Our mission

Having pioneered the development of the professional single-family home rental (SFR) industry, we are on a mission to address the shortage of homes in the US while providing a best-in-class tenant experience to our residents and delivering outsized returns to our investors.

About us

Our history

In 2011, Lafayette identified a unique opportunity to buy, renovate and rent single-family homes in the US and provide European investors exposure to the US Real Estate market recovery.

Since its launch, Lafayette was followed by other large institutions which have, in total, acquired more than 300,000 single-family homes for rent (SFR). A new commercial real estate asset class was born, and Lafayette is one of its veterans. With close to 4,000 homes under management, Lafayette is one of the top 15 largest SFR owners in the US.

In 2014 we created Brandywine Homes, a property management company that manages 100% of the Lafayette portfolio. The Lafayette and Brandywine teams are working hard to provide best-in-class management services to their residents to maximize lease renewal rates and control operating costs.

Lafayette takes pride in participating in the US real estate recovery, positively impacting the neighborhoods where it operates, renovating vacant homes, creating jobs, and providing good quality houses for families that don’t want to or cannot become homeowners.

In 2016, Lafayette launched Lafayette Lending, a private lending activity dedicated to single-family home investors.

In 2018 Lafayette recapitalized and merged its existing funds to create a long-term investment company: Lafayette Longview. It also launched Fund III with a hybrid strategy (SFR equity and credit).

In 2019 and 2022, Lafayette launched two joint ventures with two large US institutions to focus on a Build-for-Rent strategy and provide much-needed supply to the SFR market.

Our people

Our team comprises 29 people in New York along with 56 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 TEAM

EMPLOYEES IN 3 CITIES

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EMPLOYEES IN 8 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 President 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.

Christopher Mataja

Chief Operating Officer

Christopher Mataja is the Chief Operating Officer at Lafayette. He oversees the underwriting and acquisition of all real estate. Over the last eight 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.

JOSH NATHAN

Principal

Josh Nathan is a Principal at Lafayette, with a focus on the single-family rental strategy, growth initiatives, and capital raising efforts.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mr. Nathan was a founding executive of FirstKey Homes, Cerberus Capital’s $5B single-family rental platform, where he was Senior Vice President of Portfolio Management and Corporate Strategy. Previously, he was a Senior Associate at Cerberus in the strategic advisory group (COAC), responsible for private equity due diligence, restructuring, and M&A across the funds’ real estate and consumer businesses. He started his career in investment banking at Houlihan Lokey, where he specialized in restructuring, credit, and valuation.

Mr. Nathan received a Bachelor of Business Administration with majors in Finance and International Business from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Andy Peluso

General Counsel

Andy Peluso is General Counsel at Lafayette.  He oversees Lafayette’s legal affairs and is a member of the company’s senior management team.

Before joining Lafayette, Mr. Peluso was a real estate transactions attorney with Foley & Lardner LLP in Tampa, Florida. He counseled clients regarding acquisitions, dispositions, development, and leasing of various real estate asset classes, including single-family, multi-family, office, and retail—additionally, Mr. Peluso’s prior practice involved representing lenders and borrowers in connection with commercial financing.

Mr. Peluso earned a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude, and a B.S.B.A. in Finance from the University of Florida, graduating cum laude.

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.

Brad Stanis

Land Acquisition and Development

Brad Stanis is a land acquisition, entitlement and development professional with over 18 years of experience in the development and redevelopment of residential communities. Over this period Brad has held positions with several national homebuilders including over ten years with Lennar homes.

During his time with Lennar, Brad was responsible for all aspects of land, from the sourcing to the entitling as well as the developing of finished homesites for the homebuilding divisions. In addition, Brad was selected to open the land operations for Lennar in Jacksonville following the acquisition of a local builder. Most recently he was tasked with purchasing and entitling land from northern Broward County to Indian River County. His success in doing so caused the company to re-open the Palm Beach Division, which had been closed since the recession in the fall of 2008.

Throughout his career Brad has been responsible for the acquisition and development of over 30,000 homesites throughout Florida. Brad has an undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University.

LIYA MO

VP of Origination & Acquisition

Liya Mo is a VP of Origination and Acquisitions, focused on the build-for-rent strategy. She is in charge of building the BFR pipeline and presenting opportunities to our Investment Committee.

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).

