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Fifth Third, Bellwether Enterprise Form Partnership

Fifth Third Bank and Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital have formed a new strategic relationship. Headquartered in Cincinnati and Cleveland, respectively, the two organizations say the relationship is designed to offer a broad set of solutions for the commercial real estate industry.

Fifth Third will gain access to Bellwether Enterprise’s permanent lender platform, including its agency relationships and long-term correspondent relationships with life insurance companies. It will also have access to invest in New Market Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, workforce housing equity and other products provided by Bellwether Enterprise’s parent company, Enterprise.

“The diverse capabilities and relationships that Bellwether Enterprise brings to the table enables us to better serve a wider range of commercial real estate businesses together, with significant access to both private, and importantly, long-term governmental financing programs,” said Kevin Lavender, EVP and head of commercial banking for Fifth Third.

Pictured: Fifth Third offices in Cleveland. Photo courtesy of Fiorilli Construction.

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).