David C. Lee has been a Director on the Investments team of Civitas Capital Group since May 2016 and is responsible for originating and underwriting investments on behalf of the Investment Manager, as well as working with institutional investors and senior lenders on various capital raising activities. Mr. Lee brings over fifteen (15) years of experience in underwriting and originating equity and debt investments across virtually all real estate products for both institutional investors and developers.
Prior to joining Civitas Capital Group, Mr. Lee was a Director at CIT Group from March 2015 until May 2016. CIT Group, together with its subsidiaries, provides financing, leasing, and advisory services to middle market companies in a range of industries in North America and equipment financing and leasing solutions to the transportation industry throughout the world. Prior to that, Mr. Lee was a Director at Aareal Capital Corporation in New York from May 2007 until March 2015. Aareal Capital Corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aereal Bank AG based in Wiesbaden, Germany, and its principal business is originating commercial real estate loans across North America, Europe, and Asia. Mr. Lee closed or helped close numerous commercial real estate debt investments in excess of $2 billion. Mr. Lee maintained client relationships, originated and structured deals, and ensured ongoing compliance with the deal agreements. Mr. Lee originated various loan products including construction, bridge, and mini-perm financings.
Mr. Lee received his B.A. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin and is a CFA charter holder.