Monday, November 21, 2016

Cushman & Wakefield Welcomes Capital Markets Team of Robert Kaplan, Chris Lentz and Mark Rutherford to Miami, FL Office

Robert Kaplan
MIAMI, FL — Cushman & Wakefield announced that a team of real estate debt and equity specialists led by Executive Managing Director Robert Kaplan has joined the firm from Ackman-Ziff.

Mr. Kaplan and his team are the newest members of Cushman & Wakefield’s growing Equity, Debt & Structured Finance group, which provides a full-spectrum financial services platform to both domestic and international clients offering unsurpassed customized advisory and integrated capital solutions for all asset classes.

Mr. Kaplan began his career in real estate law before transitioning to in-house investment sales and financing for two prominent private South Florida investors. He entered the national brokerage industry in 1998, joining HFF to lead the financing group in its Miami office. Most recently he served as the head of the Florida office of New York-based Ackman-Ziff.

“Robert’s experience in commercial real estate debt, equity and investment sales complements, and will build upon, Cushman & Wakefield’s well established full-service real estate platform,” said Noble Carpenter, President Capital Markets, Americas.

Chris Lentz
Joining Mr. Kaplan are Senior Director Chris Lentz and Analyst Mark Rutherford, with over 30 years of combined experience in corporate and commercial real estate financing and sales. Mr. Lentz joined Ackman-Ziff in 2013 after earning invaluable experience at Evercore Partners, Lazard, and Lehman Brothers. At Cushman & Wakefield, Mr. Lentz will focus on originating and executing debt and equity financing transactions.

Mr. Rutherford has teamed with Mr. Kaplan for over 13 years arranging debt and equity capital as well as orchestrating investment sales in commercial real estate. He began his career as a CPA at Price Waterhouse, later rotating through positions in private equity and corporate finance.

The addition of the Kaplan team is part of a series of hires as Cushman & Wakefield assembles an “all star” team across all product lines. Since merging with DTZ last year, Cushman & Wakefield has added multifamily expert Robert Given and his team, formerly of CBRE, to its Fort Lauderdale office; acquired Atlanta-based Multi Housing Advisors and Tampa-based Taylor & Mathis of Florida; and stunned the real estate community by adding Doug Harmon and Adam Spies to its New York office.

Mr. Kaplan’s group further expands Cushman & Wakefield’s base of expertise in sales and financing, bringing complementary experience in residential, retail, hotel, office, mixed-use and industrial properties.

Mark Rutherford
“The world has been watching as Cushman & Wakefield has strategically grown and expanded its offerings to clients,” said Kaplan. “When the opportunity presented itself to join the movement, I couldn’t resist.”

“The firm’s deep pool of professionals with local market knowledge connected through a truly global network is formidable, providing investors at all levels access to a full arsenal of top-tier services,” added Kaplan. “My team and I are thrilled to join such a world-class institution.”

“Our platform continues to grow stronger in South Florida,” said Larry Richey, Managing Principal and Florida Market Leader. “The addition of Robert and his team emphasizes our commitment to building full-service capabilities to address our clients’ needs every step of the way.”

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

David A. Meyer
Meyer Media 
+ 1 407 489 7488

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