Bringing over a decade of capital markets and debt and equity placement experience, Aaron Appel, Senior Managing Director, joined Walker & Dunlop in January 2020 as part of the AKS Capital Partners acquisition. Mr. Appel serves as a co-head of New York Capital Markets practice and focuses on sourcing and structuring financing for all commercial real estate asset classes nationally.
As Co-Founder of AKS Capital Partners, Mr. Appel helped the firm become one of the highest producing capital markets advisory firms in the country, responsible for originations valued in excess of $50 billion of debt and equity financing. Prior to establishing AKS Capital Partners, Mr. Appel served as Vice Chairman and head of JLL’s Debt and Equity Capital Markets practice based in New York City. During his time at JLL, Mr. Appel’s team was annually named the highest producing debt and equity advisors at the firm, facilitating over $50 billion of debt and equity placement. Additionally, Mr. Appel was named the firm’s MVP in both 2015 and 2017 and has been honored each year since 2015 by the Commercial Observer as one of their top 50 Most Powerful People in Commercial Real Estate Finance.
In his previous roles, Mr. Appel was a managing director of Meridian Capital Group and a first vice president at CBRE.
Mr. Appel received his bachelor’s degree in finance from the Zicklin School of Business at the City University of New York - Baruch College.