Keith Kurland is a senior managing director and one of four co-heads that lead Walker & Dunlop’s (W&D) New York City Capital Markets practice. That practice officially launched at the end of January 2020 with the addition of Kurland and his three partners — Aaron Appel and brothers Jonathan and Adam Schwartz.
Kurland, a 14-year industry veteran with more than $35 billion in debt and equity placement to his name, joined W&D from AKS Capital Partners, an independent debt and equity advisory firm he and his three partners founded in the summer 2019 following their seemingly turbulent departure from global firm JLL, where they led the New York City Debt and Equity Structured Finance team.
A graduate of the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado-Boulder, Kurland got started in real estate in 2006 at opportunistic investment firm Titan Capital & Holdings, where he was a managing partner. He spent four years there before moving on to well-known brokerage Meridian Capital Group, where he logged about three and a half years, departing as a senior vice president.
His next stop brought him to JLL as a managing director, a title he held until he was elevated to become vice chairman of the firm’s New York-based Debt and Equity Structured Finance team, working alongside Appel and the Schwartz brothers. After more than five years at JLL, Kurland and his three partners broke away to start AKS in July 2019, lasting just several months before W&D CEO Willy Walker brought them in to spearhead the beginning of its New York capital markets operation and bolster his fast-growing, multi-faceted real estate finance firm.