ACQUISITIONS

Ethan Bing

Managing Director, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Ethan Bing is a Managing Director in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Bing focuses on corporate acquisitions and direct real estate investments in the United States across multiple sectors. He has been responsible for direct real estate asset investments, corporate acquisitions and purchases of distressed loan pools.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2010, Mr. Bing was a Vice President at Embarcadero Capital Partners and an Associate in the real estate group at Stanford Management Company.

Mr. Bing received a B.A. in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Stanford Alumni Real Estate Council.


Mark B. Keatley

Managing Director, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Mark Keatley is a Managing Director in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Keatley is responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of investments in a variety of property types, with a geographic focus on the eastern United States. He has been involved in both equity and debt investments involving apartments, office, retail, condos, industrial, hotels and land asset classes.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2005, Mr. Keatley worked in the acquisitions and development group at Tishman Speyer Properties. Before that, he worked as an Associate on the institutional investment sales team at CB Richard Ellis, following his role as an Analyst in the firm’s financial consulting group.

Mr. Keatley received a BBA degree in finance from James Madison University.


Kevin Lee

Managing Director and Head of Real Estate, Asia
Starwood Capital Group

Kevin Lee is a Managing Director and Head of Real Estate, Asia, at Starwood Capital Group. Mr. Lee is responsible for the Firm’s real estate investments and real estate asset management across Asia.

Previously, Mr. Lee was a Managing Director at Lone Star Funds, where he led its Pan Asia commercial real estate origination efforts, with focus in the China NPL sector. Mr. Lee was instrumental in building out the China NPL platform, leading Lone Star to be one of the most active foreign investors in the China NPL sector.

Mr. Lee has also worked as Portfolio Manager for the Real Estate Department of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority. In this role, Mr. Lee was responsible for sourcing investment opportunities, executing business plans and dispositions, overseeing transactions over $3 billion. Mr. Lee began his real estate career at Starwood Capital on the Asset Management team out of the San Francisco office.

Mr. Lee received a B.A. degree in Business Economics, Magna Cum Laude with highest departmental honor, from University of California, Los Angeles.


David Baker

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

David Baker is a Senior Vice President in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Baker is responsible for investing in a variety of property types, with a geographic focus on the Western United States. He has been involved in both equity and debt investments in apartments, office, retail, and residential land asset classes, as well as purchases of distressed loan pools.

Mr. Baker previously served as an Associate in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital from 2010–11, during which time he focused on investments in the Eastern United States. Before rejoining the Firm in 2014, he was a Senior Vice President at GEM Realty Capital and was previously with Lehman Brothers Real Estate Private Equity and Macquarie Capital Partners.

Mr. Baker received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. degree in finance from Tulane University.


Anthony Balestrieri

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Anthony Balestrieri is a Senior Vice President at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Balestrieri focuses on development and redevelopments in qualified opportunity zones and is responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and execution of such investments in all property types and geographies. In his career, he has been involved in both equity and debt investments involving apartments, office, retail, condos, industrial, hotels and land asset classes.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2019, Mr. Balestrieri was a Director and Head of Acquisitions in Washington, D.C. for MetLife Real Estate. Before that, he was a Director of Acquisitions and Development with Tishman Speyer, and was previously with Akridge and EY.

Mr. Balestrieri received a B.A. degree in finance from George Washington University, which included a year of studies at the London School of Economics. He currently serves as an adjunct professor in the graduate real estate program at Georgetown University.


Sam Caven

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Sam Caven is currently a Senior Vice President in the Acquisitions Group based in San Francisco. Mr. Caven is responsible for the origination and execution of acquisition opportunities in both equity and debt across all property types throughout the Western United States.  He served an instrumental role in the creation of Starwood Waypoint Homes (NYSE: SFR) which was subsequently merged with Invitation Homes (NYSE: INVH) to form the largest publicly traded single family residential REIT in the U.S.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2011, Mr. Caven worked in real estate investment banking at JMP Securities, where he focused on capital raising, as well as mergers and acquisitions advisory for public and private real estate companies.

Mr. Caven received a B.A. degree in economics with honors from Tufts University.


Akshay Goyal

Senior Vice President, Head of U.S. Hotel Acquisitions
Starwood Capital Group

Akshay Goyal is a Senior Vice President and heads the U.S. Hotel Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Goyal focuses on sourcing, structuring, underwriting and executing investments in the lodging sector. During his time at Starwood, Mr. Goyal has been responsible for various direct real estate asset investments, corporate acquisitions and recapitalizations.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2012, Mr. Goyal previously served in the real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

Mr. Goyal received a B.S. degree, summa cum laude, in finance and accounting from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Steven Ujvary

Senior Vice President, Acquisitions 
Starwood Capital Group

Steven Ujvary is a Senior Vice President in the Acquisitions Group at Starwood Capital Group. In this role, Mr. Ujvary is responsible for residential mortgage debt strategies, with a focus on non-agency whole loans.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2016, Mr. Ujvary was a Managing Director at Macquarie Group, where he was responsible for mortgage and structured credit investments. Before that, he served in a variety of roles in the New York and Sydney offices of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he began his career as an Analyst.

Mr. Ujvary received a B.A. degree in economics and government from Georgetown University.