Cliff heads Metropolis Capital Finance, which specializes in mezzanine lending, equity, and
other commercial real estate financing techniques, as well as first mortgage originations.
Cliff brings more than 20 years of real estate finance related experience in leading the
Metropolis Capital Finance team.
From 2002 to mid-2009, Cliff was the head of the Structured Finance Group at
Transwestern, one of the largest privately held commercial real estate and development
firms in the U.S. During this time, he completed over $3 billion of transactions, including
the $550 million Solaris Residences development in Vail, Colorado and the $110 million
acquisition of an eight property portfolio sold by Regency Centers to Spectrum Realty in
From 1996 to 1999, Cliff was with CB Richard Ellis, where he headed the East Coast hotel
brokerage group and simultaneously ran the Mid-Atlantic and New York City real estate
finance division of CB's subsidiary, LJ Melody & Company. During this time, he completed
the financing of more than $750 million worth of capital structured deals, generally providing
clients with equity or mezzanine portions of their capital structure.
From 1993 to 1996, Cliff was with Transwestern's predecessor, The Carey Winston
Company, where he started the hotel brokerage division of the firm. During his tenure with
Carey Winston, in that period, he closed more than 20 transactions with a combined market
value in excess of $200 million, comprised of various deal structures including sales, debt,
equity and mezzanine, as well as the restructuring of bankrupt or distressed entities.
Brendan B. McCarthy Memorial Award – 2006
Transwestern National #2 Top Producer (All Service Lines): 2006
Transwestern National #1 Top Producer (All Service Lines): 2003
Transwestern National Finance Top Producer: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008
Consistently ranked as a Transwestern top producer in the "Champions Club" since 2003
Mr. Mendelson regularly participates as a national speaker and moderator for the
RealShare Conference Series hosted by Real Estate Media.
Cliff is an active member of the following organizations:
Mortgage Bankers Association
International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)
Greater Washington Commercial Association of Realtors (GWCAR)
The Daniel Heumann Fund for Spinal Cord Research
Quest for the Cure - A Spinal Cord Research Coalition
The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, Board Member
Cliff is a 1988 graduate of Syracuse University. Mr. Mendelson teaches a Structured
Finance course for the Masters in Real Estate program at Georgetown University.