High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit

High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit

CRE Finance Council and our High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets (HYDRA) Forum are pleased to announce the High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit.

This year's HYDRA Summit will be held on March 8th - 9th and hosted once again at the New York Athletic Club in New York City. This premier day-and-a-half event focuses on opportunities in the distressed debt sector, workout and exit strategies, CMBS and balance sheet lending and more. All topics are presented by leading industry participants.

High Yield Distressed Realty Assets (HYDRA) Forum Leadership

Summit Co-Chair:
William O’Connor, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Planning Committee:
Midge Brogan, Managing Director, Park Praedium LLC
W. Scott Callahan, Managing Partner, Salerno Capital Partners
Kevin Donahue, Senior Managing Director, C-III Capital Partners
Debra Morgan, Managing Partner, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners
Mark Zytko, Co-Founder, Mesa West Capital

Program - Wednesday, March 8, 2017

8:00am - 5:00pm

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:30am
Welcome Remarks
9:15am - 9:30am

Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director, CRE Finance Council
Mark Zytko, Co-Founder, Mesa West Capital

Legislative Briefing:
“The First Sixty Days with the Trump Administration”

Michael P. Flood, Deputy Executive Director, CRE Finance Council

Market Trends and 2017 Opportunities
9:30am - 10:30am

Brian Ward, Chief Executive Officer, Trimont Real Estate Advisors LLC

Brock Cannon, Managing Director, HFF
Nik Chillar, Managing Director, Belgravia Capital
Gregg Chiota, Managing Director, Financial Assets, Garrison Investment Group
Jim DunbarManaging Director, Varde Partners
Peter Sotoloff, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies

Discussion Topics:
- Impacts of the regulatory environment on capital flows
- Growing presence of non-bank lenders: long-term trend or flash in the pan?
- Interest rates and property valuation
- E-Commerce and its future on CRE
- Natural resource investments

Networking Break
10:30am - 10:55am
Featured Speaker:   Contrarian Themes within the Capital Markets
10:55am - 11:55am

Donald D. Sheets, Managing Partner, AlumCreek Holdings LLC
11:55am - 1:05pm
Challenges and Benefits of a Multi-Generational Workplace
1:05pm - 2:05pm

W. Scott Callahan, Managing Partner, Salerno Capital Partners

Vivian Arias, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
David Bornheimer, Vice President, PNC Real Estate / Midland Loan Services
Abbe Franchot-Borok, Managing Director, Amherst Capital
Daniel Olsen, Senior Vice President, KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Discussion Topics:
- Challenges and impact on space needs
- Perks and benefits
- Boomers vs. Gen-Xers
- Commuting styles
- Reading between the lines

Networking Break

2:05pm - 2:30pm
Making CMBS Great Again: The Role of Servicing Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow 
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Kevin Donahue, Senior Managing Director, C-III Capital Partners

James Callahan, Executive Director, Pentalpha Global Advisors
Lea Overby, Managing Director, Research, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC
Adam Singer, Managing Director, Rialto Capital Management
Steven Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, PNC Real Estate / Midland Loan Services

Discussion Topics:
- Winddown of legacy issues going forward
- Are special servicers ready for “the wave”?
- Takeouts vs. kick the can
- What are the different alternatives?

Networking Break
3:30pm - 3:55pm
Bracing for Impact - The Legal Panel
3:55pm - 4:55pm

William O’Connor, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Steven Bartels, Managing Senior Counsel, PNC Real Estate / Midland Loan Services
Denise Dell-Powell, Partner, Burr & Forman LLP
Merrick L. “Rick” Gross, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
Craig Welin, Shareholder / Attorney, Frandzel

Discussion Topics:
- Update on investor, mezz lender and borrower actions
- Multiple strategies for addressing the maturities in 2017 & 2018
- Playing the “Fair Value Option” game and how to execute on it
- Collapsing Trust
- New bankruptcy structure strategies for CRE: Are carveouts a tool or an impediment?

