WHO WE ARE

OVERVIEW

Max Benjamin Partners, a boutique real estate advisory firm based in Beverly Hills, specializes in providing innovative capital solutions to real estate developers and investors. Our vast network of domestic and international capital providers, our creative and comprehensive approach to the capital stack, and our enthusiasm to go above and beyond for our clients allows us to deliver the most competitive financing options on the market. Since inception, we have successfully participated in over $1.3 billion of debt and equity placements and have executed 85 transactions and counting.

Opening Doors to Unreachable Capital

By clearly identifying our client’s needs, extensive due diligence, and experienced underwriting, MBP matches borrowers with the most optimal opportunities on the market. We also treat our lenders as valued clients, maintaining a reputation of excellence that grants us exclusive access to sophisticated capital. Our team’s expansive network includes family offices, pension funds, international funds, institutions, credit unions and insurance companies. MBP targets our partners’ lending parameters and works diligently to ensure flawless execution.

Unparalleled Service

MBP prides itself on its comprehensive A-Z approach to methodically complete a transaction, starting with understanding our client’s needs, underwriting deal metrics, sourcing financing options, and mitigating lender risk. MBP then meticulously manages the loan process from start to finish. We view ourselves as an extension of our client’s office and are dedicated to outstanding results.

Intelligent Solutions Whether is it 10 Million or over 1 Billion

Max Benjamin Partners provides highly customized financing solutions that lead clients to the smartest money available in the market.

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

WHAT WE DO

With our in-depth understanding of capital markets and unique, worldwide relationships, we offer tailored solutions to each client, structuring the optimal capital stack for their project. MBP also provides value to commercial real estate investors by offering highly-vetted investment opportunities in the United States and abroad.

PERMANENT

A permanent loan is defined as the initial mortgage for a recently constructed and stabilized commercial property. A property that is near stabilization will often qualify for a permanent loan, as long as certain covenants are baked into it. It varies, but in most cases, permanent loans will amortize over a 25-year period on a five-year or longer term. Typically, permanent loans will see very low interest rates because the property in question is fully constructed and is near full occupancy.

BRIDGE

A bridge loan is a short-term loan that is used when permanent financing is not an option for a commercial property. Typically, a bridge loan is used when a property needs a significant amount of renovation before it will qualify for permanent financing.

A borrow may also consider a bridge loan when…

  • Purchasing a property within a short closing timeline
  • Retrieving a property from foreclosure
  • Stabilizing a property’s cash flow
  • Fixing a short-term issue affecting the property
  • Unsatisfactory property occupancy rates
  • Borrower’s credit needs improvement
  • Incomplete ownership or project team in place

Bridge loan terms typically last under 3 years, after which a property is either sold or refinanced with permanent financing. Borrowers accept higher interest rates on these loans because they require quick and convenient access to funds.

CONSTRUCTION

A construction loan is used to finance the building of a commercial real estate project, whether it be an apartment, an office building or even a new shopping center. A construction loan is used to fund projects before long-term financing is required. Due to the riskiness of construction loans, they tend to have higher interest rates than traditional loans.

MEZZANINE

A mezzanine loan is used to achieve higher leverage on a commercial project than what existing conduits, banks, and life insurance companies are able to offer. A mezzanine loan is subordinate to senior debt and can be secured by the stock of the corporation that owns the property. Mezzanine loans allow borrowers to get the finances they need while giving up little to no ownership of the company as long as the outstanding debt is paid in a timely manner. Mezzanine loans require very little collateral from the borrower, therefore, the interest rate tends to be higher than traditional loans.

EQUITY

Equity financing bridges the gap between available debt financing and the cost to build, buy, renovate, or develop a real estate project. MBP offers institutional and private sources of capital to our clients.

PROPERTY TYPES

PROPERTY TYPES

MBP connects clients with the capital they need for the following property types:

MULTIFAMILY

A multifamily structure or building is designed to house several different families within individual units. Multifamily housing includes: apartment buildings, duplexes, quadruplexes, and even townhomes.

RETAIL

Retail property is a classification of property that is pedestrian-friendly and used for retail space where businesses are able to sell goods and services.

OFFICE

An office building is a structure that is used for business-related conduct. Office buildings may contain one or many different firms within the various units that make up the structure.

HOSPITALITY

A hotel is an establishment that offers lodging and commonly other amenities and services including, but not limited to, restaurants, spas, and fitness centers.

INDUSTRIAL + FLEX

Industrial flex space is a warehouse that has been retrofitted with office space. Industrial flex space is flexible and has a variety of uses including, storage, showrooms, and even assembly and administrative work.

