Who we areA Full Service Real Estate Investment and Advisory Firm
for investing in U.S.
real estate Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC is a full service real estate investment and advisory firm founded in 2003. We specialize in advising investors on their U.S. real estate strategies and have advised clients on more than $7.3 billion of transactions.
service real estate investment and advisory
firm founded in 2003
Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC is a full service real estate investment and advisory firm founded in 2003. We specialize in advising investors on their U.S. real estate strategies and have advised clients on more than $7.3 billion of transactions. On behalf of our clients we manage a diverse portfolio of investments spanning multiple real estate sectors and risk-return profiles. As an organization, we possess significant transactional experience and expertise servicing the needs of Sharia-compliant capital.
We provide our clients a one-stop solution for investing in U.S. real estate. The range of services we provide includes acquisition, financing, restructuring, asset management, disposition, accounting, and coordination of legal, tax, audit and ownership entity structuring / maintenance.
Arch Street represents a select client base comprised of the highest quality institutional investors. Our focus is on providing tailored client service to best address each client’s specific needs. We begin each client relationship by establishing specific real estate investment goals and objectives. We then formulate the appropriate investment and asset management strategies in conjunction with our clients to see those goals realized.
“To empower our clients to make thoughtful and strategic investment decisions”
We have been successful in establishing long standing relationships with our clients through a combination of transparency and alignment of interests. Our primary directive is to help our clients customize their investment strategies and maximize investment returns. We operate at our clients’ discretion, while providing expertise and advice to each client in order to achieve their unique goals and objectives.
We work diligently with each of our clients to ensure a deep understanding of the commercial requirements associated with investing in the United States. This includes a detailed discussion of the U.S. real estate market and the associated risk / return profiles of various investment strategies.
As an organization we invest significant time in each client’s decision making processes. In order for our clients to operate more efficiently in the U.S. commercial real estate market we may suggest modifications to a client’s internal process to compete more effectively for U.S. real estate investment opportunities.
Once our client has a thorough understanding of the requirements to invest in U.S. real estate, along with a process that will allow them to invest competitively, we will actively pursue transactions on their behalf. This ensures that each of our clients are as successful as possible when investing in the U.S. and their expectations are met.
Our firm is comprised of members with many years of relevant experience across various disciplines of the real estate sector including acquisitions, banking, dispositions, asset management, leasing and legal. On behalf of our clients we have acquired long-term leased single tenant assets to large, multi-asset portfolios of operationally complex assets. We have invested throughout the risk spectrum from core to opportunistic transactions, and across the capital stack including structuring mezzanine and preferred equity investments on behalf of our clients.
Since inception, we have been involved in over $7.3 billion worth of transactions spanning the following sectors: Multifamily, Office, Retail, Industrial, Hospitality, Student Housing, Seniors Housing, Condo Development, Land Entitlement, and Single Family Housing.
Meet our teamdedicated to achieving excellence in every
aspect of client service
Craig Friedman is the founder and Chairman of Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC which he established in 2003. As the founder of ASC, Mr. Friedman placed early emphasis on delivering the highest level of client service when executing real estate investments in the U.S. on behalf of the firm’s international clients. That emphasis on client service continues to serve as the foundation of ASC’s investment advisory services as the firm has expanded over the years. In addition to his involvement in the origination and execution of real estate investments, Mr. Friedman has provided strategic guidance at the corporate level to ASC’s institutional clients.
Mr. Friedman has over 20 years of real estate investment advisory and capital markets experience. Prior to founding ASC, he was a senior originator with Deutsche Bank’s real estate investment banking group, having started and being responsible for the firm’s global real estate joint venture advisory business. Mr. Friedman is a frequent speaker at conferences and events focusing on real estate investments and finance, including the World Islamic Banking Conference, among others. He has also been a repeat guest lecturer at New York University’s Master’s Degree program in Real Estate. Mr. Friedman began his professional career as a real estate and corporate/securities attorney at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York.
Mr. Friedman holds a B.S. degree from Binghamton University and a J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law.
Anup Patel is the President and Chief Investment Officer of Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2005. In his capacity as President, he is responsible for the operational oversight of the firm. As CIO, he is also responsible for overseeing all of the firm’s investment activities and spearheading strategic initiatives including new client development and investment product development.
