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USA GRI 2021: East Edition

NEW YORK CITY, USA
SEPTEMBER 13TH - 14TH | EASTERN STANDARD TIME (GMT-5)

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Ludwig Menke
Ludwig Menke
Production ManagerGRI Club
Brazil
Production Manager at GRI Club. My job is to connect top investors, developers, banks, consultants, lawyers, and other Real Estate players and executives to GRI meetings and events that I produce in Brazil, Portugal and USA. International Relations and Affairs Analyst and Economist at Faculdades de Campinas (FACAMP). Study abroad in France at ICN Business School with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Program).
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Robinson Silva
Partner, Real Estate - USA & Brazil
GRI Club
+55 11 99955-5662
+55 11 2391 5583
Robinson Silva is director of the GRI Club, which brings together leading real estate and infrastructure players in more than 20 countries. He leads the club's real estate market division in the United States and Brazil, including conferences and exclusive activities to members in the residential, land development, malls, retail, hospitality, offices, industrial and logistics segments. He is also a moderator of debates with essential players of the market, economy, and politics. He has an extensive network of relationships and a broad experience in the American and Brazilian real estate industry and the financial and credit areas. He holds a degree in Public Relations and postgraduate degrees in Marketing and Project Management.  

USA GRI 2021: East Edition is the main event for USA’s top real estate investors and developers

This by-invitation-only event gathers real estate asset owners, investors, fund managers and lenders in a series of private, in-depth conversations to discuss the current state of affairs of real estate transactions and price comparisons across assets. 

Participants find the discovery process for sourcing deal flow is most advantageous by welcoming the largest concentration of Private Equity Investors, Fund Managers, LP’s Developers, Asset Owners, Operators and Lenders to maximize deal flow across all asset classes. invested across the East coast region and asset classes. They will engage in a series of informal roundtables where everyone can participate, and navigate the current challenges presented by demand, purchasing and future trends.

For Pension Fund, Sovereign Wealth Fund, Endowment, Single-Family Office Participation, please reach out: [email protected].

Discussions

Long Live Distress Investing - Bargains already or still waiting to hit the bottom? 


Attendees
David EbrahimzadehCorniche Capital
Juan Corvinos-SolansHilton Worldwide

Repurposing Assets - Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial and Retail


Attendees
Andrea HimmelHimmel + Meringoff Properties
Gregorio SchneiderTC Latin America Partners
Guilherme PalocciClarion Partners
James FreemanBridge Investment Group

Build-to-Rent - What are the main strategies to meet the current demand and prices?


Attendees
Alejandro KrellPaladin Realty Partners
Bob FlanneryRedwood Capital Group
Hartwell BrownFamily Communities
Jacob ChaiCommon
Jonathan EllenzweigTricon Residential
Joshua PristawGTIS Partners
Julie BourgonIvanhoé Cambridge
Leonard WayThe Beach Company
Ryan LarueBarings Asset Management
Stephen WheelerHAS Capital
Stonington CoxNomos Group

LPs Sponsors - What are private equity and institutional investors looking for?


Attendees
Clinton StevensonCalifornia Public Employees' Retirement System
Dino ChristoforakisAFIAA U.S. Investment, Inc.
Eric NewmanCity of Stamford
Kent TarrachPGIM Real Estate - USA
Peter PlautWimmer Family Office

Offices Outlook - Hybrid work schedule, leasings & coworking alternatives




Attendees
Brian RayAlchemy-ABR Investment Partners
Dara FriedmanBentall GreenOak
David RubensteinRubenstein Partners
David SoaresLexden Capital LLC
Michael UnderhillCapital Innovations

Capitalizing on New Trends - Assessing Investments Opportunities in Real Estate Technology

Attendees
Aaron RuRET Ventures
Joseph StecherCandlewood Investors
Lauren AlpeyriePGIM Real Estate - USA

Long Live Distress Investing - Bargains already or still waiting to hit the bottom? 


Medium and Long-term - What are the main buying opportunities?

Making Money - Enough distress to pounce or risk curve climbing higher into alternatives?

