Fiery Competition in Distressed Real Estate Market to be Discussed at's Distres

Published: Sat Feb 06 2010

For public real-estate companies, spending money has turned out to be harder than raising it, even as some signs point to a pickup in big property deals, reports The Wall Street Journal. High-profile distressed real estate experts at's highly anticipated Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010, February 26th, New York City, will explore the dynamics of the distressed real estate market in front of around 200 members of the Distressed Investing community, including business executives, professionals and entrepreneurs in private equity firms, hedge funds, financial sponsors, investment banks, limited and general partnerships, lenders, accounting and law firms, and portfolio companies.

The Wall Street Journal explains, "REITs are having difficulty doing deals partly because there is a dearth of product on the market. With commercial-property prices some 35% off their peak, most building owners are keeping their best assets off the market. Those properties that do go on the block are attracting a herd of buyers looking to snap up cheap real estate. Many REIT executives and investors expected the volume of distressed buildings on the market to surge as owners defaulted and lenders foreclosed on property. But while the number of problem loans has been growing, so far this hasn't translated into many fire sales. Banks have been willing to extend loans rather than foreclosing, and the firms that oversee commercial mortgages bundled into securities have also been slow to sell off distressed assets, market participants say."

The list of speakers and panelists who will participate at's Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010 is being updated continuously and currently includes:

Mr. Bruce Ferguson, Managing Partner, Apex Fundamental Partners LLC
Mr. Carl Trop, Principal, Greyfields
Mr. Craig Noell, Managing Partner, Signature Capital Partners
Mr. Dan Sobol, Portfolio Manager, Loews Corporation
Mr. Debashis Bhattacharya, Senior ABS Portfolio Manager, Fortis Investments
Mr. Edwin del Hierro, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Ms. Elonna Ashurova, Managing Director of Asset Management & Acquisition, EvestMAC, LLC
Mr. Gary Axelrod, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Mr. Greg Corona, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lakewood Capital, LLC
Mr. Ira Perlmuter, Managing Partner, T5 Equity Partners
Mr. James McCarthy, Chief Investment Officer, Strategic Capital Solutions, LLC
Mr. Jeff Schachter, Managing Director, Greystone & Co.
Mr. Jonathan Henes, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Mr. Josh Wolf-Powers, Founding Partner, Blue Wolf Capital Management LLC
Mr. Matthew Baron, Principal, Simon Development Group
Mr. Navin Nagrani, Vice President, Hilco Real Estate
Mr. Ralph Deppisch, Managing Member, Luminous Ventures
Mr. Robert Koltai, Managing Principal, Hain Capital Group, LLC
Mr. Scott Eisenberg, Managing Partner, Amherst Partners LLC
Mr. Vipal Monga, Senior Writer, The Deal

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