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C HA N G
2 018 A F I R E W I N T E R C O N F E R E N C E
February 7-8, 2017 | The Mandarin Oriental | New York, NY
INVESTING IN AN ERA OF
Perhaps never before in our economic and social history, outside of major wars, has there been
an era with such dramatic changes to the way we live and conduct business. This digital age
is rapidly producing redefinitions and reconfigurations of long established industries from the
way we shop to the way we conduct our businesses. Amidst this turmoil the world is swimming
in capital trying to find a home. How is the real estate industry meeting this challenge?
W E D N E S D AY, F E B R U A R Y 7, 2 018
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM ..........................Registration
2:00 PM – 2:10 PM ..........................Winter Conference Begins - Welcome by Ed Casal
AFIRE Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, Global Real
Estate, AVIVA Investors
2:10 PM – 3:00 PM .......................An Inside View of the Global Business Climate
An interview with Betty W. Liu News Anchor and
Host, Bloomberg Television, and Founder and
Chief Executive Officer, Radiate
Interviewed by Mitchell Roschelle, Partner and Founder, PwC’s
Real Estate Advisory group
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM ..........................Networking Break
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM ..........................Panel: Using Data and the Internet of Things to
Achieve Better Operating Results
Moderator: Chris Ludeman, Global President, Capital
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM ......................AFIRE Investment Survey
Joe Walsh, Graaskamp Center for Real Estate and Urban
Land Economics, Wisconsin School of Business
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM ......................Cocktail Reception
Ascent Lounge - Time Warner Center
10 Columbus Circle, 4th Floor
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM .......................Young AFIRE Event
T U E S D AY, F E B R U A R Y 8 , 2 018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM .....................Guest and New Member Breakfast
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM .....................Registration and Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM ......................Managing a Global Business to Enhance Investment
Moderator: Ed Casal, AFIRE Chairman, and Chief Executive
Officer, Global Real Estate, AVIVA Investors
Kathleen McCarthy, Senior Managing Director, The Blackstone
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM .....................Networking Break
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM .....................Panel: Re-Imagining the Office Environment
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM .....................Networking Break
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM .....................Luncheon Address: The Biggest Risks the World
Faces in 2018
Ian Bremmer, President and Founder,
The Eurasia Group
Aviva Investors is part of one of the largest and most secure financial institutions in the UK.
We have been managing real estate investments since 1972; with assets under management
of €39 billion as at September 30, 2017. Our real estate team comprises over 150 employees
and 119 investment professionals, and is one of the largest managers of European real estate
assets. Our real estate business offers expertise across different strategies (including direct,
indirect and listed real estate), providing real estate investment solutions to deliver the specific
outcomes that matter most to today’s investors. Our clients are primarily institutional investors
including public and private sector pension schemes and financial institutions. Our strong
relationship with our parent company gives us a focus on the needs of institutional clients and
a prudent, long term approach to real estate asset management which has a strong emphasis
on risk control at its core.
CBRE Global Investors is one of the world’s largest real estate investment management
firms with $89.7 billion in assets under management as of March 31, 2016. Through this
platform, the firm sponsors real estate investment programs across the risk/return spectrum in
the Americas, Europe and Asia for investors worldwide including public and private pension
funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, foundations, endowments and private
individuals. CBRE Global Investors is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Global Investors serves its investor clients and partners from 29 offices throughout North
America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
Kuwait Finance House (KFH) is a pioneer in the banking phenomenon known as Islamic
Finance or Shari’a Compliant Banking. KFH is the first Islamic bank, established in 1977 in the
State of Kuwait, and today it’s one of the foremost Islamic financial institutions in the world.
KFH has steadily expanded its business to lead the Islamic banking industry and become a
pioneer financial establishment, not only in the Islamic banking industry, but also in the banking
sector as a whole. KFH Group’s banking network spans across several regions worldwide,
with more than 450 branches, over 860 ATMs and around 9,000 employees.
Landesbank Baden-Württemberg, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, is both a
universal bank and a commercial bank with a regional focus. LBBW supports its customers
with its transaction expertise in both domestic and cross-border investments in Germany, in
select countries in Western Europe, the UK, the USA, and Canada. LBBW focuses on the
structuring of large-ticket, complex financings for individual and portfolio investments. LBBW
offers suitable interest rate hedging strategies in accordance with the respective transaction.
In its function as Arranger and Consortium Manager, LBBW offers a comprehensive range of
financing products and services to real estate customers on a property, portfolio or company
basis. Customer satisfaction and long-term business partnerships are LBBW’s hallmarks.
Lennar International represents Lennar Corporation’s homebuilding flagship, other
portfolio companies and partners in the global real estate investment community. Lennar
International curates foreign direct investment in Lennar’s platform in a variety of forms,
from retail sales to the investment of debt and equity and dispositions. Founded in 1954
and based in Miami, Florida, Lennar Corporation is recognized for its high standards and
respected as a leader in the American homebuilding industry - values that are now upheld
in its growing diversified real estate ventures, including financial services, investing and
managing third party capital, investing in real estate related mortgage loans, properties and
related securities, multi-family rental and commercial platforms. The Lennar brand exemplifies
creativity, innovation and teamwork, across the US. Lennar. Quality. Value. Integrity.
PwC US helps organizations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. It is a
member of the PwC network of firms in 157 countries with more than 184,000 people. It’s
committed to delivering quality in assurance, tax and advisory services.
REIT Funding was founded in 1998 to assist institutional investors in meeting the 100
shareholder requirement for REIT status. Our clients, many of whom are members of AFIRE,
invest in US real estate through a private REIT structure in order to obtain significant tax
benefits. We employ industry expertise, state of the art technology and an expert in-house
legal team to help solve the REIT 100 shareholder requirement reliably and efficiently. Over
the years, we have provided accommodation shareholders to more than 2,200 private
REITs formed by our clients. In turn, these clients have invested more than $300 billion of
common equity into US real estate assets through these REITs. We obtain the accommodation
shareholders by conducting private placements of preferred stock in offerings which comply
with US securities laws. We also provide critical ongoing support services related to the
Wafra Investment Advisory Group, Inc., beneficially owned by the Public Institution
for Social Security of Kuwait, and its affiliate, Wafra Capital Partners Inc., are registered
investment advisory firms that offer an extensive range of investment services including
private equity and debt, public equity and debt, Islamic finance, real estate and real assets.
Wafra’s Real Estate Division is a successful investor in the North American real estate market,
representing gross interests in real estate assets of approximately $1.7 billion. Wafra is
more than just a reliable capital source to the marketplace; we are also a single source for
real estate investment opportunities for the investment community and joint venture partners.
Wafra’s Real Estate Division consists of a team of experienced real estate professionals with
expertise in acquisitions, debt financing, disposition experience, and asset management. Our
team has over 100 years of real estate experience combined, and has collectively been
involved in real estate transactions totaling over $10 billion.
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