Chicago-based Aries Conlon Capital hires Robert Bernstein, expands to NYC

The leadership team at Aries Conlon Capital announced that Robert Bernstein has joined the firm as head of capital markets and placements. Aries Conlon Capital will open a New York office in conjunction with the addition of this new position.

In this role, Bernstein will originate deals through his network of owners and developers, as well as a referral network of brokers, to stoke Aries Conlon Capital’s growing, nationwide deal flow. He will be responsible for placing deals with capital sources, cultivating new and diverse capital source relationships, enhancing relationships with life companies and assisting with conduit and non-conduit deal execution.

“We are excited to welcome Rob to our team,” said Rushi Shah, principal and CEO of Aries Conlon Capital. “Rob’s more than 20 years of experience from the Wall Street investment banking side of the industry give him a unique perspective and specialized knowledge that will augment our current capital source network and benefit our borrowers and lenders. His new role at Aries Conlon Capital is integral to our firm’s growth strategy and trajectory, which we expect will be accelerated with the addition of this position and the establishment of a New York presence. We are already exploring additional correspondent relationships with new capital sources.”

“The addition of Rob and a New York presence is a key step in our firm’s strategic growth initiatives. Being closer to capital will help us further sharpen our deal execution and close more large ticket transactions,” said Sean Conlon, principal of Aries Conlon Capital, chairman of Conlon & Co and host of CNBC’s prime-time TV show, The Deed: Chicago.

During his tenure in the banking and finance industry, Bernstein has originated over $1.5 billion in loan transactions. He most recently served as a senior vice president with C-III Commercial Mortgage in New York where he was responsible for originating CMBS product as well as bridge loans for C-III’s balance sheet. Prior to that position, he spent a number of years as a director with CIBC, Citigroup Global Markets where he originated CMBS and balance sheet loans and as a vice president of the capital investments group with CWCapital, LLC. Earlier in his career, he also reviewed more than $3 billion in loan requests while at RBS Greenwich Capital. Bernstein has a bachelor of science in finance from Binghamton University School of Management.

“I appreciate Aries Conlon Capital’s entrepreneurial culture and look forward to taking this next step in my career,” said Bernstein. “They are a dynamic, talented group, with the resources and capabilities of a large organization. Yet they remain nimble, and deliver the more personal and specialized attention that clients can only get from a boutique company. Having known the principals of the firm for many years and also having originated and closed numerous transactions with Aries Conlon from the other side of the table, I am confident we will be successful as we enter new markets, forge new relationships and increase deal flow.”