BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 7, 2022 /PRNewswire/
-- Walker & Dunlop, Inc. announced today that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire GeoPhy, a leading commercial real estate technology company. GeoPhy's data analytics and development capabilities will dramatically accelerate the growth of Walker & Dunlop's lending, brokerage, and emerging businesses including Apprise, its tech-enabled appraisal business and its small balance lending (SBL) platform. GeoPhy CEO and co-founder, Teun van den Dries will continue to lead the GeoPhy team and assume leadership of the Apprise and SBL businesses while supporting continued innovation throughout Walker & Dunlop.
Walker & Dunlop Chairman and CEO Willy Walker stated, "This acquisition is a game-changing investment for Walker & Dunlop, as it dramatically accelerates the growth of our technology capabilities in two areas of the market where we have the ability to disrupt the commercial real estate services industry. As our current JV partner in Apprise, we are well acquainted with the GeoPhy team and their capabilities. Actionable technology — that makes our bankers and brokers more insightful and capable — is what has differentiated Walker & Dunlop, and the acquisition of GeoPhy immediately enhances our capabilities."
"GeoPhy is the largest technology investment we have made and accelerates the achievement of our Drive to '25 strategy to use technology to grow our existing scaled lending and brokerage businesses, as well as transform the real estate services landscape by developing tech-enabled businesses that will be faster, better, and cheaper than the competition. We are thrilled to bring Teun, his visionary leadership, and fantastic team to W&D."
Mr. van den Dries commented, "GeoPhy has gained a reputation for its unrivaled capabilities in data science and predictive models, which provide our customers in the commercial real estate space with unmatched efficiencies and insights. We're thrilled to bring our industry experience and insights to Walker & Dunlop to propel the growth of their lending, brokerage, and emerging businesses. As a combined company, we have the scale, resources, and expertise to truly differentiate Walker & Dunlop's services in the marketplace. We know W&D, we know the value of their brand and platform, and we expect this acquisition to be a fantastic success."
The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2022. Closing is subject to certain approvals and consents.
J.P. Morgan Securities LLC is acting as advisor to Walker & Dunlop, and Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and Stibbe are representing the Company as legal counsel. Houlihan Lokey is acting as advisor to GeoPhy, and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich& Rosati and Biesheuvel Jansen Advocaten are representing GeoPhy as legal counsel.
About Walker & Dunlop Walker & Dunlop (NYSE: WD) is the largest provider of capital to the multifamily industry in the United States and the fourth largest lender on all commercial real estate including industrial, office, retail, and hospitality. Walker & Dunlop enables real estate owners and operators to bring their visions of communities — where Americans live, work, shop, and play — to life. The power of our people, premier brand, and industry-leading technology enables us to meet any client need – including financing, research, property sales, valuation, and advisory services. With over 1,000 employees across every major U.S. market, Walker & Dunlop has consistently been named one of Fortune's Great Places to Work® and is committed to making the commercial real estate industry more inclusive and diverse while creating meaningful social, environmental, and economic change in our communities.
About GeoPhy GeoPhy, with international headquarters in the Netherlands and U.S. headquarters in New York City, provides CRE professionals with instant access to unique data and hyperlocal insights so they can find, evaluate, and close more deals in less time with greater confidence. GeoPhy is making the world of commercial real estate more transparent, efficient, and faster.