Economist, Real Estate Professionals to Examine 2016 Charlotte Outlook

Jan 26, 2016

(Charlotte, N.C.) – How might the energy sector and the recent volatility in the markets impact the local real estate market? Which specific markets are primed for short- and long-term growth? What financing opportunities and challenges remain?

These are among the potential topics to be discussed by a panel of experts at the ninth annual Outlook on the Commercial Real Estate Market forum, sponsored by the accounting firm of GreerWalker LLP and the law firm of Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP. The free, invitation-only event is Thursday, January 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in uptown Charlotte.

“In addition to the event’s networking benefits, the forum is an excellent venue to hear the diverse opinions on the state of the industry from a unique group of panelists and connect with local industry leaders,” said GreerWalker Partner Jonathan McLester, who will welcome the gathering and introduce speakers at the event, expected to attract over 350 attendees.

Sean Coghlan, director of investor research at Jones Lang LaSalle, will begin the evening with an economic overview of the real estate market, with a focus on the Carolinas. Frank Arado, a partner in Katten’s Real Estate practice, will then moderate an in-depth panel discussion about the local market outlook with real estate and economic experts. The panel includes Coghlan, who provides macro and micro market analytics and strategies; Chris Thomas, retail partner at Childress Klein who is responsible for the development, marketing and leasing of retail real estate projects in the Carolinas; and Robert Verrone, principal of Iron Hound Management Company, LLC, who brings more than two decades of experience in the commercial real estate industry.

“We look forward to providing the Charlotte business community with a thought-provoking discussion that will encompass a range of commercial real estate issues, from fewer financing restrictions to receding unemployment levels,” said Arado. “As we begin 2016, it’s important to fully examine the impact of the real estate industry on our regional economy.”

Attendees are required to register for the event in advance. To register, please contact Michelle Robinson at [email protected] While the event is free of charge, attendees are also encouraged to donate to Community Link, a local nonprofit that enables individuals and families to obtain and sustain safe, decent and affordable housing.

2016 GreerWalker-Katten RE Event

Jonathan McLester, Partner, GreerWalker LLP and Frank Arado, Partner, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

About GreerWalker

Founded in Charlotte in 1984, GreerWalker provides assurance, accounting, tax and business advisory services to a diversified client base of privately held middle-market companies doing business throughout the Carolinas and around the world. Affiliates include GreerWalker Wealth Management and GreerWalker Corporate Finance. For more information about the firm, call 704-377-0239 or visit

About Katten

Katten’s Real Estate practice, which was named a 2015 “Best Law Firm” in Real Estate as part of the U.S. News-Best Lawyers® ranking, is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the United States. Katten is a full-service law firm with more than 600 attorneys in locations across the United States and in London and Shanghai. Clients seeking sophisticated, high-value legal services turn to Katten for counsel locally, nationally and internationally. The firm’s core areas of practice are corporate, financial services, insolvency and restructuring, litigation, real estate, environmental, commercial finance, intellectual property, structured finance and securitization, and trusts and estates. Katten represents public and private companies in numerous industries, including nearly half of the Fortune 100, as well as a number of government and nonprofit organizations and individuals. For more information, visit