Related Companies

·         Marty Burger, Chief Executive Officer, Silverstein Properties

·         Richard S. Lefrak, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, LeFrak

About the NYU School of Professional Studies Schack Institute of Real Estate

The NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate ( was founded in 1967 at the initiative of prominent members of the New York City real estate community, who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that would provide a world-class education for industry professionals. Nearly 50 years later, the Schack Institute is at the forefront of real estate education and is recognized globally as one of the world’s leading centers of real estate research and pedagogy. Across the Institute’s graduate degree programs—notably the MS in Real Estate, the MS in Construction Management, and the MS in Real Estate Development—as well as a rapidly expanding undergraduate degree program, enrollment has grown to nearly 1,000 full- and part-time students from across the United States and nearly 50 other countries. In addition to its flagship degree programs, thousands of working professionals enroll in the Schack Institute’s executive education, diploma, and career advancement programs each year.

An anchor of real estate academia’s engagement with industry, the Institute is home to the REIT Center, the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment, and the newly established Urban Lab. In addition, the Institute hosts national industry events, including annual conferences on real estate capital markets and the REIT sector. Under the direction of the Schack Institute’s faculty, ongoing applied research at the Institute spans an exceptional range of issues in real estate development and investment, urban economics, and market structure and regulation.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies ( 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 Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Applied Politics; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members 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 professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 38,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses, Diploma Programs, workshops, and seminars. The School’s community is enriched by more than 31,000 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

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