Real Estate General Counsels Forum

The Real Estate General Counsels Forum, organized by the Information Management Network will take place from 28th September to the 29th September 2015 at the Marriott New York Downtown in New York, United States Of America. The conference will cover areas like event will gather together the best minds in the industry to provide you with valuable networking opportunities and thought-leadership on the key challenges and opportunities facing real estate legal professionals.


07:30 AM - 07:00 PM (Sep 28) (General)
07:40 AM - 12:10 PM (Sep 29) (General)

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100 - 500

10 - 50 Exhibitors Estimated Count

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Building & Construction


28 - 29 Sep 2015
29 - 30 Sep 2014

Frequency Annual

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Schedule & Agenda

Tue, 29 Sep07:30 AM - 08:40 AMRegistration & Continental Registration
Tue, 29 Sep07:40 AM - 07:50 AMGeneral Counsels Closed Door Breakfast Registration Opens
Tue, 29 Sep07:50 AM - 08:50 AMClosed Door Breakfast for GCs/In-House Counsel and In-House Legal Professionals
Tue, 29 Sep08:40 AM - 08:45 AMIMN Welcome
Thierry Dongala, Conference Producer, INFORMATION MANAGEMENT NETWORK
Tue, 29 Sep08:45 AM - 09:00 AMOpening Remarks
Tue, 29 Sep09:00 AM - 09:45 AMDeal Making: Fundraising, Acquisition Financing and Construction Loans
Reassessing the value of retail placement agents in the 2014 market * In what format are people raising capital these days?Who is able to raise money in this market? * Preferred returns and hurdles * Trends in terms for raising capital * Fund structure for off-shore investorsPanelists:Sharif El-Gamal, Chairman and CEO, SOHO PROPERTIESMark Maduras, Managing Director, ANGELO, GORDON & CO.
Tue, 29 Sep09:00 AM - 09:45 AMTop Five Concerns For Real Estate General Counsels
Provide an overview of legal concerns across the sector * What are Real Estate General Counsel spending most of their time on lately? * What do Real Estate legal professionals see coming around the corner? Panelists:Julian Wise, Partner, SCHULTE ROTH & ZABEL LLPSteve Krasman, Vice President, SLATE PROPERTY GROUP
Tue, 29 Sep09:45 AM - 10:30 AMRisk Management & Insurance: The Property Side
What is the general counsel role: counselor, supervisor or enforcer? * Establishing and hitting benchmarks * Insurance litigation trends Errors & Omissions * Directors Insurance Update * Title insurance/Mechanics liens * 10K filings Establishing an ERM program: Determining what elements are needed for a successful program * Role of governance and the board * Conducting a risk assessment * Implementing risk measures into your organization's strategy Panelists:Loretta Kelly, General Counsel, BPG PROPERTIES, LTDJason Kalish, Senior Counsel, COMPASSROCK REAL ESTATE LLCJohn Spiegleman, Executive Vice President/General Counsel, DCT INDUSTRIAL TRUST INC
Tue, 29 Sep09:45 AM - 10:30 AMPeer Perspectives: REIT Spin-Offs
The risks and benefits associated with different types of spin-offs * Important details of execution * Avoiding Pitfalls * Examine the intricacies of executing corporate REIT spin-off * Different reasons and ways to unlock value through spin-off * Reclassification of corporate real estate assetsModerator:David Kessler, Partner, National Director - Commercial Real Estate Industry, COHNREZNICK Panelists:Scott Wilton, EVP & General Counsel, INLAND AMERICAN REAL ESTATE TRUST, INC.Bratton Fennell, Chief Financial Officer, BURROUGHS & CHAPIN COMPANY, INC
Tue, 29 Sep10:30 AM - 10:50 AMNetworking Refreshment Break
Tue, 29 Sep10:30 AM - 11:00 AMNetworking Refreshment Break
Tue, 29 Sep10:50 AM - 11:35 AMData Security Concerns in Real Estate
