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Romel C. Cañete

Executive Managing Director, Financial Services

Romel C. Cañete joined Newmark Knight Frank in 1989 as a financial analyst and currently serves as the executive managing director of financial services. In this capacity, Mr. Cañete provides the full range of financial services to Newmark Knight Frank's diverse clients. He specializes in quantitative analyses pertaining to commercial real estate leasing and investments.


  • Morgan Stanley: 1.2 million SF renewal/expansion
  • Sapir Organization: 1.2 million SF HQ renewal of Credit Suisse
  • United Nations: 700,000 SF move/consolidate HQ capital master plan
  • AXA (formerly Equitable Life Insurance Society): 400,000 SF and 700,000 SF HQ relocations
  • Bloomberg: 700,000 SF HQ relocation
  • Cleary Gottlieb: 500,000 SF lease renewal/expansion
  • Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison: 500,000 SF HQ lease
  • White & Case: 450,000 SF HQ renewal/expansion
  • Chadbourne & Parke: 380,000 SF lease
  • MasterCard: 400,000 SF HQ relocation
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel: 308,000 SF lease
  • Ropes & Gray: 250,000 SF relocation
  • Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP: 220,000 SF relocation
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel: 250,000 SF lease
  • FAA Southern Region-Atlanta: 200,000 SF HQ lease
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers: Financial adviser in 800,000 SF HQ relocation
  • The Hartford: Financial adviser in 620,000 SF HQ lease review and purchase option valuation
  • Zurich Financial Services: 1.1 million SF hotel/condo/office valuation and 500,000 SF HQ building acquisition
  • Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Hudson Yard Development Corporation: Financial consultant for the RFP/bid evaluation of over 40 million SF feet of mixed-use development in Manhattan
  • Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA): Highest and best use analysis of various train stations
  • Nokia Siemens Network: Global strategic facilities review of 12 million SF lease/owned portfolio
  • AVAYA: Global strategic facilities review of its 7.7 million SF lease/owned portfolio
  • Mitsui Fudosan Inc. (New York): Leasing of its 2.3 million SF building at 1251 Avenue of the Americas
  • Tippin Corporation: Acquisition in Budapest of 500,000 SF of office and 750-car parking garage
  • Goldman Sachs: Facilities negotiation and Whitehall Funds investment financial due diligence

Additionally, Mr. Cañete has served as a guest lecturer on several occasions for the Masters of Science in Real Estate program at New York University's Schack Institute of Real Estate.

In 2012, Mr. Cañete received the coveted Henry Hart Rice Achievement Award for the Most Ingenious Deal of the Year.

Mr. Cañete holds a Master of Business Administration degree from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where he concentrated in investment banking and real estate finance.

Romel C. Cañete
Romel C. Cañete
Executive Managing Director, Financial Services
125 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10017
United States
T  212.372.2072
Fax: 212.850.5489

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Areas of Specialization
  • Financial Services
  • Quantitative Analysis Involving Real Estate Leasing and Investment
  • Lease Financial Structuring and Strategy
  • Municipal Incentives
  • Transit Oriented Development Advisory

Years of Experience
25 years