Neil Freeman is Chairman and CEO of Aries Capital, LLC, a boutique commercial real estate mortgage and investment banking firm founded in 1991. Aries provides permanent and interim financing through direct correspondent relationships with Wall Street CMBS lenders, life companies, hedge funds, regional banks and other institutional investors. During his 40-year career, Freeman has arranged or directly-funded more than $6 billion for hotel, multifamily and commercial properties in the US and Caribbean including Hotel 21 C in Louisville, KY and Anguilla’s Malliouhana Hotel (an Auberge Resort). Freeman and his entities have developed and hold equity interests in real estate worth over $250 million, including The Roosevelt New Orleans (Waldorf Astoria). Through its affiliates such as the Urban Development Fund (UDF), Aries has also provided over $900 million in tax credit and mezzanine financing, translating into over $1 billion in financing.
Formerly a licensed CPA, Freeman has a BSBA degree in Accounting from the University of Florida, and a MBA from Stanford University. In addition to serving on the Board of the Bergstrom Center at the University of Florida, Freeman is an adjunct Real Estate professor at DePaul University in Chicago and a former board member for its real estate center. Freeman is a member of ULI, MBA, ICSC, SSA, the Lincoln Park Builders and serves on the board of REIA, the Chicago Real Estate Investment Association. Aries is based in Chicago with an office in Miami, Florida.