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The Wall Street Journal

Cantor and CIM Team Up to Originate Mortgages For Eventual Bond Sales

AUGUST 11, 2010

By Lingling Wei

Many traditional banks are still skittish about commercial-property lending. But other financial-services companies are stepping into the breach.

The latest example: Cantor Fitzgerald, best known for bond trading, is getting into the business of originating commercial mortgages. The New York-based firm has teamed up with CIM Group, a Los Angeles real-estate fund manager, to form a venture with the goal of making some $5 billion in commercial-property loans over the next 12 months with the intention of selling them off as bonds.

Anthony Orso, a former real-estate banker at Credit Suisse Group who joined Cantor about a year ago, says "the timing is perfect" for the firm to enter the business. Property values have started to stabilize after plunging more than 40% from the peak in 2007, limiting lenders' risks. And commercial real-estate debt is drawing interest from yield-hunting investors world-wide.

Demand for fresh funds is likely to be enormous. Already, financing challenges have contributed to a spike in loans being transferred to debt specialists responsible for dealing with soured loans. About 15% of outstanding commercial mortgages bundled into bonds, or about $110 billion, is expected to be in "special servicing" by year's end due to default or imminent default, according to a study to be released by Fitch Ratings on Wednesday.

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