Our Vision: To Build a World Class Real Estate Investment Bank.

About Our Name

Let us agree that in nature a flower is a thing of beauty. But like most objects found in nature, a flower requires near perfect conditions to grow. Conditions like the right soil, sunlight, water, and weather conditions are all essential for a flower to take life.

The Lotus - rare to nature - disposes with that notion. With its determined heart it takes root and emerges out of muddy waters in spite of those harsh conditions. Its versatile nature enables it to grow in packs or rise alone. Its very existence is a testament to the triumph of resilience over adversity. And it manages to embody these qualities while sacrificing little of its beauty. We believe a lotus is a marvel of nature. Our firm joins many great traditions, corporate and spiritual, in drawing its inspiration from the qualities of a Lotus.

Our Culture

Lotus is built on the foundation of 4 core principles: Our Client Always Comes First, Integrity and High Ethical Standards, Focus on the Numbers, and a Passion for Excellence.

Lotus team members embody and apply these principles while serving our clients. Team members build and foster a culture of best practices that clients can trust. Lotus expects all personnel to demonstrate a commitment to excellent work at every level of the organization and in all aspects of client interaction. When serving clients with complex financial and transactional needs, Lotus team members take extreme care in understanding and properly conveying the fundamental implications of different financing and investment strategies. Crucially, at Lotus, the client is the most important part of the team. Satisfying our client’s needs based on these foundational principles is Lotus’ primary goal.

Who We Serve


  • Developers
  • Institutional Sponsors
  • Equity REIT's
  • Family Offices
  • Institutional Investors
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds


  • Debt Funds
  • Equity REITs
  • Mortgage REITs
  • Family Offices
  • Hedge Funds
  • Institutional Investors
  • Mezzanine Funds
  • Pension Funds
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Varied Overseas Capital


  • Commercial Bank
  • Debt Funds
  • Equity REITs
  • Family Offices
  • GSA's
  • Hedge Funds
  • Institutional Investors
  • Investment Banks
  • Life Insurance Companies
  • Mezzanine Funds
  • Mortgage REITs
  • Pension Funds
  • Private Equity Funds
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds
  • Varied overseas capital

Our Differentiators

At Lotus, we further our client’s objectives by leveraging our strengths to deliver exceptional results. Taken together these strengths differentiate the Lotus brand and serve to underscore our value proposition.

Innovative Enterpreual Thinking
Overseen by
  • 1A rigorous analytical process and a deep respect for the numbers that combined together are used as a baseline to drive unparalleled advice
  • 2We teach our team to adopt a principals mindset that safeguards our client’s interests at all times
  • 3We provide an entrepreneurial approach to solutions that relies on innovating and customized thinking
  • 4We take great pride in anticipating and averting the issues confronting our clients rather than simply resolving them after they materialize
  • 5We are able to leverage the strength of our personal relationships with decision makers at key and niche market players to help our clients succeed in their business
  • 6Our leadership is comprised of industry veterans who leverage the application of "real deal" experience adopted from successfully closing over $30 billion in deals

Our Core Principles

Every potential candidate and team member at Lotus is assessed, evaluated, and trained on these main principles. These are not simply words on a page. They are the fundamental core of our value system.

Our Clients Always Come First

Commitment to Integrity and High Ethical Standards

Passion for Excellence

Focus on the Numbers

  • 1
    Our Clients Always Come First:
    Conflicts can arise in every firm at many turns. That is why we have chosen to memorialize this value as one our founding and guiding principles. We believe the client is the most important part of the team and their interests always come first.
  • 2
    Commitment to Integrity and High Ethical Standards:
    A commitment to integrity and high ethical standards is the cornerstone of our core principles. It is the most important foundation of sustainable, successful, and respected organization. Without this principle, the rest are for naught.
  • 3
    Passion for Excellence:
    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence therefore, is not an act, but a habit" – Aristotle.
    At Lotus we strive not for perfection but to exceed your expectations, repeatedly.
  • 4
    Focus on the Numbers:
    Many young recruits on Wall street are taught that owning the numbers means owning the room. We teach our team that having a deep respect for the numbers is the bedrock to other virtues and differentiators that ultimately drive the solutions we offer.


Faisal S. Ashraf
Founder & Managing Partner
Lotus Capital Partners, LLC
126 East 56th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10022
+1.212.922.0255 (office)

Faisal Ashraf is the Founder and Chief Executive of Lotus Capital Partners, LLC. From 2013 to 2016, Mr. Ashraf served as Managing Director and the Head of Capital Markets & Large Loan Lending at CCRE, the largest non-bank CMBS lender in the United States at the time. During his tenure at CCRE, he successfully originated & risk managed over $4 billion in mortgage and mezzanine capital.   

Prior to joining CCRE, Mr. Ashraf served as a senior member on the US real estate finance team for Crédit Suisse where he structured and closed over $35 billion in debt and equity related products. Mr. Ashraf’s focus at Crédit Suisse was on LBO's, large loans, development debt, and mezzanine financing. He also served as the Deputy Head of the Real Estate Finance in Europe where his group financed over $5 billion of mortgage and mezzanine capital across eight countries.

Mr. Ashraf started his career at Moody’s Investors Service where he underwrote over $15 billion in US commercial real estate loans. He holds a B.A. from Hofstra University.