Ackman-Ziff Launches New San Francisco Office, Increasing its Strength in the Marketplace

NEW YORK- Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, the real estate industry’s pre-eminent capital advisory group, today announced the addition of its San Francisco office. This carefully planned growth creates greater leverage in the marketplace presenting clients with new sources of capital and a larger audience of real estate owners and developers seeking to raise capital.

Alan Bear and Ginn Downing have joined the firm as managing directors. Together, Alan and Ginn, bring a level of enthusiasm for real estate and deal-making unmatched in the industry. “The leadership at Ackman-Ziff has set up a platform for success from the start. It’s incredibly powerful to have them behind what Ginn and I are doing. Our foundation is to have fun, sharing its expertise and do good things for business and our communities,” said Alan Bear. The new offices will provide customized real estate capital solutions to owners and developers throughout the west coast, including the Pacific Northwest and Denver, filling the need for sophisticated capital markets professionals to work with great companies.

“We’re so excited to have both Alan and Ginn join us in San Francisco; both are seasoned pros of the highest intellectual and ethical character that fit perfectly with what Ackman-Ziff has been building in the Bay Area,” said Patrick Hanlon, Principal of the New York based 90-year old capital advisory firm and fountainhead of its northern California practice.

About Alan Bear, Ginn Downing and Ackman Ziff Real Estate Group

Alan Bear
Born and raised in Wisconsin, Alan was lured, by the warm sun and seas, to the Bay Area. A CPA by training, Alan began his real estate career at an investment group and his strength for structuring deals and mirroring the right partners together, from a capital and operational side, evolved from there. Alan’s real estate investment and capital markets experience was key in leading Fairfield Residential back on track after the market downtown to becoming a thriving and prosperous multifamily player. Alan’s drive to create a positive client experience transcends any problems a deal may have, ultimately building long-standing, strong relationships along the way.

Ginn Downing
Ginn comes from a real estate family and so got her start in the industry at an early age. Having grown up on a cattle ranch and farm, she understands the difficulties of raising good food (marrying the right capital with the right client) and hunting your own meat (closing the elusive deal). Ginn applies the same holistic approach to the challenges of handling the more complicated real estate transactions and having a vision for what can be executed.

Ackman Ziff Real Estate Group
For over 90 years, Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group, the real estate industry’s pre-eminent boutique capital advisory firm specializing in debt financing, mezzanine financing, preferred equity, joint venture equity and investment sales, has provided creative capital solutions to the world’s leading real estate investors and developers With an unparalleled commitment to a truly collaborative model, its professionals continue to work at the industry’s vanguard, engineering new techniques and structures for raising capital. Ackman-Ziff remains highly regarded within the industry for its integrity, creativity, and advocacy on behalf of its clients. To learn more about what differentiates Ackman-Ziff from other firms who arrange real estate financings, contact the Investor Relations Department (212) 697-3333 or visit

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