Cyrus Shahabi

Chief of Staff

Cyrus Shahabi is Chief of Staff at Lafayette, implementing and coordinating the firm’s strategy and initiatives across different verticals and business functions, including asset management, underwriting processes and deal execution.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Cyrus was an Associate at Gramercy Funds Management, an Emerging Markets Hedge Fund, working mostly on private debt investments across a wide range of industries. Before that, Cyrus was a consultant at McKinsey & Company and an advisor to the Governor of Buenos Aires.

Cyrus received a B.A. from Yale University double majoring in Economics and Latin American Studies, an MBA from Wharton and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.

Cristina Rudiez

VP of Business Development

Cristina Rudiez is a VP of Business Development at Lafayette, running financial projections for all Lafayette funds with a focus on credit and growth initiatives.
Throughout her career, Ms Rudiez has directly worked on $10bn of closed Distress Debt and CRE transactions. Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Rudiez was a Vice President at The Carlton Group where she was focused on identifying new business initiatives, designing and implementing the firm’s strategy to achieve designated goals, and leading the execution team through the sale processes of different CRE assets.

Prior to that, she worked as a Manager at EY FIG Services where she led the execution of M&A transactionsShe also worked 3 years within Alantra’s M&A Team, a top tier Spanish Investment Bank, where she worked on some of the most important and complex distressed RE transactions in Europe. She was responsible for overseeing every phase of a processes: developing financial analysis, operating models and market analysis while managing client relationships and junior professionals.Before that, she worked at CBRE as a valuation advisory analyst and was involved with SAREB’s portfolio which amounted to 21bn euros of non-core assets.

Ms. Rudiez holds a BBA in Business, Finance and Accounting from CUNEF (Colegio Universitario de Estudios Financieros) in Madrid (Spain).

Michael Bergh

Senior Transaction Manager

Michael Bergh is the Senior Transaction Manager at Lafayette, implementing and managing the processes for the successful completion of real estate transaction closings.

Mr. Bergh began his career in the financial sector as a stockbroker with extensive experience in M&A. He went on to commercial and residential property valuation, owning his own appraisal firm and serving on the Board of NAREA – a national appraisal organization. Progression into the SFR REIT space followed with Waypoint Homes in their valuation, underwriting & property tax areas. Relocation to Georgia capitalized on Mr. Bergh’s valuation and property knowledge as he became Property Tax Director of Cold River which eventually led him to FirstKey Homes as Asset Manager, Director of Acquisitions and Acquisition Transaction Manager. His valuation and transaction skills were applied at Zillow Offers as Eastern Region Resale Manager before joining Lafayette.

Anand Kumar

Analyst

Anand Kumar is an analyst at Lafayette, primarily responsible for location analysis, underwriting, and research for the acquisition of new communities, as well as preparing financial models and marketing materials for new ventures.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Anand worked as an investment analyst at Savills Investment Management in their Paris office, where he prepared financial models for real estate acquisitions of industrial, office, and retail assets completing transactions with a combined value of ~EUR 150 million. Prior to that he founded a supply chain company called Green Orchid Supply Link in Delhi, India.

Anand holds a B. Tech. in Civil Engineering from Vellore Institute of Technology (India) and a MSc. in Management from ESSEC Business School in Paris (France) where he majored in Real Estate Finance.

 

Faten Benbekhaled

Analyst

Faten Benbekhaled is an analyst at Lafayette. She works on financial analysis of potential investments and creates marketing materials for new ventures. She also covers the technical and financial analysis for investors.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Ms. Benbekhaled was an M&A Analyst at Messier Maris & Associés where she worked on financial valuation and screenings of new opportunities in diverse industries. Prior to that, she also worked as an M&A and Project Finance Analyst at Total and Engie where she developed an extensive knowledge in energy projects financing and valuation.

Ms. Benbekhaled holds a MSc. in Corporate Finance and Taxation Management from Sorbonne University and a MSc. in Management from ESSEC Business School in Paris (France).

 

Felix Schuhbauer

Analyst

Felix Schuhbauer is an analyst at Lafayette primarily responsible for business planning and financial modeling. He also contributes to origination and capital raising efforts.

Before joining Lafayette, Felix worked in investment banking where he focused on M&A across sectors and also had exposure to restructuring projects. Previously, he gathered work experience in management consulting and software programming.

Felix holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Business from TH Rosenheim in Germany and an M.Sc. in International Finance from HEC Paris in France.

Mridul Dawar

Analyst

Mridul Dawar is an analyst at Lafayette. His primary responsibilities entail conducting research, location analysis, and underwriting for new investments.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Mridul worked as an M&A analyst at Vicente & Partners in London, where he gained live deal experience and worked on financial analysis of companies in the consumer goods space. Before that, he worked in Paris at BNP Paribas as a Debt Capital Markets analyst covering financial institutions and at Natixis in the Infrastructure Investment Banking origination team.

