Team

Over 130 years of combined commercial real estate and lending experience

  • Jonathan Daniel, Principal - Knighthead Funding

    Jonathan Daniel

    Principal

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    Jonathan Daniel is a Principal at Knighthead Funding, LLC and oversees the real estate debt origination and asset management of the firm. Prior to joining Knighthead in 2013, Mr. Daniel was the Principal and Founder of Silo Financial Corp., a private equity-based real estate finance company formed in 2001. Throughout his career, Mr. Daniel has sourced, originated, placed and serviced, in aggregate, over $1B of commercial mortgages. Mr. Daniel has developed innovative deal structures for a diverse range of commercial property owners and created long-term relationships with mortgage brokers, attorneys, as well as real estate developers and investors. In 2010, Mr. Daniel testified in front of the House Financial Services Committee regarding alternatives for promoting liquidity in commercial real estate markets, supporting small businesses and increasing job growth. Mr. Daniel is a 1994 graduate of Syracuse University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance.

  • Brian Sullivan, Vice President - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Brian Sullivan

    Vice President

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    Brian Sullivan is Vice President of Loan Originations at Knighthead Funding, LLC. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Sullivan was the co-head of Silo Financial Corp.’s commercial origination desk, and has been involved with over $800mm of commercial bridge loan originations to date. Mr. Sullivan’s extensive financial background has allowed him to analyze and provide creative financing structures across a wide range of commercial real estate asset types. Prior to joining Silo in 2006, Mr. Sullivan was a Senior Financial Analyst for Hewlett-Packard in their $2 billion Information Technology Division. Mr. Sullivan began his career with T.M. Capital as an analyst focusing on middle-market mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Sullivan earned a BA in Economics from Bucknell University in 1996 and an MBA in Finance from The University of Notre Dame in 2001.

  • Edward Massaro, Chief Operating Office - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Edward Massaro

    Chief Operating Officer

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    Mr. Massaro has responsibility for managing various activities of Knighthead Capital Management, including business development, strategic planning and certain investment responsibilities. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Massaro was a Managing Director in the Leveraged Finance and Sponsor Coverage group at HSBC Securities. Prior to joining HSBC, Mr. Massaro was the head of High Yield and Loan Markets at RBS Greenwich Capital where his responsibilities included the coordination of RBS’s origination, distribution and trading activities relating to high yield securities, leveraged loans, CDS and distressed loans. Prior to joining RBS, Mr. Massaro was a Managing Director and Global Head Leveraged Finance at UBS Investment Bank. His responsibilities included: (i) capital commitments and firm strategy for non-investment grade loans, bridge loans, high yield bonds and mezzanine securities, (ii) business origination, deal structuring and underwriting and, (iii) managing the department’s marketing and execution resources. Additionally, Mr. Massaro was a member of the Investment Banking Operating Committee, Fixed Income Operating Committee, and Global Syndicated Finance Commitments Committee. He was also a member of the UBS Investment Bank Board of Directors. Prior to joining UBS, Mr. Massaro worked for Lehman Brothers where he was a Senior Vice President in High Yield Capital Markets, Salomon Smith Barney and J.P. Morgan. Mr. Massaro received a B.A. in Chemical Engineering from Yale University in 1988 and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 1992.

  • Henry Boeckmann, Vice President - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Henry Boeckmann

    Vice President

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    Henry Boeckmann is Vice President of Loan Originations at Knighthead Funding, LLC. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Boeckmann was a Director with True North Management Group, a $1B private equity firm focused on distressed/opportunistic real estate investments. While at True North, Mr. Boeckmann acquired/asset managed approximately $220MM in investment properties throughout the United States. Prior to True North, Mr. Boeckmann was a Senior Loan Originator with TD Bank where he developed a $400MM portfolio of real estate loans secured by a variety of property types including office, industrial, retail, multi-family, hotel and mixed use assets. Mr. Boeckmann began his lending career in the CMBS group at Bear Stearns and his real estate career as an appraiser with his family’s business. Mr. Boeckmann earned an AB in Economics from Bowdoin College in 1993 and an MBA from Columbia Business School in 2002.

