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 7th - 8th 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) Leadership

Summit Co-Chairs:
Debra MorganManaging Partner, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners
William O’Connor, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Planning Committee:
Victor AmooLoan Officer, Basis Investment Group LLC
Vivian Arias, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP
Marguerite (Midge) Brogan Managing Director, Park Praedium LLC
Kevin Donahue, Principal, SGI Consulting, LLC
James Gosse

Merrick “Rick” L. GrossShareholder, Carlton Fields
William J. HoffmanChief Executive Officer, Trigild
Cecelia RiesenbergInvestment Management Associate, Rialto Capital Management

Program - Wednesday, March 7, 2018

8:00am - 5:00pm

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am

Welcome Remarks
9:00am - 9:30am
Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director, CRE Finance Council

Legislative and Regulatory Briefing
Marty Schuh
, Senior Director, Head of Government Relations, CRE Finance Council
Christina Zausner, Senior Director, Head of Industry and Policy Analysis, CRE Finance Council

Market Trends and 2018 Opportunities
9:30am - 10:30am 

Kevin Donahue, Principal, SGI Consulting, LLC

William J. Hoffman, Chief Executive Officer, Trigild
Salman Khan, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Principal, Stabilis Capital
William J. Nolan, Senior Managing Director, FTI Consulting
Teresa Zien, Senior Director, Invesco

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

Networking Break
10:30am - 10:55am

Featured Speaker: Capital Markets Observations: A Contrarian’s Perspective
10:55am - 11:55am

Donald D. Sheets, Managing Director and Portfolio Manager – Special Situations Debt Group, Clarion Partners, LLC

11:55am - 1:05pm

Experiential Retail: Driving Traffic and Sales
1:05pm - 2:05pm 

Debra Morgan, Managing Partner, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners

Edward Dittmer, CFA, Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Services, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC
Keith GollenbergManaging Director, Oaktree Capital
James Gosse
Constantine Korologos, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC

Discussion Topics:
- The store of the future
- Originality, loyalty, longevity 
- Shared space and pop-ups
- Where’s the yield?

Networking Break
2:05pm - 2:30pm

Default Settings: Special Servicing in CMBS
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Robert Brasfield, Managing Director, Non-Performing Asset Management, Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC

Andrea Helm, Vice President, PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services
Adam Singer
, Managing Director, Rialto Capital Advisors
Job Warshaw, Managing Director, Head of Special Servicing, LNR Partners, LLC
Alan Williams, Senior Vice President, KeyBank Real Estate Capital

Discussion Topics:
- Market dynamics and decision making
- Master servicers and operating advisors
- Maximizing recovery

Networking Break
3:30pm - 3:55pm

Legal Hot Topics in HYDRA Lending
3:55pm - 4:55pm

Meagen Leary, Partner, Duane Morris LLP

Lorna Banister, Attorney, Ballard Spahr LLP
Merrick “Rick” L. Gross
, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
Cara M. Houck, Senior Principal, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C.
Jenna Unell, Senior Managing Director/General Counsel, C-III Asset Management

Discussion Topics:
- Investor Lawsuits – new developments and cautionary tales 
- The use of bitcoin and other crypto currency in real estate transactions 
- Financing and Cannabis 

Networking Reception
5:00pm - 7:00pm

Program is still being coordinated and is subject to change.


Program - Thursday, March 8, 2018

8:00am - 1:00pm

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am

The John D'Amico Panel: YP Straight Up Discussion
9:00am - 10:00am

Vivian Arias, Partner, Thompson & Knight LLP

Victor Amoo, Loan Officer, Basis Investment Group LLC
Kathy Hutchinson
, Vice President, Rialto Capital Management
Ryan Morrell, CMBS Loan Underwriter, Morgan Stanley
Amber Sefert, Managing Director, Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC 

Discussion Topics:
- Experiences and best advice
- What’s important, what’s not
- What’s trending 
- Retail, iPhones, artificial intelligence

Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am

Industrial Strength: Investment, Lending, and Outlook
10:15am - 11:00am

Marguerite (Midge) Brogan, Managing Director, Park Praedium LLC

Jack Fraker, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, CBRE
Jesse Harty, Vice President, Clarion Partners
Brendan McCormick, Managing Director, Axonic Capital LLC
Joel Traut, Director, KKR
Thomas Wise, Managing Director, Asset Management, Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC

Discussion Topics:
- Investment sales, top/bottom markets
- Lending
- Speculative construction

Looking Ahead – Now What: 2.0 and Beyond 
11:00am - 12:00pm

David Harrison, Senior Vice President, PNC Real Estate/Midland Loan Services

Kathleen Corton, Principal, Hillcrest
Kevin Cullinan, Vice President, Mack Real Estate Credit Strategies
Erik Gutman, Managing Director, Prime Finance
Patrick Mattson, Director, Real Estate, KKR
Private debt funds and other non-traditional sources of CRE capital have become established parts of CRE finance, sometimes with the backing of traditional financial institutions. Panelists discuss private debt funds, how they have evolved and matured as a source of CRE capital, and what impacts they may have on the CRE finance landscape going forward.

Program is still being coordinated and is subject to change.


Attendee List

The Attendee List is available to registered attendees only.


Sponsorship of the High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit increases your company’s recognition, reputation and leadership within the industry. Please view our 2018 Sponsorship Guide and submit your application here.

For any questions, please contact Meghan Roberts.

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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 2, 2018.

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

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

Contact Sara Elkas 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 Rates
$495 - Member (Postmarked on or before February 23, 2018)
$695 - Non-Member (Postmarked on or before February 23, 2018)

Regular Registration Rates 
$595 - Member (After February 23, 2018)
$795 - Non-Member (After February 23, 2018)

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

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

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CLE Credits

CLE credits will be offered to program attendees. Please fill out our form to apply for credit and note that you will still be required to sign-in at the registration desk onsite in order to receive a certificate of approval.

The following state has approved 6.5 CLE Credits:


The following states have approved 7 CLE Credits:

Delaware, Minnesota

The following state has approved 7.75 CLE Credits:

The following state has approved 8 CLE Credits:

3/7/2018 9:00 AM - 3/8/2018 12:00 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 Davine Henry or call (646) 884-7563 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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