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Penny Pritzker opens 2019 Real Estate Summit

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.

 

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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.

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Sam Zell

Sam Zell

Chairman

Equity Group Investments

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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.

2019 Schedule

7:15 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Summit registration
7:15 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Continental breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Keynote Presentation

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.

Keynote
Secretary Penny Pritzker

Secretary Penny Pritzker

Founder and Chairman

PSP Capital Partners

Interviewed by
Melody C.  Barnes

Melody C. Barnes

Former Director of the White House
Domestic Policy Council
Co-Founder and Principal

MB2 Solutions

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Real Estate in a World of Disruption and Uncertainty
Moderator: Karen Horstmann
Sandeep Mathrani, Kathleen McCarthy, Len O'Donnell and Wendy Silverstein

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.

Moderator
Karen Horstmann

Karen Horstmann

Portfolio Manager

Norges Bank Investment Management

Speakers
Sandeep Mathrani

Sandeep Mathrani

CEO

Brookfield Properties

Kathleen McCarthy

Kathleen McCarthy

Global Co-Head of Real Estate

The Blackstone Group

Len O'Donnell

Len O'Donnell

President and CEO

USAA Real Estate Company

Wendy Silverstein

Wendy Silverstein

Chief Investment Officer

WeWork

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Innovating, Disrupting and Commingling Space Environments
Moderator: Mitchell Schear
Peter Barnett, Laura Hines-Pierce, Jodie McLean and Ryan Simonetti

This diverse 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, a facilitator and a university – 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, university, 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.

Moderator
Mitchell Schear

Mitchell Schear

Founder

Ten Square

Speakers
Peter Barnett

Peter Barnett

Real Estate Strategy Leader

PwC

Laura Hines-Pierce

Laura Hines-Pierce

Managing Director

Hines

Jodie McLean

Jodie McLean

CEO

EDENS

Ryan Simonetti

Ryan Simonetti

Co-Founder and CEO

Convene

10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Investing Capital in Times of Change
Moderator: Stephen Quazzo
Pamela Herbst, Christopher Merrill, Randall Rowe and Andrew Trickett

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.   

Moderator
Stephen Quazzo

Stephen Quazzo

Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Pearlmark

Speakers
Pamela Herbst

Pamela Herbst

Managing Director, Head of Direct Investments

AEW Capital Management

Christopher Merrill

Christopher Merrill

Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital

Randall Rowe

Randall Rowe

Chairman

Green Courte Partners

Andrew Trickett

Andrew Trickett

Senior Partner, Head of US

Safanad

12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Update from Washington: What's Happening Now
Moderator: Carol A. Melton
Secretary William Cohen, Senator Bob Corker and Senator George Mitchell

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. 

Moderator
Carol A. Melton

Carol A. Melton

Chief Executive Officer

Adeft Capital

Speakers
Secretary William Cohen

Secretary William Cohen

Former US Secretary of Defense
Chairman and CEO

The Cohen Group

Senator Bob Corker

Senator Bob Corker

Former US Senator

Senator George Mitchell

Senator George Mitchell

Former US Senate Majority Leader
Chairman Emeritus

DLA Piper

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Future of Real Estate Finance
Moderator: Mark Myers
Tom Flexner, Greta Guggenheim, Jonathan Pollack and Tiffany Thurber

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.

Moderator
Mark Myers

Mark Myers

Executive Vice President
Head of Commercial Real Estate

Wells Fargo

Speakers
Tom Flexner

Tom Flexner

Vice Chairman
Global Head of Real Estate

Citigroup

Greta Guggenheim

Greta Guggenheim

Chief Executive Officer and President

TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

Jonathan Pollack

Jonathan Pollack

Global Head of Real Estate Debt Strategies

Blackstone

Tiffany Thurber

Tiffany Thurber

Vice President, Investment Banking

Goldman Sachs

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The Next Frontier
Moderator: Zach Aarons
Lucy Fletcher, Rawle Howard and Marcela Sapone

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."

Moderator
Zach Aarons

Zach Aarons

Co-Founder and Partner

MetaProp NYC LLC

Speakers
Lucy Fletcher

Lucy Fletcher

Managing Director, International Real Estate
Portfolio Management

QuadReal Property Group

Rawle Howard

Rawle Howard

Global Head of Capital Markets

Cloudscraper

Marcela Sapone

Marcela Sapone

Chief Executive Officer

Hello Alfred

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
RE Live Talks
Greg Iverson, Mark Joseph, Steve Weikal and Phil Williams

Engage with us and leading real estate futurists, each of whom will discuss the ideas that are changing the way we live and work.

Blockchain
Greg Iverson, CFO of Overstock.com, 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.

Mobility
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.

PropTech
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.

Speakers
Greg Iverson

Greg Iverson

Chief Financial Officer

Overstock.com

Mark Joseph

Mark Joseph

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Mobitas Advisors

Steve Weikal

Steve Weikal

Head of Industry and Alumni Relations
CRE Tech Lead, MiT REILab

MiT Center for Real Estate

Phil Williams

Phil Williams

Executive Vice President Building and Human Performance

Delos

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Cocktails and conversation

2019 hotel accommodations

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.

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120 East Delaware Place, 8th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
+1 312 280 8800

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"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."

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