Walker & Dunlop has hired Jeffrey Taschler, a veteran in commercial real estate lending and structured finance, as chief operating officer of its CMBS lending platform.

The commercial mortgage lender stated in a press release that Taschler will be responsible for originating commercial financing opportunities for clients nationwide. He reports to Walker & Dunlop CEO, Tim Koltermann.

Taschler was most recently a managing director at Ladder Capital, where he led a team of professionals specializing in the origination of high yield bridge, CMBS and mezzanine debt.

Before Ladder Capital he was managing director and head of U.S. lending and originations at UBS Investment Bank. Tachsler has over 25 years of commercial real estate experience.

Walker & Dunlop's CMBS lending platform focuses on stabilized properties.  The financings are generally structured as fixed rate and range between $3 million to over $150 million in size. The loans have up to 85% LTV with 5, 7 and 10-year tems.

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