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BentallGreenOak Appoints Abbe Franchot Borok to Lead the firm’s Debt Business in the U.S.



New York (May 26, 2021) BentallGreenOak (BGO) announced today the appointment of Abbe Franchot Borok to Managing Director and Head of U.S. Debt. In her role, Borok is responsible for BGO’s U.S. Debt Business, including management of all core, core-plus and high-yield debt strategies. She will also lead the management and business development activities for the U.S. Debt business.


Borok brings more than a decade of experience in commercial real estate capital markets and investment management to this role. Most recently, she was managing director and head of CRE & Debt Strategies at The Amherst Group where she launched and managed two CRE debt investment vehicles and oversaw capital markets activity across Amherst’s debt and equity businesses. Prior to joining Amherst Capital, Borok was a senior member of the New York City-based commercial real estate lending team at CapitalSource, a division of Pacific Western Bank. Throughout her career, she has gained broad experience sourcing and underwriting commercial real estate debt, with a focus on high-yield loans backing transitional or value-add business plans.


“Abbe brings a well-established and respected track-record of success in the commercial real estate debt sector. She brings creativity and valuable strategic capacity to a fast-growing business for BGO and we are eager to have Abbe lead our team of dedicated professionals in the U.S.,” said Jim Blakemore, Managing Partner and Global Head Debt, BentallGreenOak.


“I am tremendously excited to join the BentallGreenOak team to help build and grow the US Debt business,” said Abbe Franchot Borok, Managing Director and Head of U.S. Debt, BentallGreenOak. “BGO’s global reach and expertise across debt and equity strategies, it commitment to a vast client base, and its focus on becoming a next generation real estate asset management firm through its commitment to ESG, position the firm well to build a leading commercial real estate debt platform for the long term.“


Borok holds an MBA from Columbia University and a BA in communications from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Board of Governors of CRE Finance Council (CREFC), most recently serving as co-Chair of the High Yield & Distressed Realty Assets (HYDRA) Forum. Committed to promoting and supporting other women in commercial real estate, Borok also serves on the mentorship committee for the New York Women Executives in Real Estate’s WX. She also frequently serves as a speaker and panel participant at industry events.

About BentallGreenOak

BentallGreenOak is a leading, global real estate investment management advisor and a globally recognized provider of real estate services. BentallGreenOak serves the interests of more than 750 institutional clients with approximately $62 billion USD of assets under management (as of April 1, 2021) and expertise in the asset management of office, industrial, multi-residential, retail and hospitality property across the globe. BentallGreenOak has offices in 24 cities across twelve countries with deep, local knowledge, experience, and extensive networks in the regions where we invest in and manage real estate assets on behalf of our clients in primary, secondary and co-investment markets. BentallGreenOak is a part of SLC Management, which is the alternatives asset management business of Sun Life.


The assets under management shown above include real estate equity and mortgage investments managed by the BentallGreenOak group of companies and their affiliates.


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