Raphael Fishbach heads Mesa West Capital's East Coast Originations team. Prior to joining Mesa West in 2010, Mr. Fishbach spent three years at Ramius LLC, an $8 billion asset management firm based in New York City with a specialty investment platform in real estate. As Director of Ramius’ Real Estate Group, Mr. Fishbach’s responsibilities included deal sourcing, origination and underwriting, negotiation of acquisitions, joint ventures and financings, as well as asset management. Mr. Fishbach was responsible for over $500 million of transactions. Previous to Ramius, Mr. Fishbach was at Wells Fargo Bank in the Real Estate Merchant Banking Group, both in Los Angeles and New York. As a Vice President, Mr. Fishbach’s primary responsibilities included sourcing, structuring, negotiating, closing and managing senior loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments on various types of commercial real estate assets. While at Wells Fargo, Mr. Fishbach received a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.