MANAGEMENT TEAM

Michael C. Wachs, Founder & Managing Principal

Mr. Wachs has twenty-five years of commercial real estate and finance experience.  Mr. Wachs founded Linden Lane Capital Partners to invest in value-added commercial real estate.

Prior to Linden Lane, Mr. Wachs co-founded Spring Mill Capital Management, a company focused on distressed commercial real estate debt investment management.

Prior to Spring Mill, Mr. Wachs was President and Chief Operating Officer, a Principal and a Director of AMC Delancey Group, Inc.  In that role, Mr. Wachs was responsible for executing AMC Delancey’s real estate investment strategies, including identifying and structuring investments and joint ventures with operating partners, as well as overseeing due diligence, financing and disposition activities.

Mr. Wachs started his career as a banker holding various positions with First Union National Bank and predecessor banks. During his twelve years with First Union, Mr. Wachs held various positions. He was a Senior Credit Officer, a member of First Union’s Derivatives Group, a member of the Real Estate Workout Group and a commercial lender in Specialized Lending, where he focused on finance, leasing and communications companies.

Mr. Wachs is actively involved in many real estate industry groups, including NAIOP (Commercial Real Estate Development Association) where he has served as a member of the Board of Directors.  Mr. Wachs also serves as a Trustee of certain mutual funds affiliated with ProFunds Group, a premier provider of alternative mutual funds and ETFs with greater than $30 billion in assets in more than 200 funds.

Mr. Wachs earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from George Washington University and a Masters in Business Administration from Drexel University.


Brian K. Friedman, Principal & General Counsel

Mr. Friedman joined Linden Lane Capital Partners in 2015, where he serves as General Counsel and Principal. Mr. Friedman oversees the company’s legal matters and provides senior-level management and counsel on Llenrock’s many advisory projects and capital markets transactions.

Formerly, Mr. Friedman was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of AMC Delancey Group, Inc. At AMC Delancey Group, Inc., he oversaw all legal functions of the company. In addition, he acted as a lead advisor on acquisitions, development and divestiture of assets and took a lead role in overall asset management.

Before joining AMC Delancey in 2004, Mr. Friedman served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Tower Investments, Inc., a real estate investment and development company. There, he was responsible for developing, financing, leasing and management of shopping centers, administration of partnerships and legal affairs.

Prior to joining Tower in 1997, Mr. Friedman served as Vice President and General Counsel for Frontenac Financial Group; U.S. General Counsel and President of the D.A. Lease Co. Division for Dixons Group, PLC; Vice President of Property, General Counsel and Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer for Dixons America Holdings, Inc.; and Vice President and General Counsel, Director of Real Estate and Secretary, and Chief Administrative Officer for Silo, Inc., a former Philadelphia based retail company owned by Dixons Group, PLC. Mr. Friedman earned a Juris Doctorate from Washington University School of Law and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of General Studies from the University of Kansas.


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Linden Lane Structured Capital

Mr. Landau is responsible for originating transactions and managing investor relationships for Linden Lane Structured Capital. He has extensive and broad base experience in real estate investment, asset management and financing. Since the early 1990s he has financed, operated and/or owned office, residential, retail, and hotel properties and portfolios in excess of $6 billion.

In addition to co-founding Linden Lane Structured Capital, Mr. Landau has invested his own capital in approximately a dozen distressed and opportunistic residential and commercial real estate deals nationally. He has also advised Handen Investment Group, a Mainland Chinese firm on a $1 billion master plan resort development in Suzhou.  For the prior five years, he was a Principal of Westport Capital Partners, an institutional investment firm that invested approximately $1 billion of discretionary equity capital in hedge funds and private equity vehicles. Mr. Landau was primarily responsible for sourcing, underwriting and closing new business. Other responsibilities included asset management, investor relations, and credit committee authority. For more than the prior dozen years, Mr. Landau held Managing Director roles in real estate lending departments at three investment banks including Natixis, Bear Stearns and Deutsche Bank. In the 1980s, Mr. Landau worked in commercial real estate banking at HSBC and Citibank. Mr. Landau has been active with the Real Estate Lenders Association, previously serving as President and Chairman and currently serving on its Advisory Board. Mr. Landau also currently serves on the Executive Board of the American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science and is active in various other charitable and philanthropic organizations.

Mr. Landau received his Masters of Science with honors in Real Estate Finance and Investment from New York University and a Bachelor of Science in Business from SUNY Albany.


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Harold A. Mesa, Associate

Mr. Mesa Joined Linden Lane Capital Partners in 2017, where he serves as an Associate. Mr. Mesa is responsible for performing a variety of analytical duties associated with operating a mixed-asset, multi-property commercial real estate portfolio.

Formerly, Mr. Mesa was an Analyst with Global Real Assets, the real estate platform of J.P. Morgan Asset Management where he oversaw over 10,000 apartment units and over 2 million square feet of space. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Mr. Mesa was an analyst with AMC Delancey Group; helping to underwrite the acquisition of brownstone and garden-style multifamily properties in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

Mr. Mesa is active in his community and sits on the Young Friends’ Board of Cristo Rey High School in Philadelphia as well as sitting on the Advisory Board for 5th Square PAC, a community advocacy organization. Mr. Mesa graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History and French from Rutgers University and is also member of the Urban Land Institute’s Philadelphia Chapter.