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Patience: The key to raising investment capital today

March 21, 2023 35 Minute Listen

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Investing in commercial real estate always entails a complex mix of science and art. FD Stonewater principal Jeff Toporek and Continental Realty Corp CEO JM Schapiro share their secrets for prudently raising capital and adroitly putting it to work at a time of high market uncertainty.

Patience: The key to raising investment capital today

March 21, 2023 35 Minute Listen


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JM Schapiro

CEO, Continental Realty Corporation

JM leads Continental Realty Corporation, a full-service commercial real estate investment and management company headquartered in Baltimore and founded in 1960. The privately owned firm owns and manages a diversified portfolio of retail shopping centers consisting of more than seven million square feet of commercial space, as well as apartment home communities featuring more than 9,000 multi-family apartment homes which are positioned throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast. The value of the portfolio exceeds $3.3B.

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Jeff Toporek

Founding Partner and Principal, FD Stonewater

Jeff is a founding partner and a leader in the firm’s investment and asset management platforms. He has an extensive background in principal investing, fund management, asset management, real estate investment banking and capital markets. Jeff focuses his entrepreneurial energies on creating value from every angle of a transaction, including property operations, leasing, portfolio risk management and capital markets execution. He is a recognized expert in managing complicated real estate investments and successfully structuring complex deals. With nearly 30 years of experience, Jeff has completed over $8 billion of acquisitions, direct sales and financings. He has also managed three principal investment funds and three joint ventures through which he acquired and managed more than $1 billion of office, industrial, retail and hospitality properties.


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Spencer Levy

Global Client Strategist & Senior Economic Advisor, CBRE

Spencer Levy is Global Client Strategist and Senior Economic Advisor for CBRE, the largest commercial real estate services firm in the world. In this role, he focuses on client engagement and public-facing activities, including thought leadership work performed in conjunction with CBRE Research. He also serves as Co-Chair of the Real Estate Roundtable’s Research Committee.


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