Robert is an Executive Managing Director at Cushman & Wakefield, with over 25 years of experience in commercial real estate investment banking, sales, leasing, management, and law. Robert and his team are the newest members of Cushman & Wakefield’s growing Equity, Debt & Structured Finance group, which provides 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, Robert was a Principal of Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, LLC (“AZ”), and head of the firm’s Miami office.
Mortgage Banking/ Investment Sales
Olympian Capital Group (“Olympian”) (2006 – 2011) | Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP (“HFF”) (1998 – 2006): During his tenure at HFF, Olympian, and AZ, Mr. Kaplan arranged approximately $7 billion in senior debt, mezzanine financing, and equity, as well as investment sales. Mr. Kaplan has worked on many of the largest and most complex sale and finance transactions in the southeast US. He was a top grossing producer at HFF nationally. After forming Olympian, Mr. Kaplan expanded his team’s services to include consulting and advisory work related to distressed real estate, including receiverships, bankruptcy, expert testimony, workouts, and restructurings.
Acquisitions & Finance Executive
Continental Real Estate Company (“CREC”) (1993 – 1998): Mr. Kaplan was a partner at CREC in charge of real estate acquisitions and finance. He was also a senior member of the firm’s executive committee involved in the firm’s third-party property management, construction management, and leasing activities for a portfolio of over four million square feet of office buildings and retail centers. Mr. Kaplan eventually became the head of the firm’s third-party sale brokerage and finance group.
Real Estate Attorney
Terranova Corporation (1988 – 1993) | Greenberg Traurig (1983 – 1988): Mr. Kaplan began his real estate career in the Miami office of the law firm of Greenberg Traurig. His practice involved primarily zoning, land use, environmental law, and complex real estate equity and debt transactions. Mr. Kaplan then joined Terranova Corporation as Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Mr. Kaplan was instrumental in the firm’s workout and restructuring activities, which involved a five million square foot retail and office portfolio.
- JD, University of Florida
- BA, Georgetown University