Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Robyn Sorid co-founded G4 Capital with partners Louis Silverman and Jason Behfarin. Since the firm’s inception in 2005, Ms. Sorid has been involved with every aspect of the firm’s growth and investment activities, including originating, structuring and managing real estate transactions in excess of $2 billion. Drawing on her extensive transactional and litigation legal background, Ms. Sorid oversees the structuring of all G4’s investment activities with a particular focus on complex deals. Ms. Sorid also focuses on sourcing and negotiating relationships with the firm’s strategic partners and leads its risk management efforts. Ms. Sorid is currently spearheading the launch of G4’s latest fund vehicle, G4 Capital Partners V, LP.
Ms. Sorid has been profiled as a leader in the finance community by various industry publications including Fortune Magazine, the Real Deal and the Commercial Observer.
Prior to G4, Ms. Sorid was an associate at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP from 1998 until 2005.
Ms. Sorid graduated magna cum laude from Duke University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She received her law degree from Harvard Law School and continued her post juris doctorate education at New York University’s Institute of Real Estate.
Senior Managing Director
Mr. Palumbo joined G4 in 2013. He is integrally involved in all aspects of G4’s operations, fund structuring, legal procedures and business origination. Mr. Palumbo also spearheads G4’s construction lending platform, leveraging his legal background to support G4’s analytics and acts as the primary counterpart to the construction field team. Mr. Palumbo also focuses on complex transactions involving environmental tax credits and associated regulatory programs.
Prior to joining G4, Robert Palumbo was an associate at the law firm of Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, where he was a member of the finance and real estate practice groups.
Mr. Palumbo graduated cum laude from The George Washington University Honors Program with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He received his law degree from the Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law. Mr. Palumbo continued his post juris doctorate education at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate.
Mr. Goetz joined G4 in June of 2021. In his new role at G4, Mr. Goetz is involved in all aspects of the company’s financing transactions, with a particular focus on originations and underwriting. He has quickly become a key member of the team, utilizing his banking background to streamline G4’s pipeline management and to expand its analytical resources. Mr. Goetz is also actively sourcing new deals through his extensive industry contacts.
Prior to joining G4, Mr. Goetz was a Vice President at Emigrant Realty Finance LLC, a subsidiary of Emigrant Bank, a privately held financial institution owned by the Milstein family. Mr. Goetz has broad real estate finance experience, having worked on more than $3 billion of transactions spanning all asset classes and debt products. During his eight years at the bank, Mr. Goetz covered all facets of the transaction cycle from originations and deal structuring to underwriting and asset management. In this role, Mr. Goetz developed deep counterparty and co-lending relationships, including with G4. At Emigrant, Mr. Goetz was also charged with portfolio construction and management across multiple business lines.
Before his tenure at Emigrant, Mr. Goetz spent two years as an associate in the Financial Instruments, Structured Products and Real Estate practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
Mr. Goetz graduated from Wagner College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Louis Silverman has been recognized by Crain’s and New York magazine as a visionary for his pioneering investments in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Mr. Silverman began acquiring tracks of land in Williamsburg in 1998 for use in his family truck leasing company, 4G’s Truck Renting Co., Inc. (“4G’s Truck Renting”), which he headed with his father.
Mr. Silverman had envisioned a higher and better use for the massive waterfront plots that were then trading at paltry sums and began acquiring land for his company’s interim use but with the ultimate goal of having the sites rezoned.
In 2002, Mr. Silverman partnered with a preeminent New York developer to work with him on his redevelopment design. Later in 2005, UBS Real Estate Investments, Inc. joined the partnership. In 2005, four years after Mr. Silverman acquired a dilapidated 250,000 square foot industrial plot, the property was rezoned to accommodate one million square feet of luxury waterfront residential condominiums and Mr. Silverman sold the majority of his stake in the Williamsburg waterfront project in 2005.
Mr. Silverman was an avid real estate investor even prior to his groundbreaking efforts on the Williamsburg waterfront.
Mr. Silverman graduated from Boston University with a degree in marketing and management.
Chief Financial Officer
Jeff Silver is G4’s Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for managing all aspects of the finance and treasury functions for the firm, including fund accounting, operations, tax and financial reporting. Mr. Silver joined G4 in 2016 and brings over 15 years of experience to G4 with an extensive background in portfolio accounting and operations, specifically within the credit and real estate lending space.
