Mr. Baker is an Executive Managing Director of Savills Studley with over 25 years of experience in real estate investment banking. During Mr. Baker's career he has completed over $14 billion of real estate transactions involving major multifamily, office, retail, industrial, and mixed use assets located throughout the United States and Caribbean basin. Representative clients include: Blackstone, Brookfield, CSFB/DLJ, Island Capital/CIII, Blackacre Capital, GID, Lazard Freres Partners, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Lincoln Properties, Prudential Insurance, Baupost, Bell Atlantic, Tishman Speyer, Cornerstone/Mass Mutual, Simpson Housing, and the KRE Group. Representative transactions include: JV Equity Program for Simpson Housing; Forward Sale of 300 unit, 316 Third Avenue Apartment Bldg, NY, NY; Recapitalization of 420 unit, West Village Houses Apartment Complex, NY, NY; Capitalization of 286 Unit Apartment Development, Boston, MA; Capitalization of 525 Unit Grove Point Apartment Development, Jersey City, NJ; Recapitalization of 1,400,000 sf, 919 Third Avenue, NY, NY; Capitalization of 1,800,000 sf, 1301 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY; Disposition of 450,000 sf, 1330 Avenue Of The Americas, NY, NY; Disposition of 850,000 sf, 100 Park Avenue, NY, NY; Leveraged Buy-out of Bell Atlantic's 2,000,000 sf investment property portfolio; Capitalization of 2,000,000 sf, Chicago Mercantile Exchange office complex, Chicago; Capitalization of 1,200,000 sf, Curtis Center/Public Ledger Bldg, Philadelphia and Strategic advisory services for Price Waterhouse's New York Headquarters consolidation and relocation to 1177 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY.
Mr. Baker began his career at Eastdil Realty, Inc. where he was a senior officer and partner with responsibility for conventional and securitized debt and equity acquisitions and financings totaling over $5 billion, completed in partnership with Nomura Securities. In addition, Mr. Baker formerly served as a senior officer of the Real Estate and Commercial Mortgage Division of Nomura Securities International Inc. where he originated and structured conventional and securitized debt and equity investments on a principal basis and was a member of Nomura’s REIT underwriting team with responsibility for credit facility, secured/unsecured debt and equity commitments for public and private real estate operating companies. Immediately prior to joining Savills Granite, Mr. Baker was a Senior Managing Director of Secured Capital Corp. and co-head of Secured Capital’s New York Office.
Mr. Baker is a member of the Urban Land Institute and National Multifamily Housing Council, he has been a frequent guest lecturer at the Wharton and Columbia University Business Schools and is an active member of the Zell Lurie Real Estate Institute.
Mr. Baker holds an M.B.A from the Wharton Business School where he was the recipient of the Andrew Murphy Real Estate Fellowship. He also received Master of Architecture and Master of City Planning degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Environmental Design, magna cum laude, from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio.
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