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Ramsey Daya and Chris Moritz | Connect CRE

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Ramsey Daya and Chris Moritz




Originate and execute debt transactions across the western U.S.

Completed 30 transactions across multiple asset classes in 2020

Finalized first institutional, value-add office deal in Silicon Valley to get done during pandemic

Ramsey Daya is a vice chairman and head of Newmark’s Debt and Structured Finance team in Northern California and Pacific Northwest, in partnership with senior managing director Chris Moritz. The team is responsible for originating and executing debt transactions throughout the Western U.S. and focuses on structuring, sourcing, marketing and placement of mortgage financings, mezzanine loans and structured financings for both single assets and property portfolios. 

The team’s top three notable transactions in 2020 include:  

  • 331 Fairchild, $64.3 million. This transaction was the first institutional, value-add office deal to be done in the Silicon Valley during the pandemic. The team was able to get lenders comfortable with an office asset that was going to go 100/5 vacant within the first 18 months of loan term during a period in history when the entire future of the asset class was being called into question. Daya and Moritz generated enough competition to secure a loan that was 50 basis points tighter than Newmark’s guidance to the market.
  • 5300 Chiron, $165 million. This was the first major acquisition in Emeryville for BioMed and included land that the company intends to develop with as much as one million square feet of life science space.  
  • 2075 Broadway, $87 million. This was the permanent financing of the newly delivered headquarters for the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Daya and Moritz secured a full-term, interest-only, 10-year loan from a Japanese life company that returned all equity to the sponsor.

These are some of the reasons we selected Daya and Moritz for inclusion in our first-ever Top Mortgage Brokers and Lenders Awards. These awards recognize industry professionals who have demonstrated the highest standards in commercial real estate finance.


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About Paul Bubny

Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).

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