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Gain an Edge in Turbulent Times: Strategies for CRE Professionals

In light of multiple interest rate hikes since March 2022 and a significant drop in commercial real estate occupation rate from 70% to 42% over the past two years, the emerging influence of new technologies such as AI prompts the following question: What does the future hold for commercial real estate?

Can the historically resilient U.S. commercial real estate sector seize opportunities and reclaim its past glory? Or should we heed the warnings, such as those expressed by U.S. banks that there is trouble ahead for the U.S. commercial property market.

Join us on June 28th, as we team up with Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) Manhattan Chapter to present an engaging event centered around commercial real estate.

Date and Time:

6/28/2023 (Wednesday)

11:30am - 2:30pm EDT


Jia Law Group

88 Pine Street, 18th Fl

New York, NY 10005


11:30 AM - 12:30PM

Panel 1:

Surviving and Thriving in 2023 and Beyond

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Lunch and Networking

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Panel 2:

A Deep Dive Into Today's Most Exciting Transactions and Representations

Meet the Panelists

Kevin Louie, Vice President at RIPCO Investment Sales

  • Demonstrates over 19 years of real estate experience, excelling in various roles, including eight years of expertise in Investment Sales and previous directorial position at Cushman & Wakefield.

  • Achieved remarkable success, overseeing over $1.2 billion in real estate transactions in the capital markets and conducting more than 900 broker opinions of values.

  • Excels in diverse areas such as bank transactions, title insurance, property management, and acquisition.

  • Actively engages with esteemed organizations such as the Real Estate Board of NY (REBNY), the Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA), and the Queens Chamber of Commerce, where he serves as the Co-Chair of the Real Estate Committee and holds the position of Vice President for the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce.


Christopher Okada, Founder and President of Okada & Company

  • Rose to distinction during the financial crisis of 2008 and its recovery, capitalizing on the market's lowered state to transact in nearly $1B commercial real estate sales and leasing transactions in Midtown and Downtown Manhattan.

  • Founded The Okada Acquisition Company during this time to embark on acquiring prime office, retail, and multi-family properties in the Midtown and Midtown South submarkets of Manhattan.

  • Engages actively as an avid blogger, speaker, and thought leader, focusing on entrepreneurship and real estate subjects.

  • Featured multiple times in reputable publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Real Deal Magazine, Crain's NY, The Observer, and numerous other digital and print news agencies.


Gregg Cohen - Corporate Real Estate Specialist Principal at Cresa New York

  • Leverages a wealth of two-decade executive experience at Northern Trust, Jefferies & Co., HSBC, Bear Stearns, and as the Managing Partner of Aviate Global US (acquired by Northern Trust in 2016), Gregg Cohen delivers exceptional client service.

  • Operates with the philosophy that everything is negotiable, drawing on extensive professional experience to optimize deals and find better solutions for clients.

  • Developed a proprietary product with a monthly readership exceeding 1,200 visitors, showcasing his expertise and knowledge in the field.

  • Actively participates in organizations such as REBNY, particularly in the Plaza District Committee, leveraging expertise and industry involvement to benefit clients.


Christopher Morik Esq, Senior of Counsel at Jia Law Group

  • Represents and advocates for small businesses, individuals, and entities in New York and New Jersey, specializing in real estate law, litigation, and wills and estates.

  • Provides comprehensive legal services to business clients, including assisting with entity formation, managing contractual relations, protecting assets, and resolving disputes through arbitration or litigation.

  • Counsels and guides a diverse range of clients, such as successful retail stores, internet businesses, importers, entertainers, security companies, and bars/restaurants.

  • Advises and represents clients throughout the entire process of purchasing and selling real estate, ensuring constant communication from contract negotiation to closing.

  • Handles various real estate matters, including litigation, leasing, and mortgage issues, on behalf of clients


Peter Carrozzo, Esq. Chief counsel at Cornerstone Land Abstract

  • Published several notable works, including "Tenancies in Antiquity: A Transformation of Concurrent Ownership for Modern Relationships" (Marquette Law Review, 2001), which explores concurrent ownership methods and their impact on same-sex couples.

  • Published additional articles focusing on the history of the American mortgage in the twentieth century, such as "Marketing the American Mortgage: The Emergency Home Finance Act of 1970, Standardization and the Secondary Market Revolution" (Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, 2005) and "A New Deal for the American Mortgage: The Homeowners' Loan Corporation, the National Housing Act and the Birth of the National Mortgage Market" (University of Miami Business Law Review, 2008).

  • Authored blogs and journal articles on real estate law, created a theatrical podcast, and wrote and produced several plays.

  • Served as an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, teaching Constitutional Law for 11 years.


Ray (Ruiming) Gu, Project Director at The Towers of the Waldorf Astoria New York

  • Efficiently drives projects to completion while navigating complex challenges, such as the $2B Waldorf Astoria New York development.

  • Demonstrates a strong background in luxury hospitality, residential development, and mixed-use projects, anticipating potential issues and addressing them proactively.

  • Thrives in high-pressure situations and excels at leading teams through uncertain times.

  • Exhibits exceptional communication skills, conflict resolution abilities, and a genuine interest in the growth and development of team members, contributing to project success and maintaining positive relationships.


James Berger Esq., Special Counsel at Jia Law Group

  • Delivers nearly twenty years of legal experience specializing in cross-border representations, complex transactions, investigations, defense, and litigation.

  • Combines skills from top global law firms, government roles, and senior executive positions to help clients overcome interdisciplinary challenges.

  • Coordinated with multiple teams to achieve antitrust and FCC approval for a $37 billion merger of Fortune 500 media companies.

  • Collaborated with US and Israeli legal teams to achieve a favorable settlement of securities fraud claims against a major Israeli tech company's CFO.

  • Co-managed a team for a major US defense contractor, contributing to a successful outcome in a significant United States Air Force procurement contest.

  • Successfully defended one of the world's largest international banks in federal lawsuits and appeals brought by governments and banking entities.


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