The 21st Annual REIT Symposium presented an opportunity for an in-depth examination of the trends and developments in the REIT industry as well as informed predictions with regard to where REIT's commercial real estate values are heading.
Our extraordinary group of speakers considered whether we should expect a new wave of REIT buyouts, given the spread between REIT values and their NAV; whether consolidation and M&A activity is likely to continue until, as some have predicted, only 30 mega-REITs are left standing; whether the trend to use REITs to unlock corporate real estate has legs; whether the trend of REIT spin-offs and conversions will continue; whether US REITs will finally take the plunge and truly expand globally; the impact of activists; what’s on the horizon in terms of governance changes and share buybacks; the impact of changes in the tax laws on REIT spins and conversions; and which new frontiers and property-types REITs will attack and how fast, among many other topics.
This year's keynote speaker was Sam Zell. The symposium also featured a conversation with Jonathan Gray and many of the leading CEOs, bankers, investors, and other professionals in the REIT and real estate industries.
Date: April 13, 2016
Location: The Pierre
New York, NY