Karlin Real Estate is an investment firm targeting opportunistic acquisitions and financing of commercial, hospitality and multi-family properties across the United States. The firm takes a value-add approach by acquiring real estate assets across a broad range of geographical markets and product types. Since 2009 Karlin has acquired and financed close to $1 Billion of transactions representing approximately 10 Million square feet across the US and Europe. Karlin Real Estate is an affiliate of Karlin Asset Management, a private investment firm managing over $1.4 Billion of unleveraged equity capital.



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David A. Cohen co-founded Karlin Real Estate, LLC in 2009 and serves as Chief Executive Officer, as well as Chief Investment Officer of Karlin Asset Management, Inc.

David has more than 25 years of principal investing experience in public and private securities, real estate, and private equity. He spent nearly a decade in senior executive positions with one of the largest private companies in the nation. He also served as a Principal in a $16 billion alternative investment firm and began his career as an investment banker and derivatives specialist at Lazard Frères & Co. in New York.

David holds multiple degrees, including an MPhil from Cambridge University, as well as a B.S. in Engineering from Boston University, summa cum laude. He also completed graduate work at Sydney University as a Rotary Foundation Scholar.

David serves in executive leadership roles or board positions with a variety of non-profit organizations in the areas of education, public policy, medical research and animal welfare. He is also a frequent speaker and thought leader on distressed investing, risk management, asset allocation and contrarian thinking.

Since founding Karlin Real Estate in 2008, Matthew Schwab has overseen over a billion dollars in acquisitions and financings of real estate across the United States and Europe.  His opportunistic purchases of office, multi-family, hotel and retail assets throughout the financial crisis enabled Karlin to become a major player amongst private equity firms . Using his experience from several billion dollars in career acquisitions, Mr. Schwab has aggressively built the company’s presence in the real estate and restructuring investment community across the globe. He has moderated and served on a number of panels, including the PERE Global Investor Forum in Los Angeles and the IMN Opportunity Fund Winter Conference in Laguna Beach. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advisors for the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies both located at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He is also a Chair of the Board of Trustees for PS1 Elementary School in Santa Monica. Mr. Schwab is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. in Economics) and the Anderson School at UCLA (M.B.A.).

Tracy McGregor is the CFO for Karlin Real Estate, where she has applied her expertise in partnership accounting and structuring to manage the formation of the Karlin investment entities. Prior to Karlin, Ms. McGregor was a Director of Financial Analysis at Alschuler Grossman Stein & Kahan LLC (AGSK), where she was principally responsible for overseeing the budgeting and forecasting functions for the firm. Before joining AGSK in 2002, Ms. McGregor was a manager at Arthur Andersen LLC for nine years, where she participated in the audit and tax preparation work for a variety of partnerships and real estate investments trusts including Douglas Emmett & Company, Public Storage, and Health Care Property Investors. Ms. McGregor is a graduate of the University of Southern California (B.S. in Accounting) and is a Certified Public Accountant.

tjosephJoseph Self is Managing Director of Karlin Real Estate LLC responsible for establishing and growing Karlin’s existing 600,000-square-foot European real estate equity and debt investment platform out of the firm’s London office. Since joining Karlin in 2010, Mr. Self has played an instrumental role in the firm’s overall growth having been involved a variety of opportunistic acquisitions and financings throughout the United States with an aggregate value in excess of $500 million. Prior to joining Karlin Real Estate, he was a Director with Avalon Capital Group, a $1 billion private investment company where he led various portfolio and acquisition assignments including the workout and transition of a $700 million residential and construction loan portfolio. Mr. Self was also part of the liquid assets portfolio and private equity teams that managed public equities, hedge fund partnership interests and investments in various portfolio companies. Mr. Self began his career at K. Hovnanian Homes, a national publicly traded homebuilder, where he was part of a team that acquired and managed eight ground-up residential and mixed-use projects in San Diego with total costs exceeding $200 million. Mr. Self is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the University of San Diego School of Law.

tvickyVicky Canto is primarily responsible for the sourcing and execution of development and acquisition opportunities. She began her real estate career at Skanska USA Building as a Project Engineer, working on the planning and delivery of over $500M of institutional and commercial projects for clients such as Cornell University, Schlumberger-Doll Research and Beacon Capital Partners. Ms. Canto then joined GE Real Estate as a member of the West Coast Joint Venture Equity Investment team where she was responsible for the research and underwriting of $1.2Bn in multifamily, office and retail assets, in addition to the analysis and execution of asset disposition strategies. Ms. Canto is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (B.S. in Civil Engineering) and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business (M.B.A.).

Dean Chang provides legal counsel for Karlin Real Estate on all aspects of the management of its real estate portfolio. Mr. Chang also coordinates the acquisition of new investments and retains and manages outside counsel as needed. Prior to joining Karlin, Mr. Chang was Senior Director of Acquisitions and Legal Affairs at CityView, a Los Angeles based national real estate fund manager where he advised senior management on a portfolio of over 30 real estate projects. Mr. Chang started his real estate career as an associate at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP where he represented lenders and institutional investors in commercial real estate transactions. Mr. Chang received his BS in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD from UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the UCLA Law Review. Mr. Chang also clerked for the Honorable Judge Ronald S.W. Lew of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

As an associate at Karlin Real Estate, Christian Gutierrez has gained experience in both acquisitions and loan originations, including structuring complex transactions, project development, and managing key business relationships, as well as corporate reporting and asset management. Prior to joining Karlin, Mr. Gutierrez was an acquisitions analyst at The Abbey Company, a Los Angeles-based privately held real estate investment and management firm, where he was responsible for underwriting and closing transactions. Mr. Gutierrez received his B.S. in Economics-Finance from Bentley University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute Los Angeles Young Leaders Group.

Gregg Yamauchi is primarily responsible for the sourcing, underwriting and execution of real estate acquisitions across the United States and Europe. Since joining Karlin Real Estate in 2011, Mr. Yamauchi has overseen 20 completed acquisitions of retail, office, industrial and multifamily assets totaling over $300MM. Prior to joining Karlin Real Estate, Mr. Yamauchi worked with Ernst & Young’s Transaction Real Estate group where he provided transactional support to institutional real estate clients. Mr. Yamauchi is a graduate of the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California (BS Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude).

Bart Olds is Head of Asset Management for Karlin Real Estate responsible for the execution, performance, and ultimate disposition of properties in the Karlin portfolio. Since joining Karlin in 2011, Mr. Olds has played an integral role in the firm’s business plan execution on a geographically diverse portfolio with an aggregate value in excess of $1 billion. While at Karlin, Mr. Olds has led dispositions totaling over $400 million. Prior to Karlin, Mr. Olds was a Senior Analyst within the asset management group of JPI, a national developer of multifamily, with a portfolio in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Olds also worked as an Asset Manager for Bonaventure Realty Group, a private equity real estate company that specializes in multifamily acquisitions and redevelopment. Mr. Olds is an honors graduate from the University of South Carolina with a double major in finance and management and the University of Southern California’s Masters of Real Estate Program (MRED).


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