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Jonathan Lee Cohen Joins RFR as Head of Acquisitions

New York-based RFR appointed Jonathan Lee Cohen as Head of Acquisitions. Cohen, who joins from Madison Capital, will be responsible for direct equity, loan origination, and note purchase transactions in U.S. gateway markets. He will also lead a larger team being build out through the promotion of Brandon Romanoff to VP of Acquisitions, and the hiring of two additional associates.

RFR’s Aby Rosen says, “I am confident that Jonathan’s expertise and proven track record will allow us to continue to capitalize on current opportunities in the New York and national real estate markets.” Rosen notes RFR’s vertically-integrated platform “enables the execution of complex business plans with substantial value-add components across the office, retail, hotel, and multifamily sectors.”

Cohen brings diverse real estate experience in sourcing, structuring, and executing innovative business plans for complex assets. At Madison Capital, he was responsible for sourcing, identifying, evaluating, underwriting and analyzing potential acquisitions, and financing commercial real estate investments.

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