Wayne Brandt is a Managing Director and the Western Regional Head of the Real Estate Capital Markets Group at Wells Fargo Bank. Based in Los Angeles, Mr. Brandt directs the origination of fixed and floating rate, non-recourse balance sheet, CMBS and mezzanine loans throughout the Western Unites States. Wells Fargo is the largest commercial real estate lender in the country with $130 billion in outstanding loans, a $400 billion servicing portfolio, and a leading position as a CMBS issuer.
Prior to his position at Wells Fargo, 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 all real estate investments in the western U.S. and financed over $11 billion in real estate transactions. He has held former 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.
Mr. Brandt has served as a guest lecturer at the USC Lusk Center, UCLA Anderson School of Business, and the MIT Center for Real Estate. He is a member of the Mortgage Bankers Association, Ziman Center for Real Estate at UCLA, and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley. Mr. Brandt is also an investment committee member of the Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, a board member for Junior Achievement, and a committee member for the Champions of Scouting.
Mr. Brandt earned his M.S. in Real Estate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and completed his undergraduate degree at Stanford University.