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Columbia University Business School Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate

Winter 2020

2019 Coming to Terms
Columbia Business School Hosts 8th Annual Workshop on Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures  

Arranging capital is a fundamental element of real estate investment and development. The Coming to Terms Negotiating Real Estate Joint Ventures Event was hosted at Columbia Business School for the 8th time on Friday, November 22nd, 2019, where over 70 graduate students in business, real estate, law, engineering, and planning from Columbia, MIT, NYU, and Harvard gathered for a full day in Uris Hall to participate in discussing the key issues in a real estate joint-venture agreement. The event was co-sponsored by the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate, the Grosvenor Group, the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation, and the MIT Center for Real Estate and allowed students the unique opportunity to engage with and learn from experienced practitioners from both the legal, finance, and operational sides of the real estate industry. Read more →

Distinguished Speaker Lunch with Hugh R. Frater ’85
Hugh R. Frater '85  

The Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate was pleased to have hosted a special Distinguished Speaker Lunch with Hugh R. Frater ’85, CEO of Fannie Mae on-campus this November. The lunch drew over 100 students and covered topics on PropTech in the residential mortgage underwriting business, affordability and the housing crisis, the evolving state of U.S. housing finance, future path of GSE's, as well as his experience from his time at Columbia Business School to Fannie Mae. The discussion was moderated by Brian Lancaster, Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Finance, Columbia Business School. A special thank you to Hugh for his time and for sharing his experience with the business school community.

2019 Real Estate Symposium Photos
Real Estate Symposium  

On December 12, 2019, the Paul Milstein Center for Real Estate hosted the 12th Annual Real Estate Symposium, attended by over 220 alumni spanning 40 graduation years! Video content will be available to alumni soon in the Columbia Business School Real Estate Alumni Community and the CBS RE app. Photos from the event are available here.

Leadership in Action: Faculty & Alumni Interviews

David Sherman '82

David Sherman ’82

I have maintained my relationship with CBS since I graduated in ’82. In the ’80s and ’90s I was a guest lecturer and from 2000 to 2007 I was an adjunct professor teaching Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Capital Markets. [As Co-Directors, Professor Chris Mayer and I] share responsibility for managing all aspects of the program.
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Brian Steinwurtzel '04

Brian Steinwurtzel ’04
Just getting into Columbia is a great first step if you know you want to transition to real estate, because there are so many Columbia Business School alumni working in real estate in New York who also made that transition. So, spending time with as many alumni as possible will significantly help that transition.
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Lessons to Share: Real Estate Students “Trek” to Austin, Texas
REA Trek to Austin, Texas  

Seeking to learn more about one of the United States’ most dynamic real estate markets, the Columbia Business School Real Estate Association (REA) traveled to Austin, Texas for its fall trek. Over the two days, 25 students met with seven businesses operating across the real estate value chain. During the meetings, the group learned how investing strategies are evolving to mitigate cycle risk and how technology is beginning to reshape the industry. Read more →

Faculty in the Media

Adjunct Professor Jennifer Morgan in Crain's.

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Alumni in the Media

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Inside View

The Real Estate Association takes its first “trek” around New York.

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February 19, 2020

Women’s Business Leadership in Tech

Please join Robert F. Smith ’94, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Vista Equity Partners, along with C-suite executives, leading industry experts, and distinguished scholars, for a dynamic dialogue on innovation, inclusivity, and the value of gender diversity. Sessions will explore the business and societal case for diverse workforces, implications of new technologies, and strategies that will impact personal career trajectories and organizations in the tech sector as a whole.

Women's Business Leadership in Tech
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