Andrew J. Singer, Chairman & CEO
Mr. Singer is a member of the Board of Governors of the Real Estate Board of New York, past Chairman of the Finance Committee of the Real Estate Board of New York and the past Chairman and current Vice Chairman of the Real Estate and Allied Trades Division of UJA-Federation of New York.
Mr. Singer is a four-time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York's Most Ingenious Finance Deal of the Year Award, as well as the coveted Louis Smadbeck Broker Recognition Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and contribution to the New York real estate industry.
In the past 10 years, Mr. Singer has been directly responsible for arranging financing in excess of $15 Billion in Manhattan. These activities included arranging financing, often for the second, third or fourth times, for major office, residential and hotel properties including the 1 million square foot 70 Pine Street (formerly known as the AIG Building); 252 East 57th Street ( a 65-story World Wide Group – Rose Associates mixed use condo and rental project); Carnegie Hall Tower, 437 Madison Avenue, 501 Madison Avenue, 747 Third Avenue, 767 Third Avenue, 777 Third Avenue, 77 Water Street, 230 Park Avenue South, The Archive, 50 Murray Street, The Mark Hotel cooperative conversion, The Laurel condominium, 255 East 74th St condominium, etc..
In recent years Mr. Singer has arranged in excess of $1.825 Billion of financing in Long Island City, as well as over $2 Billion of financing for apartments created under the Manhattan Financial District residential conversion program – more than any other party. Mr. Singer's Financial District projects have included 70 Pine Street, 63 Wall Street, 67 Wall Street, 20 Exchange Place, 200 Water Street, 45 Wall Street, 88 Greenwich Street, 71 Broadway, 99 John Street, 116 John Street, and 50 Murray Street.
Mr. Singer is frequently engaged as an "expert witness" to testify in various real estate litigation and arbitration matters. His clients in these matters have included some of the largest public and private property owners and most prominent law firms in New York City.
Mr. Singer has been a guest lecturer on numerous occasions at Columbia University, New York University, The University of Wisconsin and at a variety of corporate meetings.
Scott A. Singer, President
Scott A. Singer has arranged several billion dollars of construction and permanent financing on behalf of sophisticated real estate owners and developers. Major projects in New York City have included The Crown Building (730 Fifth Avenue), 75 Wall Street (twice), One Seaport Plaza (three times), MetLife Plaza, The Mark Hotel, Two Chase Manhattan Plaza, and 636 11th Avenue (twice); as well as the Capital District Portfolio in Albany, NY; 215 Fremont Street in San Francisco (twice), and 123 South Broad Street in Philadelphia. Scott has arranged financing covering more than 9,000 apartments, 32 million sq. ft. of commercial and retail space, and a variety of more specialized properties including the Brooklyn Navy Yard, and the headquarters of both the United Federation of Teachers and the American Jewish Congress.
Scott is a two-time winner of the Real Estate Board of NY’s Most Ingenious Finance Deal of the Year award: In 2016 for sub-leasehold financing at the Brooklyn Navy Yard (with SBO’s Kathleen McSharry), and in 2013 for the construction financing of Muss Development’s 50 Oceana Drive West in Brighton Beach (with SBO’s Jeffrey Moroch).
Scott has served as a member of both the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of New York and the Board of Directors of the REBNY’s Commercial Division. He has been Chair and Honoree of the Steering Committee of the REX (Young Real Estate Executives) Division of the UJA-Federation, Sponsorship Co-chair of FARE’s Food Allergy Walk, and a member of UJA’s Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists strategic council, the Associates of Beth Israel Medical Center; and on the Advisory Committee of Vacamas Programs for Youth.
Scott has appeared on CNBC’s “Power Lunch”, has written a monthly column for The New York Observer’s “Commercial Observer”, and is frequently quoted in a variety of national and regional publications including Bloomberg News, The New York Times & Wall Street Journal. He is a guest speaker for numerous organizations and educational institutions including the Cornell University Hotel School, has been named one of Institutional Investor’s “20 Rising Stars of Real Estate”, Real Estate Forum’s “Tomorrow’s Newsmakers”, and Real Estate New York’s “40 under 40”; and has authored articles published in Real Estate New York, Real Estate New Jersey, Real Estate Weekly, and others.
