Christopher Lentz - Cushman & Wakefield
Chris Lentz

Christopher Lentz

Senior Director

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    333 SE 2nd Avenue
    Suite 3900
    Miami, FL 33131
    United States

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    +1 305 533-2865

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    9176792824

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Profile

Chris is a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield with over 12 years of experience in Investment Banking and Commercial Real Estate. As part of Cushman & Wakefield’s growing Equity, Debt & Structured Finance group, Chris collaborates to provide a full-spectrum financial services platform to both domestic and international clients offering unsurpassed customized advisory and integrated capital solutions for all asset classes. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, Chris oversaw financing and investment sales as part of Ackman Ziff’s Miami office. At Cushman & Wakefield, Chris originates and executes debt and equity financing transactions.


Mr. Lentz previously worked in the Restructuring and Mergers and Acquisitions groups at Evercore Partners in New York. Prior to Evercore, Mr. Lentz worked at Lazard Freres & Co., after starting his career in the Global Real Estate Group at Lehman Brothers. While at Evercore, Mr. Lentz worked on several high profile restructurings and recapitalizations, including the Delta Petroleum Corporation bankruptcy, the Seitel recapitalization, and the restructuring of Readers Digest.

At Lazard Freres, Mr. Lentz provided capital structure advisory to Oil and Gas Exploration and Production companies, as well as the syndication of equity and debt offerings for alternative energy companies. Selected clients include Harvest Natural Resources, Capstone Turbine, Comverge, Verenium, Ballard Power, FuelCell Energy, and Beacon Power.


At Lehman Brothers, Mr. Lentz underwrote and was part of the team that securitized well over $10 billion of commercial real estate loans. He oversaw the securitization of the TIAA loan portfolio in 2007. Mr. Lentz remained with Lehman/Barclays through the bankruptcy, and was part of the team marketing the real estate portfolio throughout 2008, working with B piece buyers to ensure the success of LBUBS 2008 C-1 and C-2 securitizations to alleviate the burden on Lehman’s balance sheet and arranging financing for discounted/distressed loan sales as the firm approached insolvency.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA Designation Holder)
  • Member of ICSC, ULI and REGLA    

         

COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP

  • Former Chair of Make-A-Wish Champions
  • ULI Young Leaders         

       

EDUCATION 

       
  • MBA, New York University, Stern School of Business, Beta Gamma Sigma Honors
  • Real Estate Finance & Investing Certification, Shack Institute of Real Estate, New York University
  • BA, Dartmouth College, Computer Science & Earth Science

Assignments

  • Fifteen Group
  • Morgan Group
  • 13th Floor Investments
  • AJC Ventures
  • Gadinsky Real Estate
  • Trifecta Partners
  • IBF Investment
  • JMH Development
  • O’Connor Capital
  • Queensfort Capital
  • The Simpson Organization


MAJOR TRANSACTIONS

  • Formation of Trifecta Partners investment portfolio – Acquisition of over $50 million of properties in eight transactions as part of a 1031 exchange.
  • Sale of South Florida Art Center at 800 Lincoln Road - $88.2 million