Mr. Leon joined Global Medical REIT Inc. in August 2014 and has served as Chief Investment Officer since July 1, 2015. Mr. Leon is a real estate finance executive with 15 years of acquisition and capital markets experience with approximately 100 completed transactions on behalf of institutional investors valued at $3 billion. Prior to joining our Company, Mr. Leon was a Senior Vice President with Cain Brothers & Company, a boutique health care investment banking firm based out of New York and San Francisco, in their real estate M&A and capital markets group. Mr. Leon joined Cain Brothers in 2005 and worked with leading clients across the healthcare spectrum including several health systems, multi-specialty physician groups, senior housing operators, non-traded and NYSE-listed REITs, health care developers, and private equity funds. Prior to Cain Brothers, Mr. Leon was an associate with LaSalle Investment Management, an international investment advisor firm, in their North American acquisition group. Mr. Leon joined LaSalle in 2000 and acquired $800 million in multi-family, office, medical office, and industrial property on behalf of institutional investors that include the nation’s largest pension funds and college endowments and a number of sovereign wealth funds. LaSalle Investment Management is a subsidiary of global consultancy firm Jones Lang LaSalle (NYSE: JLL).
Mr. Leon’s experience includes managing commercial real estate transactions ranging from $5 million to $500 million, raising capital for developers for projects valued over $100 million, structuring joint ventures between developers and investors, completing large $100 million portfolio investment sales to health care REITs, structuring sale-leasebacks for physician groups, acquisitions and dispositions for separate and commingled funds, corporate real estate M&A, structuring credit tenant lease financing for investment grade health systems, and strategic real estate advisory for health systems. Mr. Leon’s property type expertise within the healthcare sector includes medical office, outpatient facilities, surgical facilities, post-acute facilities, senior housing, and hospitals.
Mr. Leon received his Master’s degree in real estate finance from the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology and his B.S. in Architecture from the University of Virginia.