CanFirst Capital Management was founded in 2002 and has become an industry leader investing in commercial real estate. CanFirst forms real estate Funds that contain a portfolio of properties in order to provide diversification for its partners and direct investment in commercial real estate. The CanFirst team is focused on investing in assets that offer consistent and stable returns, while concurrently ensuring capital preservation and providing value enhancement opportunities.
CanFirst employs a disciplined investment strategy that ensures investments are focused on specifically targeted properties. We co-invest with both institutional and private high net worth partners. Each Fund's structure ensures an alignment of interest between the fund advisor and our partners.
While the focus is on investment, the CanFirst Capital Management team has many years of experience in the real estate business including development, redevelopment, asset and property management, financing, leasing and construction. Utilizing all of these disciplines enables CanFirst to identify and analyze investment opportunities more effectively. Property management functions are outsourced to “best in class” companies in each of their respective markets.
Who We Are
Paul Braun
Managing Director
Paul Braun is a co-founder of CanFirst Capital Management. Paul Braun's real estate career spans 40 years. It includes senior executive positions with Cadillac Fairview and more recently Dundee Realty Corporation. In addition, Mr. Braun was a founding shareholder of V&A Properties. V&A Properties successfully developed, acquired and managed commercial and residential properties both for its own account as well as for financial institutions, pension funds and private investors. V&A Properties was subsequently sold to Dundee Realty Corporation.
Allan Perez
Managing Director
Allan Perez is a co-founder of CanFirst Capital Management. Allan Perez's real estate career encompasses 30 years of senior executive positions with real estate organizations including The Prudential Insurance Company of America, Canderel Ltd. and Dundee Realty Corporation. Mr. Perez was a senior officer and shareholder of V&A Properties. His responsibilities included acquisition and disposition, development, marketing, leasing, e-commerce and asset management.
Mark Braun
Mark Braun is responsible for the portfolio and asset management of CanFirst’s properties. Mr. Braun is also responsible for property and Fund financing. Prior to joining CanFirst, Mr. Braun was a portfolio analyst in the specialty funds group at Bentall. Mr. Braun received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Toronto where he was elected a governor of the university, and received a Bachelor of Engineering Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario.
Raviv Israel
Raviv Israel is responsible for acquisitions, underwriting, and asset management of CanFirst’s properties. Mr. Israel is also responsible for CanFirst’s rooftop solar projects. Prior to joining CanFirst, Mr. Israel was a Business Development Analyst at Heathbanc Corp. Mr. Israel received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Derby where he graduated with distinction, and received a Bachelor of Physics from the Bar-Ilan University.
Russell Raghavan
Russell Raghavan is responsible for consolidation of property financial reports, fund level financial reporting, cash management, and liaising with the property managers. He is involved in all aspects of corporate and property management accounting, office administration, and coordination with auditors. Prior to joining CanFirst Mr.Raghavan was accounting manager in Starlight Investments Ltd. He has more than 15 years of accounting experience in various industries. For the past 6 years, he has been working as accounting manager/controller in in the real estate industry in Canada. Mr.Raghavan is a chartered accountant from India and a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) in Canada. He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree.