Our mission

Having pioneered the development of the professional single-family home rental (SFR) industry, we are on a mission to be the leading asset manager in the space.

About us

Our history

Lafayette RE LLC (“Lafayette”) was founded in 2011 by Thibault Adrien. Drawing on his real estate macro expertise and private equity investing experience, he saw a compelling opportunity in the single-family rental (SFR) asset class.

Lafayette’s first two funds executed on a distressed acquisition strategy, focusing exclusively on foreclosure sales. Building on Lafayette’s expertise in sourcing assets below market price and renovating homes at scale and below market costs, these first two funds generated strong risk-adjusted returns.

In 2013, at a time where inventory was high and home builders were capital-constrained, Lafayette expanded its scope and launched a land fund.

In 2014 Lafayette launched Brandywine Homes USA (“Brandywine) as a wholly-owned property management arm. Brandywine’s mission is to provide top-quality service to residents and enhance investor returns by more effectively managing maintenance costs and maximizing renewal rates.

In 2016 the firm started Lafayette Lending to invest in the Fix & Flip lending space, leveraging its hands-on expertise as single-family investor and property manager to generate attractive risk-adjusted returns.

As the SFR asset class matures, Lafayette is focused more than ever on cash flows, through its lending strategies, the acquisition of sub-scaled single-family homes portfolios and of single-family built-for-rent communities.

Our people

Our team comprises 20 people in New York along with 28 professionals in our local markets for property management. Lafayette also works hand-in-hand with a network of experienced local acquisition/due diligence teams and licensed vendors across its geographies.

LAFAYETTE HQ team

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TEAM MEMBERS IN 7 CITIES

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investment professionals

Thibault Adrien

Founder & CEO

Mr. Adrien is the Founder and CEO of the general partners managing the Lafayette funds, and the Founder and CEO of Brandywine Homes USA. He oversees all investment decisions, property management and loan servicing operations, fundraising and investor relations.

While founding Lafayette, Mr. Adrien was a Senior Analyst at Sureview Capital, a long/short equity hedge fund, where he covered the U.S. Real Estate and Home Building sectors.

Previously, Mr. Adrien was a Vice President at Fortress Investment Group in the Private Equity area. Among many responsibilities, Mr. Adrien was a Board Member at Alea North America, a run-off insurance company, overseeing a $1 billion portfolio of asset-backed securities. Prior to joining Fortress, Mr. Adrien was a Mergers & Acquisitions investment banker at Lehman Brothers in London and before that, he was an attorney at Ashurst in Paris.

Mr. Adrien received a Post-graduate degree (DESS) in Business & Tax Law from Paris II University, and graduated with an MSc in Finance.

Jesus Nuñez-Unda

Partner

Jesus Nuñez-Unda is a Partner at Lafayette, with a focus on credit, growth initiatives and financial management.

Previously Mr. Nuñez-Unda was Vice President for Growth and Strategy at DBRS, a globally-recognized credit ratings agency that was owned by The Carlyle Group and Warburg Pincus until its sale to Morningstar in 2019.

Before that Mr. Nuñez-Unda was an investment banker at Lehman Brothers, Goldman Sachs, and HSBC in London, Mexico City, and New York, where he assisted financial institutions and private equity clients in M&A and Capital Markets transactions exceeding $40 billion.

​Mr. Nuñez-Unda holds a BA in Economics from Monterrey Tech in Mexico, an MSc in Management (Grande École Program) from HEC Paris (France), and an MBA with concentrations in Entrepreneurship and Finance from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Dennis Cisterna

Build-for-rent - Chief Investment Officer

Dennis Cisterna is the Chief Investment Officer of Lafayette Communities, Lafayette’s BFR investment arm. One of the most well-known executives in the SFR investment space, he was previously CEO of Investability Solutions, a vertically-integrated service provider to institutional real estate investors. Prior to that Mr. Cisterna was Managing Director of FirstKey Lending, a portfolio company of Cerberus Capital Management, where he was on the executive team that completed the first-ever multi-borrower securitization in the SFR rental sector and led their origination team to more than $600 million in closed loans in less than two years. Before that he held a variety of management positions in the real estate sector including key roles at notable firms such as Johnson Capital, Lennar, and Toll Brothers.

Mr. Cisterna currently serves as a member of the National Rental Home Council, the Urban Land Institute, and the National Association of Home Builders.

Mr. Cisterna received his B.A. in Political Science from San Diego State University.

Christopher Mataja

Chief Underwriter

Christopher Mataja is the Chief Underwriter at Lafayette. He oversees the underwriting of all real estate acquisitions as well as loan origination and manages all debt transactions. Over the last six years, Mr. Mataja has contributed to establishing Lafayette’s reputation as one of the most reliable buyers and lenders in the single family home industry.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Mataja was an investment banking analyst with MD Global Partners in New York City, where he conducted due diligence and screened target companies for M&A, restructuring and capital market transactions.

