Cushman & Wakefield has hired industry veteran Blake Cohen as Senior Director in the firm’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Practice. He is responsible for arranging first-trust financing, mezzanine debt, preferred equity and joint venture equity, and is exclusively focused on multifamily transactions in the Southeast region.
“The Southeast Multifamily Advisory Group is the leading multifamily capital markets team in the country, and Blake’s expertise will allow us to join our two groups together to provide real value to our clients,” said Michael Ryan, Executive Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Practice. “Blake is highly respected within the commercial real estate finance industry for his expertise and professionalism, and we are fortunate that he is joining our best-in-class team.”
Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Cohen was a Loan Officer at Voya Investment Management in Atlanta where he was responsible for originating commercial real estate loans ranging from $5 million to $100 million on behalf of Voya’s general account as well as third-party clients. In his six-plus years with the company, Cohen was involved in more than 100 transactions totaling in excess of $2 billion across all asset classes and spanning a variety of loan programs/risk profiles including core fixed/floating rate, value-add, bridge, subordinate debt, construction-to-permanent, participating mortgage and CMBS.
Prior to his time at Voya, Cohen spent five years in the Commercial Real Estate Group at RR Donnelley Global Real Estate Services performing a variety of underwriting, asset management and due diligence services on behalf of institutional lenders.
“Cushman & Wakefield is an industry leader with strong brand recognition and a collaborative, team-oriented culture,” Cohen said. “I am very excited about the opportunity to help integrate and align the Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Practice with the Southeast Multifamily Advisory Group in order to provide better execution and more streamlined financing solutions to our clients.”
Cohen is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a bachelor of arts in real estate. For more information on Cushman & Wakefield’s Equity, Debt & Structured Finance Practice, visit our website.