Mridul holds a Master’s in Management with a specialization in International Finance from HEC Paris (France) and a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce (India).

Alex Peck

Analyst

Alex Peck is an analyst at Lafayette primarily responsible for conducting research, location analysis and underwriting.

Alex joined Lafayette lending team while working towards his bachelor’s degree. He assisted with broker communication, marketing efforts, and loan origination. Prior to joining Lafayette, Alex interned at Forte Capital on the wealth management team.

Alex attended New York University where he played on the universities hockey team and holds a B.A. in economics.

Diego Benetti

Analyst

Diego Benetti is an analyst at Lafayette, primarily responsible for financial analysis of real estate assets and industry research, as well as drafting marketing documents for internal and external distribution.

Prior to joining the company, Diego was part of Nomura’s M&A team in London covering corporate clients in the EMEA region. Before that, Diego worked on cross-border M&A transactions between Europe and Latin America at Euro Latina Finance in Paris, and at Ananda Asset Management, a London-based hedge fund dedicated to investing in equities across Europe and North America.

Diego holds a B.S. in business from the São Paulo School of Management, FGV-EAESP (Brazil) and a MSc. in Management from HEC Paris (France) where he majored in International Finance.

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

CEO 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 of experience as a 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).

Iliana Valencia

Transaction Coordinator

liana Valencia is a Transaction Coordinator at Lafayette, overseeing all aspects of a real estate transaction from executed purchase agreement to closing.

Previously taking on the role of Transaction Coordinator at Lafayette, Iliana Valencia, in her role of Underwriting Associate, was responsible for the preparation and initial underwriting of loan files. She acted as a liaison between all parties, including borrowers, attorneys, title companies, inspectors, and appraisal companies overseeing the closing and funding of over 700 loans.
Her ten-plus years of real estate industry experience includes time in American
Residential Properties, Capital Fund 1, and Patch Lending as Senior Loan
Administrator and Senior Closer, respectively.

Iliana Valencia holds a B.A. in Business Administration from CETYS University.
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Sarah Emerick

Transaction Coordinator

Sarah Emerick is a Transaction Coordinator at Lafayette, working as part of a stellar Transaction Team to ensure each transaction is smooth and successful from contract to closing. In addition, she is helping to create, define, and implement best practices for the team as it continues to grow.

Ms. Emerick has more than a decade of experience in real estate and several facets of the real estate world, and she gained new perspectives and insights from each one. Before joining Lafayette in 2022, she spent many years as a Transaction Coordinator in commercial brokerage in both sales and leasing, working for CBRE. In that role, Ms. Emerick supported several top 1% of brokers company-wide and processed $50M in commissions annually, focusing on the Chicago market. Before that, she also gained experience in residential development sales, working for Garrison Partners corporate office. In that role, she worked closely with the operations and training teams, brokers, and buyers.

Ms. Emerick studied English and Theater at Millikin University, honing her creative skills and entrepreneurial spirit, and for 11 years owned and operated an online shop selling her handcrafted jewelry. That experience of being the sole proprietor was instrumental in developing the well-rounded skill set she brings to Lafayette.

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.

Priya Tarannum

HOA Administrator

Priya is primarily responsible for managing Homeowners Association activities, contracts, and legal obligations for all the operating markets of Lafayette. In addition, she assists with Accounts Payable, Property Licenses, and Taxes.

Prior to joining Lafayette, Priya had Real Estate Accounting experience along with operations experience in the retail and food & beverage industries.

Priya holds a BS in Accounting from Thomas Edison State University.

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 Operating Officer

Christopher Mataja is the Chief Operating Officer at Lafayette. He oversees the underwriting and acquisition of all real estate. Over the last eight 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.

Alex Peck

Analyst

Alex Peck is an analyst at Lafayette primarily responsible for conducting research, location analysis, and underwriting.

Alex joined the Lafayette lending team while working towards his bachelor’s degree. He assisted with broker communication, marketing efforts, and loan origination. Prior to joining Lafayette, Alex interned at Forte Capital on the wealth management team.

Alex attended New York University where he played on the universities hockey team and holds a B.A. in economics.

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 equity, Brandywine PM, and Brandywine Care; she is in charge of each business line’s CRM platform implementation and lead acquisition.

Before joining Lafayette in 2017, Ms. de Lacoste spent ten 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 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.