BrandView Capital Partners is a commercial real estate investment management & advisory firm

We see potential invisible to others



Strategic property acquisition through joint venture partnerships & managed investment vehicles

Asset Management

Asset value enhancement through leasing, repositioning & redevelopment

Strategic Advisory

Solutions for mixed-use development, capital financing & retail tenant programming


We are mixed-use property investors, operators and problem-solvers.

Technology and urbanization have changed the way we use space. Single‐use properties no longer meet these varying needs. We take dying properties and give them new life: Spaces that harmonize community, living and working. This creates multiple income streams for our investors. When communities prosper, all stakeholders prosper.


Our principals have successfully invested, operated and developed $1B of institutional-level mixed-use properties over an entire real estate cycle incuding the Great Recession. BrandView was launched to deliver this operational value-add execution to a diversified investor and client base.

  • 2003 - 2011
  • 2011 - 2014
  • 2014
  • 2014 - 2015
  • 2015 - 2019

Investment Criteria

We acquire and transform underutilized properties to meet new space needs arising from re-urbanization, technological advances and changing consumer demand.

We offer multiple investment partnership vehicles, acting as either direct owner or fee-for-services manager.
Investment Size
  • Middle Market: $2 - 25 Million in gross value
  • Institutional: $25 Million+ gross value
Investment Profile
  • Value enhancement through repositioning & leasing
  • Adaptive reuse & “covered land” redevelopment
  • Structured partnerships with Property Owners providing tax‐deferred liquidity & value enhancement
  • Mixed Use & Urban Retail
  • Apartments
  • Multi-tenant office
  • Flex/Industrial/Logistics
  • Greater Los Angeles
  • San Diego & San Francisco Bay Area
  • Dense urban infill locations
  • Emerging urban & high-barrier-to-entry corridors

Our Activity

$58 Million

Executed Investments

$323 Million

Strategic Advisory for Development


Projects Completed

Strategic Advisory & Management Services

Alongside our investment business, we solve complex problems to unlock value for investors, owners and developers.

Joint Ventures with Property Owners

Long-time property owners are well positioned to significantly increase their equity value and cash flows in their own properties. We formulate ventures with property owners to provide the following benefits:

  • Value enhancement through capital investment, management and repositioning
  • Cash flow distributions and hands-on asset management
  • Tax-deferred "cash-out" proceeds upon completing property business plan

Development & Opportunity Zones

As development partners, we implement financing and feasibility services for urban development.

  • Capital & venture structuring, development project management and leasing
  • Mixed use site analysis, retail merchandising and residential unit mix programming
  • Acquisition site selection, feasibility analysis, business planning and due diligence

Contact Us


We bring 30 years combined experience in commercial real estate investment, development and asset management

Babak Ziai is the Founder & Managing Principal of BrandView Capital Partners and is responsible for sourcing, execution and overall management of the firm’s investment portfolio and operations.  Babak is also an Adjunct Professor of real estate investment and development at the University of Southern California.

Babak brings 15 years of principal experience in over $1 billion in joint venture, acquisition and development of commercial and mixed-use properties on behalf of institutional investment funds,
capital clients and partnerships. Mr. Ziai previously served as Vice President of Acquisitions and Development at Lowe Enterprises Inc., a diversified, vertically integrated, national real estate
company with over $6 billion in assets under management. At the confluence of Lowe’s investment and operating platforms, Mr. Ziai led investments for $300 million in value-added commercial
acquisitions in the Western U.S. and mixed use development totaling $800 million in Southern California.

Babak is an executive member of the USC Real Estate Entrepreneur Roundtable, International Council of Shopping Centers and Forbes Real Estate Council. Mr. Ziai began his career as a Consultant for Standard & Poor’s where he advised domestic Fortune 500 and foreign companies on business enterprise and asset valuations. Formal education includes a B.A. in Business Economics from UCLA and a Master of Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Ian O’Neill is a Senior Investment Associate at BrandView Capital Partners and is responsible for the underwriting of prospective investments, asset management and execution of property value-creation plans.

Ian brings more than 10 years of combined experience in real estate underwriting, asset management, and construction management. Ian previously served as an Investment Associate at AIG Investments, a portfolio lender with approximately $29 billion in assets under management, where he closed $1.6 billion in senior loans with the commercial mortgage lending and structured products teams. Prior to this role, Ian also worked in asset management where he redeveloped and disposed of the portfolio’s REO assets.

Ian is an executive board member of the UCLA Real Estate Alumni Group where he was instrumental in creating the group’s charitable collaborations – most notably with Habitat for Humanity. Ian began his career as a Project Manager at Nelson Daniels, a general contractor specializing in high-end custom homes in Los Angeles. Formal education includes a B.S. in Construction Management from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Brendan Lesch leads mulitfamily acquisitions for Brandview Capital Partners and is responsible for sourcing and underwriting potential multifamily investments, as well as execution of property value-creation plans.

A former collegiate soccer player, Brendan began his professional career playing soccer internationally, in both New Zealand and Chile, prior to joining Sandler O'Neill & Partners. Formal education includes a B.A. and MBA with honors from the University of Notre Dame. Brendan is also a CFA charterholder.

Brendan brings over five years of combined experience in underwriting, acquisitions, and deal execution. Prior to joining Brandview Capital Partners, Brendan served as Vice President for The Ruth Group, a real estate investment and development firm based in Los Angeles, where he focused on value-add acquisitions, dispositions, and development opportunities ranging in deal size from $20M to $200M in Southern California. Prior to The Ruth Group, Brendan was an Investment Banking Analyst for Sandler O'Neill + Partners in New York City, where he was heavily involved in a variety of mergers with deal values in excess of $1B, including the $2.2B acquisition of Capital Bank Financial Corp. (CBF) by First Horizon National Corporation (FHN) in 2017.

Representative Portfolio

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Contact Us

Los Angeles Office:

62 Windward Ave, Venice CA 90291

Mailing Address:

11693 San Vicente Blvd #444, Los Angeles, CA 90049




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