We invite you to join us for our 15th Global Real Estate Summit. An all-star line-up of top real estate dealmakers, investors, and innovators will share insights and analysis of the ways in which the real estate industry is being transformed as it reacts to unprecedented technological innovation and disruption, global economic trends, regulatory change, and political uncertainty.
At this year’s Summit, we are excited to introduce RE Live Talks – short, powerful talks in which leading futurists share their wisdom on how blockchain, mobility, proptech and health and wellness will shape the future of the places and the ways in which we live and work.
We hope you will join DLA Piper for our 2019 Global Real Estate Summit, when we once again bring together the best minds in real estate for this exclusive, invitation-only event.
Please click on thumbnails below to view bios for our 2019 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.
The Honorable Penny Pritzker is an entrepreneur, civic leader and philanthropist with more than 30 years of experience in numerous industries. Ms. Pritzker is the Founder and Chairman of PSP Partners, a global private investment firm that takes a long-term, fundamental approach to investing in and building market-leading businesses in sectors such as professional services, real estate, technology, agriculture, industrial services and consumer products. From June 2013 through January 2017, Ms. Pritzker served as US Secretary of Commerce in the Obama Administration. A core member of President Obama's economic team, she served as the country's chief commercial advocate, leading the Administration's trade and investment promotion efforts. She also served on President Obama's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness and his Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
Secretary Pritzker will open the 15th DLA Piper Global Real Estate Summit with her insightful perspectives and observations on real estate, investments and innovation.
Society and the global economy are being radically transformed right before our eyes. Changes in business and consumer behavior are altering the investment and development decisions of real estate investors and capital providers. Our panel of leaders will discuss how their firms and the larger industry are addressing this continuously changing and uncertain environment and what we might expect to see in the near future.
Chief Executive Officer
Brookfield Properties Retail Group
Global Co-Head of Real Estate
President and Chief Executive Officer
USAA Real Estate
Chief Investment Officer
This panel will explore the changing paradigms, as well as the merging and cross-pollination, of various real estate product types. Panelists include owners, a user, and a facilitator – each of whom are grappling with similar questions about, and solutions for, highly effective spaces that attract people. The discussion will address the growing role of hospitality and its dynamic intersection with office, residential, hotels, retail and flex spaces. Our industry experts will share what is most important as they design and create forward-looking spaces to maximize flexibility and usability for their consumers.
Real Estate Strategy Leader
Chief Executive Officer
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Economic uncertainty has arisen, yet abundant capital persists. Attractive yields are scarce. Change in consumer and commercial desires surrounds us as industry norms and conventional ways of analyzing new opportunities are upended. This panel will address what investors are seeking now, and what the future holds for equity investments.
Managing Director, Head of Direct Investments
AEW Capital Management
Co-Founder, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Green Courte Partners
Senior Partner, Head of US
As the roller coaster ride of unpredictable times continues in Washington, the domestic and international challenges confronting the United States are among the most intense in modern history. From immigration to international trade, to Brexit, to global hotspots in Iran, North Korea, the Middle East and elsewhere, the Trump Administration and Congress face an overflowing inbox of complex issues every day. With years of experience working with multiple US Presidents, on Capitol Hill, and alongside world leaders of both key US allies and antagonists, our panelists are uniquely situated to share their insights on these challenges.
Former US Secretary of Defense
Chairman and CEO
The Cohen Group
Former US Senator
Former US Senate Majority Leader
The real estate finance markets have evolved in response to the Global Financial Crisis, regulatory reforms and emerging trends in the industry. While banks and life companies and CMBS continue to dominate the capital markets, new entrants are also emerging – bringing with them different and disruptive ways of thinking about capital raising, underwriting and loan servicing. Fintech, more robust data and the operational shifts occurring within the larger marketplace are expected to significantly influence the broader corporate finance markets. Real estate finance surely will not go unaffected. This panel will discuss where we have been, where we are going and the long-term future of real estate finance.
Global Head of Real Estate
Chief Executive Officer
TPG Real Estate Finance Trust
Senior Managing Director and Global Head of Blackstone Real Estate Debt Strategies
Vice President, Investment Banking Division
The ongoing technological revolution is dramatically changing the real estate industry. Shared spaces, logistics, automation, robotics, blockchain, smart contracts, artificial intelligence and other new technologies are impacting the industry and the larger global real estate economy, which nonetheless remains fundamentally based on dirt, bricks and mortar. Our group of experts working on the latest innovations in the industry will share a range of perspectives on the impacts of technology in real estate and take a deep dive into the intersection of "prop" and "tech."
Managing Director, International Portfolio Management
QuadReal Property Group
Associate Vice President of Real Estate Operations
University of Chicago
Chief Executive Officer
Engage with us and leading real estate futurists, each of whom will discuss the ideas that are changing the way we live and work.
Greg Iverson, CFO of Overstock, will show us how blockchain and other technologies are creating greater trust in transactions and more reliable land recordation systems and changing people's lives in the process.
From autonomous cars to millennials on scooters, the ways we commute, live, work, shop and play is changing. Mark Joseph, CEO of Mobitas Advisors, will take us on a tour of the future of mobility and its impact on real estate development.
Property + Tech = Impact. Steve Weikal, CRE Tech Lead, MiT REILab at the MiT Center for Real Estate, resides at the intersection of tech and real estate and will explore the abundance of ideas that will shape the future of what we do.
Re-Imagining the Built Environment
Health and wellness are influencing the development of office buildings, multifamily properties and hotels, all with an eye to improving the satisfaction and performance of the people in those places. Phil Williams, Executive Vice President, Building and Human Performance, Delos Living, will describe how the WELL building standard and other aspects of change are impacting the future of the spaces in which we live, work and play.
Chief Financial Officer
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Head of Industry and Alumni Relations
CRE Tech Lead, MiT REILab
MiT Center for Real Estate
Executive Vice President Building and Human Performance
We have reserved a limited number of deluxe king guest rooms at the Four Seasons Hotel at the special rate of $390 per night. Executive suites are available at the rate of $440 per night. These rates will be honored as long as the room block is available or until August 26, 2019. Please call the Four Seasons Hotel directly at +1 312 280 8800 and reference the DLA Piper Real Estate Summit to receive the special rate.
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
120 East Delaware Place, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312 280 8800
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"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."