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The crisis, the recovery, and the CRE markets: A chat with Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group

April 24, 2020

The crisis, the recovery, and the CRE markets: A chat with Barry Sternlicht, CEO of Starwood Capital Group

Barry Sternlicht

Chairman & CEO, Starwood Capital Group

Our CEO, Willy Walker, and Starwood Capital Group CEO, Barry Sternlich, discuss the current crisis, future recovery, and the CRE markets.

Walker & Dunlop’s Walker Webcast series continues with our latest installment, “The Crisis, the Recovery, and the CRE Markets” with our CEO, Willy Walker, and Starwood Capital Group CEO, Barry Sternlicht.

Willy and Barry discussed:

  • Current and projected rent collections and forbearance requests
  • Asset class performance, with a focus on multifamily and Starwood Capital Group’s office, retail, and hospitality portfolios
  • Predictions surrounding the reopening of the economy, and how property sectors hit hard by the shutdown can evolve after it's lifted
  • Where to look for investment opportunities during the crisis

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker is chairman and chief executive officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. Walker & Dunlop is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and in its first seven years as a public company has seen its shares appreciate 547%.

Barry Sternlicht is Chairman & CEO of Starwood Capital Group, the private alternative investment firm he formed in 1991 focused on global real estate, hotel management, oil and gas, and energy infrastructure. Mr. Sternlicht also serves as Chairman of Starwood Property Trust (NYSE: STWD), the largest commercial mortgage REIT in the U.S.; and French crystal maker Baccarat S.A.; as well as member of the Board of Directors of Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) the largest publicly traded investor, owner and operator of single-family homes in the U.S.

If you have any comments or questions about the evolving economic landscape and how it is impacting the CRE space, our experts are available and fully operational to help. Additionally, if you have topics you would like covered during one of our future webcasts, we would be happy to take your suggestions.

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