CBRE Group, Inc. is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm, with 2019 revenues of $23.9 billion and more than 100,000 employees (excluding affiliate offices). CBRE has been included in the Fortune 500 since 2008, ranking #128 in 2020. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services.
CBRE Global Investors, combined with CBRE Clarion Securities and CBRE Caledon, is one of the world’s leading real asset investment managers with $109.6 billion in assets under management.
Built up over more than 40 years, our unparalleled platform is focused on real assets, giving our institutional clients access to real estate and infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Our clients benefit from a complete range of investment solutions including equity and debt, direct and indirect, and listed and unlisted strategies.
Trammell Crow Company, founded in Dallas, Texas in 1948, is one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific developers of, and investors in, commercial real estate.The CBRE Global Investors and Trammell Crow Company platforms make up the Real Estate Investments division of CBRE Group.
The Real Estate Investments division is led by Mike Lafitte, Global CEO, Real Estate Investments.
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Our in-house Credit Strategies business is a tailored private lending platform, providing finance solutions for commercial real estate investors secured on a wide range of property types and sectors.
Our in-house Credit Strategies provides mortgage and mezzanine ﬁnancing to owners and developers of high-quality, lightly transitional commercial real estate assets. Vertical integration combines underwriting, origination, servicing and portfolio management, allowing for an expedited approval and closing process, enhanced certainty of execution and a single point of contact.
Our team of specialists seek to identify the right loan to suit your needs, providing an efficient and flexible alternative to bank lending.
We use our unique resource advantage of being part of CBRE Group and seek to harness the specialist knowledge required to work with borrowers across many sectors and markets through a global network of offices.
U.S. MORTGAGE LOANS
Up to 75% LTV
Generally ≥ 1.20x in-place
Typically 12 months YM
U.S. MEZZANINE LOANS
Up to 10 years
Up to 80% LTV
Generally ≥ 1.20x in-place
Typically >12 months YM
For illustrative purposes only as an indication of target loan characteristics, which is based on CBRE’s subjective judgment as of the date such material was posted and is subject to change. There can be no assurance each loan will exhibit all such characteristics.
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Executive Managing Director, Head of Credit Strategies
Executive Managing Director, Head of Credit Strategies
Todd Sammann joined CBRE Global Investors in 2018 as Head of Credit Strategies. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of existing and future Credit Strategies funds, including product design, capital formation, investment, dispositions and financing strategy. He also serves as Portfolio Manager for CBRE U.S. Credit Partners. Mr. Sammann is a member of the Americas Investment Committee.
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Mr. Sammann was founder and Managing Principal of Narrative Capital from 2015-2018, managing a commercial real estate debt fund on behalf of institutional investors. Mr. Sammann chaired the firm’s investment committee and had overall responsibility for investment activity and portfolio management. Prior to forming Narrative, Mr. Sammann was Principal and Head of Credit Strategies at Colony Capital from 2008-2015, which invested $5 billion across a variety of credit strategies during his tenure. Previously, Mr. Sammann was Managing Director and Head of North American Large Loan Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities at Deutsche Bank from 2002-2008, where he oversaw the origination of more than $50.0 billion of structured real estate financings and served as a member of the firm’s global Group Executive Committee. Previously, Mr. Sammann served as Vice President within Goldman, Sachs & Co.’s real estate investment banking unit from 1996-2002.
Mr. Sammann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Duke University.
Christian Fuqua, who joined CBRE Global Investors in 2018, is Deputy Portfolio Manager for CBRE U.S. Credit Partners and a Managing Director within the Credit Strategies group. In this role he is involved with originations and acquisitions activities as well as oversight of Credit Strategies’ operations.
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Mr. Fuqua spent two years as the Chief Operating Officer at Narrative Capital, with oversight of the firm’s operations, including origination and acquisition activities, finance, accounting, human resources, compliance and legal. Mr. Fuqua was also a member of the firm’s Investment Committee. Prior to joining Narrative in 2016, Mr. Fuqua was a Senior Vice President at Colony Capital, where he spent eight years focused on underwriting, negotiating and executing performing and non-performing debt and equity investments, including first mortgages, mezzanine loans, preferred equity and equity investments across all major asset classes. Prior to joining Colony in 2008, Mr. Fuqua spent three years at Bear Stearns focused on mergers & acquisitions across the technology, media, telecom and real estate sectors.
Mr. Fuqua earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Commerce from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council.
Charles Kim is a Senior Director within Credit Strategies at CBRE Global Investors, with responsibility for origination and execution of debt investments.
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Mr. Kim was a Managing Director at Narrative Capital Management, where he sourced, structured and closed bridge mortgage, mezzanine and preferred equity investments across all major asset classes nationally. Prior to Narrative, Mr. Kim served as Managing Director at Realty Mogul where he sourced bridge, mezzanine debt and preferred equity investments.
Previously, Mr. Kim spent five years at Colony Capital, most recently as Vice President of Colony Mortgage Capital, where he sourced, structured, closed and managed transitional mortgage loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments secured by all major types of commercial real estate assets. Previously, Mr. Kim spent five years as Vice President at a commercial bank where he underwrote and originated senior loans and syndicated/participation credits across real estate and other industries.
Mr. Kim earned a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of California at San Diego. Mr. Kim also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (“CFA”) designation and is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council.
Dreau Robbins is a Director within Credit Strategies at CBRE Global Investors, and is responsible for originating and executing debt investments on behalf of the firm and it’s investors.
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Mr. Robbins was a Vice President at Deutsche Bank in New York City where he helped run the firm’s Repo lending business, funding over $3 billion worth of financings secured by commercial real estate loans located throughout the country. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. Robbins served as an Associate in Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s (BAML) CMBS group in New York City. While at BAML, Mr. Robbins helped originate over $4 billion in commercial real estate loans secured by trophy quality office towers, super-regional malls, gateway city hotels, industrial and multifamily properties. Before joining BAML, Mr. Robbins spent five years at a boutique real estate development firm in Los Angeles where he was an integral part of a team that developed over 100,000 square feet of mixed-use space in and around downtown Los Angeles.
Mr. Robbins also served four years in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged in 2005. Mr. Robbins holds a BA in Economics from Columbia University.
Patrick Benoist is a Director with the Credit Strategies group at CBRE Global Investors. Mr. Benoist is responsible for originating and executing debt investments on behalf of the firm and its investors.
Patrick joined CBRE Global Investors in 2017 on the Commercial Acquisitions team responsible for sourcing, underwriting, due diligence and closing of commercial real estate investments across the firm’s various funds and separate account mandates. In this role he has focused on all commercial property types covering the Texas and Southeast US region. He also previously supported with the underwriting and asset management functions of CBRE Global Investors’ legacy debt investment mandates involving mezzanine loan originations and acquisitions.
Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Patrick was a Director in CBRE's Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) business in Asia Pacific. Based in Hong Kong, he worked in the Client Solutions function within GWS, supporting the delivery of business development pursuits and go-to-market strategies. Prior to that, Patrick worked in the Debt & Structured Finance (DSF) group within CBRE Capital Markets. While working in DSF, he helped arrange and secure over $650 million of capital for various types of capital for commercial real estate investments including permanent debt, bridge loans, construction financing, subordinate / mezzanine debt, preferred equity and joint venture equity.
Mr. Benoist earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.