Mark S. Karlan

Lecturer in Law

  • A.B. Harvard College, 1980
  • J.D. Harvard Law School, 1984
  • M.B.A. Harvard Business School, 1984

Mark S. Karlan has almost four decades of international experience in the commercial real estate finance and investment business. Karlan has taught Real Estate Transactions at the UCLA School of Law since 2020 and he has taught Real Estate Finance and Investments at the UCLA Anderson School of Management to almost 5,000 students since 2012.

Karlan was an Executive Managing Director of CBRE Global Investors from 2006 through 2011 and was a member of the firm’s global Executive Committee and international Investment Committees. He was the President and founder of the firm’s Strategic Partners Asia II fund, a value-added real estate fund with $1.2 billion of assets under management that was one of the top performing funds of its vintage with offices in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, and Singapore.

Previously, Karlan was the President and CEO, founder, and a member of the board of directors of Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage Investment Corp., a NASDAQ listed REIT that invested in commercial mortgage loans, CMBS, and commercial real estate in the U.S. and Europe. Imperial Credit Commercial Mortgage was the top performing mortgage REIT from the time of its 1997 IPO that raised more than $500 million of equity capital and was 10x oversubscribed through the date of its sale to another public company in 2000. Karlan began his career at JMB Realty Corp. in Chicago in 1985 where he was a Senior Vice President and partner and helped lead the acquisition of the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Ltd., one of the largest real estate firms in North America. Karlan has acquired and financed more than 1,000 commercial properties and commercial mortgage loans globally with a gross asset value over $10 billion on behalf of institutional and other investors.

Karlan graduated with honors from Harvard Law School, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College, received a John Harvard Scholarship for academic achievement of the highest distinction, and was a winner of the Williston contract negotiation competition. Karlan is a featured speaker at institutional and private equity conferences and has served on the boards of public and private companies and philanthropic organizations. He is a member of the California State Bar and is a California licensed real estate broker.