Arbor Commercial Mortgage has hired Barbara Duka, Peter S. Ginsberg and Richard Bianchi as it continues to expand and develop its CMBS and syndication platform, according to a press release.

Duka joins the firm’s New York City office as senior vice president of CMBS and syndication Credit. She will play a leading role in the credit approval process, the structuring and pricing of loans and the execution of the loans. 

Prior to joining Arbor, Duka held several key analytical and management positions during her 14-year tenure at Standard & Poor’s, where she oversaw the initial rating and the ongoing surveillance of U.S. and Canadian CMBS. Before S&P, she held several credit, origination and asset management roles during her nine-year tenure at United Jersey Bank.  

Ginsberg also joins the New York City office as a senior vice president of CMBS origination and syndication.  He will oversee the operational management for both businesses and be responsible for building out a market-leading loan syndication platform.  

He was most recently an executive managing director at Arcturus, a boutique, real estate advisory firm. Prior to Arcturus, he was a managing director at Centerbridge Partners, where he co-managed the commercial real estate platform and was a member of the commercial real estate investment committee. Ginsberg was also a managing director at Capital Trust, where he was an integral part of senior management, directing strategic planning and investments, where he originated and managed more than 250 transactions totaling more than $3 billion.  

Bianchi has been appointed senior vice president of CMBS loan originations in the New York City office. Bianchi will be responsible for assisting in the growth of a direct CMBS commercial real estate lending practice at Arbor. 

Prior to joining Arbor, he was most recently vice president of loan originations at Oritani Bank, where he originated fixed-rate loans across all asset classes in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Bianchi has also served, for 12 years, as senior vice president of the principal finance group at Capmark Finance; where he was responsible for nationwide originations of CMBS and structured finance loans.

Arbor also announced it has appointed Joseph Charneski to its CMBS business unit in order to enhance the integration of CMBS and syndication into the existing Arbor loan product infrastructure. Charneski joined Arbor in June 2008 as a Fannie Mae DUS® Multifamily underwriter and most recently served as vice president of sales operations.  He is now responsible for coordinating bridge and CMBS national production. He is based in Arbor’s New York City office.

Duka and Ginsberg report directly to Todd Hirsch, Arbor’s executive vice president and head of CMBS finance and distribution. Bianchi and Charneski report directly to Ginsberg.

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