Cervantes Lee serves as Investment Partner of RedBridge Capital, responsible for investments and portfolio management. He also serves as Chairperson of the Investment Committee. Cervantes is a seasoned real estate and investment professional with transaction experience exceeding $8 billion.
Previously, Mr. Lee founded Cambridge Realty Investors (“CRI”) in 2012 with the guidance of his former employer, Dr. Robert Zerbst (Chairman Emeritus of CBRE Global Investors, a $100 billion investment manager). At CRI, he evaluated over $1 billion in transactions, including, shopping center, restaurant business, multifamily, student housing, senior housing, hotel, mixed-use and career college investments.
Cervantes joined CBRE Investors’ Los Angeles in September 2008, as Deputy Fund Manager for CBRE Strategic Partners Asia II Fund, a US$400 million value-added fund with an investment focus in China and Japan, of which AuM peaked at $1.5 billion. CalSTRS was the lead investor for the Asia Fund. The Chinese equity joint venture partners for the Asia Fund included China Vanke, Shanghai Forte, HK Construction and Sino Ocean Land. He was also the lead underwriter for CBRE’s acquisition of ING REIM Asia in November 2011, a $5.1 billion portfolio (part of the global ING REIM business acquisition at $59.8 billion). He was also previously Asia capital relationship manager at CBRE Investors for China Life Insurance Co., Taiwan-based insurers and public pensions.
Mr. Lee also served as investment manager for AIG Nan Shan Life Insurance Company, where he completed $800 million of equity investments in properties valued at approximately $1.3 billion (valued at a 3x multiple today). He began his career with Credit Lyonnais Securities Asia, Colony Capital, and Arthur Andersen’s Global Corporate Finance. He also spent two years as a second lieutenant of transportation in the Taiwan Navy.
Mr. Lee received a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development from MIT (2008), an MBA in Finance (1999) and a BA in Economics (1997) from National Taiwan University. He is an executive member to The Institute for Real Estate Operating Companies. He is a frequent speaker at industry investment conferences and a guest lecturer for real estate classes at USC, UCLA, CalPoly Pomona and CalState Fullerton.
He has designations in Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) and all five ICSC designations. He owns a California Real Estate Broker license, California Senior Housing RCFE Administrator license, and passed Series #65 Investment Adviser exam. Cervantes also serves as an Independent Board of Director of the Manhattan Hotel Group Co., a listed hotel management company with operating assets in California and New York.
Outside of work, Cervantes served as the 2013-2014 Vice President of National Taiwan University Alumni Association of Southern California. Cervantes was also awarded the “2012 Outstanding Youth Award” of Overseas Chinese in Southern California. He currently serves as President-Elect for 2017-2018 for the MIT Club of Southern California. He lives in West Covina with his wife and two young children.