REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT

New York Life Real Estate Investors announces the closing of its Structured Debt Fund for Madison Square

prnewswire | October 28, 2020

New York Life Real Estate Investors ("REI") today announced the final closing of its Madison Square Structured Debt Fund ("Fund"), a commingled, high yield real estate debt vehicle. With nearly $500 million of committed capital, this closed-end fund will originate bridge loans collateralized by institutional-quality office, multifamily, industrial, retail, and other niche sector assets in primary and secondary markets in the United States. The vehicle will originate roughly $1 billion of senior bridge loans in total. John Lippmann, an industry veteran and head of structured debt at REI, serves as the portfolio manager for the Fund. Mr. Lippman and his team have originated nearly $5 billion of structured loans since 2012 and have established a very strong track record and pipeline.

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