IREI : LIVE | Debt

IREI : LIVE | Debt

September 23, 2021 | A Virtual Platform

Institutional Real Estate, Inc. is excited to announce its newest initiative, IREI : LIVE! A new Virtual Conference Series focusing on the most significant issues the industry is facing in today's climate. IREI : LIVE will be produced seven times in 2021. The series will start in May.

IREI : LIVE’s panels will feature the IREI commitment of a one-to-one LP/GP ratio on each panel with a combination of four to six GPs and LPs spread out over two or three panels per event.

The live panels will be tailored to topics that are pertinent to each individual firm’s expertise and knowledge so that you can demonstrate your wisdom on a series of topics, which include:

  • Future of Offices
  • Debt
  • Future of Logistics and Retail
  • Life Sciences
  • Defined Contribution
  • Data Centers
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Multifamily

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  • Agenda
IREI : LIVE | Defining Opportunity Sets in Real Estate Debt
Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

What are the fundamental drivers of the different debt opportunity sets in the U.S. real estate market today? During this webinar, we will examine a range of different strategies across a range of markets. Our first session will look at fundamental macro drivers and trends in the debt space. We will examine what credit markets are telling us about future opportunities in the equity and debt spaces today. Discussions will include a look at interest rate, inflation and real estate cycle trends in terms of how they fit historically and what emerging investment opportunities are developing today. In the next session, we dive into the debt capital stack, starting with mezzanine debt. We will define how and why this part of the market is attractive today and moving forward. We also will examine how managers differentiate and price various types of risk and the various strategies and tools used to manage risks for investors. To wrap up our program, we will define how and why senior debt offers compelling opportunities today and in the future in both public and private markets. We will look at how the landscape of senior lenders has evolved and what first-mortgage lending structures will look like in the future.

10:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks
Geoffrey Dohrmann, Executive Chairman and CEO, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.
10:10 a.m. Part I: Defining Opportunities: The Case for Real Estate Debt

  • What are credit markets telling us about future opportunities in equity and debt spaces today?
  • What are key themes and trends related to interest rates and inflation?
  • Which property sectors are most/least desired and why?
  • What are the trends to watch related to defining attractive markets?
  • Why is real estate debt attractive at this point in the cycle?

Chase McWhorter, Managing Director, Americas, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Chris Duey, Senior Managing Director, Head of Private Debt Portfolio Management, Principal Real Estate Investors

James Laufenberg, CAIA, Senior Investment Officer – Real Estate, State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Greg Leadholm, Senior Managing Director, Co-Head of Real Estate Debt, Heitman

11:00 a.m. Part II: Defining Opportunities in Mezzanine & Subordinated Debt

  • Defining key fundamentals of mezzanine and subordinated debt.
  • How do managers differentiate and price various types of collateral-level risk?
  • What strategies and tools do managers have to manage risk?
  • What are return ranges for mezzanine and subordinated debt today?
  • What are the fundamental reasons for the growing opportunities in this part of the market?

Chase McWhorter, Managing Director, Americas, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Tom Hester, Managing Director, StepStone Group Real Estate

Frank Scavone, Executive Managing Director, Third Point Real Estate Strategies LLC

Josh Zegen, Managing Principal & Co-Founder, Madison Realty Capital

11:40 a.m. Virtual Break
11:50 a.m. Part III: Defining Opportunities in Senior Debt in Private and Public Markets

  • What are the key trends in the first-mortgage market today for commercial and residential lending?
  • How is the first-mortgage market evolving, and how might lending structures change in the future?
  • Why are direct whole loan strategies attractive?
  • What is the current state of the CMBS market, and what is its outlook for the future?

Chase McWhorter, Managing Director, Americas, Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Jack Gay, Managing Director, Global Head of Debt, Nuveen Real Estate

Mitch Pleis, Portfolio Manager , California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Matt Salem, Partner & Head of Real Estate Credit, KKR

12:45 p.m. Adjourn
  • Board/Speakers

IREI Live Webinar Debt Speakers

Geoffrey Dohrmann
President & CEO
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Geoffrey Dohrmann, CRE, is the founder, executive chairman and CEO, and also serves as a director, of Institutional Real Estate, Inc., a San Ramon, Calif.–based publishing and consulting company focused on meeting the information needs of the institutional real estate, infrastructure and private wealth advisory investment communities. In this capacity, he also serves as publisher and editor-in-chief of several leading industry publications, including Institutional Real Estate Americas, Institutional Real Estate Europe, Institutional Real Estate Asia Pacific, FundTracker, Institutional Investing In Infrastructure, Real Assets Adviser and Newsline. Dohrmann also serves as conference producer of IREI’s industry events, including Visions, Insights & Perspectives (VIP) Americas, VIP Europe, Institutional Investing In Infrastructure (I3), IREI CEO Summit and IREI Springboard. Dohrmann consults with many of the leading firms in the real estate investment management industry, and also has lectured on institutional real estate market–related matters at elite U.S. business schools.

Chase McWhorter
Managing Director, Americas
Institutional Real Estate, Inc.

Chase McWhorter serves as Managing Director of Institutional Real Estate Americas for Institutional Real Estate, Inc. (IREI), an industry-leading publication focused on meeting the information needs of the institutional real estate community. In this capacity, he is responsible for global business development and client service focused on publication sponsorships, while also leading the recruitment of top institutional investors who serve on the Editorial Advisory Board of Institutional Real Estate Americas with the publication’s sponsors. McWhorter has more than 10 years’ experience in the real assets investment industry. McWhorter is a graduate of the University of Southern California, receiving a B.S. in Public Policy, Planning and Development, while also winning three Pac-10 Championships and two Rose Bowls as a member of the USC Trojan football team.

