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Michael VanderLey

  • Senior Managing Director
  • T: +1 415 283 4200
  • F: +1 415 293 4497
    • One Front Street
    • Suite 1600
    • San Francisco, CA, 94111
    • United States
    • T: +1 415 283 4200
    • F: +1 415 293 4497

Michael VanderLey is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in San Francisco. Mr. VanderLey is a member of the Real Estate Solutions (RES) group and FTI Capital Advisors, LLC, an investment banking subsidiary of FTI Consulting, where he leads the RES Capital Markets practice. He advises public and private sponsors, operators, investors and real estate dependent operating companies with respect to debt and equity financings, asset and portfolio-level transactions, business combinations including joint ventures and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) and on strategic issues affecting enterprise value.

For more than 30 years, Mr. VanderLey has been involved with transactions representing every major real estate asset class and has advised on, originated, acquired or managed investment positions at every level of the capital structure. He has extensive special situations experience, having represented debtors, secured creditors, creditors committees and equity interests in connection with numerous restructurings and Chapter 11 cases, including directly leading or advising on financing and sale processes totaling over $5 Billion in connection with these mandates. In addition, Mr. VanderLey has served as testifying expert or consultant-to-counsel on engagements involving Chapter 11 interest rate and plan feasibility matters, leasehold valuation and damages, partnership disputes, underwriting procedures, loan servicing and administration and real estate capital markets conditions.

Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. VanderLey was Vice President and West Region leader for the Structured Finance division of Archstone. Previously, he held senior management positions at Essex Property Trust, Calyon Corporate and Investment Bank (a Credit Agricole Group subsidiary), as well as serving as Chief Investment Officer for a San Francisco-based real estate private equity firm focused on opportunistic and value-add investments. During the 1990s, Mr. VanderLey served as the senior west coast real estate professional for a national restructuring advisory boutique. He began his career in the real estate consulting division of Laventhol & Horwath.

Mr. VanderLey is a frequent speaker at industry conferences and seminars. His topics have included interest rate and capital markets trends, developments in real estate Chapter 11 cases, mezzanine debt and other junior financing structures and distressed debt and special situation transaction flows. Mr. VanderLey has contributed to various articles and mixed-media presentations including, “Navigating the Structured Finance Waterfall: Smooth Sailing or a Barrel Ride over the Falls?”, CRE Finance World, 2012.

Mr. VanderLey holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Finance from Arizona State University. He is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, CRE Finance Council, Mortgage Bankers Association and Urban Land Institute.

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