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Leslie K. Fairbanks

Starwood Mortgage Capital
Executive Vice President
Charlotte, NC, USA


Ms. Fairbanks is an Executive Vice President and Head of Contract Finance at Starwood Mortgage Capital. She is responsible for the negotiation, documentation, legal due diligence and closing of the company’s commercial mortgage-backed securities loans. Ms. Fairbanks was formerly the Managing Director and Head of Wachovia Bank’s Commercial Mortgage Loan Servicing business, then the nation’s largest loan servicer with a portfolio under management of approximately $400 billion. During that period, she served terms as the Chair of the Master Servicer/Trustee Committee of the Commercial Mortgage Securities Association and a member of the Servicer CEO Committee of the Mortgage Bankers Association. Prior to running the servicing business, Ms. Fairbanks was a Managing Director in Wachovia’s Structured Finance group where she was responsible for the negotiation, documentation, legal due diligence and closing of approximately $1.5 billion of floating rate bridge and mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments.

Prior to joining Wachovia, Ms. Fairbanks was a Senior Vice President of WMF Capital Corp. where she was responsible for the negotiation, documentation, legal due diligence and closing of the company’s CMBS loans. Prior to joining WMF, Ms. Fairbanks was a real estate attorney at New York City law firms including Willkie Farr & Gallagher and Brown & Wood (now known as Sidley Austin), where she represented banks, investment banks and other capital providers in their CMBS and other commercial real estate finance transactions.

Ms. Fairbanks graduated Magna Cum Laude from Seton Hall University and earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her MBA from Wake Forest University.

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