Cottonwood Group

Headquartered in Los Angeles with offices in Boston and New York, Cottonwood is a private equity real estate investment firm specializing in large-scale, highly structured and complex projects with substantial barrier-of-entry characteristics. Focused on U.S. opportunities, Cottonwood exists to serve as the financial and investment steward for investors—acting as thoughtful dealmakers who tirelessly and consistently champion high-performing investment opportunities with outsized, risk-adjusted and absolute returns. The firm has AUM of approximately US $3 billion.


Alexander Shing – Founder and CEO

Alexander Shing is Chairman and CEO of Cottonwood Group, a private equity real estate investment firm specializing in large-scale, highly structured investment in the United States. Cottonwood is the firm behind the development and management of the award winning EchelonSeaport and The Alyx in Boston’s Seaport District. Alexander is a graduate of MIT where he is the Visiting Committee Member of MIT Corporation’s Economics Department.

Jeffrey Horowitz – Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

Jeffrey Horowitz joined Cottonwood in 2017 and is responsible for the structuring and successful execution of senior and mezzanine loans collateralized by high quality real estate assets. Jeffrey also possesses broad experience in the evaluation and execution of distressed credit and special situations investments. Prior to joining Cottonwood, Jeffrey was with Lazard where he specialized in distressed debt, restructuring and recapitalization transactions across multiple industries, both in the U.S. and abroad. Jeffrey received a B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in finance and accounting, from Georgetown University, where he graduated magna cum laude.

Michael Philips – Head of Portfolio Management

Michael joined Cottonwood in 2012 and is a Managing Director managing Cottonwood’s portfolio of investments. Previously, Michael worked in the investment banking division of Credit Suisse Group, where he executed public markets financings and provided mergers and acquisitions advisory services, and also served as the Director of Corporate Development at Vaultus Mobile Technologies Inc., overseeing venture capital funding, strategic investments and partnerships. Michael received a Master of Business Administration with distinction from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Rice University.

Mark Green - Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer

Mark Green has over 22 years of real estate investing experience across public and private markets spanning several business cycles. Previously, Mark was the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Chatham Road Capital, a real estate credit-focused investment firm he co-founded that focused on market imbalances and inefficiencies in the public and private markets. Prior to the formation of Chatham Road Capital, Mark served as a Managing Director at Jefferies Financial Group (NYSE: JEF), where he managed real estate principal, credit and special situation investment activities. He was also integral in the formation of Jefferies LoanCore, LLC, a broad-based finance company, that originated commercial real estate debt-related products throughout the US and UK. Green holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and a BS from Skidmore College where today he serves as a member of Skidmore College’s endowment fund’s investment committee.