Mr. Mataja received a Master of Management Studies from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Rollins College.

LIYA MO

Senior Associate

Liya Mo is a Senior Associate of Acquisitions and Operations at Lafayette, focused on the firm’s SFR investments as well as Brandywine Homes USA.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Mo worked at Deloitte Consulting in Real Estate & Location Strategy, helping companies find optimal space for geographic expansion and relocation. Before that Liya was with Rockefeller Group, FortBridge Capital Management and Goldman Sachs in real estate development, real estate acquisitions and asset management, respectively.

Liya graduated magna cum laude with a B.S. in accounting and finance from Washington University in St. Louis, and an MBA/MA degree from the Wharton School and the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, where she majored in Real Estate and Entrepreneurship & Innovation (MBA) and East Asia and Chinese language (MA).

Thibaud Favier

Associate

Thibaud Favier is an Associate at Lafayette, running financial projections for all Lafayette funds, and overseeing the creation of business plans as well as marketing materials for new ventures. He also covers the financial and technical analyses for investors.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Favier was a Lev Fin analyst at IKB Deutsche Industriebank, where he assisted in the origination of structured debt facilities for mid-cap LBO deals. He also worked at the French Embassy in Cuba where he conducted economic research for the French Treasury.

Mr. Favier holds an MSc. in Management from HEC Paris (France).

Ross Basri

Analyst

Ross Basri is an analyst who participates in underwriting, research, and due diligence for new communities.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ross worked at Jonathan Rose Companies, where he underwrote multifamily property acquisitions. Before that he was with Goldman Sachs, where he managed an equity derivatives portfolio.

Mr. Basri holds a BS in Applied Physics from Columbia University and is currently an MBA candidate at Columbia Business School with a focus in Real Estate.

asset management

Heidi Coppola

SVP Operations

Heidi Coppola is responsible for managing Operations and developing and implementing HR policies and best practices for Lafayette’s Property Management business. Ms. Coppola also assists in the development and growth of new lines of business that leverage the company’s core competencies.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Coppola worked for a single-family investment firm, Key Property Services, where she oversaw the valuation and brokerage businesses and provided operations expertise to the construction business, in addition to business development. Prior to that Ms. Coppola co-founded REO Clearinghouse to help servicers and nonprofits collaborate better around the disposition of low-value single family homes, and consulted for National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST), where she oversaw the acquisition and resolution of their first pool of non-performing loans (NPLs), and spent over two decades at Citigroup/Citicorp, where she helped establish policies and procedures for a new investment banking servicing platform.

Ms. Coppola holds a B.A. in Political Science from SUNY Binghamton, New York and a J.D. from American University Washington College of Law.

Jackie Lee

SVP Operations, Brandywine Homes USA

Jackie Lee helps manage Operations for Brandywine Homes USA.

Ms. Lee was previously an Operations Director at FirstKey Homes, a Cerberus Capital Management company. Prior to that she held various senior property management positions at Altisource, Travel Advantage Network, and Zerekon Holdings.Before that, Ms. Lee founded her own PM company, Clear Creek Properties, in 2003.

Ms. Lee studied Business management at le Tourneau University in Texas. She is a  real estate broker licensed in Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, and Texas.

Neven Simikic

Asset Manager

Neven Simikic is responsible for overseeing the REO portfolio of Lafayette. He supervises the recovery and renovations of at-risk properties and ensures that maximum returns are recovered.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Simikic managed multifamily renovation projects in New York, and before that he had more than eight years’ experience as portfolio manager for a commercial real estate development company in Belgrade, Serbia.

Mr. Simikic holds a B.A in Business Administration from Bocconi University (Italy).

Finance

Chris Grosselfinger

Senior Fund Controller

Chris Grosselfinger oversees fund management and administration as well as financial reporting for the firm’s funds.

Previously Mr. Grosselfinger was a Vice President of Finance at Pretium Partners, a real estate-focused private equity firm, where he worked with both the funds and corporate accounting. Prior to that, he was an Assistant Vice President at the Blackstone Group where he worked in various capacities with both the funds and the firm’s corporate finance group. Before that Mr. Grosselfinger was a Manager at Bisys/RK Alternative Investments in their fund administration group.

Mr. Grosselfinger holds a BS in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Andy Mieles

Property Controller

Andy Mieles is Property Controller, responsible for overseeing the accounting for all Lafayette rental properties, reconciling and maintaining bank accounts and preparing, coordinating and reviewing year-end closing of books and records. In addition, he assists the chief financial officer with fund-level accounting and reporting, and coordinates with outside tax and auditing consultants.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Mieles accumulated 12 years of experience as assistant financial controller and senior accountant with various real estate investment and property management companies, including the Related Companies, L.P.

