Matthew J. Lustig


Mr. Lustig has worked for more than 35 years in the real estate industry, during which time he has gained extensive experience providing strategic and financial advice and transaction execution to clients, including leading real estate companies, and investing in real estate companies and assets as a principal.

Mr. Lustig has been Chairman of North America Investment Banking at Lazard Frères & Co. ("Lazard"), the investment bank, since 2019, and he is also Head of Real Estate & Lodging at Lazard, a position he has held for more than 20 years. He is responsible for managing a range of financial advisory and investment banking businesses, as well as serving clients and running its Real Estate and Lodging industry group. In recent years, he has played an active role in more than $300 billion of advisory assignments and transactions involving leading real estate and lodging companies in the public and private markets. Mr. Lustig separately served previously as Chief Executive Officer of the real estate investment business of Lazard and its successors, and oversaw multiple funds with over $2.5 billion of equity capital invested in REITS and real estate operating companies.

Mr. Lustig is a member of the Board of Directors at Ventas, Inc. He previously served as the Chairman of Atria Senior Living Group, Inc., which was acquired by Ventas in May 2011. He has also served as a director of several other public and private fund portfolio REITs and companies.

Mr. Lustig is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Urban Land Institute, the Pension Real Estate Association (former Board and Executive Committee member) and the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also a member of the Real Estate centers at the business schools of Wharton/UPenn (Chairman of the Advisory Board) and Columbia University and serves on the Board of Advisors at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University from which he graduated with a BSFS. 

Independent Director