INFRASTRUCTURE/ ENERGY/ P3

Infrustracture, Energy, & P3

MEET OUR TEAM

MEET OUR TEAM

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Max B. Mellman is founder and Managing Director at Max Benjamin Partners. Recognized as one of the top up-and-coming commercial mortgage brokers in the nation, Max has coordinated and been involved in over $1.3 billion in debt and equity financing across a variety of property types including office buildings, retail shopping centers, ground-up construction, multifamily and industrial properties. His transactional experience, capital markets expertise, and exceptional work ethic made him one of the top producers in Southern California.

Prior to founding Max Benjamin Partners, Max was a top producing mortgage banker with a boutique firm in Beverly Hills, CA. Max has also held the position of Associate at the Souferian Group. Located in Beverly Hills.

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Max B. Mellman

Founder & Managing Director
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Alec N. Ziff is an Associate at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for, originating, underwriting, client management, and capital partner relationship management.

Alec has experience structuring a variety of transactions involving permanent financing, construction financing, bridge and mezzanine loans and equity capital for the spectrum of property types. Throughout his career, Alec has been involved in the origination and underwriting of over $500,000,000 worth of debt and equity transactions.

Prior to joining MBP, Alec was an Associate at Disruptive Technology Advisers, a boutique investment bank that focuses on late-stage private technology companies.

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Alec N. Ziff

Associate
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Jason is an Associate at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for client & partner management as well as origination. Before arriving at MBP, Jason spent time at an accelerator, consulting, implementing, and executing go to market strategies for foreign companies looking to enter the US market.

Prior to that experience, Jason was a top performing Private Banker in wealth management and lending working with High Net Worth Individuals and businesses and received numerous performance awards. A native Angelino, Jason was educated at San Diego State University in International Business, Finance, French, and Political Science as well as ESSEC Business School in France.

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Jason Moyal

Associate
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Kurt Cullen is a Jr. Analyst at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for the creation of financial packaging, underwriting, and client interfacing for debt and equity transactions.

Prior to joining MBP, Kurt was a Management Associate at Wallace Theaters Management Corporation, a privately held asset management company. He was involved in managing owner-operated residential and commercial real estate, acquisitions, multi-family investments, movie theater acquisitions, venture fund investing, and residential development projects.

Kurt majored in Entrepreneurship, Hotel and Resort Management from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. During his time spent in college, he founded the largest non-profit student entrepreneur’s organization in Hawaii and operated a catering company specializing in Hawaiian cuisine. He was named Student Entrepreneur of the Year from the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship.

Kurt Cullen

Associate
Max B Mellman – Profile Picture – 7-25-18

Max B. Mellman is founder and Managing Director at Max Benjamin Partners. Recognized as one of the top up-and-coming commercial mortgage brokers in the nation, Max has coordinated and been involved in over $1.3 billion in debt and equity financing across a variety of property types including office buildings, retail shopping centers, ground-up construction, multifamily and industrial properties.

*See Team Page for Full Bio

Max B. Mellman

Founder & Managing Director
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Alec N. Ziff is an Associate at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for, originating, underwriting, client management, and capital partner relationship management.

Alec has experience structuring a variety of transactions involving permanent financing, construction financing, bridge and mezzanine loans and equity capital for the spectrum of property types. Throughout his career, Alec has been involved in the origination and underwriting of over $500,000,000 worth of debt and equity transactions. *See Team Page for Full Bio

Alec N. Ziff

Associate
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Jason is an Associate at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for client & partner management as well as origination. Before arriving at MBP, Jason spent time at an accelerator, consulting, implementing, and executing go to market strategies for foreign companies looking to enter the US market.

Prior to that experience, Jason was a top performing Private Banker in wealth management and lending working with High Net Worth Individuals and businesses and received numerous performance awards. *See Team Page for Full Bio

Jason Moyal

Associate
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Nicole is the Operations and Relationship Manager at Max Benjamin Partners, responsible for day to day business management and oversight of MBP’s capital market relationships. Nicole brings many years of experience in Real Estate as an investor and landlord in multiple states, having been involved in all aspects of property acquisitions and sales, rehabs, maintenance and tenant leasing.

Nicole Chriqui

Operations and Relationship Manager
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Kurt Cullen is a Jr. Analyst at Max Benjamin Partners where he is responsible for the creation of financial packaging, underwriting, and client interfacing for debt and equity transactions.

Prior to joining MBP, Kurt was a Management Associate at Wallace Theaters Management Corporation, a privately held asset management company. He was involved in managing owner-operated residential and commercial real estate, acquisitions, multi-family investments, movie theater acquisitions, venture fund investing, and residential development projects. *See Team Page for Full Bio

Kurt Cullen

Associate