Darren Esser is a Managing Director in the Commercial Real Estate Capital Markets & Finance Group for Wells Fargo Securities and is responsible for commercial real estate CLOs along with originating, structuring and executing asset backed debt transactions involving commercial real estate loans, CMBS, CDOs, tax liens, and other real estate related products. Mr. Esser’s prior position was as a senior member of Wachovia’s Commercial Real Estate CDO Group where he banked and structured CRE CDOs and CMBS. Prior to joining Wachovia, Mr. Esser was a Director in the Structured Finance Group at Standard & Poor’s. Before joining Standard & Poor’s, Mr. Esser structured and closed commercial real estate loans as a Vice President of syndications at GE Capital Real Estate. Mr. Esser began his career as a commercial real estate attorney at both Thacher Proffitt & Wood and Jones Day. Mr. Esser has over 20 years of experience in commercial real estate finance, structured products, and CMBS/CDO securitizations. He earned his B.A. in political science from the University of Maryland, College Park and earned his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School.