Investment Risk Profiles - Where to look at new opportunities and future gains?

Mapping Yields & Pricing - What strategies in the current scenario?


David Ebrahimzadeh
David Ebrahimzadeh
President
Corniche Capital
Juan Corvinos-Solans
Juan Corvinos-Solans
VP Development Latin America & Caribbean
Hilton Worldwide
David Ebrahimzadeh
David Ebrahimzadeh
PresidentCorniche Capital
USA
Juan Corvinos-Solans
Juan Corvinos-Solans
VP Development Latin America & CaribbeanHilton Worldwide
USA
Responsible for corporate development for Hilton Worldwide's brands in the Central America, Andean & Hispanic Caribbean regions and for supporting the overall Americas development team. Juan's main role is to drive the growth of Hilton Worldwide's portfolio of brands in the region. Juan started his career within the company in 2010 in human resources in Malaysia, before joining the Iberian Peninsula development team in September 2010 and transferring to the European HQ in March 2011 where he was Manager for development for Europe & Africa. A short span as Luxury and Corporate Development Manager Americas based in the Global HQ took him to his current role.

Repurposing Assets - Challenges and Opportunities for Industrial and Retail


Retailers New Game - How to address the e-commerce dynamics? 

Tenants & Landlord Liaison - How to create flexible contracts in a world changing so fast?

Parking Areas & FAR - How companies are rethinking these spaces in order to solve last-mile issues?

Urban Mobility - Are the cities prepared for the landscape reshape through e-commerce acceleration and retail retraction?


Andrea Himmel
Andrea Himmel
Principal
Himmel + Meringoff Properties
Gregorio Schneider
Gregorio Schneider
Managing Partner
TC Latin America Partners
Guilherme Palocci
Guilherme Palocci
Vice President
Clarion Partners
James Freeman
James Freeman
Managing Director
Bridge Investment Group
Andrea Himmel
Andrea Himmel
PrincipalHimmel + Meringoff Properties
USA
Andrea is a Principal at Himmel + Meringoff Properties, one of the largest privately-held, vertically-integrated commercial real estate owners in NYC. Founded in 1979, we own and operate a large portfolio of office buildings in Manhattan and industrial warehouses in the boroughs for the long-term. We work with like-minded institutional and alternative equity partners. We target well-located, high quality, under-performing real estate in which our intensive management, targeted capital infusion, aggressive redevelopment, and focused leasing create long-term value. As a privately-held, cash-rich owner, we are known for closing complex deals creatively, flexibly, and quickly. Andrea is on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity.
Gregorio Schneider
Gregorio Schneider
Managing PartnerTC Latin America Partners
USA
Gregorio Schneider is the co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of TC Latin America Partners. He has more than 25 years of experience in emerging markets, investing in both the public and private markets through a variety of assets and strategies, including debt, equity, distressed assets and real estate. Prior to forming TC Latin America Partners, Gregorio was Managing Director and Head of Emerging Markets at Och-Ziff Capital Management, Portfolio Manager at The Rohatyn Group (TRG) and worked at Spinnaker Capital. Gregorio is a member of the EMPEA Latin America Council and the LAVCA real estate council. He holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the ITAM in Mexico City.
Guilherme Palocci
Guilherme Palocci
Vice PresidentClarion Partners
USA
Based in New York, Guilherme is a Vice President at Clarion Partners and is dedicated to industrial investment management in the Northeastern United States. Prior to this, he was the Portfolio Manager for the Brazil Investment Platform, with responsibility for the strategy and management oversight of activities in Brazil. Guilherme is a native of Brazil and his background experience includes transactions of more than USD 2.0 billion in all property types and risk strategies. He joined Clarion Partners in 2012 and began working in the real estate industry in 2007. He holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Ibmec São Paulo (Insper).
James Freeman
James Freeman
Managing DirectorBridge Investment Group
USA
James Freeman serves as Managing Director of Bridge Industrial and is a member of the Investment Committee. James has over 10 years of commercial real estate experience and has been involved in the acquisition, management and disposition of more than $1.0 billion in commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining Bridge, James was a Principal with Cardinal Industrial, a $2B AUM industrial-focused investment advisor. Prior to Cardinal, James was Senior Managing Partner for Evolution Real Estate Partners, a subsidiary of Evolution Financial Group (EVO), a $1 billion+ AUM investment advisory firm. James graduated with a B.A. from Princeton University, and attended New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Build-to-Rent - What are the main strategies to meet the current demand and prices?


