C-III Capital Partners

C-III Capital Partners and Colony Capital to become Grubb & Ellis stakeholders

C-III Capital Partners, an affiliate of Island Capital Group, is set to become a significant stakeholder in Grubb & Ellis with Colony Capital, Grubb & Ellis announced today. Grub & Ellis has entered into exclusive negotiations with a subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners regarding what it called “the strategic transaction.”

A C-III affiliate also will invest $10 million in Grubb & Ellis through the expansion of the company’s existing $18 million credit facility with Colony Capital and purchase $4 million of Colony’s existing facility.

Andrew Farkas, chairman and CEO of C-III Capital Partners, said the agreement would put Grubb & Ellis on firmer footing.

“C-III Capital Partners and Colony have the capital base and industry expertise necessary to bolster Grubb & Ellis’ client offerings,” Farkas said.

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Andrew Farkas Helped Wife Create Pony Fellowship

Sandi Goff Farkas, wife of Andrew Farkas, created the Playwrights of New York (Pony) Fellowship.  This fellowship provides an apartment to live in for a year and a monthly stipend to help support emerging playwrights.  As a playwright herself, Sandi noticed many great ideas weren’t getting written into screenplays because of the lack of support, which Pony now offers.

Andrew Farkas, CEO of C-III Capital Partners, helped Sandi create the fellowship by buying an apartment for the playwrights receiving the fellowship to live in.  Farkas also asked 12 friends for $2,500 each “to support a playwright for a month.”

On Tuesday, October 11, Sandi Goff Farkas was awarded the first ever Lark Risktaker Award for the creation of Pony.  The event was held at the Midtown offices of the Lark Play Development Center.  A previous recipient of the Pony Fellowship, Katori Hall, who wrote the play “The Mountaintop”, was at the event to give Sandi her award.  Katori’s play started at the Lark in 2007 and opened on Broadway this week.

Andrew Farkas’ C-III Capital Partners Acquired JER Partners

C-III Capital Partners, a diversified real estate services firm led by Andrew Farkas, announced Tuesday that it has acquired the commercial real estate special servicing and collateralized debt obligation management businesses of JER Partners for an undisclosed sum.

JER is the named special servicer for $35.5 billion of commercial real estate loans, of which approximately $4 billion is currently in special servicing and under active management. C-III will merge JER’s special servicing operations into its wholly-owned special servicing firm, C-III Asset Management. With the acquisition, that company is now the named special servicer for approximately 14,000 loans with an aggregate balance in excess of $152 billion, of which approximately $17 billion is currently in special servicing.

“This acquisition strengthens C-III’s position as one of the top three special servicers in the country and advances our growth strategy,” said Andrew Farkas, CEO of C-III Capital Partners. “Special servicing is a key foundation of our strategy to create a fully-diversified commercial real estate company.”

The acquisition of JER’s special servicing and certified debt obligation management businesses follows 16 months of growth for C-III. It purchased Centerline Capital Group’s commercial loan servicing and institutional real estate debt fund management businesses in March 2010. Since that time, C-III has successfully launched mortgage origination, investment sales and title insurance businesses and expanded its principal investment, loan origination, fund management and primary and special loan servicing businesses. Two months ago, it announced its agreement to acquire NAI Global, the largest network of independent commercial real estate services firms worldwide.

Mr. Farkas also founded and heads Island Capital Group, a real estate merchant banking firm specializing in real estate investing, real estate operating businesses and real estate securities.

Read the full article on Crain’s New York Business.

JER Partners Commercial Servicing Business is Andrew Farkas’ Latest Acquisition

Andrew Farkas‘ C-III Capital Management acquired the commercial real estate special servicing and collateralized debt obligation management business of JER Partners for an undisclosed amount, the company announced today. JER is the named special servicer for $35.5 billion of commercial real estate loans, of which $4 billion is under active management. In May the firm sold the defaulted loan on Kent Swig’s 80 Broad Street to Savanna Investments for about $66 million (note: correction appended).

C-III will take control of all of JER’s assets, and will merge its servicing portfolio employees into its asset management division. The firm has been on a bit of a buying spree in the last 18 months, acquiring both Centerline Capital Group’s commercial loan servicing business in March 2010 and commercial services firm NAI Global in June 2011. As previously reported, Andrew Farkas is one of several high-profile firms that is strategically purchasing loan servicers to profit off of underwater boom-year loans.

“This acquisition strengthens C-III’s position as one of the top three special servicers in the country and advances our growth strategy,” Farkas, the firm’s chairman and CEO, said in a statement. “Special servicing is a key foundation of our strategy to create a fully diversified commercial real estate company.”

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