Editor: David Reiss
Brooklyn Law School

November 14, 2013

Reiss on Future of Frannie at Urban Land Institute

By David Reiss

I will be on an Urban Land Institute panel on November 21st, The Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.  The panel

will seek to shed some more light on the road ahead for the GSEs and their impact on commercial real estate lending and residential mortgage securitization. Specifically, the panel will address questions such as:

• What will the GSEs’ roles be in the multi-family and single-family markets in the future?

• Will the GSEs remain in conservatorship? If not, what level of government support, if any, will they receive going forward?

The event will feature individuals speaking on behalf of the lending, investment, academic, and GSE communities.

The moderator is Katharine Briggs, a Managing Director at BlackRock. She is a member of BlackRock’s Financial Markets Advisory Group within BlackRock Solutions. Ms. Briggs is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Advisory Team within BlackRock Solutions’ Financial Market Advisory Group. Mrs. Briggs specializes in US and European commercial real estate and related analytics. Ms. Briggs was formerly the Vice President of Corporate Finance with Summit Properties, a multifamily developer and publicly traded REIT owning 60 communities valued at over $2 billion. At Summit, she was responsible for all capital markets activities, investor relations, financial forecasting and tax planning.

The other panelists are:

Robert E. Bostrom, Co-Chair of the Financial Regulatory and Compliance Practice at Greenberg Traurig. His legal career spans more than 30 years, where he has worked and advised at the highest levels of leadership in the banking sector, in private legal practice and inside a government sponsored enterprise (GSE). As general counsel of Freddie Mac, Bob played a pivotal role during the financial crisis and recovery directing Freddie Mac’s legal strategy through the conservatorship, investigations, enforcement actions and litigation. Bob has advised clients on financial institutions regulation, examination, compliance and supervision matters. He is experienced helping clients navigate the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act, especially the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

David Brickman, the Senior Vice President, Multifamily,, at Freddie Mac.  He was named senior vice president of Multifamily in June 2011. As head of Multifamily, Mr.
Brickman is responsible for customer relations, product development, marketing, sales, loan purchase, asset management, capital markets, and securitization for the company’s multifamily business, which includes the flow mortgage, structured and affordable mortgage, CMBS and low-income housing tax credit portfolios. The total multifamily portfolio was $180 billion as of March 31, 2013. He is a member of the company’s senior operating committee and reports directly to CEO Don Layton.

Mike McRoberts, a Managing Director at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company.  He is responsible for growing and enhancing Prudential’s leadership position in multifamily lending as head of the company’s market rate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac portfolio teams and agency production team. Prior to joining Prudential, Mike was a vice president and national head of sales and production for Freddie Mac, where he was responsible for the agency’s conventional multifamily business, structured transactions and senior’s housing teams, the national Freddie Mac Program Plus network and Freddie’s four regional production offices. Earlier, he was
national head of underwriting and credit and managing director of Freddie Mac’s southeast region.

Joanne Schehl, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Fannie Mae. She is Fannie Mae’s Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for the Multifamily
Mortgage Business. She reports to the Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel – Multifamily Mortgage Business. Ms. Schehl leads the team responsible for providing legal support for multifamily infrastructure and operations, lender relationships, operational risk, and regulatory compliance. Ms. Schehl was previously a partner at Arent Fox PLLC, where she was a member of the real estate and finance groups, and served on the firm’s executive committee and as its professional development counsel, founded and led the firm’s strategic technology initiative, and was a leader in the firm’s diversity efforts.

Alan H. Wiener, Group Head, Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital, at Wells Fargo & Company. He is the group head of Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital, based in New York. Wells Fargo Multifamily Capital specializes in government-sponsored enterprise (GSEs) financing through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac programs and Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-insured financing. Alan’s career has focused on housing and community development in both the public and private
sectors. Prior to joining Wachovia, he was the chairman of American Property Financing Inc., which Wachovia acquired in 2006. Before that, he was executive vice president with Integrated Resources, Inc.

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