's Distressed Investing Conference to Examine New York’s Real Estate Families' S

Published: Wed Feb 10 2010

Old New York real estate clans, once treated like slow-moving dinosaurs on the verge of extinction, are now looking like wise veterans, in relatively healthy financial shape and eager to do deals. As reported by The New York Times, "A group led by the LeFraks is interested in buying Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, a complex of 11,227 apartments near the East River whose current owner defaulted on $4.4 billion in loans. The Rudins and other families are looking at the Carlton House, an apartment-hotel building on Madison Avenue that is for sale. The Dursts, who like the Rudins and the LeFraks are in their fourth generation in New York real estate, are looking to buy a stake in the $3 billion skyscraper under construction at 1 World Trade Center."
"What distinguishes the families from other real estate players is that they buy property but rarely sell. They usually have relatively low levels of debt on their buildings, and they do a couple of projects every economic cycle rather than go on a binge, a practice adopted after bitter experiences with a deep recession in the 1970s." Their vision and strategies will be the subject of discussion and debate among a distinguished cast of real estate thought leaders, practitioners, private equity investors and professional advisors at's Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010, February 26th, New York City. The list of speakers and panelists who will participate at's Distressed Investing Leaders Forum 2010 is continuously updated 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. 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. Thaddeus Tracy, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis
Mr. Vipal Monga, Senior Writer, The Deal

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