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Mr. Isaacson graduated “with distinction”s in 1985 from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Accounting and Auditing Major) followed by a Bachelor of Commerce degree (Honors) (Finance and Accounting Majors) and a Certificate in the Theory of Accounting degree from the University of Cape Town in 1986.
Mr. Isaacson is a Chartered Accountant (South Africa) and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois).Mr. Isaacson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Alliance Holdings, L.L.C. (Alliance) from 1999 to 2004, and 2006 to 2007. Alliance was an owner/operator of multi-family apartments and at its peak owned and managed in excess of 65,000 apartment units. Mr. Isaacson oversaw accounting, financial reporting and risk management at Alliance, as well as having overall responsibility for all capital markets activities. He executed capital markets transactions in excess of $4 billion at Alliance, which included all forms of senior and mezzanine debt, preferred equity, and traditional equity raises. From 2004 to 2006 Mr. Isaacson was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at The Laramar Group in Chicago. Laramar owns and manages approximately 50,000 units throughout the U.S. Mr. Isaacson had overall responsibility for the financial operations of Laramar, including directing capital markets activities for the organization. Mr. Isaacson was a key member in the creation and management of Covington Realty Partners, L.L.C., a TIC sponsor that had acquired approximately $150 million of real estate since its formation in June 2005. In his capacity as Chief Financial Officer for The Laramar Group, Mr. Isaacson’s responsibilities included assisting in the financing and structuring strategies for Covington, syndication of TIC interests, and investor reporting. Further, Mr. Isaacson was critically involved in raising a $325 million institutional private equity fund to invest in value-add multi-family across the United States.
Prior to joining Alliance, Mr. Isaacson work for 10 years in the National Real Estate Division of Altschuler, Melvoin and Glasser, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Express Tax and Business Services (“SAM&G”s). Mr. Isaacson spent his last three years at AM&G leading a team of professionals who assisted real estate lenders in providing financing on transaction in excess of $1 billion. Mr. Isaacson also has extensive experience providing consulting, auditing, and tax structuring services to real estate entities.
Mark has primary responsibility for all financial requirements of Redwood Capital Group and all capital market aspects required to capitalize investments. In addition, Mark is responsible for all financial and accounting aspects of running Redwood Capital Group on a day-to-day basis.