What the C-suite and General Counsels need to know when it comes to data security * Playing a risk identification, analysis and management role in cyber security * Managing data and personal information for real estate firmsPanelists:Larry Block, Managing Director, Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, C-III INVESTMENT MANAGEMENTBrandon Weber, Founder & CEO, HIGHTOWERRobert Skinner, General Counsel, MONTECITO BANK & TRUSTJohn F. Curry, Vice President & General Counsel, MOUNTAIN REAL ESTATE CAPITAL
Tue, 29 Sep11:00 AM - 11:45 AMBest Practices for Managing In-House Lawyers and Outside Counsel
Organizing your legal department * Controlling costs ahead of billing time * Quality control and efficiencyPanelists:Judith Lajoie, General Counsel, COBIZ BANKDerrick B. Gru00fcner, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer, GENESIS CAPITALHoward Hirsch, General Counsel-Securities, GRIFFIN CAPITAL CORPORATIONMichael Merola, General Counsel, THE CONTINUUM COMPANY
Tue, 29 Sep11:35 AM - 12:10 PMCyclical Performance: Core, Core Plus, Value Added and Opportunistic Firms
Reviews of the performance of various investment strategies in the present market cycle * Discussion on the horizon for various investment strategies * Where are the investment opportunities going to be? Panelists:Glenn Mueller, Real Estate Investment Strategist, DIVIDEND CAPITAL Wissam Francis, EVP Corp. Finance, TRICON CAPITAL
Tue, 29 Sep11:45 AM - 12:30 PMCase Law Developments: Developments That Concern Real Estate Firms
Bankruptcy and second mortgages * JV relationships with capital partners * Case studies and lessons learnedPanelist:Robert (Bob) Ward, Partner, SCHULTE ROTH & ZABEL
Tue, 29 Sep12:10 PM - 12:10 PM5th Annual Real Estate General Counsel Forum (East) Concludes
Tue, 29 Sep12:30 PM - 01:30 PMLuncheon
Tue, 29 Sep01:30 PM - 02:15 PMBest Compliance Program Practices
Peers share recent and effective compliance practices * Talent acquisition and retention for compliance * Staying ahead and aware of company activities with legal implicationsPanelists:David Ramsay, Partner and General Counsel, ALLIANCE COMMERCIAL PARTNERS, LLC Diana C. Liu, General Counsel, ARTEMIS REAL ESTATE PARTNERSThomas Morgan, General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer, TREMONT REALTY CAPITAL
Tue, 29 Sep02:15 PM - 03:00 PMLitigation, Workouts, & Remedies for Multiparty Structures Including Funds and Joint Ventures
Termination agreements, When debt looks like equity, Secured deeds of trust * Carrying negative projects and partners during the bad times: Now they want their due, GP/operating partner removal, Buy/Sell provisions * Risk sharing between sponsors/GPs and capital partners/LPs; What is the appropriate documentary vehicle for backstopping the operating partner in the event a bad boy guaranty is invokedPanelists:Ryan A. McCaffrey, General Counsel, POST BROTHERS APARTMENTSGregory P. Nero, General Counsel, STERLING EQUITIES
Tue, 29 Sep03:00 PM - 03:30 PMNetworking Refreshment Break
Tue, 29 Sep03:30 PM - 04:15 PMOrganizational: Outsourcing Work But Not Liability
Avoiding gross negligence and willful misconduct * Assessing risks in all phases of outsourcing * Strong agreements with strong compliance practices Panelist:Frank Giovinazzo, Director of Real Estate, INCLOUDCOUNSEL
Tue, 29 Sep04:15 PM - 05:00 PMNavigating the Legal Risks of Joint Ventures
Avoiding legal and reputational risks * Risk management strategies and policies * Establishing compliance programs across legal entitiesPanelists:Robert Masters, Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary, ACADIA REALTY TRUSTJoan Hayden, Vice President and Corporate Counsel, PRUDENTIAL REAL ESTATE INVESTORSYolanda Rodriguez, Counsel and Assistant Vice President, TOLL BROTHERS, INC.
Tue, 29 Sep05:00 PM - 07:00 PMNetworking Cocktails
Tue, 29 Sep07:00 PM - 07:00 PMDay One Concludes
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