DENVER, Colo. – September 8, 2022 – Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services company, and Greystone Servicing Company LLC, a leading national commercial real estate finance company, jointly announced that an experienced equity, debt and structured finance (EDSF) led by Vice President Craig Branton, MS joined the companies in Denver, Colorado. Branton has extensive experience in commercial real estate lending and has been responsible for incurring debt in excess of $1 billion over his career.
Previously at CBRE, EDFF’s three-member team also includes director Chris Bourgeois and financial analyst Brett Brown. Working at both Cushman & Wakefield and Greystone Servicing Company LLC, the team will specialize in multi-family loan originations, providing financing solutions to commercial real estate investors and owners. Branton and the team will also focus on helping the joint venture grow. In December 2021, Cushman & Wakefield completed its $500 million strategic investment in Greystone, acquiring a 40% stake in Greystone’s agency, FHA and service businesses.
“We are delighted to welcome this high performing team led by Craig, whose extensive finance experience and exceptional track record in the industry will enhance our strong suite of EDSF and multi-family services. The strategic joint venture of Cushman & Wakefield and Greystone has created a platform of best-in-class advisory services and capital solutions to fully support our clients’ investment strategies,” said John O’Neill, President, US Multifamily Capital Markets at Cushman & Wakefield.
“It is a pleasure to welcome this first EDSF team to our offices in Denver. They are highly respected in our market and will add tremendous depth to the range and level of lending services we offer our clients,” added Steve Schwab, Managing Director for Colorado and Utah at Cushman & Wakefield.
“This new team in Denver represents a key step in growing our joint effort with Cushman & Wakefield to provide a range of capital markets solutions to real estate investors, particularly in a central market where we can add value in the multi-family sector,” said Chip Hudson, Executive Vice President and Head of Lending Platform, Greystone Agency.
In addition to his extensive experience in the multi-family sector, Branton’s work in commercial real estate has included industrial, retail, office, self-storage and parking properties. At CBRE, Branton was one of the top domestic producers in the loan business, as well as one of the top overall company production professionals in the Americas. Prior to CBRE, Branton was a director at Terrix Financial in Denver, where he was also a top producer.
Craig Branton said: “Cushman & Wakefield offers a preeminent full-service platform and being part of this beneficial joint venture with Greystone will provide our clients with direct access to Greystone’s agency loan products and will also enable the issuance of shares and debts through life insurance companies. , debt funds, regional and national banks and credit unions, and CMBS lenders.
Branton holds a master’s degree in real estate and construction management from the University of Denver Daniels College of Business. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in real estate from Arizona State University.
Greystone is a national, private commercial real estate finance company with an established reputation as a leader in multifamily and healthcare financing, having been ranked among the top FHA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac lenders in these sectors. Loans are offered by Greystone Servicing Company LLC, Greystone Funding Company LLC and/or other Greystone affiliates. For more information, visit www.greystone.com.