Session Detail

Error rendering content unit:*[@Name='SiteSearchRefine']

Sequence contains no elements

Schedule subject to change.

Note: Meeting rooms may change. Please refer to the MBA Events mobile app, available in both the App Store and Google Play, on-site for final locations.



Monday, February 10, 2020

  • Breakout Session: Creative Capital: New Players Continue to Grow Their Footprint

    Location: 2nd Floor,
    Seaport Ballroom F


    Speaker(s)

    Jeff Friedman, Principal and Co-Founder, Mesa West Capital, LLC

    Jeffrey Fastov, Managing Principal, Square Mile Capital Management

    Justin Dennett, Chief Investment Officer, Morrison Street Capital

    Peter Smith, Managing Director and Head of Originations, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

    Michael Comparato, Managing Director, Head of Commercial Real Estate, Benefit Street Partners

    Breakout Session

    Investor-driven lenders such as debt funds and mortgage REITs aggressively compete to win loan assignments from commercial real estate owners. Our panel of experts discuss how this sector is evolving and impacting the industry at large.

    Speaker(s)

    Jeff Friedman, Principal and Co-Founder, Mesa West Capital, LLC

    Mr. Friedman is a Principal with Mesa West Capital. Prior to co-founding Mesa West in 2004, Mr. Friedman spent three years at Maguire Partners as a Principal and was in charge of capital market activities which included the restructuring of the firm’s debt, the buy-out of partners, and the firm’s eventual $800 million initial public offering. Mr. Friedman transitioned into real estate finance in 1994 initially as a Vice-President originating large loans at Nomura Asset Capital Corporation and later as a Director at Credit Suisse First Boston in New York. Mr. Friedman began his career as a corporate lawyer, working initially in Tokyo, Japan, for an affiliate of Sidley & Austin and then in New York for Simpson Thacher & Bartlett.

    Jeffrey Fastov, Managing Principal, Square Mile Capital Management

    Jeffrey (“Jeff”) F. Fastov, Senior Managing Director, Credit Strategies. Mr. Fastov joined Square Mile in July 2013 and is responsible for credit strategies. Prior to joining Square Mile, Mr. Fastov was co-head of Credit Suisse’s Real Estate Finance and Securitization Group. Prior to Credit Suisse, he founded Oasis Real Estate Partners, a capital markets advisor to foreign and domestic financial institutions, private equity funds and other significant real estate credit market participants. From 1992 to 2009, Mr. Fastov was with Goldman Sachs, where he served as co-head of its commercial real estate lending business. Mr. Fastov started his career at Moody’s Investors Service where he established and led the commercial real estate ratings group from 1983 to 1992. Mr. Fastov received his B.A. from University of Rochester and his M.B.A. from Columbia Business School.

    Justin Dennett, Chief Investment Officer, Morrison Street Capital

    Justin Dennett serves as the Chief Investment Officer for Morrison Street Capital, a private equity fund manager based in Portland, Oregon. For the past 12 years, Mr. Dennett has supervised all aspects of investment strategy, underwriting, structuring, and closing for the Morrison Street series of equity funds. Prior to joining Morrison Street Capital in 2003, Mr. Dennett was an associate with Unico Properties, a Seattle-based owner and operator of office properties, where he was responsible for sourcing, underwriting and due diligence of new office investments as well as direct management of multiple asset dispositions. Mr. Dennett began his career with the L&B Group, a Dallas, Texas-based pension fund advisor. Mr. Dennett holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and real estate from Southern Methodist University and a J.D. from Lewis and Clark College.

    Peter Smith, Managing Director and Head of Originations, TPG Real Estate Finance Trust

    Peter Smith has served as Managing Director and Head of Originations since November 2016. Mr. Smith is a managing director of TPG and a member of our Manager’s investment committee. Mr. Smith has more than 25 years of commercial real estate debt financing experience, including transitional loans, mezzanine loans, long-term fixed rate loans, loan portfolio acquisitions, and workouts and restructurings. Prior to joining TPG in November 2016, Mr. Smith was a managing director at Ladder focusing on loan originations. Mr. Smith’s prior experience includes senior positions with Credit Suisse, UBS, Credit Suisse First Boston and Heller Financial. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Michigan from which he earned a B.B.A. in Accounting.

    Michael Comparato, Managing Director, Head of Commercial Real Estate, Benefit Street Partners

    Michael Comparato is a managing director with Benefit Street Partners (BSP) and the Head of Commercial Real Estate for BSP and BSP Realty Trust. Prior to joining BSP in 2015, Mr. Comparato was Head of U.S. Equity Investments at Ladder Capital, where he led Ladder's largest team that actively originated CMBS loans, structured/balance sheet loans, mezzanine loans and acquired strategic assets for the firm. Prior to joining Ladder, Mr. Comparato was President of BankAtlantic Commercial Mortgage Capital (BACMC), the CMBS affiliate of BankAtlantic, where he was responsible for managing all day-to-day operations. Mr. Comparato also previously ran Compson Holding Corporation, which made various equity investments in multiple different commercial real estate assets and publicly traded REITs. Mr. Comparato received a Bachelor of Science, Summa Cum Laude, from Babson College.