Scott received his B.A. from Cornell University.
ROBERT E. LAWRENCE, EXECUTIVE MANAGING DIRECTOR
Rob joined The Singer & Bassuk Organization LLC in 2016 as the firm’s first senior hire in over 20 years, adding the experience generated through his 25 years on the lending side. Rob serves his own clients, and also brings the benefits of his lender-side insights to SBO’s existing client base.
With more than 25 years of experience in global commercial real estate, including direct origination of $10 billion+ and material involvement in over $50 billion in transactions globally, Rob’s extensive knowledge includes expertise in origination, trading, workouts, NPLs and construction loans, as well as a specialization in CMBS.
Prior to joining Singer & Bassuk, Rob was a Senior Managing Director at Guggenheim Commercial Real Estate Finance LLC (“GCREF”) where he was responsible for loan origination for the Guggenheim affiliated life companies and the CMBS platform. Rob served as a member of the GCREF Executive Committee.
Previously he enjoyed working in several high-level capacities JP Morgan Chase and Bear Stearns. At Bear Stearns he was a Senior Managing Director and Co-Head of Origination —and a founding member of Bear Stearns’s Global CMBS Department. Rob transitioned to JP Morgan Chase in the 2008 merger where he served as Managing Director and Head of JP Morgan’s Securitized Products Group-Asia (“SPGA”), a role in which he was charged with trading, restructuring and managing the unwind of mortgages, ABS, CMBS, mezzanine loans, derivative positions and equity investments in Asia encompassing the combined JP Morgan and Bear Stearns legacy assets.
Rob has been an active member of YPO, the Real Estate Capital Advisory Committee of The Real Estate Roundtable (RECPAC) and ULI. Previously Rob served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Green Vale School and has volunteered has real estate expertise to Covenant House by successfully developing and implementing the strategy for the sale of their headquarters building in Manhattan.
Rob received his B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from the University of Vermont and his M.S. in Real Estate Finance and Development from New York University.
Kathleen McSharry, Senior Managing Director
Kathleen McSharry, Senior Managing Director, has been with The Singer & Bassuk Organization and its predecessor firm since 1982. During that time she has had primary responsibility for managing the placement process of construction and permanent financing exceeding $5 billion.
Kathleen received her Masters Degree in Finance from New York University in 1992. She has served as a Board member of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association and the Association of Real Estate Women, and has acted as an advisor to the Board of the Notre Dame School in New York City. Ms. McSharry is a five-time winner of the Real Estate Board of New York’s Most Ingenious Finance Deal of the Year Award, having won with Scott A. Singer of SBO in 2016 & Andrew J. Singer of SBO in 2008, 2007, 2005 and 2001.
Jeffrey c. Moroch, Managing Director
Jeff joined SBO in May 1999 and is responsible for the quantitative analyses provided to lenders and clients including cash flow projections, market analyses and offer comparisons. Prior to joining the firm, Jeff was an associate in Citicorp Real Estate's Global Real Estate Equity and Structured Finance group where he was involved in numerous asset disposition and sale-leaseback transactions.
Together with Scott Singer, Jeff was the 2012 winner of the Real Estate Board of NY's Most Ingenious Deal of the Year award for the construction financing of Muss Development's 50 Oceana Drive West in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
Jeff serves on the REX Council (Young Real Estate Executives) of UJA-Federation and has been the Event Chair for the REX Gala. Jeff also served as the Membership Chair of the Young Mortgage Bankers Association.
Jeff has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and a BS from Columbia University. He was a finalist for the Real Estate Board of New York's Most Promising Commercial Salesperson Award.
FRANK BASTONE, Managing Director
Frank joined SBO in May 2017. Previously, Frank was a member of the finance department at TF Cornerstone f/k/a Rockrose Development. There he helped to place over $2 billion in debt, much of it performed in collaboration with SBO. He also has experience in CMBS loan underwriting and appraisals. Frank received a Master’s degree from NYU’s Schack Institute of Real Estate and an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania.