Managing Director, Head of Legal & Chief Compliance Officer
John Vavas is a Managing Director and Head of Legal and Chief Compliance Officer at Allegiant.
He held a similar role at FirstKey Lending prior to the relaunching of FirstKey’s CRE business as an independent investment company under the Allegiant banner. Prior to joining FirstKey in 2013, Mr. Vavas was an Associate Director at Macquarie Investments US, a subsidiary of the Macquarie Group, where he was responsible for coordinating the closing of newly originated commercial mortgage loans, the acquisition of existing commercial mortgage loans, negotiating loan documentation, drafting term sheets and managing relationships with external legal counsel.
Before joining Macquarie in 2011, Mr. Vavas was a Vice President and Counsel at Nomura where he managed the liquidation of legacy commercial real estate assets. Prior to joining Nomura in 2009, Mr. Vavas practiced law as an Associate at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal and Thacher Proffitt & Wood. While in practice, Mr. Vavas represented lenders, including investment banks and life insurance companies in the origination of CMBS, portfolio, construction, mezzanine and syndicated loans secured by real estate. Mr. Vavas received a B.A. in Management and Japanese Studies from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from New York Law School, where he graduated cum laude.