  • Laura Torrado, Esq., General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer/HR Director - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Laura Torrado, Esq.

    General Counsel/Chief Compliance Officer/HR Director

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    Ms. Torrado manages all legal, compliance and HR issues at Knighthead Capital Management. Prior to joining Knighthead at its launch in 2008, Ms. Torrado was a Senior Managing Director at Bear, Stearns & Co. Inc. in the High Yield/Special Situations Department where she performed the dual role of legal advisor for the distressed debt trading desk and global head of loan settlement. In her role as legal advisor, Ms. Torrado counseled the distressed group on the structure of transactions, bankruptcy and securities issues, settlement issues and post-restructuring issues. Ms. Torrado supervised the settlement of all syndicated and bi-lateral loans, trade claims and other private instruments for all divisions, including, distressed loans, par loans, derivatives and emerging markets. She was also a founding member of the Bear Stearns Women’s Network. Before joining Bear Stearns in 1997, Ms. Torrado was an associate in the Bankruptcy Reorganization/Claims Trading Department at Robinson Silverman Peace Aronson & Berman, LLP, NKA Bryan Cave, where she represented and advised investment and commercial banks and hedge funds that invest in debt obligations and securities of financially distressed companies as well as creditors’ committees, unsecured creditors and debtors in all aspects of Chapter 11 cases. Ms. Torrado graduated from Albright College with a B.A. in Political Science/French in 1990 and received her J.D. from New York Law School in 1993.

  • Peter Illuzzi, Senior Associate - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Peter Illuzzi

    Senior Associate

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    Peter Illuzzi is a Senior Associate of Loan Originations at Knighthead Funding, LLC. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Illuzzi was an Associate at Centennial Bank, where he focused on credit analysis for over $500MM in acquisition, construction and recapitalization financing transactions on properties nationwide. Prior to Centennial, Mr. Illuzzi provided advisory services and sold commercial real estate debt and properties in the capital markets division of Auction.com/Ten-X.  Mr. Illuzzi began his career at BlackRock, specializing in fixed income trading analytics. Mr. Illuzzi earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Villanova University in 2009.

  • Eileen Xiao, Associate - Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Eileen Xiao

    Associate

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    Eileen Xiao is an Associate assisting in loan originations, asset management and financial analysis at Knighthead Funding, LLC. Prior to joining Knighthead, Ms. Xiao was an Associate at Geneva Worldwide, Inc. in their financial analysis and accounting group Ms. Xiao graduated Cum Laude from Queens College in 2015 with a BA in Accounting and Finance. Ms. Xiao is fluent in Chinese (Mandarin & Fuzhounese).

  • Michael Friedberg, Chief Financial Officer -Knighthead Funding, LLC

    Michael Friedberg

    Chief Financial Officer

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    Mr. Friedberg supervises the financial, accounting, audit, fiscal aspects and the coordination of the supporting information systems and financial controls of Knighthead Capital Management and its affiliates. Mr. Friedberg is registered as a Certified Public Accountant in the State of New York. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Friedberg spent nearly three years at Ernst & Young, LLP, in the firm’s asset management practice providing audit and advisory services to investment funds and investment fund administrators. Before Ernst & Young, Mr. Friedberg was an associate in the alternative investments group at Marcum LLP, where he provided audit services for investment partnerships. Mr. Friedberg received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Accounting from Hofstra University in 2006.

  • Dunping Yang, Knighthead Funding

    Dunping Yang

    Assistant Controller

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    Mr. Yang handles accounting, financial reporting and financial analysis at Knighthead Capital Management and its affiliated entities. Prior to joining Knighthead, Mr. Yang was a Senior Fund Accountant at Golub Capital with a focus on the firm’s credit hedge fund. Before Golub Capital, Mr. Yang spent four years in the fund accounting group at Citadel/Omnium/Northern Trust, where he provided financial reporting services for various hedge fund and private equity clients. Mr. Yang graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Master’s and Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. Mr. Yang is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.