Mark S. Karlan has 28 years of experience in the commercial real estate investment business. Mr. Karlan was an Executive Managing Director of CBRE Global Investors from 2006 through 2011 where he was a member of the firm's global Executive Committee and various Investment Committees. He was the President and founder of the firm's Strategic Partners Asia fund, a value-added real estate fund with $1.2 billion of AUM that was one of the top performing funds of its vintage, and he led the fund's dedicated investment team with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Singapore.
Previously, Mr. Karlan was the President, CEO, founder and a member of the board of directors of Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., a publicly traded REIT that invested in both commercial real estate and commercial property loans in the U.S. and Europe. Imperial Credit Commercial was the top performing mortgage REIT from the time of its 1997 initial public offering that raised more than $500 million of equity through the date of its sale to another public company in 2000. Mr. Karlan began his career at JMB Realty Corp. in Chicago in 1985 where he was a Senior Vice President and partner and led the acquisition of the Cadillac Fairview Company, one of the largest real estate firms in North America. Mr. Karlan has acquired more than 100 commercial properties and portfolios of commercial mortgages globally with a gross asset value exceeding $9 billion on behalf of institutional and other investors. Mr. Karlan earned MBA, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Harvard University with honors, received a John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction and was a winner of the Williston contract negotiation competition. He is a member of the California State Bar and is a California licensed real estate broker. Mr. Karlan previously taught Real Estate Finance and Advanced Real Estate Finance at UCLA Extension, is a featured speaker at institutional and private equity conferences, and was a keynote speaker at the 2012 Wilbur Woo Greater China Business Conference at UCLA.