07 February 2018

Institutional Investor Forum 2018

Exclusive event for institutional investors and fund managers who are active in the deals of $25m-500m in established and emerging U.S. markets and key cross-border transactions

Date: 07 February 2018

Venue: Yale Club, New York

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Real Estate Finance & Investment Institutional Investor Forum 2018 is geared toward institutional investors and fund managers who are active in the deals of $25m-500m in established and emerging U.S. markets and key cross-border transactions.

Exclusively open to allocators, investors and senior real estate professionals
Registration is subject to Real Estate Finance & Investment‘s review


8:00am – Registration & Refreshments

8:30am – Welcome

8:45am – Pump the breaks or full speed ahead?
Is the U.S. commercial real estate market set to continue its long bull run or are cracks starting to appear? While the equity and debt markets are flush with cash, major metros might not be ready to absorb heavy development pipelines and overhangs of luxury condos.
Billy Procida, President, Procida Funding & Advisors
Robert Knakal, Chairman, New York Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield

9:30am – Breakout Roundtables

Tech Side Story
Technology is disrupting the commercial real estate market in some very obvious – and some not so obvious ways. Efficient use of technology can simplify and reduce the risks associated with due diligence, acquisition, and management of commercial property and debt portfolios but the industry continues to be slow to adopt change.
Zach Aarons, Co-Founder, MetaProp NYC
Mike Sroka, Co-Founder & CEO, Dealpath

Emerging U.S. real estate markets
Richmond, Detroit, Pittsburgh, and Providence are seeing more interest from commercial real estate investors as more corporations are looking at cost-effective alternatives to the major metros.
Barry Matherly, CEO, The Greater Richmond Partnership
Inna Khidekel, Managing Director, Bridge Investment Group

Good to the last drop (of value)
Commercial real estate investors are increasingly using complex financing structures to squeeze every last drop of value from properties, with a rise in preferred equity, mezzanine debt, stretch mortgages, and more esoteric structures like ground leases. Find out how these structures work, the best use of each, and how these strategies can have an impact on returns.
Laurie Grasso, Partner, Hunton & Williams
David Eyzenberg, President, Eyzenberg & Co.
Dan Lisser, Senior Managing Director, Marcus & Millichap

10:15am – Breakout Roundtables

Operations are the new black
Commercial real estate private equity funds tend to keep accounting and fund management services in house but there’s growing evidence of the benefits of working with a fund administrator.

Automatic for the End Users
Customization and controlling a tenant or user experience is becoming a key factor for successful office and retail owners. Find out what institutional investors are doing to enhance the appeal of their space, both curbside and in the sky.
Greg Kraut, Managing Partner, K Property Group

Double double, lending and trouble
The commercial real estate debt markets have been resilient through a series of recent, minor geopolitical crises. But will a major crisis spark a 1998-style credit freeze?
David Blatt, CEO, CapStack Partners
Brian Ward, CEO, Trimont Real Estate Advisors

11:15am – General Session: Why real estate – why now?
U.S.-based pension funds, foundations, and endowments are allocating more capital into commercial real estate as a pervasive low-interest rate environment has set off a search for yield. Find out what this segment of the institutional investment market is looking for and what they’re worried about as the current cycle forges ahead.

12:00pm – Close


Speaker panel

Brian Ward, CEO, Trimont Real Estate Advisors

Brian Ward serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Trimont Real Estate Advisors and Trimont Global, and is responsible for all functions of the company and its affiiates worldwide, including the roughly $124 billion of client assets under management. Mr. Ward chairs the firm’s Operating Committee and Global Advisory Council, and serves on Trimont’s Board of Directors with Vӓrde. Mr. Ward is the CEO of Trimont’s businesses in the U.K., Europe and Asia.

Greg Kraut, Managing Partner, K Property Group

Gregory Kraut joined K Property Group in 2017 as a managing partner. Mr. Kraut oversees the strategic direction of the company, development, asset management and leasing. Before joining KPG, Mr. Kraut was the Founding Principal and Managing Director of Avison Young’s New York office. Working with senior management, he established the Canadian-based firm’s local corporate infrastructure and grew its footprint in the Tri-State region through business acquisitions and high-level recruiting. During this time, he was named one of Commercial Observer’s Power 100 in New York City real estate for three consecutive years.

