Mr. Cook is Co-President, Co-Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of McCarthy Cook & Co. (“MCC”) a Los Angeles based commercial real estate investment and management firm. He is primarily responsible for acquisitions, asset management, leasing, design and development as well as joint venture relations.
Founded in 1995 by Tom McCarthy and Edward Cook as the exclusive office joint venture partner of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors in the west, MCC invests in major office, mixed use, life science and technology properties in the major metropolitan markets of the western U.S. MCC is a disciplined investor and vertically integrated real estate operating company. MCC co-invests with institutional partners including as current and former partners of PGIM Real Estate, Northwestern Mutual Life, JP Morgan Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Alliance Bernstein Asset Management, Northwood Investors, Canyon Capital Advisors, the Blackstone Group and BayNorth Capital.
McCarthy Cook has completed over $5.5 billion in transactions and manages a current portfolio of 3.1 million square feet of prime office and life science projects. The firm has expertise in all facets of acquisitions, investment management and institutional reporting with skills in asset and property management, leasing, entitlements, development and construction management. MCC’s current portfolio includes China Basin in San Francisco (930,000 sq. ft.), The MET in Costa Mesa (825,000 sq. ft.), Lumen in West LA (550,00 sq. ft.) and the 230,000 sq. ft. Sandler Neuroscience Center at the University of California San Francisco (a model public/private joint venture involving a $750 million capital lease and associated public bond financing).
Prior to founding McCarthy Cook & Co., Mr. Cook was a senior executive with Maguire Thomas Partners. During his decade with Maguire Thomas, he held responsibilities in nearly every area of the organization including finance, leasing, development and asset management.
Mr. Cook holds an MBA in Real Estate Finance and Entrepreneurial Management from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.S. in Real Estate Finance from the University of Southern California. He is an Executive Committee member of the Zell/Lurie Real Estate Center at Wharton, Board Member of the USC Price Real Estate Advisory Board at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, member of Young President’s Organization (YPO Gold California Coast Chapter), former Board of Trustees of Harbor Day School and member of the Urban Land Institute, Pension Real Estate Association and actively participates in civic and charity endeavors.