Whether the transaction you are contemplating is an acquisition or a refinancing, our Finance & Capital Markets team is skilled at structuring and placing innovative debt structures to suit your particular needs by providing you with sophisticated and comprehensive alternative proposals. We specialize in matching you with the most suitable lender or equity partner, with loan and debt terms and structures most optimally fitting your capital requirements. Through our extensive network of lenders, including local, regional and international banks, conduits, agency designated lenders, pension funds, insurance companies, bridge and mezzanine lenders and debt REITS, we provide broad access to our clients seeking debt solutions. For clients seeking various types of equity or joint venture capital, we provide access to a large network of domestic and foreign private individuals,family offices, private equity groups and hedge funds, along with REITS, commercial real estate investment and development companies.
The Finance & Capital Markets Group has a proven track record of ensuring the placement of the optimal capital structure with certainty of execution at all levels of the capital stack. The Group has advised on $2 billion in commercial real estate financing transactions, having worked closely with clients in analyzing and structuring their capital requirements, placing senior & hybrid debt instruments, in addition to arranging, structuring, and syndicating all types of equity transactions.
B&A is a market leader in tackling challenging debt financing transactions in both the public and private debt markets. We utilize a combined experience in excess of 60 years in corporate finance, investment banking and commercial real estate finance to provide innovative debt and structured financing solutions to our clients. Our Finance & Capital Markets’ seasoned team of professionals specializes in understanding and analyzing the unique attributes of your financial profile and transactional capital stack to structure the optimal solution for your needs.
We access a vast network of long standing relationships with local, regional, national and international sources of debt capital in the banking and insurance sectors, CMBS conduit shops, agency designated lenders, pension funds, hedge funds, mortgage REITs and private bridge funds to deliver credible quality solutions for our clients. We structure and arrange all types of senior debt financing solutions to accommodate acquisition loans, short term bridge loans, conventional refinancing, construction loans, permanent financing, note purchase financing, distressed financing, and asset and portfolio level recapitalizations.
The Finance & Capital Markets team is adept in structuring innovative solutions to uniquely tackle specific nuances and challenges of your capital stack, typically involving high leverage and a prohibitive overall cost of capital. We often look to enhance the capitalization of an asset or portfolio of assets, by introducing a variety of debt structures to supplement your equity position, with an eye to reducing your blended cost of capital and ensuring maximum congruity with your senior debt. In an environment where cap rates continue to be compressed, we often utilize stretch senior debt structures, or combine senior and mezzanine coterminous structures, bifurcated loans and other hybrid products to accommodate the need for higher leverage and to arbitrage between the cost of debt and equity to deliver the most favorable blended terms to meet our client’s financial objectives.
The most critical and challenging component of any transactional capital structure is access to equity. As the real estate markets as a whole have dramatically increased in valuation, the availability of equity, specifically for financing acquisition and development projects has become increasingly constrained over time. The Berko & Associates Finance & Capital Markets team enjoys deep and long standing relationships with a very large network of prospective equity providers, both through direct relationships and through our overall firm-wide network of domestic and foreign investment sales clients looking to place capital through joint venture and other types of partnerships on both acquisitions and development projects.
We specialize in thoroughly analyzing and understanding the fundamentals of a transaction at the underlying asset level, the projected cash flows, and match those attributes to the overall business plan, exit strategy, corporate governance and decision making, and unique management styles to match an investor/develop with the appropriate financial partner. Our network includes large and medium sized “LP” partners seeking passive investments through preferred equity structures and/or “GP” or “co-GP” partners looking for joint venture opportunities alongside reputable sponsors and credible commercial real estate partners.