Joining ASC shortly after the firm’s founding, Mr. Patel has played an instrumental role in the firm’s activities since inception. Prior to ASC, he was with GE Capital in the North America real estate debt group, and prior to that worked as part of GE Capital’s private equity group. He has been a frequent speaker on topics relating to real estate investment and finance, including the intersection of Islamic Finance and commercial real estate investments and the implementation of acceptable investment structures. Mr. Patel has been featured as a guest speaker at New York University’s Shack Institute of Real Estate and Columbia University’s Real Estate Development program.
Mr. Patel holds a B.S. degree from Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management.
Damian Taylor is a Senior Vice President at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2017. Mr. Taylor focuses on originating, underwriting, and executing investments from an acquisitions and asset management perspective.
Mr. Taylor has an extensive background in real estate, most recently as a Director with CBRE Capital Advisors, the real estate investment banking unit of CBRE, where he focused on cross border investment advisory, institutional capital raising, and general mergers and acquisitions. While at CBRE, he spearheaded the formation of the Investment Advisory Group, which advised foreign capital on direct real estate investments and joint ventures in the US. Prior to CBRE, Mr. Taylor was an Associate Director in the Real Estate Lodging and Leisure Group of UBS Investment Bank, splitting his time between traditional investment banking activities and institutional capital raising. Over his career, he has executed numerous real estate finance and capital markets transactions spanning all major property types and geographies in both the public and private markets. Prior to his work in corporate finance and investment banking, Mr. Taylor worked in real estate development and asset management with Hines and The JBG Companies in Washington DC focusing on office and mixed-use development projects.
Mr. Taylor holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Petra Conte is a Senior Vice President at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2007. Ms. Conte is involved in the ongoing asset management of investments made on behalf of ASC’s clients to ensure successful execution of the strategic plan established at acquisition.
Prior to joining ASC, Ms. Conte spent nine years as a Real Estate Manager/Underwriter with the RVI Group focusing on Credit Tenant Lease transactions. RVI is a leading provider of insurance products to companies that are invested in asset intensive businesses including real estate. In her tenure at RVI, Ms. Conte actively managed a diverse portfolio of commercial real estate assets on behalf of various types of clients including developers, REITs, municipalities, equity investors, and lenders with the objective of maximizing her clients’ cash yields. She was also an integral part of the company’s underwriting and risk management team, which was responsible for diversifying the company’s product offerings to insure new asset classes and expand into new international markets.
Ms. Conte holds a B.S. degree in International Business and Finance from Fairfield University.
Gautam Mashettiwar is a Vice President at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2013. Mr. Mashettiwar focuses on originating, underwriting, and executing investments from an acquisitions and asset management perspective.
Prior to ASC, Mr. Mashettiwar was an associate at a $1.6 billion international focused real estate private equity firm, where he was involved in the underwriting, analysis and coordination of over $400 million of various development projects throughout the country. Prior to that, Mr. Mashettiwar was with Jones Lang Lasalle where he was responsible for assisting corporations such as Deutsche Bank, Hewitt Associates, McDonald’s Corp. and others with managing their requirement for corporate office space and services globally.
Mr. Mashettiwar graduated from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology at the University of Pennsylvania receiving a dual degree—a B.S.E in Economics from the Wharton School, and a B.A.S. in Computer Science from the School of Engineering.
Arash Najafi is a Vice President at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2018. Mr. Najafi focuses on originating, underwriting, and executing investments from an acquisitions and asset management perspective.
Mr. Najafi has an extensive background in real estate, most recently on the US acquisitions and asset management team of Thor Equities where his responsibilities included underwriting, due diligence, deal sourcing, management of the portfolio, investor relations and capital markets of nearly $1.5 billion in all asset types. Prior to Thor, Mr. Najafi worked as an AVP at RBS Investment Bank where he focused on office, retail, hotel/hospitality, industrial and multifamily financing for the conduit group. Prior to RBS, Mr. Najafi worked as a Senior Associate at Stonehenge Partners with a primary focus on acquisitions, asset management, and capital raising of multifamily/retail/office/mixed-use assets in the New York City market. Mr. Najafi began his career at Credit Suisse in the firm’s real estate finance group.
Mr. Najafi holds a B.A. from Columbia University and a M.Sc in Real Estate Finance from New York University Shack Institute of Real Estate.
Hemal Patel is a Senior Associate at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2017. Mr. Patel focuses on originating, underwriting, and executing investments from an acquisitions and asset management perspective.