Prior to joining G4, Mr. Silver was a Vice President and Controller of the Commercial Real Estate (CRE) platform for Benefit Street Partners, a $25 billion multi-strategy credit manager focused on commercial real estate, structured credit, direct lending and levered loans. At Benefit Street Partners, Mr. Silver was responsible for the accounting, operations, financial reporting and compliance functions of the CRE funds. In addition, Mr. Silver developed financial forecasts used to assist management to manage growth and strategic initiatives.
Prior to joining Benefit Street Partners, Mr. Silver was the controller of Atalaya Capital Management, where he was responsible for the accounting and financial reporting functions of several credit hedge and private equity funds. Having been with Atalaya since its inception, Mr. Silver built out the internal controls and accounting infrastructure and established valuation and accounting policies. Mr. Silver began his career as an auditor in the investment management services group of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he performed audits for hedge funds and private equity funds.
Mr. Silver received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Accounting from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of New York.
Charles Russell joined G4 in 2020 and supports the firm’s investment underwriting, origination, and asset management efforts.
Mr. Russell is also an active member of G4’s fund operations and investor relations team.
Prior to joining G4, Mr. Russell underwrote, marketed, and sold key commercial properties within CBRE’s NYC Investment Sales Group. While working on the team, he spearheaded the disposition and acquisition of over $6 billion in commercial and development real estate.
Mr. Russell began his post-graduate career at SkyWorks Capital where he was engaged in restructuring airlines and aviation-related leasing companies, advising airlines on fleet growth strategies, and structuring aircraft financing.
Mr. Russell graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Co-Founder & Co-Managing Partner
Jason Behfarin brings 20 years of commercial real estate experience to G4 and in 2005, along with co-founders Louis Silverman and Robyn Sorid, launched G4 Capital Partners.
Mr. Behfarin started his career at the Lansco Corporation, a boutique tenant-rep commercial leasing firm, where he provided expansion and relocation solutions to retail tenants, successfully completing in excess of 100,000 s.f. of leasing transactions. He subsequently joined the Capital Markets Group at Newmark Knight Frank to focus on tax driven transactions, successfully selling and financing in excess of $500,000,000 of commercial real estate throughout the United States. In 2002, Mr. Behfarin began to acquire real estate for his own portfolio and was focused on the Los Angeles sub-market and multiple asset classes including multifamily and office. In 2003, he began to acquire and develop property in New York City.
On behalf of G4, he has managed the marketing, design and construction of several residential development projects throughout Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and Long Island including the development of 78 townhomes in Roslyn, NY and the conversion of an 88-unit condo project in Manhattan.
Mr. Behfarin graduated from Emory University where he concentrated in consulting and venture management, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration. He received his law degree from the Yeshiva University Cardozo School of Law.
John Mak joined G4 in 2019 and plays a key role in the firm’s origination and asset management process. Mr. Mak is also a key counterpart to G4’s underwriting team.
Prior to joining G4, Mr. Mak was an Assistant Vice President at Bank of China’s Commercial Real Estate team where he assisted in the risk analysis and underwriting of over $2bn CRE financing opportunities with a key focus on U.S. gateway cities including NYC, LA and Chicago. During that time, Mr. Mak also played a key role in managing the Bank of China’s CRE portfolio of over $10bn in loan commitments across all core asset classes.
In addition to this banking experience, Mr. Mak was a Senior Associate in KPMG’s Real Estate Advisory practice, where he was responsible for modeling complex waterfall structures for over $2bn of conduit, agency and single asset CMBS transactions.
Mr. Mak graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Accounting and holds a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation from the Global Association of Risk Professionals.
Debra George joined G4 in 2017 and is supporting the company in all aspects of its operations.
Debra has worked in the legal industry as a paralegal for over 15 years for firms such as Rivkin Radler, Jones Day and Hughes Hubbard and Reed. She brings with her vast experience in contract execution, preparation of legal documents for filing, and research across various disciplines.
Debra is integrally involved in all aspects of G4 including loan processing, loan servicing, and investor relations.
Ms. George graduated from Briarcliffe College where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree. She continued her education and received her Paralegal Certificate from Brooklyn College.