Our Company


Aries Capital is a diversified, commercial real estate banking and investment firm headquartered in Chicago with offices in Miami and Los Angeles. Since its founding in 1991 by Neil Freeman, Aries Capital has arranged and/or directly funded over $8 billion for industrial, self-storage, retail, office, multifamily, hotel and other commercial assets across the United States and Caribbean. 

Our banking team specializes in arranging debt and equity capital for clients nationwide through deep-rooted relationships with Wall Street CMBS Lenders, Banks/Credit Unions, Debt Funds, Family Offices, Insurance Companies, and other Institutional Equity Investors. 

Our investment team – operating as Aries Capital Private Equity – is focused on the acquisition and operation of industrial and logistics assets, with a particular emphasis on net lease assets and sale-leaseback opportunities, throughout the Southeast with a concentration in Florida. 

Aries and affiliates hold additional diversified principal equity investments in commercial real estate assets currently valued at over $350 million. Notable assets include The Roosevelt New Orleans, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, The 1,000-acre Three Oaks Master Development in Fort Myers, Florida, and newly constructed Tranquility Beach Resort on Meads Bay Beach in British Caribbean Anguilla. 

Additionally, through our affiliate Urban Development Fund (UDF), we are one of the most successful providers of New Market Tax Credits (NMTCs) in the US, having invested over $800 million in NMTCs across over $2 billion of transactions in our country’s most distressed neighborhoods.


Aries acquires a $100 million commercial real estate servicing portfolio from the Resolution Trust Corporation.


Aries opens an office for the largest Fannie Mae DUS lender, producing over $100 million in loans annually.


Aries’ affiliate, the Urban Development Fund (UDF) receives a $15 million allocation from the U.S. Treasury as part of the New Markets Tax Credits program.


Aries leads the CMBS rebirth, originating one of the top ten loans into the $715 million JP Morgan / Ladder Capital CMBS securitization, which is considered the first “true” securitization since the markets shut down in 2007.


Aries forms Hospitality Joint Venture to offer beginning-to-end hotel receivership platform for lenders and creative financing for hotel owners affected by Pandemic.


Aries becomes one of the first originators of Commercial Mortgage Backed Securities (CMBS) and closes over $2 billion in transactions over the next decade.


Aries raises capital through its affiliates and originates over $40 million as the principal lender.


During the height of the Credit Crisis, Aries closes over $300 million in debt and tax credit financing.


Aries opens a Miami office and UDF receives its ninth round of New Markets Tax Credits allocations, bringing the total awarded to over $620 million.


Aries extends its private equity practice and West Coast footprint, augmenting its core commercial real estate mortgage and investment banking services.


Our Team

Urban Development Fund

UDF is an affiliate of Aries Capital, LLC, specializing in the structuring and syndication of New Markets Tax Credits and other forms of government subsidies and incentives.

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© Aries Capital, LLC 2022

© Aries Capital, LLC 2022