Inna Khidekel, Managing Director, Bridge Investment Group

Inna Khidekel, CFA, serves as a Managing Director in the Capital Markets Group at Bridge Investment Group. Ms. Khidekel is also the Chairwoman of the Bridge Charitable Gift Fund. Before joining Bridge, Ms. Khidekel worked at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in the Investment Management Division in New York and Chicago where she served as a trusted advisor and managed assets for endowments, foundations and ultra-high net worth families. Ms. Khidekel served on a 3-person advisory team with over $4 billion in assets under management. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Ms. Khidekel worked for Lehman Brothers and Nomura in their London offices, most recently as a Vice President and founding team member in High Yield and Distressed Credit, advising institutional clients on navigating the Eurozone sovereign debt crisis.


Zach Aarons, Co-Founder, MetaProp NYC

Zach Aarons is a co-founder and Partner at MetaProp NYC, and a project manager at Millennium Partners. Zach is the most active real estate technology investor in the United States, funding over 100 startups in the space. Prior to joining Millennium and founding MetaProp NYC, Zach was a Senior Associate at ENIAC Ventures, a seed stage mobile technology fund and the founder of Travelgoat, an online and offline walking tour business. He began his career as an analyst at boutique investment bank Peter J. Solomon Company. Zach currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Directors of The Lowline and on the Board of Trustees of The Tenement Museum. He is an Associate Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with an A.B. from Brown University and earned an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Barry Matherly, CEO, The Greater Richmond Partnership

Barry I. Matherly is a certified economic developer with over 24 years of leadership experience at the city, county, regional and university levels. He also interned 3 years for the United States Department of Commerce and worked 6 years in management for a Fortune 500 company. Currently, Barry is President and CEO at the Greater Richmond Partnership, a public/private regional organization that is the single point of contact for domestic and international businesses looking to locate or expand in the Richmond Virginia Region.

 Laurie Grasso, Partner, Hunton & Williams

Laurie Grasso is a real estate partner at Hunton & Williams LLP. She has 20 years of experience as a real estate dealmaker, representing real estate owners, developers, private equity funds and REITs in all aspects of commercial real estate. While Laurie does deals all over the country, she concentrates her practice on the exciting deals that happen in her beloved city of New York and its surrounding boroughs. Laurie has been recognized as a “Woman of Influence Hall of Fame” award winner in Real Estate Forum, named a “NYC Power Women” by Bisnow, named among the “Top Women in Real Estate” by New York Real Estate Journal and recognized as a leading lawyer in her practice area by a number of ranking publications including Chambers USA, New York Super Lawyers and The Legal 500.

Dan Lisser, Senior Managing Director, Marcus & Millichap

Daniel Lisser has joined Marcus & Millichap’s Capital Corporation as Senior Director Originations, in his new position, Lisser will be responsible for originating commercial real estate debt and equity solutions nationwide. Lisser comes to Marcus & Millichap from Walker & Dunlop which he joined as part of the Johnson Capital acquisition, where he was Senior Vice President, providing and structuring financing solutions nationwide to meet the needs of commercial real estate developers and owners. Throughout his career, Mr. Lisser has been responsible for the origination and underwriting of over $5 billion of commercial mortgages and $3 billion of commercial mortgage sales throughout the United States.

Robert Knakal, Chairman, New York Investment Sales, Cushman & Wakefield

Robert Knakal is Chairman, New York Investment Sales of Cushman & Wakefield. Previously, he was Chairman and Founding Partner of Massey Knakal Realty Services, New York’s #1 building sales firm. He graduated from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics in 1984.


Billy Procida, President, Procida Funding & Advisors

William “Billy” Procida is Founder and President of Procida Funding and Advisors. Over the course of his 30 year career he has been a subcontractor, general contractor, developer, real estate broker, restructuring advisor and private equity fund manager. Billy has completed over $2 billion in projects in various capacities. He currently manages the 100 Mile Fund which provides bridge, mezzanine and equity for distressed and value add real estate. Billy has been awarded the prestigious New York City Developer of the Year Award and The National Homebuilders “Pillar of the Industry” Award. He has appeared on the Today Show, CNBC CNN, and Fox Business extensively, authored over 50 articles and has been the subject of hundreds of articles from Der Spiegel in Europe to New York Magazine. Billy has also lectured at numerous universities including Yale, Columbia and NYC even though he never attended college.


Following the forum, we will have our annual Awards ceremony, Commercial Real Estate 20, where we will honor 20 outstanding deals, investors, green and tech strategies, and thought leaders. Contact Nick Morgan to book your table today!

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