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Michael A. Kavanau

Michael A. Kavanau

Senior Managing Director
Chicago, IL, USA

Mr. Kavanau is a Senior Managing Director and co-office head of the Chicago office of HFF (Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P., NYSE: HF) with more than 25 years of experience in commercial real estate, including debt, investment sales and structured finance. He is primarily responsible for originating debt transactions throughout the Midwestern United States, as well as being responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Chicago office.  Mr. Kavanau’s focus is on multi-housing, office, retail and hotel properties. Through the course of his career with HFF, Mr. Kavanau has completed in excess of $12.3 billion in commercial real estate transactions. He and his team have won the Greater Chicago Food Depository Mortgage Banker of the Year award in 2008 and 2009.

Mr. Kavanau joined the firm in 1988. Prior to HFF, he was the Director of Acquisitions for Concord Assets Group.

Professional Designations

  • Chairman - Freddie Mac Seller Servicer Advisory Council
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Florida
  • Licensed Real Estate Broker, State of Illinois

Select Clients

  • Angelo Gordon/Taconic Investment Partners
  • Beacon Capital Partners
  • Cornerstone
  • Estein & Associates USA, Ltd.
  • Fidelity Management & Research
  • General Electric Pension Trust
  • Habitat
  • Hines
  • IMT Capital, LLC
  • Investcorp International, Inc.
  • KBS Realty Advisors
  • State of Wisconsin Investment Board (SWIB)
  • Tishman Speyer
  • Wells Real Estate Funds


BA, Brown University, Rhode Island


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