Comparing Assets - Main differences between traditional Multifamily, Single-family Rental and Alternative Living investments

Forecast - What to expect from asset occupancy rates, prices, asset value & yields?

Development & Construction Costs - Where to go with risk and pricing increase?

Demographics Demands - Millennials vs middle income rental pools


Alejandro Krell
Alejandro Krell
MD, Head of Central/South America
Paladin Realty Partners
Bob Flannery
Bob Flannery
COO
Redwood Capital Group
Hartwell Brown
Hartwell Brown
Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the Board
Family Communities
Jacob Chai
Jacob Chai
Chief of Staff
Common
Jonathan Ellenzweig
Jonathan Ellenzweig
CIO
Tricon Residential
Joshua Pristaw
Joshua Pristaw
Senior Managing Director
GTIS Partners
Julie Bourgon
Julie Bourgon
Vice President, Asset Management, Residential
Ivanhoé Cambridge
Leonard Way
Leonard Way
SVP - Investment Management
The Beach Company
Ryan Larue
Ryan Larue
Director
Barings Asset Management
Stephen Wheeler
Stephen Wheeler
Co-Founder CEO & Chairman
HAS Capital
Stonington Cox
Stonington Cox
Founder & CEO
Nomos Group
Alejandro Krell
Alejandro Krell
MD, Head of Central/South AmericaPaladin Realty Partners
USA
Alejandro (Alex) is a Managing Director with Paladin Realty Partners, where he oversees the firm’s activities in South and Central America (excluding Brazil). He serves on the firm’s investment committee. Mr. Krell has three decades of management and real estate development experience, including senior executive positions at some of the largest residential development and construction firms in the world. He was previously the Development Director for an Abu Dhabi government-owned company. Mr. Krell also held executive positions with leading US homebuilders more recently as Division President for Pulte Homes.
Hartwell Brown
Hartwell Brown
Co-Founder, CEO, Chairman of the BoardFamily Communities
USA
Hartwell Brown started programming in 4th grade on an Apple IIe. After graduating from Stanford in 1994, he founded Hart Systems, a computer consulting and programming company. He lived in Silicon Valley for two decades, building Hart Systems, and commercializing the two U.S Patents he was awarded in 2012 and 2014. He moved to Texas in 2012 with his wife and applied the lessons learned developing software for two decades in Silicon Valley to the builder, contractor, multifamily, and manufacturing industries concentrated in the Greater Houston Area. He is an expert in business systems, computer systems, and artificial intelligence. He lives in Katy, Texas with his wife and their three native Texan children.
Jacob Chai
Jacob Chai
Chief of StaffCommon
USA
Jake Chai is a Senior Director of Real Estate at Common. He joined Common's team in 2016 as one of it's earliest employees. In his role, he leads Common's expansion outside the United States and previously led the company's expansion in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Prior to joining Common, Jake worked in real estate private equity, founded a vertical farming company, and spent over three years as an accountant at Ernst & Young. Jake holds a Masters of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Jonathan Ellenzweig
Jonathan Ellenzweig
CIOTricon Residential
USA
