DLA Piper's 14th Global Real Estate Summit was held at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago on September 26, 2017.
With an all-star line-up of top dealmakers, key players in the private equity and public markets, and global investors, our distinguished speakers shared insights and analysis on the latest trends and forecasts in the ever-evolving world of commercial real estate investment, development and finance.
Please click on thumbnails below to view bios for our 2017 speakers.
Equity Group Investments
Sam Zell is the Chairman of Equity Group Investments (EGI), the private investment firm he founded more than 40 years ago. The firm's investments span industries and continents and include interests in finance, energy, transportation, communications, health care and real estate. Mr. Zell is recognized as a founding father of today's public real estate industry after creating three of the largest REITs in history.
He is also Founder and Chairman of Equity International, a private investment firm focused on building real estate-related businesses in international emerging markets. Mr. Zell has been particularly active in bringing Equity International's companies to the public markets.
Three of these investments are listed on the New York Stock Exchange: Gafisa, a leading homebuilder in Brazil; Xinyuan, a fast-growing regional homebuilder in China; and Homex, Mexico's leading homebuilder. A fourth, BR Malls, Brazil's largest retail property owner and operator, is listed on the Bovespa.
Bill Ackman, founder and CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management L.P., has been among the most active of activist US investors in recent years. With real estate in his DNA, a number of Pershing Square's investment initiatives have involved real estate components over the years. For example, he has been the chairman of the board of the Howard Hughes Corporation since spinning the company out of General Growth Properties in 2010. His work with the Pershing Square Foundation places him at the forefront of innovation in the areas of economic development, education, healthcare, human rights, arts and urban development. As the worlds of real estate, corporate finance and innovation become more intertwined each year, Bill Ackman will open the 14th DLA Piper Global Real Estate Summit with his insightful perspectives and observations on where he plans to focus his attention in the coming years in pursuit of continued success for Pershing Square and its investors.
Pershing Square Capital Management
Rapid changes in user demands, technology, and consumer behavior are disrupting the market for real estate. The desire for amenities and 24-hour activity, resurgence of urban business headquarters, and deepening mix of diverse uses, along with shifts in transportation use, energy sources, and other technology are requiring industry adaptation. Our panel of world-class investors and developers will discuss how these trends are affecting their decisions on deployment of capital and resources at the cutting edge, and what we should expect moving forward.
Co-Founder and Managing Partner
Head of International Real Estate
The Carlyle Group
The Howard Hughes Corporation
Our panel of entrepreneurs and investors will address the intersections between traditional real estate and other sectors of the economy, and how the ever-changing market may drive investment in niches such as infrastructure, healthcare facilities, storage, senior housing, student housing, and other specialized areas of investment.
Co-Founder and CEO
Artemis Real Estate Partners
President and CEO
Chairman, Global Real Estate Group
Green Courte Partners
Foreign investors have consistently favored US real estate for its relatively consistent and dependable returns. Will this endure? How will the US market be affected by current political and market shifts? Our panel of major global investors will address current challenges and opportunities.
Head of Real Estate Investments
Managing Director and CIO
Union Investment Real Estate GmbH
International Chair Real Estate Board
Head of Transactions, North America
After a period of gridlock and prevailing federal inaction, President Trump and the Republican Congress are in control of the national government and federal policy. Will they cooperate to implement a GOP vision, or will factions within the party result in continuing gridlock? What are the anticipated shifts in regulatory and tax policy, and their impact? What are the likely next steps for the US in relation to traditional allies and adversaries? How will these trends impact the US business community and markets? Drawing on their experiences at the highest levels of both government and business, our panelists will share their perspectives on the political and commercial landscape.
Former US Secretary of Defense
Chairman and CEO
The Cohen Group
Former US Senate Majority Leader
Former US Secretary of Commerce
Founder and Chairman
PSP Capital Partners
Placemaking – combining a mix of uses and built environments to create places where people want to live, work, shop, and play – is a driving force in the real estate industry. Our panel of thought leaders will discuss how they have pursued placemaking, the key components of success, and the role of placemaking in the future of the market.
President and COO
Forest City Washington
President and CEO
Federal Realty Investment Trust
With money available but a market preparing for unpredictable headwinds, which means of real estate capital raising and deployment are working best? How are investor expectations changing and being satisfied? Is the market overheated or steady? Our panel of experienced fundraising experts will discuss their strategies and the forces affecting the capital markets.
President and CEO
USAA Real Estate Company
Our leading lender and investor experts will address current challenges, opportunities, and innovations in real estate finance, driven by factors such as risk retention rules, uncertainty about Dodd Frank, Brexit and changes in the EU, interest rates, global political uncertainty, and other trends in the market.
Head of Structured Real Estate Investments
Barings Real Estate Advisers
Global Head of Real Estate
Executive Vice President
Head of Commercial Real Estate
Real Estate Investment Banking
A maturing business cycle and geopolitical change present challenges and opportunities for dealmakers: Which asset classes are hot? Which locations? Will public policy help or hinder transactions? What can we expect on pricing and financing? Our panel of dealmakers will discuss how they are working in a volatile environment to achieve successful deals for their stakeholders.
Callahan Capital Properties
Managing Director, Head of Direct Investments
AEW Capital Management
Angelo, Gordon & Co.
Walton Street Capital
"I go to a lot of events and watch plenty of panels… this was one of the best I have ever attended. The quality of speakers and the folks in the room were of the highest caliber in our industry."
"I have been to a few marketing events and big meetings at other law firms as you can imagine. Some of them I have even organized. But I have never been to a better organized, more informative or engaging session than this."
"This Summit is the Who's Who of the top professionals in the business. It is an honor to be there and hear the wisdoms and thoughts that comes out of the event. Thank you for making it such a great experience."
"The conference was among the most valuable and informative industry events that I have attended in a very long time and well worth making the trip from Korea."
"Congratulations on another outstanding Global Summit and thank you for including me on the guest list again. You did a fantastic job in organizing the program, and you fill the room with interesting people."
"The programming and the quality of the speakers was exceptional. I came away enlightened and with lots to think about, and also some great new connections."