In Person Real Estate Dinner with Sonny Kalsi, CEO of BentallGreenOak
Sonny Kalsi is the CEO of BentallGreenOak (BGO) and is based in New York City. BGO is a global real estate investment and management platform with approximately $53 billion of assets under management. BGO has 24 offices worldwide (North America, Europe, and Asia) and over 1,300 employees. The firm manages investment strategies and properties in various asset and risk classes.
Sonny previously was a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate in 2010 and together with the team built the business organically to $12 billion of assets under management in 10 countries with over 100 employees. Before GreenOak, Sonny was Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley's Real Estate Investing (MSREI) business and President of Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until 2009. At its peak, the platform had approximately $100 billion of assets under management in 33 countries. During his 18-year career at Morgan Stanley, Sonny spent almost 10 years in Asia and has lived and worked in six different locations around the world.
Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University and continues to be very involved with the school. He has been cited by Private Equity Real Estate magazine as one fo the "30 Most Influential" people in private equity real estate globally. Sonny is on the board of several charitable organizations including Teaching Matters, Room to Read, SparkYouth NYC, Asia Society, and the Hirshhorn Museum. He is a Trustee of the Spence School, board member of Oberoi Realty, and Georgetown University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the Master of Real Estate Program.
Jeffrey A. Horwitz is a senior partner in Proskauer's Corporate Department where he co-heads our Private Equity Real Estate practice and runs our internationally recognized Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure Group. He also has served as co-head of Mergers & Acquisitions and as a member of our Executive Committee. Jeff is a general corporate and securities lawyer with broad-based experience in mergers and acquisitions, cross-border transactions, and long-term joint ventures. He is regularly engaged to advise boards, management teams and investors on strategic matters, from litigation to personnel to transactions. Jeff is also the head of the Firm’s cross-disciplinary, cross-jurisdictional Coronavirus Taskforce helping to shape the guidance and next steps for clients impacted by the pandemic.
Jeff counsels clients on the full range of their activities, from seed capital to public offerings, acquisitions and operational matters, often acting as outside general counsel. He represents major financial institutions, sovereign wealth funds, private equity and family offices in sophisticated financial and other transactions. He has handled deals aggregating more than $200 billion in value, including tender offers, "going-private" transactions, IPOs, restructuring and structured finance transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.
Leading Proskauer's Private Equity Real Estate group, Jeff works with a team of 75+ lawyers from across the firm advising on complex transactions and disputes relating to real estate, and particularly hotels. As co-head of the Hospitality, Gaming & Leisure Group, Jeff has handled virtually every type of matter, and has worked with virtually every major player in these industries, including transactions for more than 3,500 hotels comprising more than 300,000 rooms and involving more than $12 billion. His experience, both in and outside the U.S., extends to hotel and casino development and construction; portfolio and single-property acquisitions; sales and restructurings; financings; management; marketing; reservations systems; litigation counseling and strategic planning; and ancillary services. This breadth of work is key to executing complex and sophisticated transactions, such as Accor’s $2.9 billion acquisition of Fairmont Raffles and its transactions with Ennismore, Faena Group, Huazhu, Banyan Tree Hotels & Resorts, Brazil Hotel Group, Tribe, sbe Entertainment Group and 21c Museum hotels, among others.
As a senior member of our Entertainment Group, Jeff represents The Broadway League (the national trade association for Broadway theatre), the Tony Awards®, and various other joint venture events and producers. In the media industry, Jeff has advised on the acquisition and sale of television, radio, newspaper and magazine properties, and the acquisition and sale of advertising, promotion and marketing agencies, and related joint ventures. He also advises rights holders, including our long-time clients The Leonard Bernstein Office and The Balanchine Trust. He leads our team representing TSG Entertainment in film-slate financing deals.
Jeff also frequently represents start-up and development-stage companies, as well as established "traditional" businesses, in online, Internet-related or technology businesses. He has handled organizational and structuring matters, venture capital and other equity placements, restructurings (from "down" rounds to recapitalizations to M&A solutions). He has both company-side and investor experience.
As a frequent speaker at real estate and hospitality events, Jeff regularly presents about hotel management agreements at The Hotel School at Cornell's SC Johnson College of Business, NYU's Jonathan M. Tisch Center of Hospitality, and on M&A and investment matters at lodging investment conferences around the world, including the NYU Hospitality Industry Investment Conference in New York, Americas Lodging Investment Summit in Los Angeles, the International Hotel Investment Forum in Berlin and the Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong.
Jeff is a member of the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) Hospitality Investment Roundtable, ULI (and its Hotel Development Council) and the Advisory Board of the Cornell Center for Real Estate and Finance and has served as a member of the Editorial Board of the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly and a member of the Advisory Board of the Cornell Center for Hospitality Research. He is a director of The New York Hospitality Council, Inc., a not-for-profit forum for hospitality industry leaders, and is a member of the Real Estate Capital Policy Advisory Committee of The Real Estate Roundtable. He also has served as a director of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. and the American Society of Corporate Secretaries. He was the Chairman of the Board of Labyrinth Theater Company and a director of The Jewish Community Center in Manhattan for more than 15 years, a member of the Executive Committee of the Lawyers' Division of UJA-Federation for more than five years and an officer of the Henry Kaufmann Foundation for more than a dozen years. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of The American Playwriting Foundation and Building for the Arts and is a member of the Board of Directors of StreetSquash and The George Balanchine Foundation. He also served as a Vice Chair of the Associates' Campaign for The Legal Aid Society.
Jeff has been with the firm for his entire career and lives in Manhattan and Connecticut.
IN PERSON IN NYC:
Join us for an exciting evening with gourmet bites, signature cocktails, and strategic networking as we convene the New York's top movers and shakers in the real estate industry. Our signature fireside chat format was specifically designed to foster organic discussions about the future of real estate investing, develop new long-term professional relationships, and allow our members to explore potential partnerships and professional opportunities.
The fireside chat will be comprised of Sonny's insights on current trends/opportunities in the real estate market and tried-and-true advice on how to operate a successful real estate investment firm.
YJP is an exclusive community dedicated to connecting young professionals; active real estate developers, owners, investors and deal-makers with the leaders and entrepreneurs of tomorrow.
- 6:00 - 7:00 Cocktail Reception
- 7:00 - 8:00 Fireside Chat & Dinner
- 8:00 - 9:00 Dessert Buffet
If you have any questions, please reach out to: email@example.com
**Covid-19 guidelines will be adhered to; this event will take place in person in NYC