Executive Leadership

Daniel Bernd is the founder of Mason Square Capital and currently serves as its President & CEO, leading the firm in identifying new sectors and investment opportunities. As a highly accomplished Senior-Level Executive with proven expertise executing complex transactions in retail, multifamily, commercial, residential, and industrial Real Estate.

His expertise includes in-depth knowledge of financial analysis, due diligence, contract negotiations, legal structures, acquisitions, asset management, and development, business expansion to new territories, structuring new operations and procedures, personnel management, process enhancement implementations, and territory management.

Prior to joining Mason Square Capital, Mr. Bernd served as the president and CEO of the Brazilian Subsidiary of Gazit-Globe. During this 5-year tenure at Gazit, as president of the Brazilian subsidiary, Dan launched the Brazilian operations, structured the platforms to the same standards of the five other publicly traded platforms of the group. Mr. Bernd worked alongside Mr. Katzman, the chairman and founder of Gazit Globe who amassed a portfolio of over 500 shopping centers in 20 different countries with an estimated market value of US$21bi.

As an Associate at the Project Finance Team at BNP Paribas, evaluated corporate and project financing transactions involving structures and facilities such as: synthetic leases, corporate revolvers, term loans, and equity bridges of up to $2.6B in aggregate value. Built cash-flow models to be aware of where revenue was being invested and performed valuations. Analyzed risk exposure of project financing structures to correctly implement solutions to prevent profit loss. Performed corporate credit analysis, including cash flow analysis to assess debt capacity and key credit statistics.

Mr. Bernd holds a BSc in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University where he graduated summa cum laude, a MSc in the same field from Clemson University, an MBA in Finance and Strategic Management from the Wharton School. Mr. Bernd is also an Alum of Harvard Business School Executive Program having concluded several programs in Venture Capital & Private Equity, Building Business in Emerging Markets, General Management and Executive Real Estate. In addition, Mr. Bernd holds a post graduate degree in Real Estate Law from a Brazilian University.

Mr. Bernd is fluent in English, Portuguese and Spanish, and has served in several foreign assignments.