Greystone Hires Ackman-Ziff’s Romano Tio to Grow Lending Business

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Greystone has tapped a 30-year commercial real estate veteran to help expand its loan origination platform.

The Manhattan-based lender announced Tuesday the hiring of Romano Tio from Ackman-Ziff as a senior managing director to focus on large deals and expanding loans across a broader scope of asset classes. Tio, who joins Greystone’s commercial finance team led by Scott Chisholm in New York City, was most recently senior managing director at Ackman-Ziff. Over the past four years, he managed $10 billion in transactions.

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“Greystone’s breadth and depth of capital markets capabilities are a unique offering in the market, and I look forward to leveraging these in the market for clients across a broad spectrum of asset classes,” Tio said in a statement. “Working with Scott on his ambitious growth of commercial and large loan services at Greystone is a truly exciting prospect-turned-reality.”

Prior to joining Ackman-Ziff, Tio co-founded RM Capital Management, where he was in charge of advising on debt and equity deals. In this role, he also spearheaded recapitalizations and restructurings on behalf of public companies, private equity funds and business owners.

Before that, Tio helped start and manage the distressed commercial mortgage principal investments at HCP Real Estate, an affiliate of multibillion-dollar hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners.

“I’m thrilled Romano has joined our team here at Greystone, where the sky is the limit in advising clients on their capital market needs,” Chisholm said in a statement.

Tio graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island with a bachelor’s in biochemistry and a minor in biology.