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Dennis L. Ruben

NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC

Scottsdale, AZ, USA

Dennis L. Ruben

 Mr. Ruben is Managing Director of NRC Realty & Capital Advisors, LLC, and has over 25 years of experience in real estate and real estate finance, and in the structuring, negotiation and documentation of commercial real estate sale-leaseback and loan transactions ranging in size from $1 million to $250 million, with an emphasis on convenience stores and gasoline stations and other single-tenant retail properties. In addition, he has extensive experience in real estate workouts, restructures, lease modifications and terminations, and bankruptcies involving shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, gasoline stations and other single-tenant retail real estate facilities.

While at NRC, Mr. Ruben has focused on providing financial advisory services to franchisees, owners, operators and potential purchasers of convenience stores and gasoline stations. To date, Mr. Ruben has been responsible for obtaining in excess of $200 million in sale-leaseback financing or commitments for such financing.

 Prior to joining NRC, Mr. Ruben served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GE Capital Franchise Finance Corporation, a $10 billion business unit of the General Electric Company (“GEFF”).  GEFF was the successor by merger to Franchise Finance Corporation of America (“FFCA”), which was, prior to its acquisition by GE Capital Corporation in 2004, a New York Stock Exchange real estate investment trust specializing in single-tenant franchised real estate.  He was primarily responsible for the structuring and negotiation of all of the company’s real estate sale-leaseback and mortgage loan transactions.  He was also directly responsible for the supervision and handling of all default, workout, bankruptcy and enforcement activities, ranging up to $250 million.  Mr. Ruben also had primary responsibility for the completion of FFCA’s term securitizations totaling in excess of $2 billion, and he routinely worked with investors, investment bankers, rating agencies and monoline insurers. 

 Prior to joining FFCA, he was a senior partner in the national law firm of Kutak Rock LLP, where he was a resident in its Denver, Colorado office from 1985-1991 and its Omaha, Nebraska office from 1980-1985.  During his tenure at Kutak Rock, Mr. Ruben specialized in real estate and real estate finance, creditors rights and bankruptcy, and commercial law and litigation.  While at Kutak Rock, he was responsible for several significant workouts and foreclosures involving hotels, shopping centers and major office buildings, and he was involved in several high-profile bankruptcy cases, serving as either counsel to major creditors or creditors’ committees.

 Mr. Ruben attended the University of Iowa, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree with high distinction in 1974 and a Juris Doctor degree with distinction in 1977.

 Mr. Ruben has spoken extensively and appeared on numerous panels involving franchise loan securitization, real estate and real estate finance, and defaults, workouts, restructures and bankruptcy relative to franchise and commercial real estate loans.  He is a member of the Iowa, Nebraska and Colorado Bars, and is a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute.  For the past four years, he has served as moderator of a panel at the Outlook Conference on the financial and capital markets relative to the convenience store and gasoline station industries.  The panel members consisted of industry participants from the sale-leaseback, mortgage lending and operations perspective.


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