Jonathan Ellenzweig is responsible for the strategic oversight of Tricon’s rental housing and residential development platforms. In this role, Mr. Ellenzweig helps design and implement investment strategy, manages senior relationships with key stakeholders, sources new opportunities and oversees dedicated teams responsible for business plan execution and asset management. In addition, Mr. Ellenzweig is a member of Tricon’s Investment Committee and manages Tricon’s San Francisco office.
Joshua Pristaw
Joshua Pristaw
Senior Managing DirectorGTIS Partners
USA
Josh Pristaw is a co-founder and Senior Managing Director of GTIS, and a member of the General Partner’s Investment Committee. Mr. Pristaw’s primary responsibilities include overseeing the global capital markets group and running the firm’s Brazil business including acquisitions, asset management and portfolio management. Mr. Pristaw’s experience in the real estate industry began in 1997. Prior to joining GTIS, Mr. Pristaw was a Principal and Co-Head of Acquisitions for Coventry Real Estate Advisors, a real estate private equity firm focused on US retail real estate including ground up development of shopping centers, mall redevelopment and the repositioning of surplus real estate from failed retailers.
Julie Bourgon
Julie Bourgon
Vice President, Asset Management, ResidentialIvanhoé Cambridge
Canada
Leonard Way
Leonard Way
SVP - Investment ManagementThe Beach Company
USA
As the Fund Manager for Beach Real Estate Funds LLC, an affiliate of The Beach Company, I oversee the Beach Investment Fund, an acquisition fund for acquiring multifamily properties through the Southeast. This includes oversight for all operations including acquisitions, asset management, equity raise, and investor relations. In addition, I coordinate the legal, finance, and accounting efforts for the Fund.
Ryan Larue
Ryan Larue
DirectorBarings Asset Management
USA
Ryan LaRue is a member of the Barings’ Real Estate Team, a global real estate platform with extensive capabilities across both debt and equity strategies. Ryan is responsible for real estate research coverage for the U.S. multifamily and hotel property sectors. He uses a top-down macro perspective and market-level real estate fundamentals for deal-level analyses on debt and equity real estate transactions. Ryan has worked in the industry since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from State University of New York, Binghamton.
Stephen Wheeler
Stephen Wheeler
Co-Founder CEO & ChairmanHAS Capital
USA
Mr. Wheeler is a Co-founder of HAS Capital and oversees the company’s capital raise and strategic development activities. Prior to HAS Capital, he was the Managing Director, Asset Management for Green Courte Partners where he created an in-house home sales finance program. This program originated or acquired $2.7 million in loans in 2008 and has an historic borrower default rate of less than five percent. Mr. Wheeler was previously retained as President of Real Asset Capital, LLC, an investment conduit for institutional equity capital in multi-family and commercial assets. He earned his B.S. from the University of Minnesota.
Stonington Cox
Stonington Cox
Founder & CEONomos Group
USA
Investing and advising in the real estate sharing economy.

