Our Leadership

JUSTIN S. COOPER – FOUNDER & CEO

Justin Cooper is the Founder and CEO of Layla Capital. Mr. Cooper began his career at Silo Financial Corp., a private commercial bridge lender based in Stamford, Connecticut, where he underwrote, sourced, and asset managed bridge loans. After Silo, Mr. Cooper joined Stabilis Capital Management, a $1.7 billion+ distressed debt and lending fund based in New York City. At Stabilis, Mr. Cooper managed a portfolio of 50+ assets across the continental U.S. He later worked with the firm’s managing principal to launch the fund’s private lending strategy, where he built a team and grew the originations business from the ground up. Following Stabilis, Mr. Cooper worked as Vice President of New Gables Capital, where he focused on originating senior secured first mortgage bridge loans, mezzanine loans and preferred equity investments in the $1M to $40M range. Mr. Cooper holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Finance and Accounting, magna cum laude, as well as a Master of Science in Finance from Syracuse University. He resides with his wife and daughter in New York City.

ROBERT M. ROTH – VICE PRESIDENT

Robert Roth is Vice President at Layla Capital, responsible for sourcing and underwriting potential investment opportunities. Robert began his career in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at Sandler O’Neill & Partners. After Sandler, Robert built the acquisitions platform at Stratco Property Group, a tenant strategy consulting firm focused on rent stabilized multifamily properties throughout the New York Metro area. Most recently, Robert was a Development Associate at JDS Development Group, where his responsibilities included the evaluation and underwriting of potential development opportunities, preparation and maintenance of monthly bank requisitions, and producing cash flow budgets and cost tracking analysis for various projects. Mr. Roth holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Maryland.

JEFFREY A. GRASSO – ADVISOR

Jeff Grasso is Vice President of Investment and Development at Silverstein Properties, Inc. In this position, he is responsible for sourcing, capitalizing, and executing acquisition, development, and corporate investments in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Jeff also manages Silverstein Properties’ EB5 Regional Center. Prior to joining Silverstein, Jeff worked in the portfolio management group of ING Clarion Capital, a $5 billion AUM credit opportunity fund. He was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of an ABS portfolio in addition to acquiring and originating high yield whole loans. Jeff received a B.S. in Accounting, Finance, and Real Estate from the Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University. He is a member of the Kuhn Real Estate Center Advisory Board at Syracuse University and a full member of the Urban Land Institute.