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Current responsibilities

Blake Lacher is part of the national Capital Markets leadership team, responsible for management, client relationships and business objectives across multiple disciplines which offer products and services targeted to investor and corporate/occupier clients. This includes executive oversight of Jones Lang LaSalle Securities, LLC, the investment banking division of JLL, and a registered broker dealer and member of FINRA/SIPC.

Based in Chicago, Blake has over 30 years of experience in structuring and arranging optimal finance, acquisition and disposition solutions. His experience includes international and cross-border finance, asset finance, energy and infrastructure project finance and investment, leasing and other capital markets products.

Experience

Prior to joining JLL, Blake led International Capital Advisors (ICA), a boutique finance group which provided capital raising (equity, tax equity and debt), M&A and financial consulting services for the funding and structuring of renewable energy infrastructure projects, commercial real estate and large-ticket, long-lived equipment acquisitions. Prior to ICA, Blake was a Managing Director at the Royal Bank of Scotland ("RBS") and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. ("ABN AMRO") where he headed several structured finance teams in the United States, Europe and Latin America.

Structured Finance Experience

During his tenures at ABN AMRO, he served as the Head of the Bank's Global Leasing and Asset Finance Group, where he was primarily responsible for originating domestic and international asset finance underwriting opportunities and providing strategic advisory services. Blake initiated and developed the strategic framework, processes and procedures for their U.S. renewable energy equity investments and oversaw the build-out of a successful, diversified investment portfolio representing over $1 billion of assets. 

Education and Affiliations

Blake is a member of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), the Chicago Clean Energy Alliance (CCEA), the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Illinois.

Blake holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University's School of Business and a Masters of Business Administration from the Illinois Institute of Technology's Stuart School of Business. Blake has participated in several real estate and energy industry conferences as a speaker or panelist.