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AssetAvenue names chief investment officer

Los Angeles-based AssetAvenue, an online lending platform for commercial real estate loans, has hired Varun Pathria as chief investment officer. Previously, Pathria worked at Colony Capital where he served as senior vice president.


May 18, 2015 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AssetAvenue, an online lending platform for commercial real estate loans, is proud to announce that Varun Pathria has joined the company as Chief Investment Officer. Most recently, Mr. Pathria was Senior Vice President at Colony Capital, a global real estate private equity firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California.

During his eleven year tenure at Colony, Mr. Pathria closed on transactions valued in excess of $20B focused on opportunistic equity acquisitions, high yield debt originations and acquisitions, and certain portfolio management activities focused on restructurings and corporate platform investments. Notably, Mr. Pathria played a key role in a number of high profile Colony investments, including the acquisition of the Fairmont Hotels, William Lyon Homes, and the 103 hotel Jameson portfolio.

“The real estate industry is undergoing tremendous change and I am thrilled to join a superior team with first-class venture backing to be a part of that change. AssetAvenue is at the forefront of utilizing technology and big data to streamline the lending process and provide investors with higher quality risk analytics,” said Varun Pathria, Chief Investment Officer of AssetAvenue. “By focusing on the relatively inefficient small balance commercial mortgage sector today, AssetAvenue offers institutional investors hungry for yield the ability to deploy significant capital with institutional underwriting without having to build out large internal teams.”

“We are excited to welcome Varun as a key member of AssetAvenue’s executive team,” added David Manshoory, CEO and Co-founder of AssetAvenue. “Varun brings a level of breadth and depth that is unparalleled amongst real estate professionals in the industry. There are few individuals that have operating expertise combined with debt and equity investment experience across all real estate product types. He immediately adds an institutional investment discipline to all aspects of our business.”

Mr. Pathria received his B.A. in Business Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles in 1996 and went on to the UCLA School of Law where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1999 with a specialization in Corporate Law. Mr. Pathria subsequently obtained his Masters in Business Administration in 2004 with a focus on Finance and Real Estate from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California and continues to serve as a Board Member at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate.

About AssetAvenue:
AssetAvenue is an online lending platform for commercial real estate loans. The Company provides quick and reliable access to competitively priced loans while offering accredited and institutional investors the potential to earn attractive returns. AssetAvenue leverages its innovative technology platform to provide financing from $250,000 to $20 million per property. Qualified investors can participate in funding with as little as $5,000, or fund loans through the Company’s Whole Loan Program. The company is a proud partner of the National Association of REALTORS® through its REach program to offer its loan solutions to over 1 million real estate professionals across the country. AssetAvenue has been recognized as one of the top 10 lending start-ups by CB Insights and featured in top media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur and Forbes. Learn more about investing and borrowing at