u201cThe opening of the Dallas office formally announces to the capital markets that our debt and equity platforms are becoming one,u201d Schwab says.

DALLAS–Karlin Real Estate is expanding its reach by opening an office in Dallas. The new office for the Los Angeles-based company will focus on growing the company’s debt and equity platforms throughout Texas and the rest of the Southwest region.

John Holt has been brought on as director of Structure Finance and will head the Dallas office. Holt previously worked for a real estate banking subsidiary of C-III Capital Partners. He has also worked as an asset manager for CBRE.

“The opening of the Dallas office formally announces to the capital markets that our debt and equity platforms are becoming one,” says Karlin Real Estate Co-Founder Matt Schwab. “With John’s experience, we will be better able to serve sponsors throughout the capital stack whether it be originating senior secured debt, a mezzanine position or an investment in the equity.”

Karlin’s Texas holdings include 3.4 million square feet of commercial and industrial assets, as well as 400 acres of development land in Austin, which will become a master-planned technology and office park.

The Dallas office will be Karlin’s first regional office and its third office globally. Earlier in 2014, Karlin opened an office in London.