Mr. Mieles holds a B.S. in Accounting and an MBA in Accounting, both from Nyack College in New York.

ROHAIL AHUJA

Associate

Rohail Ahuja works in both the Lafayette finance and investment teams to prepare financial reports and analyses for investors. He also supports the fund controller with financial reporting and management.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Ahuja was an audit associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the firm’s Qatar office, where he was involved in the external audits of major financial services companies in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. He also worked on the real estate team of Castlelake L.P. in Luxembourg, where he prepared and updated financial models to support investment projects.

Mr. Ahuja holds a BSc in Finance from Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and an MSc in Management from HEC Paris (France). He is also a qualified chartered accountant (ACCA, UK).

MELISSA FORT

Leasing & Accounts Payable

Melissa Fort is responsible for all aspects of accounts payable. She is also Lafayette’s office manager which includes duties such as travel arrangements, cash expenses and ordering supplies.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Fort worked in real estate, including both residential and commercial properties. She has had various responsibilities ranging from accounts payable to accounts receivable, as well as lease administration, and she has also had assistant property manager duties. Her ten-plus years of real estate industry experience includes time with Forest City Ratner, TF Cornerstone, and Cushman Wakefield.

Ms. Fort holds an A.S. degree in Accounting from New York City College of Technology.

Charlene Delia

Bookkeeper

Charlene Delia is responsible for various duties in assisting Lafayette’s Office Manager with Accounts Payable & Accounts Receivable.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Delia was in the accounting field for over 30 years. She has knowledge of various industries including Residential & Commercial Construction Companies, Accounting Firms, and Restaurants & Distributors.

Loan origination & underwriting

Christopher Mataja

Chief Underwriter

Mr. Mataja is the Chief Underwriter at Lafayette. He oversees the underwriting of all real estate acquisitions as well as loan origination and manages all debt transactions. Over the last 6 years, Mr. Mataja has contributed to establishing Lafayette’s reputation as one of the most reliable buyers and lenders in the single family home industry.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Mataja was an investment banking analyst with MD Global Partners in New York City, where he conducted due diligence and screened target companies for M&A, restructuring and capital market transactions.

Mr. Mataja received a Master of Management Studies from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Rollins College.

Max Devorris

Originations

Max Devorris is responsible for underwriting and originating loans across all of Lafayette’s target markets. He is also responsible for helping to manage Lafayette’s portfolio of current loans and helps to oversee the firm’s renovation projects.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Devorris spent a year at Marcus & Millichap on its investment sales team. He also interned at Glimcher Group, a Pittsburgh-based commercial real estate firm which has developed and acquired over seven million square feet of retail space across the Midwest.

Max holds a B.S. in Real Estate from New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.

Illiana Valendia

Underwriter Associate

Iliana Valencia is responsible for the preparation and initial underwriting of loan files. She acts as liaison between all parties including borrowers, attorneys, title companies, inspectors, and appraisal companies, and coordinates and manages loan closings.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Valencia had six years’ experience working in private real estate lending as a Senior Loan Administrator with the Association for Real Property and Infrastructure (ARPI) as well as Capital Fund 1.

Ms. Valencia holds an A.A. degree from Arizona Western College.

Marketing

Maylis de Lacoste

Marketing Director

Maylis de Lacoste is in charge of Lafayette’s marketing outreach strategies. In this capacity, she oversees all marketing communications for Lafayette private equty;  Brandywine PM and Lafayette Lending, she is in charge as well of  each business lines CRM platform implementation and lead acquisition.

Before joining Lafayette in 2017, Ms. de Lacoste spent 10 years in the financial services industry as a sales trader, then worked in the real estate market as a real estate retail and sales consultant at Crown Acquisition and a real estate residential salesperson at CORE.

Ms. de Lacoste graduated with a Master’s degree in Management from Bordeaux Business School in France, and also studied at New York University, where she majored in finance.

Human Resources

Isabelle Levilain

HR Director

Isabelle Levilain develops and implements HR strategies and initiatives for Lafayette and Brandywine Homes USA. Additionally, she maintains the firms’ pay plans and benefit program, and oversees and manages a performance appraisal system to drive individual and team success.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Levilain was an investment banker at BNP Paribas, covering large corporations in the Luxury Goods sector, in France. Before that Ms. Levilain was a Senior Associate, also at BNP Paribas, in both London and Tokyo.

Ms. Levilain holds a Post-graduate degree (DESS) in Corporate Finance from Paris I Sorbonne University.