As Assistant General Counsel for the Northwestern Mutual, Mike represents the company (including Northwestern Mutual Real Estate Investments and its subsidiaries) in all aspects of managing its $49 billion international real estate investment portfolio (composed of approximately 80 percent fixed income and 20 percent equity investments), including permanent and construction financing transactions, equity and joint venture development projects, acquisition and disposition of real estate assets, asset management, and leasing transactions.
Prior to joining the Northwestern Mutual, Mike was in private practice with the national law firm of Husch Blackwell LLP. As an Associate Attorney, he provided legal services for commercial real estate projects typically ranging from $2.5 million to $150 million in valuation. Mike also gained experience working in house with capital markets for local real estate developer, Wangard Partners, Inc., as the Director of Debt, Acquisitions, and Dispositions.
Mr. Riopel earned his undergraduate and law degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he serves as an active voice on the Advisory Board for the Marquette University Center for Real Estate and the Board of Directors for Real Estate Alumni of Marquette (REALM) network.
Outside of work, Mike has been actively involved with NAIOP for over 10 years and was appointed a NAIOP Visionary in 2020. Mike has completed a Certificate of Advanced Study in Real Estate Finance as well as a Certificate of Advanced Study in Real Estate Development.
Mike is a recipient of the NAIOP National Developing Leaders award in recognition of his leadership and advocacy in the commercial real estate development industry.
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