Michael Jerbich has joined B. Riley as president of B. Riley Real Estate.

Jerbich will lead a new business vertical which specializes in providing end-to-end solutions to maximize distressed real estate values.

With decades of experience, Jerbich has structured and guided leading retailers and private equity firms in the acquisition and divestiture of thousands of leases to support their growth and restructuring strategies. He recently acted as lead real estate restructuring advisor for Sears Holdings during its bankruptcy and has advised several other well-known retailers including Aldo, BCBG, Dollar Tree, Golfsmith, Gordman’s, Linens-n-Things, Loehmann’s, Sharper Image, Shopko, Sports Authority and Stage Stores, among others.

Prior to joining B. Riley, Jerbich served as a partner with A&G Real Estate Partners. He previously served as senior managing director at DJM Realty, a Gordon Brothers Group company, and as a Vice president at Hilco Real Estate. Jerbich is based in Chicago.

“We had the opportunity to work with Mike on the disposition of Bon-Ton Stores’ real estate assets last year and were extremely impressed by his results. Mike is well known for creative deal making and has an impressive track record of helping companies successfully restructure their real estate portfolios as part of their turnaround plans,” said Bryant Riley, chairman and co-chief executive officer, B. Riley Financial.

“This new practice aligns closely with our ongoing activity in the retail sector and we believe Mike’s expertise will serve as a valuable attribute for our clients and partners as real estate investment and optimization becomes more critical to success in today’s environment. We are excited to welcome Mike to our team and look forward to growing this business as we continue to enhance the B. Riley platform.”

B. Riley’s Great American Group subsidiary participated in over 3,600 store closings in 2019 and continues to work closely with leading retailers to preserve value by optimizing their physical store presence. This new business also complements the expansive suite of existing real estate capabilities offered by B. Riley’s investment banking, corporate valuation and consulting affiliates which include restructuring, corporate finance, appraisal and asset disposition services.

Services offered by B. Riley’s new real estate group span lease restructuring, including rent reductions, terminations, and renewals; asset sales, sale-leasebacks and auctions; capital solutions to support acquisitions and dispositions; and due diligence. Jerbich will lead a team of professionals focused on helping clients execute strategies to maximize value for distressed real estate across a broad range of sectors, including retail, office, education, industrial, manufacturing, distribution centers, restaurants, multi-family housing, health services and supermarkets.