FRANCESCO CIMA, DIRECTOR OF CAPITAL MARKETS
Francesco Cima is responsible for the capital markets activities at Ashcroft Capital, focusing on building equity relationships with institutional investors such as real estate funds, family offices, endowments/foundations/, sovereign wealth funds, pensions, and life companies. Francesco has 10 years of experience in finance and investing across the capital stack, having worked in corporate finance, bond trading, real estate acquisitions, real estate bridge & CMBS lending, and fundraising for real estate, private equity, and hedge funds. In addition to fundraising at Ashcroft, he also actively participates in investment analysis, asset management, and brand strategy across the firm.
Francesco has rejoined Ashcroft, after stepping away for 4 years when he served as Citigroup’s Senior Associate with dual roles in the (i) Large Lending team underwriting more than $50bn in balance sheet investments and Large CMBS loans, and (ii) the real estate primaries fundraising team. When Citi’s private equity primaries team was spun out independently, Francesco moved to the newly formed Spartan Advisors as a Vice president to continue raising funds for the existing clients as well as new private equity and hedge fund clients.
Francesco holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Finance and Financial Engineering from Wake Forest University, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) from the Schack Institute of Real Estate at New York University (NYU).