Chris Duey
Senior Managing Director, Head of Private Debt Portfolio Management
Principal Real Estate Investors

Chris is a senior managing director, Head of Private Debt Portfolio Management for Principal Real Estate Investors, the dedicated real estate group of Principal Global Investors. He is responsible for oversight of the private debt portfolio management team, which handles all investment activities for affiliated and nonaffiliated private debt capital clients. He is also involved with new business development for private debt programs. Chris joined the firm in 1992 and has held various roles there, moving into his current position in 2017. He received an M.B.A. from Drake University and a B.B.A. in finance and marketing from the University of Iowa. He is a member of ULI.

Jack Gay
Managing Director, Global Head of Debt
Nuveen Real Estate

Jack is a managing director and oversees the origination, portfolio management and business development activities for Nuveen Real Estate globally. Previously, Jack was lead portfolio manager and head of the TIAA General Account portfolio management team responsible for the company’s general account investments in real estate, including equity real estate, commercial mortgages and single-asset CMBS investments. Other prior roles include heading capital markets activities and managing commercial mortgage production teams for both the eastern and western regions of the United States. Jack previously worked at J.P. Morgan Chase in a variety of roles including CMBS lending, real estate asset dispositions and loan workouts.

Tom Hester
Managing Director
StepStone Group Real Estate

Tom Hester is a member of StepStone’s real estate team and focuses on various investment and client portfolio management activities, as well leading the U.S. credit sector team. He is also a member of the firm’s responsible investing initiative task force.

James Laufenberg, CAIA
Senior Investment Officer – Real Estate 
State of Wisconsin Investment Board

Mr. Laufenberg is a Senior Investment Officer – Real Estate for the State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB), which is the investment manager for the Wisconsin Retirement System. Mr. Laufenberg is responsible for executing the portfolio’s private real estate strategy through new investments, refinancings, and asset sales. Prior to joining SWIB in 2007, Mr. Laufenberg held positions at TriMont Real Estate Advisors and Ernst & Young. Mr. Laufenberg has a degree in Real Estate and Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is a member of NCREIF and PREA.

Greg Leadholm
Senior Managing Director, Co-Head Real Estate Debt

Greg Leadholm is a senior managing director and co-head of Heitman’s Real Estate Debt group. He is also a member of Heitman’s Global Management and Debt Investment Committees and manages a team that structures, originates and services senior and mezzanine debt opportunities across all real estate sectors. Leadholm’s extensive structured debt experience includes origination, loan structuring and negotiating, asset underwriting, risk assessment, and portfolio management. Before joining Heitman, he held management roles with several large institutional real estate lenders and investors. Leadholm received a B.A. in finance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is an active member of ULI and a frequent participant in industry-related panels and conferences.

Mitch Pleis
Portfolio Manager
California State Teachers’ Retirement System

Mitch Pleis is a portfolio manager in real estate at CalSTRS and is responsible for overseeing the debt investment portfolio, credit facility lending program and various real estate operating company relationships. Pleis, who graduated from Stanford University with a focus in urban development and planning, has 40 years of institutional real estate investment management. His experience includes real estate development, structured financing, and asset and portfolio management for multiple property types and locations across the United States. Pleis was also a managing director for Principal Global Investors. Prior to rejoining CalSTRS, he served as the athletic director and campus development director at William Jessup University.

Matt Salem
Partner & Head of Real Estate Credit

Matt joined KKR in 2015 and is a partner and Head of Real Estate Credit. He also serves as CEO of KKR Real Estate Finance Trust Inc. and sits on KKR’s Real Estate Investment Committees. Prior to joining KKR, Matt was a managing director at Rialto Capital Management. Before joining Rialto in 2012, he held roles at Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Citigroup Alternative Investments and started his career at Midland Loan Services. Matt has a B.A. in economics from Bates College. He has served on the Board of Governors of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and as chair of the B-Piece Buyer Forum.

Frank Scavone
Executive Managing Director
Third Point Real Estate Strategies

As managing partner of Trawler Capital Management, Frank oversees all aspects of platform operations, including investment and asset management, portfolio construction, investor relations and marketing, cash management, treasury, performance reporting and risk management. He sets operating protocols, team compensation and governance structures and chairs the Investment and Valuation Committees. As Executive Managing Director of Third Point Real Estate Strategies, Frank oversees distressed commercial real estate investments. He has a historical investment focus on both performing and distressed CRE credit. Previous appointments include president and COO of CBRE Capital Partners and managing director and COO of Nomura Direct. Frank holds an M.B.A. from UCLA and a B.S. in biology from Adelphi University

Josh Zegen
Managing Principal, Co-Founder
Madison Realty Capital

Josh Zegen co-founded Madison Realty Capital in 2004 and oversees the origination and structuring of all of MRC’s investment activities, as well as raising institutional capital and portfolio management. Since MRC’s inception, Zegen has closed real estate transactions totaling more than $15 billion. Prior to founding MRC, he founded and was president of Alpine Commercial Capital, a mortgage advisory firm that successfully closed more $500 million in real estate financings. Before that, Zegen was an investment banker at Salomon Smith Barney. He is a co-founder and board member of the New York Private Equity Network. Zegen has a B.A. in economics, cum laude, from Brandeis University.


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