CALABASAS, CA-Countrywide Financial Corp., the home mortgage-financing giant that announced its entry into the commercial real estate business this spring with the formation of Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance Inc., hired four regional teams of commercial loan origination specialists. The new hires, which come from JPMorgan Chase, Citigroup, Bank of America, GMAC, KeyBank, Prudential and Allstate, will be based at Countrywide Southwestern regional office in Calabasas, its eastern regional office in New York City, the central region in Chicago and the northwestern region in Sausalito.The new team in Calabasas includes SVPs Charles Neirick and Deepak Peruvemba, along with first VP Derek Layne and VP Kyle Jeffers. Perevumba was a VP with GMAC Commercial, Neirick moves from Coastal Capital Partners, and Layne was with the CMBS division of JPMorgan Chase.The new eastern region hires are SVPs Alexander Biagioli and Ryan Ledwith, and VP Brendan Driscoll. Biagioli was with the interim/mezzanine loan group of Citigroup, Ledwith was a VP in the commercial mortgage finance group at Citigroup/Salomon Bros., and Driscoll previously was an originator with GMAC’s CII real estate finance division.The new central region originators are SVPs Robert Treleven and Rich Holly. Treleven most recently was portfolio manager and regional manager for Allstate Investments, and Heiss was a real estate analyst with Prudential.In the northwestern region, the new team includes SVP Kurt Altvater and VP Jack Gazzola. Altvater most recently was a principal in the CMBS group at Bank of America and is past president of the Bay Area Mortgage Association. Gazzola joins Countrywide from Coastal Capital Partners.Countrywide had previously announced the hiring of Warren DeHaan, Boyd Fellows, Chris Tokarski, and Stewart Ward former principals in Coastal Capital Partners, as EVPs to head Countrywide Commercial Real Estate Finance. Through its regional offices, the new Countrywide unit primarily originates commercial real estate loans and mezzanine commercial real estate loans and mezzanine financings. Its market includes fixed rate financings of $2 million and above, and floating rate deals of $25 million and above. The unit is a wholly owned subsidiary of Countrywide Capital Markets Inc. and a member of the Countrywide Financial Corp. family of companies, which includes Countrywide Home Loans Inc.

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