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Saul Ewing real estate conference examines industry’s future

The commercial real estate industry is looking toward the future and how technology and e-commerce will impact the industry.

On Nov. 5, Saul Ewing LLP will host its seventh annual real estate conference at the Baltimore Convention Center. The theme for the conference is adapting and succeeding in a changing industry, and it will be exploring issues such as  impact of technology on the real estate industry.

“This year we’re focusing on emerging trends in the industry such as Millennials, and e-commerce and technology trends,” Howard R. Majev, partner at Saul Ewing’s real estate group, said.

Majev said the conference remains popular with professionals and clients because it provides high-level sophisticated presentations on issues affecting the commercial real estate industry. The firm is anticipating between 250 and 300 professionals to attend the conference.

“The folks from the real estate industry that come are really interested in the sexier, creative projects that happen each year, and they’re always interested in funding sources and that availability of debt and equity and how that market place is evolving,” Majev said.

The one-day conference will consist of panels focusing on creative deal-making that will be moderated by Garfield Public/Private LLC Chairman Raymond Garfield Jr.; how  Millennials and commerce are transforming the commercial real estate industry, moderated by Bronwyn E. LeGette, vice president of Cushman & Wakefield in Baltimore; and a closer look at the multifamily sector, moderated by CAPREIT President Andrew S. Kadish.

Conference attendees usually come from all aspects of the commercial real estate field including lenders, investors, developers, contractors and property managers. Majev said the majority of those attending are from the East Coast. Majev added the firm is excited about keynote speaker Linda Madway, vice president and general counsel, of Toronto-based RioCan (America) Management.

“RioCan is a very prominent shopping center owner, operator, developer in Canada that has over the last five years made a major entry into the U.S. market … I’m expecting Linda will give a very interesting historical perspective of RioCan and its entry into the market … and will provide a look at the market from a different perspective,” he said.