Meridian Capital Group, one of the nation's largest commercial real estate mortgage brokerage firms, has hired industry veteran Marty Lanigan as senior managing director of origination and strategic initiatives.

Among his duties, Lanigan will be responsible for overseeing the firm's origination efforts nationally. He will report to company president and CEO Ralph Herzka.

During his career Lanigan has worked at Prudential Mortgage Capital Co., and GMAC Commercial Mortgage, among other firms.

In 2001, he founded Mezz Cap, which eventually grew into a mid-market commercial mezzanine lender. The New York-based Meridian was founded by Herzka in 1991.

To date it has placed more than $100 billion in commercial real estate debt.

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