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Walker & Dunlop Launches Dedicated Structured Finance Group

Group To Be Led by Industry Veteran Chris Harris
March 8, 2018
(Image Credit: Walker & Dunlop)

Walker & Dunlop Inc. (NYSE: WD) announced today that it has formed Walker & Dunlop Structured Finance, a specialized unit that will focus on sourcing and placing structured finance capital, including joint venture equity, preferred equity, mezzanine financing, and construction financing, across all commercial real estate asset classes.

"The market currently lacks organized, national efforts to help capital providers source the types of opportunities that Walker & Dunlop encounters every day through its broad lending platform," said Walker & Dunlop president, Howard Smith.

The Structured Finance team will be led by Chris Harris, senior vice president, who joined Walker & Dunlop last October and is based in the company's Dallas office.

Prior to joining Walker & Dunlop, Harris was a principal and chief financial officer at Criterion Development Partners.

Last summer, Hunt Mortgage Group, like Walker & Dunlop another of the largest Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae multifamily loan originators, launched its debut securitized offering after forming the platform in the fall of 2015. Its goal was to grow its non-agency business.

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