Networking Reception
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Program - Thursday, March 9, 2017

8:00am - 1:00pm

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:30am
Multifamily Outlook: Bubble or Room to Run?
9:00am - 10:00am

Mitchell Kiffe, Senior Managing Director, CBRE Capital Markets

John Cannon, Senior Vice President, Production & Sales, Freddie Mac
Alan Feldman, Chief Executive Officer, Resource Real Estate
Jackie Hamilton, Managing Director, Macquarie Bank Ltd.
Robert Russell, Managing Director, Head of CMBS Production, Greystone & Co.

Discussion Topics:
- Where are valuations now given increase in long term interest rates? Will equity capital continue to flow into this sector?
- Real impact of the new supply coming on within the next 12-18 months
- Where should investors go to find the best relative value?
- Factors affecting the contraction of bank lending in the MF sector
- Will CMBS lenders garner a meaningful slice of the MF lending market? 

Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am
Featured Speaker:  Europe: The €1 Trillion Question
10:15am - 11:00am

Bill Hancock, Managing Partner, Resolute Asset Management - London
Private Equity (or Dry Powder): Ready...Aim...Fire!
11:00am - 12:00pm

Debra Morgan, Managing Partner, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners

Midge Brogan, Managing Director, Park Praedium LLC
James Gosse, Senior Vice President, Ten-X
Nelson Hioe, Managing Partner, Raith Capital Partners
Bernard McAuley, Managing Partner, Tricom Real Estate Group
Gerald C. Timmis III, Senior Managing Director, ValStone Partners, LLC

Discussion Topics:
- Money raised and available for 2017 and 2018 vs. distressed debt and real estate
- Where to spend it and what to spend it on?
- The new administration and financing changes
- Interest rates, cap rates and hold periods
- Competing with fair value certificateholders and auction platforms

Networking Boxed Lunch
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Attendee List

The Attendee List is available to registered attendee only.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

For more information or to become a sponsor, view our HYDRA Sponsorship Guide and contact Meghan Roberts.

Lead Summit Sponsor:

Summit Sponsors:



Young Professionals

CREFC invites Young Professionals to attend the High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit for a special rate.

To qualify, you MUST be 30 years of age or less . Your Young Professional status must be vetted in our membership database before qualifying for the discounted rate and you need to sign up online first by March 3, 2017.

Young Professional Registration - ENTIRE PROGRAM
 - Member
$350 - Non-Member

Young Professional Registration - THURSDAY ONLY
$85 - Member
$185 - Non-Member

Contact Sara Thomas or call (202) 448-0857 for all other inquires.

Suggested Accommodations

Hotels located within blocks of the New York Athletic Club:

JW Marriott Essex House (located directly adjacent to the NYAC)
160 Central Park South
New York, NY, 10019

Park Lane Hotel
36 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019


Early Registration (Postmarked on or before February 17, 2017)
$495 - Member
$695 - Non-Member

Regular Registration (After February 17, 2017)
$595 - Member
$795 - Non-Member

By registering for this event, you agree that the CRE Finance Council may take your photograph or record video and/or audio and you consent to CREFC use and reproduction of such media for any purpose, including, without limitation, marketing and promotional purposes.

3/8/2017 8:00 AM - 3/9/2017 1:00 PM
New York Athletic Club
180 Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
Please Note:

Please verify your contact and name badge information before checking out.

REGISTRATIONS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. If a registrant is unable to attend a substitute will be accepted at no additional charge.

Contact Annie Lee or call (646) 884-7576 for registration related questions.

Contact Nina Wickerson or call (646) 884-7579 for After-Work Seminar, CREFC Women’s Network and speaking opportunity related questions.

Contact Sara Elkas or call (202) 448-0857 for Young Professional and Education event related questions.

Contact Daniela Schneider or call (202) 448-0858 for CLE credit related questions.

Contact Meghan Roberts or call (202) 448-0862 for sponsorship opportunities.


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