LPs Sponsors - What are private equity and institutional investors looking for?


Market Assessment - Opportunities, performance, rates, risks & values

Opening Up Strategic Dialogue - What strategies are LPs looking for in yield returns?

Scale and Risk Exposure Expectations - Where to look at new investment opportunities and future gains?

Managing Capital Risks - What are the main criterias for new partnerships and investments in different asset classes? 

Data Center and Life&Science: what are the investment parameters?


Clinton Stevenson
Clinton Stevenson
Investment Director, Investment Manager Engagement Programs
California Public Employees' Retirement System
Dino Christoforakis
Dino Christoforakis
Head of Transactions, North America
AFIAA U.S. Investment, Inc.
Eric Newman
Eric Newman
Treasury Manager
City of Stamford
Kent Tarrach
Kent Tarrach
Executive Director
PGIM Real Estate - USA
Peter Plaut
Peter Plaut
Executive Director
Wimmer Family Office
Clinton Stevenson
Clinton Stevenson
Investment Director, Investment Manager Engagement ProgramsCalifornia Public Employees' Retirement System
USA
Dino Christoforakis
Dino Christoforakis
Head of Transactions, North AmericaAFIAA U.S. Investment, Inc.
USA
Dino Christoforakis brings over 14 years of experience in international real estate investment and development in the United States and Europe across all asset classes and strategies. In his current role with AFIAA in New York, Dino is responsible for the transaction execution, asset and portfolio management of core, core-plus, and value-add office and retail real assets across major North American markets. AFIAA is a $3.5 billion Zurich-based global pension fund investment foundation, member of the Avadis Group, one of the largest pension fund investment managers in Switzerland. Dino lives in NYC with his wife and two kids.
Eric Newman
Eric Newman
Treasury ManagerCity of Stamford
USA
Eric serves on the City of Stamford Investment Advisory Committee, Classified Employees Retirement Fund Board, & Other Post-Employment Benefit (OPEB) Board. He also serves on the Town of Fairfield Joint Investment Retirement Board. He is responsible for treasury, investment management, pension fund administration and Private Public Partnership accounting. Eric held finance positions at Royal Bank of Scotland, IBM Global Financing, Price Waterhouse and Soros Fund Management. Has a B.B.A. in Accounting from Adelphi University; Certificate in Investment Banking from New York University; MBA from Sacred Heart University and is pursuing a Certificate in Finance at Harvard University. He is a Certified Public Accountant.
Kent Tarrach
Kent Tarrach
Executive DirectorPGIM Real Estate - USA
USA
Kent Tarrach is an Executive Director with PGIM Real Estate and leads asset management for the Organization’s New York metro commercial office portfolio. In this role, he oversees relationships with PGIM’s operating partners and manages various leasing, operations, and redevelopment/repositioning initiatives for assets held within PGIM’s various investment funds. Kent additionally serves on PGIM’s Real Estate Innovation Council.
Peter Plaut
Peter Plaut
Executive DirectorWimmer Family Office
United Kingdom
Peter Plaut is consistently recognized as a leader in the industry. Among his many achievements and awards, he was ranked as one of the Top 20 Rising Stars of Hedge Funds during the 2008 global financial crisis. More recently, since the Covid-19 Pandemic locked down the global economy, Plaut has signed over $5 billion of Engagements and/or Term Sheets across various real estate assets classes including residential, mixed use, office, and hospitality. This is a recognition of his ability to manage through crisis and create positive investment opportunities in all environments.

Offices Outlook - Hybrid work schedule, leasings & coworking alternatives




Office's Return - How to resume activities after the WFH trend? 

Workspace Occupation - How space reduction may impact revenue costs, rent payments and portfolio size?

Tenant's Contracts - How to innovate and create flexible lease agreements as an alternative to minimizing risks to investors? 

Demographic Demand - How to readjust the urban spaces to a value trend toward the suburbs?

Brian Ray
Brian Ray
Co-Founder & Managing Partner
Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners
Dara Friedman
Dara Friedman
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, U.S. Core Plus Fund
Bentall GreenOak
David Rubenstein
David Rubenstein
Founder/ Senior Managing Partner
Rubenstein Partners
David Soares
David Soares
President & CEO
Lexden Capital LLC
Michael Underhill
Michael Underhill
Founder, CIO & CEO
Capital Innovations
Brian Ray
Brian Ray
Co-Founder & Managing PartnerAlchemy-ABR Investment Partners
USA
Brian Ray is co-founder and managing partner of Alchemy-ABR Investment Partners, a New York based real estate investment & development company, as well as ABR Partners, LLC, his family office. Brian is responsible for sourcing, financing, deal structuring, and day to day oversight of the company's acquisition, development, and operating activities.
Dara Friedman
Dara Friedman
Managing Director, Portfolio Manager, U.S. Core Plus FundBentall GreenOak
USA
David Rubenstein
David Rubenstein
Founder/ Senior Managing PartnerRubenstein Partners
USA
David Soares
David Soares
President & CEOLexden Capital LLC
USA
As President & CEO David oversees all company organization, processes, capital relationships, new product development and asset management for Lexden Capital and its affiliates. David has managed funds through three prior recessions and has both lending and investment management experience with institutional investors.
Michael Underhill
Michael Underhill
Founder, CIO & CEOCapital Innovations
USA
Michael D. Underhill, Founder & Chief Investment Officer of Capital Innovations, an alternative investment boutique. Oversees data science, equity valuation, risk modeling, performance attribution, & trading strategies. Designed factor testing, optimization, risk budgeting, active portfolio trading and rebalancing. Invented Capital Innovations InSight™ process, which uses Capital Innovations’ proprietary private markets model, analyzes available investment manager data and rates each product according to seven factors: business, staff, investment process, investment risk, performance, terms/conditions, and operations.

