Mr. Kaufman is a Senior Managing Director and head of the Chicago office of HFF. He has primary responsibility over the debt and equity placement businesses in Chicago.  He joined HFF in 2004 and specializes in all areas of commercial real estate finance with a focus on real estate investment banking and equity/debt placement.  Mr. Kaufman is also a Securities Representative with HFF Securities, the broker/deal affiliate of HFF.

During the course of his career with HFF, Mr. Kaufman has completed more than $10 billion in commercial real estate transactions. Noteworthy transactions include the joint venture equity and debt placement for the Wolf Point development in Chicago, Illinois; construction financing the redevelopment of Wrigley Field area; and the financing of numerous mixed-use properties, including the New City Project in Chicago.

Prior to joining HFF, Mr. Kaufman was with the John Buck Company, where he was involved in development, acquisition and asset management. He earned his MBA from Vanderbilt University in 2003.


  • Equity Placement
  • Mortgage Banking
  • Advisory

Professional Designations

  • Licensed Real Estate Broker – State of Illinois
  • Registered Securities Representative


  • MBA, Vanderbilt University
  • BA, Tulane University