Prior to ASC, Mr. Patel was an Associate with Rialto Capital Advisors, a real estate investment and asset management company focused on equity, debt, and special servicing. While at Rialto Capital Advisors, Mr. Patel was part of the investment management team and responsibilities were to source, underwrite and execute on transactions. Mr. Patel evaluated several billion dollars’ worth of commercial real estate investment opportunities across various investment vehicles including Mezzanine financing, Preferred Equity, CMBS B-Piece acquisitions, Non Performing Loan portfolio acquisitions and equity investments.
Mr. Patel holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the Goizueta School of Business at Emory University.
Zach Wilson is an Associate at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2018. Mr. Wilson is involved in the ongoing asset management of investments made on behalf of ASC’s clients to ensure successful execution of the strategic plan established at acquisition.
Prior to joining ASC, Mr. Wilson was with Federal Realty Investment Trust, a multi-billion dollar publicly traded REIT that specializes in the ownership, management, and redevelopment of high quality retail and mixed-use properties. Mr. Wilson played an integral role in the redevelopment and financial analysis of 700,000 sq. ft. of retail and office space in Miami, FL and worked directly with property managers, asset managers, and joint venture partners to address development and operational risks and ensure accurate and timely reporting. Prior to that, Mr. Wilson spent five years in public accounting as an auditor with a focus on investment real estate and construction.
Mr. Wilson is a Maryland licensed Certified Public Accountant, and holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at University of Maryland, College Park.
Chris Collins is an Associate at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2019. Mr. Collins is involved in the ongoing asset management of investments made on behalf of ASC’s clients to ensure successful execution of the strategic plan established at acquisition.
Prior to joining ASC, Mr. Collins was an Associate at Starwood Capital Group where he helped manage a $4.2B private equity real estate fund that invested across a diverse range of product types. While at Starwood, Mr. Collins worked closely with senior management to optimize portfolio returns and evaluate risk related to debt, foreign exchange, and portfolio composition. Prior to that, Mr. Collins worked in the insurance industry as both a consultant and an actuary, spending much of his time on statistical analysis, predictive analytics, and portfolio valuation.
Mr. Collins holds a B.S. degree in Finance from the College of Business and Economics at Lehigh University.
Bradley Kissell is an Analyst at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2018. Mr. Kissell focuses on originating, underwriting, and executing investments from an acquisitions and asset management perspective.
Prior to ASC, Mr. Kissell was an Analyst at Arbor Realty Trust, a national commercial real estate lender. While at Arbor, Mr. Kissell worked on the agency lending platform analyzing potential Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Bridge loans. Mr. Kissell reviewed over $2 billion worth of financing opportunities performing due diligence and asset feasibility analysis.
Mr. Kissell holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Lafayette College.
Alicia Carlucci is the Controller for Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2007. Mrs. Carlucci is responsible for accounting and taxation compliance for investments made on behalf of ASC’s clients, which includes ongoing maintenance of ownership entities and adherence to controls involving funding and disbursements.
Prior to ASC, Mrs. Carlucci has held positions at a number of reputable financial institutions. Her work experience includes acting as a staff accountant at Falcon Financial Investment Trust and subsequently at IStar Financial following its acquisition of Falcon in 2005. She has also held the position of Accounts Payable Manager for all of Starwood Capital’s domestic and international assets. Prior to Starwood, Mrs. Carlucci was a Senior Staff Accountant at Nations Bank.
Mrs. Carlucci holds an Associate degree from San Diego State University.
Tina Vasile is an Assistant Controller and the Office Manager at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2015. Ms. Vasile is responsible for coordination of financial audits and tax compliance filings for investments made on behalf of ASC’s clients. She is also responsible for administrative requirements pertaining to the day-to-day operation of the firm.
Prior to ASC, Ms. Vasile spent fourteen years at Lazar Corporate Advisors in a similar capacity.
Ms. Vasile has completed business management coursework at Westchester Community College.
Ece Alptunaer is a Junior Accountant at Arch Street Capital Advisors, LLC and has been with the firm since 2018. Mrs. Alptunaer is responsible for assisting the controller in the preparation of audit and tax compliance and filings and maintaining books and records accordingly for the investments made on behalf of ASC`s clients.
Prior to joining ASC, Mrs. Alptunaer was with The Lions Model Management, LLC a public relations company, where she assisted in the performance of full-cycle accounting duties for the company. Prior to that, Mrs. Alptunaer worked as an accountant for Burohappold Engineering, an engineering company focused on internal design and construction.
Mrs. Alptunaer holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Yeditepe University at Turkey, and an Associate Degree in Business Administration and Accounting from ASA College.