Capitalizing on New Trends - Assessing Investments Opportunities in Real Estate Technology

Key Technology Trends - What are the main ones ahead in real estate technology?

Investment Drivers - What is shaping the industry returns?

Real Estate as a Service (REaaS) - A new business model from product and space to system and service? 

What is the impact of new technological tools on key decision making strategies?

Emerging Investments in Alternative Segments - Are Data Centers & Life Science the main new opportunities? 


Aaron Ru
Aaron Ru
Vice President
RET Ventures
Joseph Stecher
Joseph Stecher
Founder & CEO
Candlewood Investors
Lauren Alpeyrie
Lauren Alpeyrie
Director of Innovation
PGIM Real Estate - USA
Aaron Ru
Aaron Ru
Vice PresidentRET Ventures
USA
Prior to RET Ventures, Aaron worked as an investment professional at Naspers Ventures, where he invested in early and growth stage technology companies. Before joining Naspers Ventures, Aaron executed M&A transactions and strategic initiatives at Pinterest and United Talent Agency. He began his career as an investment banker with UBS. Aaron has an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as a BS in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. Outside of work, Aaron enjoys skiing, traveling, and helping his golden retriever find the best swim spots in Park City.
Joseph Stecher
Joseph Stecher
Founder & CEOCandlewood Investors
USA
I am one of the few placement agents who started as an institutional LP and GP. I have invested US$5 billion (equity) globally in real estate, first at the General Motors Pension Fund, and then as the founder of the real estate fund of funds businesses at both Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley. Candlewood Investors raises equity for real estate entrepreneurs who have built great businesses mostly with high net worth capital and now deserve to grow their great business with institutional capital but have no idea how to enter the institutional tent. I also advise real estate technology companies on product-market fit, and help them find customers, investors, board members, and joint venture partners.
Lauren Alpeyrie
Lauren Alpeyrie
Director of InnovationPGIM Real Estate - USA
USA

Investment Strategies & Risk Appetite - What Can We Expect for 2022?

Medium and Long-term Strategic Targets - What are the scale and revenue desired?

What investors are looking for when assessing market risks, rates & opportunities?

Resilient Portfolios - Diversifying asset classes, locations & risk levels 

ESG Trends - Rewriting the rules of capital markets? 

Past Attendees

Agenda

Agenda | 13th - 14th September
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Day 1 - 13th September
  • 19:00 - 22:00  |  Opening Cocktail

 
Day 2 - 14th September
  • 08:30 - 09:00  |  Registration & welcome coffee

  • 09:00 - 10:00  |  Opening Session

  • 10:00 - 10:30  |  Coffee Break

  • 10:30 - 11:30 Master Session

    • Financing Real Estate Development Post-COVID: What's changed?

  • 11:30 - 12:00  |   Coffee Break

  • 12:00 - 13:00  |   Breakout Discussions

    • Long live distress investing: Will Investors' Appetite for Bargains come true?

    • Retail & Industrial: Challenges and Opportunities of Working Together

  • 13:00 - 14:30  |   Networking Lunch

  • 14:30 - 15:30  |   Breakout Discussions

    • Technology & Innovation: Capitalizing on new trends

    • Build-to-rent: Strategies to Meet the New Demand and Prices

  • 15:30 - 16:00  |   Coffee Break

  • 16:00 - 17:00  |   Breakout Discussions

    • LPs: What are Institutional Investors Looking For?
       
    • Offices' Need to Evolve: How have pricing & demand fundamentals shifted?
       
  • 18:00 - onwards  |   Closing Coffee

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GRI has no speakers, no presentations. Instead, you have a selection of closed-door discussions where everyone can participate.
Much like a conversation in your own living room, the dynamic environment allows you to engage with your peers in an informal and collegial setting.
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