Mr. Ahmed also joins ARC from KPMG Corporate Finance, where he was Co-Head of the Real Estate, Lodging and Gaming practice. Prior to KPMG, Mr. Ahmed was a Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer of Ranieri Real Estate Partners LP. He was previously a Managing Director in Real Estate, Gaming and Lodging Investment Banking and Finance groups at Deutsche Bank Securities.Mr. Leung joined ARC from Sandler O'Neill where he was a Managing Director responsible for the structuring, marketing and pricing for all equity and debt raising initiatives in both the public and private markets. Prior to Sandler, Mr. Leung served as the International Equity Syndicate manager for Salomon Smith Barney and was responsible for raising equity capital for all non-U.S. issuers in over 30 countries. "We are very pleased to welcome these senior professionals to our outstanding banking team," noted Mr. Schorsch. "The growth in transaction volume we have enjoyed this year has enabled us to add top talent to our investment-banking department, which will allow us to continue to fortify our position as advisor of choice for real estate and other alternative investment classes, as well as to broaden the scope of services we provide." The ARC investment-banking group was formed in 2010 to provide comprehensive strategic, investment banking and capital markets advice to real estate and other alternative investment enterprises. The department also includes Senior Vice Presidents Andrew Winer , Head of Debt Capital Markets, and Michael Reiter , Senior Vice President in Investment Banking. Mr. Winer joined ARC in 2011 from Credit Suisse where he enjoyed a 17-year career, most recently overseeing the pricing, hedging and execution of commercial securitized real estate debt. Mr. Reiter joined ARC in early 2007. Prior to that, Michael was a Director with BTR Capital Group, a private equity real estate fund sponsored by Studley. Mr. Reiter was previously in the real estate group at Ernst & Young, where he focused on REIT and real estate private equity and M&A transaction underwriting, due diligence and valuation services.