JMc & Jameson Capital

I have 30+ years of experience in finance and private equity, corporate structuring and work-outs, and raising debt and equity, and have successfully closed on billions of dollars in transactions. I have been an investor, lender, investment manager, portfolio manager, financial advisor, corporate consultant, work-out consultant, and city planner. Clients have included domestic and offshore institutional investors, investment funds, hedge funds, high net worth investors, and private companies. I hold an MBA from Columbia University and a Master of City & Regional Planning from Rutgers University.

Established in 1994, Jameson Capital advises on real estate investments and finance (and select corporate transactions) on the corporate/platform and project level, including strategic planning, capitalization, corporate and project re-structuring, joint ventures, deal origination, transaction negotiation and closing, short-term and long-term debt and equity (especially creative and innovative solutions for complex transactions), asset management, and review of investment performance.

Jameson Capital arranges access to capital for clients who are seeking to raise debt or equity to finance growth, improve operations, make acquisitions, raise a fund or establish a platform, re-position or improve assets, invest in capital equipment, or recapitalize.

Special interests include green and sustainable design, resilience, passive energy design, waterfront, walkability, transit-oriented design, affordable housing, high-quality and innovative architecture and construction technology, mixed-use development, and the inclusion of public spaces and landscape architecture.

Highlights

  • Restructured on behalf of shareholders a private investment/merchant banking firm based in New York and London that specialized in opportunistic debt and equity transactions in North America and Western & Eastern Europe.
  • Advised on the ground-up establishment of two de nova bridge/opportunity real estate funds with capital provided by Amaranth Advisors and Liberty Harbor (Goldman Sachs) including personnel, policies, deal sourcing, structuring, and close and served as Chief Investment Office.
  • Consultant at Paine Webber (establishment of new CMBS program) and CIBC World Markets.
  • Co-founded an investment boutique specializing in U.S. direct investments and investment advice for offshore investors and the company’s shareholders – primarily Middle Eastern and involving some of the earliest Islamic transactions in the US.
  • Re-established the Real Estate Investment Group at The Guardian Life Insurance Company including creating investment programs and establishing investment and risk management parameters; coordinating with the Chief Investment Officer, CEO, Chairman, and Board of Directors; recruiting professional staff and third-party consultants; establishing a joint venture development program, a national origination network, the first national property management “sweeping” cash management system, and increasing the portfolio in two years from $100 million to over $1 billion while achieving one of the highest performance ratings in the industry.
  • At the Chemical Bank Investment Banking Group, I managed real estate debt and equity investments by the asset management and trust groups of the bank and advised offshore investors on US real estate.
  • As Supervising Principal Planner, I was intimately involved in the Jersey City “Gold Coast” development as well as housing and economic development, historic districts, residential development and rehabilitation, and transportation planning/funding including development of a light-rail system and was responsible for approximately 70% of the City’s non-education budget.

Jameson Capital (1994 – Present)

Jameson Capital advises on real estate investments and finance (and select corporate transactions) on the corporate/platform and project level, including strategic planning, capitalization, joint ventures, deal origination, transaction negotiation, short-term and long-term debt and equity (especially creative and innovative solutions for complex transactions), asset management, and review of investment performance.

Among other assignments:

  • Advised a private investment/merchant banking firm based in New York and London that specialized in opportunistic debt and equity transactions in North America and Western & Eastern Europe;
  • Advised on the establishment of two de nova bridge/opportunity real estate funds for BCF/North Hill Funding with capital provided by Amaranth Advisors and Liberty Harbor (Goldman Sachs) and acted as Chief Investment Officer for both funds; and
  • Advised private domestic and off-shore investors on acquisitions, financings and/or restructurings and was a consultant to several investment banks including Paine Webber and CIBC World Markets.

Intercap Investments (1990 – 1994)

I co-founded an investment boutique specializing in U.S. direct investments and investment advice (corporate, real estate, venture capital, trade finance, and equipment leasing) for offshore investors. The investors were primarily Middle Eastern and involved some of the earliest Islamic transactions in the US.

The Guardian Life Insurance Company (1987 – 1989)

I substantially re-established the Real Estate Investment Group including creating investment programs and establishing investment and risk management parameters; coordinating with the Chief Investment Officer, CEO, Chairman, and Board of Directors; recruiting professional staff and third-party consultants; establishing a joint venture development program, a national origination network, the first national property management “sweeping” cash management system, and increasing the portfolio in two years from $100 million to over $1 billion while achieving one of the highest performance ratings in the industry.

The portfolio’s performance was one of the highest in the industry and included straight debt, participating debt, joint ventures, and new construction. Among other investments, I negotiated a 50% equity interest in a new medical office building in return for a dropping a trespassing charge and established a highly regarded – and highly profitable – underlying co-op mortgage program in New York City.

Chemical Bank (1983 – 1986)

Assistant Vice President
Real Estate Investment Advisory Services (“RIAS”)
Real Estate Investment Banking Group (“RIBG”)

RIAS was a wholly-owned subsidiary of the bank that directed equity investments by the asset management and trust groups and advised offshore investors on US real estate. RIBG was the real estate arm of the Investment Banking Group.

I was involved in excess of $500,000,000 in transactions including structuring a major masterlease/purchase option/debt financing on a New York office property and the re-positioning and sale of an Ohio office park at a substantial, short-term profit and one of the first real estate-backed Eurobonds.

City of Jersey City (1976 – 1981)

Supervising Principal Planner

I worked on the redevelopment of the Jersey City “Gold Coast” – Exchange Place, Liberty Park, and Newport City including the initial planning, funding, and developments.

I was involved in housing and economic development, historic districts, residential development and rehabilitation, and transportation planning/funding including development of a light-rail system.

I was responsible for funding approximately 70% of the City’s non-education budget, was liaison with HUD and with various community groups and city council members (through a Neighborhood Planning Program that I designed and implemented), served on the statewide transportation planning committee and on a Gubernatorial Conference on Housing.

Education

Columbia University, 1983
MBA, dual concentrations in Finance and Money & Financial Markets

Rutgers University, 1976
Master of City & Regional Planning, dual concentrations in Housing Economics and Land Use Law