Real Estate Debt & Alternative Financing Strategies In The Current Market

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The real estate market is expected to experience an increase in demand for alternative financing in 2021 as a result of increased debt and inadequate exit planning strategies. This session will explore the opportunities for alternative lenders over the short- to mid-term including:

  • Defining the current debt funding gap: where are we?
  • Forecasting a shift in the debt market as a result of more conservative bank lending and an increased shift from consumer-focused assets.
  • Understanding the shift to more short- term loans; will non-bank lenders take a larger market share in mezzanine loans and refinancing a larger part of senior loans.
  • Assessment of risk mitigation strategies.
  • The development, structuring and financing of alternative financing transactions.
  • Refining the approach towards negotiations and due diligence.

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Robert Morse brings over 35 years of experience in real estate investment management, commercial and investment banking and private equity fund management as Executive Chairman of Bridge Investment Group (“Bridge” or the “Firm”).


Robert Morse

Executive Chairman

Bridge Investment Group



As Executive Chairman, Robert is integrally involved in the management, strategy and capitalization of Bridge. He serves on the Firm’s investment committees, leads the Board of Directors and helps to develop strategy and execution for the Firm.

Prior to joining Bridge, Robert served as CEO of Citigroup’s Asia Institutional Clients Group from 2004-2008, which included financial services in 17 countries employing over 14,000 people. During Robert’s tenure, Citigroup was awarded the ‘Best Bank in Asia’ award annually by FinanceAsia, EuroMoney and The Asset magazines and in selected client surveys. Prior to his position as CEO of Citigroup’s Asia Institutional Client’s Group, Robert served as the Head of Global Investment Banking for Citigroup, based in New York.

Robert is a 1977 graduate of Yale College, Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude, and a 1981 graduate of the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Law School.

Robert serves on a variety of charitable organization boards, including as Chairman of the Yale President’s Council on International Activities, the Grand Teton National Park Foundation Resource Council and the Whitney Museum Directors’ Council



For over 10 years, Mr. Van Brunt has served both equity and debt investors by underwriting, developing, and managing commercial real estate nationwide. He has underwritten nearly $7 billion in opportunities in all major commercial real estate classes in all major U.S. markets. 


Ted van Brunt

Chief Investment Officer

RRA Capital

Prior to his tenure at RRA, Mr. Van Brunt underwrote over $1 billion in retail, office and industrial acquisition opportunities at VEREIT, a publicly traded REIT with a national portfolio of over 4,000 properties. Before this, he worked at Seattle-based Unico Properties, developing and managing mixed-use projects in the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Van Brunt attended Gonzaga University, where he earned a degree in Business Administration. He also received a Certificate in Commercial Real Estate from the University of Washington and is an active member of the Urban Land Institute.


Peter Ciganik is a Managing Director of Strategy, Research and Investor Relations at GTIS and leads the Investor Relations and Client Services functions across the Firm’s investment vehicles. In addition, Mr. Ciganik is responsible for the Firm’s macro and investment research, global strategy and new business development.ion (PREA).


Peter Ciganik

Managing Director

GTIS Partners

Mr. Ciganik’s experience in the real estate industry began in 2002. Prior to joining GTIS in 2007, Mr. Ciganik worked with Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds (MSREF) in London, and with Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners (LBREP) in New York.

In his prior engagements, Mr. Ciganik was responsible for the evaluation, financial modeling and due diligence of equity and mezzanine debt investments, participating in the acquisition of over $800 million of individual and portfolio assets. Before LBREP, Mr. Ciganik worked with Lehman’s Corporate Strategy and Acquisitions group, and as a business analyst with McKinsey & Co. in Frankfurt and New York.

Mr. Ciganik graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard College and received an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Mr. Ciganik is a member of Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Pension Real Estate Associat


Steven has over 15 years of experience in the commercial real estate debt market across a variety of loan profiles, both senior and subordinate debt. He has financed all major property types with significant experience across various U.S. property markets.

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Steve Parrinello

Managing Director – Credit

Pennybacker Capital

Prior to Pennybacker, Steven worked at Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance focusing on originations across Guggenheim’s lending products including life company, CMBS, agency, bridge and construction loans. During his tenure at Guggenheim, Steven originated and closed over $1.8 billion of on-balance sheet permanent, CMBS, bridge and construction loans. Steven also assisted in the asset management activities related to the on-balance portfolio including asset management requests, monthly loan advances and loan surveillance.

Prior to joining Guggenheim, Steven was head of originations at Hudson Realty Capital, a real estate private equity fund manager with more than $2.5 billion of assets under management. Hudson’s activities include originating and acquiring high-yield, special-situation debt and mezzanine loans. During his tenure at Hudson, Steven originated and closed over $400 million in bridge and construction loans.

Prior to joining Hudson, Steven was at CapitalSource Finance for 6 years, where he underwrote and closed over $1 billion of loans for a wide variety of property types including perm, bridge and construction loans.

Steven is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, New York Private Equity Network and the Real Estate Finance Association of Connecticut. Steven received a B.B.A. from Pace University and a M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Development from New York University. Steven is a licensed real estate broker in New York, California and Pennsylvania.


E.J. Corwin leads the Structured Investments team and is responsible for expanding the company’s portfolio of Structured Investments within the East Coast markets.


Edward Corwin


Federal Capital Partners

Prior to joining FCP, E.J. was a Senior Vice President in the Special Situations/REMAG Group of Wells Fargo Bank. During his tenure at Wells Fargo, he managed a $1.2 billion portfolio of nonperforming loans nationwide including office, multi-family, retail, hotel, commercial land, residential land, and condominiums. Additionally, while in the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group at Wells Fargo, he originated over $800 million of structured loans, primarily in the Mid-Atlantic region. Earlier in his career, E.J. served in several project management roles at real estate companies Jones Lang LaSalle (Spaulding & Slye Colliers) and Whiting-Turner. He earned both his MBA (Ross Business School) and Master of Engineering from the University of Michigan, and his BS in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.

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