Matthew Cypher to Lead Real Estate Finance Initiative

September 14, 2012 Matthew Cypher

Cypher Brings A Decade of Industry Real Estate Experience to the Initiative and the Classroom

Matthew L. Cypher joined the faculty at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business in July as a professor of the practice in real estate finance and director of the school’s Real Estate Finance Initiative.

Cypher is charged with leading and growing the real estate program at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to teaching responsibilities, he will develop strong relationships with the relevant academic, professional, and policy-making communities. The initiative also seeks to create a forum for industry leaders to discuss changing global trends in real estate.  

“As increasing numbers of students at Georgetown McDonough have expressed an interest in global real estate, it is important that we provide opportunities for learning, networking, and leadership development,” said Reena Aggarwal, director of the Center for Financial Markets and Policy and professor of finance. “We are thrilled to have Matthew Cypher join the center to lead the Real Estate Finance Initiative.”

Cypher brings nearly a decade of industry real estate experience to Georgetown McDonough. He joined Invesco’s real estate acquisitions group in 2005 following several years in academia.  While at Invesco, he was responsible for oversight of the Underwriting Group, which acquired $10.2 billion worth of institutional real estate during his leadership tenure. He has also personally underwritten $1.5 billion of acquisitions culminating with the purchase of 230 Park Avenue in New York, which Invesco acquired on behalf of its client capital in June 2011. Additionally, he was responsible for the Valuations group, which marks to market Invesco’s more than $13 billion North American portfolio. Cypher also was a member of Invesco’s Investment Committee and Investment Strategy Committee.  

He served as an adjunct professor at Southern Methodist University teaching courses in the real estate concentration of the university’s MBA program while at Invesco.  His written work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Real Estate Research, Journal of Property Research, and Urban Affairs Review. He also has written for trade-level publications including Urban Land and The Institutional Real Estate Letter. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Texas A&M and a B.S from The Pennsylvania State University.

“I am incredibly excited to put my industry experience from Invesco to work at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business,” Cypher said. “The Real Estate Finance Initiative will employ a highly applied approach to learning that will focus on the interaction between bottom-up asset level questions and top-down market considerations. My primary objective is to produce uncommonly skilled graduates that will make an immediate impact at top real estate companies around the globe.”

The Real Estate Finance Initiative seeks to develop future business leaders interested in careers in real estate. Specifically, the Real Estate Finance Initiative supports building a community of interest through events in both Washington and New York; expanding professional opportunities for students and alumni; and enhancing curriculum and experiential learning for students through courses, consulting projects, case competitions, site visits, industry conferences, mentor programs, and student club activities.

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