Mr. Brandt is a Managing Director and the National Originations Director of the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at Wells Fargo Bank. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Brandt directs the origination activities of Wells Fargo's CMBS and balance sheet lending businesses which generated over $8.5 billion in loan production in 2014.
Previously, Mr. Brandt was head of real estate lending and debt investments for the Buchanan/TCW Funds, a $1.2 billion private equity firm that invests in JV equity, first mortgages and mezzanine loans in all major U.S. markets. Over his career, Mr. Brandt has helped build several lending and investment management businesses in both New York and Los Angeles. Mr. Brandt was previously a Managing Director of RBS Greenwich Capital where he directed real estate investments in the western U.S. and financed over $11 billion in real estate transactions. He has held previous positions as a Managing Partner at Menlo Equities, a $500 million private equity real estate fund, and as a Managing Director at Nomura Securities, heading its west coast real estate finance operations.
He serves as a Board Member of the Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, a Governor of the Mortgage Bankers Association, and a Board Member and Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. He has authored several industry articles and served as a guest lecturer at the USC Lusk Center, UC Irvine Business School, UCLA Anderson School of Management, and the MIT Center for Real Estate.
Mr. Brandt holds a M.S. in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University.