Faisal Ashraf is the Founder and Chief Executive of Lotus Capital Partners, a capital advisory firm focused on arranging debt, preferred equity, and mezzanine financing for commercial real estate transactions. Since its inception in 2016, Mr. Ashraf has lead Lotus in becoming the fastest growing capital advisory firm in the United States. Mr. Ashraf and the Lotus team have arranged capital mandates in three countries and two continents, resulting in numerous record-breaking achievements with regard to lending terms.
From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Ashraf served as Managing Director and the Head of Capital Markets & Large Loan Lending at CCRE, at the time the largest non-bank CMBS lender in the United States. During his tenure at CCRE, he successfully originated & distributed over $4 billion in mortgage and mezzanine capital. Prior to joining CCRE, Mr. Ashraf served as a senior member on the US real estate finance team for Crédit Suisse where he structured and closed over $35 billion in debt and equity related products. His various positions at Crédit Suisse included Deputy Head of the Real Estate Finance in Europe where his group financed over $5 billion of mortgage and mezzanine capital across eight countries. Mr. Ashraf’s focus at Crédit Suisse was on LBO’s, large loans, development debt, and mezzanine financing.
Mr. Ashraf started his career at Moody’s Investors Service where he underwrote over $15 billion in US commercial real estate loans. He holds a B.A. from Hofstra University where he graduated with Honors.