Chuck Rosenzweig founded Criterion in 2010. The two most senior principals at Criterion have over 50 years of combined experience investing in real estate debt and equity through multiple market cycles. They have been partners at Criterion for over ten years.
Founder and Managing Partner
Mr. Rosenzweig is the founder and Managing Partner of Criterion Real Estate Capital. Mr. Rosenzweig founded Criterion in 2010. With more than thirty-three years of commercial real estate and capital markets experience, Mr. Rosenzweig has focused on principal investments in commercial real estate for all property types. During his career, he has been responsible for originating and closing more than $35 billion of debt and equity investments.
Mr. Rosenzweig’s previous positions include Managing Director for the Real Estate Finance Group at RBS Greenwich Capital, which he joined in 2002. As an origination head at RBSGC, Mr. Rosenzweig was responsible for the origination and closing of mortgage debt, mezzanine financing and preferred equity. Prior to RBSGC, he was a Managing Director and head of origination for CDC Mortgage Capital (now Natixis Real Estate Capital). At CDC/Natixis, he was one of two executives who set up and formed their commercial real estate finance group in 1999. Prior to CDC/Natixis, Mr. Rosenzweig was a Managing Director and Head of the Eastern Region for Nomura Capital and was instrumental in growing its then pioneering commercial real estate business between 1994 and 1999. His experience in real estate began with the law firm of Kaye Scholer (now Arnold & Porter), where he was a transactional attorney in the real estate department.
Mr. Rosenzweig received his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his law degree from Cornell Law School. He is a member of the Cornell University Council, the Cornell Arts and Sciences Advisory Council, the Cornell Law School Advisory Council and the Advisory Board for Cornell’s Center for Real Estate and Finance. He is also a member of the Real Estate/Real Assets Investment Subcommittee for the Cornell University endowment.
Mr. Falk has more than twenty years of experience in commercial real estate private equity in all property types and across the capital structure, including principal equity, structured credit, and high yield debt. He joined Criterion in January 2011 and is responsible for sourcing, structuring, and asset managing portfolio investments for the company. Mr. Falk was previously a Managing Director of Transwestern Investment Company (Chicago) where he was primarily responsible for the firm’s investment initiatives on the East Coast, including principal equity, high-yield debt, and structured finance transactions. Prior to that, Mr. Falk was responsible for the firm’s capital markets and portfolio management activities including originating debt and equity capital for Transwestern’s principal investment activities nationally. During his career, Mr. Falk has completed over $6.5 billion of commercial real estate and capital markets transactions.
Mr. Falk earned his BS in Finance from Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland-College Park and his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the International Council for Shopping Centers (ICSC), and the Kellogg School of Management Real Estate Advisory Council.
Mr. Kantor has more than ten years of experience in commercial real estate finance, investing, and development. He joined Criterion in February 2014 and is responsible for sourcing, underwriting, closing, and asset managing investments. Prior to joining Criterion, Mr. Kantor was a member of the investments team at The JBG Companies, where he focused on underwriting new investment opportunities as well as asset- and portfolio-level recapitalizations and sat on the Portfolio Management Committee responsible for the oversight of eight opportunity funds with over 100 active investments.
Mr. Kantor earned his AB with honors in Economics as well as Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University. Mr. Kantor is an active member of the Brown Real Estate Group Steering Committee and The Dalton School Alumni Association and has been involved in the Municipal Art Society of New York and Project Renewal.
Mr. Heller joined Criterion in 2022 and focuses on sourcing, underwriting, closing, and asset managing investments. Prior to joining Criterion, Mr. Heller worked at Silverstein Properties with a primary focus on the equity fund management businesses, including the Cantor-Silverstein Opportunity Zone Trust (CSOZT) family of funds. Prior joining Silverstein, Mr. Heller worked as an analyst in the Research Department of Jones Lang LaSalle in New York City.
Mr. Heller holds a BA in Economics with Honors from the University of Chicago and an MS in Real Estate Development from Columbia University.