Ranieri Real Estate Partners has named Eric Schwartz president and founding partner and Imran Ahmed founding partner, the firm announced today.

As president, Shwartz will oversee all aspects of the commercial real estate (CRE) bank. Ahmed will lead the firm out of its advisory and investment management businesses.

The new hires will continue to augment the firm’s real estate platform as they join co-founder and CEO Jon Vaccaro.

Schwartz was U.S. co-head of Deutsche Bank Commercial Real Estate (DBCRE) from 1999 to 2009. From 1995 to 1997,  he was a senior analyst/vice president of Moody’s Investors Service as part of a core team that rated CMBS. Previously, he was an attorney at both Proskauer Rose and Robinson Silverman.

Ahmed also joins from DBRCRE, where he was a managing director in the firm’s New York office and worked on a wide range of real estate related projects. From 2006-2007 he was responsible for DBCRE’s entry into the Middle East and South Asian markets. Additionally, he co-founded Arch Street Capital Advisors, which advised and invested in U.S. real estate property on behalf of Middle East institutional clients.

“We are very pleased to have executives of this caliber join the Ranieri Real Estate Partners team,” Vaccaro  said. “I have worked with both Eric and Imran for more than 10 years and they each offer impressive credentials. Eric brings deep global experience, and he is a proven leader in developing and implementing real estate lending innovations and structures.”

Ranieri Real Estate Partners is a commercial real estate merchant bank that provides global advisory, investment management and capital market solutions to participants throughout the commercial real estate spectrum.

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