Chief Investment Officer
As Chief Investment Officer of CA Ventures, Nishant Bakaya leads CA Ventures investment management team to help manage the firm’s strategy across multiple asset classes, including student housing, senior housing, residential, and hospitality.
Prior to joining CA, Nishant was the Global Co-Head of Real Estate Private Capital for Evercore Partners. During his tenure, Bakaya advised CA Ventures on its $660 Million joint venture with QuadReal Property Group and GI Partners to acquire, develop and manage student housing properties at select universities throughout the United States. Over the course of his career, Bakaya has been involved in over $100 billion of real estate transactions across the senior housing, student housing, hospitality, multi-family and retail asset classes.
Nishant holds an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago and bachelor’s degree in economics from Franklin & Marshall College.
Executive VP - Investor Relations
Sean Zasche serves as Executive VP of Investor Relations of CA Student Living. In this role, Sean is responsible for overseeing the firm’s investment and disposition activities and structuring and managing joint venture relationships with institutional investors.
Prior to joining CA, Sean was a Vice President at M3 Capital Partners, a global real estate investment and advisory firm based in Chicago. Over nearly 10 years with M3, Sean advised public and private operating companies in the execution of over $13 billion of institutional private equity transactions. He was also responsible for sourcing and identifying entity level investment opportunities on behalf of M3’s subsidiary, Evergreen Investment Advisors, which managed $3.4 billion of institutional equity. Prior to M3, Sean worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers as an Associate in the real estate assurance group.
Sean received a Bachelor of Science in Business (with distinction) from Indiana University where he majored in Finance and Accounting.
Sean is an active member of the Urban Development/Mixed-Use Council of the Urban Land Institute and of the National Multi Housing Council.
Executive VP – Capital Markets
Katie Kazas serves as EVP of Capital Markets for CA Ventures. Katie acts as the single point of contact for all of CA’s lending relationships from sourcing term sheets to negotiating loan documents for closings as well as explaining market strategy and reporting performance of assets. In her 5 year tenure at CA, Katie has executed over $5 billion of total loan volume.
She joined CA from PrivateBank (CIBC) and where, as Managing Director, she managed a $300 million loan portfolio and closed over $1 billion in loans during her 7 year tenure. Her responsibilities included developing new business through existing and new clients, maintaining customer relationships, analyzing and monitoring the financial performance of clients, and evaluating needs and requests for financing. In addition, Katie oversaw more construction loans than any other lending group since 2007 for CA.
Prior to joining PrivateBank, Katie was an Assistant Vice President in LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Real Estate Department, responsible for a $500 million real estate loan portfolio. Katie also completed LaSalle Bank’s Commercial Banking Training Program.
Katie received a Bachelors of Science in Finance from the University of Illinois – College of Business.
Executive VP – Investments
John Diedrich serves as the Executive Vice President of Investments for CA Ventures and is in charge of investment oversight as well as the analyst and research groups. He is responsible for the oversight of CA’s acquisition and development analytic process related to new deals as well as valuations and market-to-market of CA’s existing portfolio and providing our investors with regular updates on their investments.
John graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Finance.
Executive VP - Finance
Ms. Lau serves as CA Ventures’ Executive Investment Analyst. Ms. Lau oversees CA Ventures’ real estate portfolio valuation and financial planning across all business units, including CA Student, CA Senior, CA Residential, and CA Europe/International. In this role, Ms. Lau works closely with the company’s investment management team in forecasting cash flow and evaluating investment capitalization, restructuring, and disposition opportunities. Additionally, Ms. Lau coordinates with CA’s executive leadership in the cultivation of CA’s relationships with its partners and investors.
Ms. Lau has more than 20 years’ experience in financial analysis and valuation of real estate portfolios, specializing in student, residential, senior living, office, and commercial assets throughout the country. Prior to joining CA Ventures, Ms. Lau consulted for numerous corporations, developers, and brokerage firms, including Vornado Realty Trust, CB Richard Ellis, Grubb & Ellis, and U.S. Equities Realty.
Ms. Lau earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Accountancy and Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.