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. 

Thank You to Our Summit Sponsors

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
Managing Partner, Oakhurst Capital Advisors, LLC
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
9th Floor — Foyer

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am
9th Floor — Card Room

9:00am - 9:30am
9th Floor — Lounge

Welcome Remarks
Lisa Pendergast, Executive Director, CRE Finance Council

Legislative and Regulatory Briefing
David McCarthy
, Director, Industry and Policy, CRE Finance Council
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 
9th Floor — Lounge

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:
- Nine years into the recovery - when does it end, what are the catalysts that push us over the cliff and how deep will the next downturn be?
- Inflation and interest rates on the rise - How will this impact CRE values, market liquidity and what opportunities will it create for high yield investors?
- What impact will continued regulatory compliance and enforcement, along with sweeping tax reform, have on real estate values and sector capital flows?
- Looking at 2018 and beyond, where is the best relative value in the sector compared to other asset classes? Product type, geography, debt vs. equity, securities or other hybrid opportunities

Networking Break
10:30am - 10:55am
9th Floor — Card Room

Featured Speaker: Capital Markets Observations: A Contrarian’s Perspective
10:55am - 11:55am
9th Floor — Lounge

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

11:55am - 1:05pm
10th Floor — Olympic Suites

Experiential Retail: Driving Traffic and Sales
1:05pm - 2:05pm 
9th Floor — Lounge

Debra Morgan, Managing Partner, BlackEagle Real Estate Partners

Edward Dittmer, CFA, Senior Vice President, Credit Risk Services, Morningstar Credit Ratings, LLC
Constantine Korologos, Managing Director, Berkeley Research Group, LLC
Mart Martindale, Principal, EDGE Capital Markets
Nadia Podkopova, Vice President of Acquisitions, Tricom Real Estate Group

Discussion Topics:
- Retail – landlords and tenants, buyers and sellers
- Future store experiences and alternative uses – making it work
- Investment horizons and capital sources

Networking Break
2:05pm - 2:30pm
9th Floor — Card Room

Default Settings: Special Servicing in CMBS
2:30pm - 3:30pm
9th Floor — Lounge

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
9th Floor — Card Room

Legal Hot Topics in HYDRA Lending
3:55pm - 4:55pm
9th Floor — Lounge

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 cryptocurrency in real estate transactions 
- Financing and cannabis 

Networking Reception
5:00pm - 7:00pm
9th Floor — Card Room

Program is still being coordinated and is subject to change.


Program - Thursday, March 8, 2018

8:00am - 11:00am
9th Floor — Foyer

Networking Breakfast
8:00am - 9:00am
9th Floor — Card Room

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

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:
- The young professional influence on different asset classes
- Technological advancements
- Shifting values
- Retail and changing strategies

Networking Break
10:00am - 10:15am
9th Floor — Card Room

Industrial Strength: Investment, Lending and Outlook
10:15am - 11:00am
9th Floor — Lounge

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

Kevin DonahuePrincipal, SGI Consulting, LLC
Jack Fraker, Vice Chairman, Managing Director, CBRE
Brendan McCormick, Managing Director, Axonic Capital LLC
Joel Traut, Director, KKR
Thomas Wise, Managing Director, Asset Management, Trimont Real Estate Advisors, LLC

Discussion Topics:
- Why has industrial been one of the darlings of this cycle?
- Owner or lender – how does this inform your risk tolerance?
- Looking ahead

Looking Ahead – Now What: 2.0 and Beyond 
11:00am - 12:00pm
9th Floor — Lounge

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

Kathleen Corton, Principal, Hillcrest Finance LLC
Erik Gutman, Managing Director, Prime Finance
Patrick Mattson, Director, Real Estate, KKR
Darrell Wheeler
, TAO Solutions
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.

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
$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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Event App

The app for the upcoming HYDRA Summit is now available to download and provides the following:
- Complete schedule of events with the ability to build your own agenda and bookmark sessions you want to attend
- Detailed speaker information, including bios
- Full attendee list with ability to share contact information
- List of sponsors
- Social wall to post your summit photos and highlights using #CREFCHYDRA18 and ability to tag CREFC on Twitter @CREFC and Instagram @crefinancecouncil
- Notifications of important updates throughout the summit

You can download the app to your iPhone, iPad, or Android device. Alternatively, you may search for "CrowdCompass AttendeeHub" in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Once AttendeeHub is downloaded to your device, search for "High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets Summit 2018" in the "Current & Upcoming" search box.

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 state has approved 6.75 CLE Credits:

The following states have approved 7 CLE Credits:

Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Minnesota

The following state has approved 7.75 CLE Credits:

The following states have approved 8 CLE Credits:
Kansas, Wisconsin

The following state has approved 8.1 CLE Credits:

The following state has approved 8.4 CLE Credits:
New Jersey

The following state has approved 8.5 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 Annie Lee or call (646) 884-7576 for registration related questions.

Contact Kim Pang or call (646) 884-7573 for After-Work Seminar, CREFC Women’s Network and speaking opportunity related questions.

Contact Caitlin Adams or call (646) 884-7577 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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