The Team


The SLB team comprises former investment bankers and M&A professionals, with years of sale leaseback advisory experience and a deep real estate capital markets and advisory track record.

Scott Merkle

Managing Partner

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Scott Merkle

Scott Merkle

Managing Partner

T. 646.817.8538

Education
University of Virginia, B.S. in Commerce

  • Extensive 20+ year real estate background across a wide range of areas including sale leasebacks, build-to-suit capital raising, capital markets, strategic advisory, principal investment and development
  • Scott provides strategic direction, cultivates new and existing client relationships, and oversees execution of transactions for SLB Capital Advisors
  • Prior to co-founding SLB, Scott focused on sale leasebacks at Stan Johnson Company, a leading firm in the single tenant real estate space
  • Previously, Scott was a Managing Director at RBC Capital Markets in the Investment Banking department responsible for capital raises and advisory mandates for public REITs and private real estate clients across the U.S.
  • Scott’s earlier work experience includes five years in real estate development along with two years in real estate investment banking at First Union Securities, a predecessor to Wells Fargo

Matt Wrobleski

Partner

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Matt Wrobleski

Matt Wrobleski

Partner

T. 646.891.4862

Education
University of Tulsa, M.B.A.
Missouri Southern State University, B.S. in Computational Mathematics

  • Matt cultivates new and existing client relationships, provides advisory services to operating owners of real estate, and facilitates execution of transactions for SLB Capital Advisors
  • Experienced M&A and corporate development professional with nearly 15 years of sale leaseback, real estate brokerage, capital markets and M&A experience
  • Most recently at Stan Johnson Company, with a specific focus on sale leasebacks relying heavily upon his M&A and corporate development background
  • Prior to joining SJC, Matt was a member of the Mergers, Acquisitions, and Strategic Planning Group for Leggett & Platt, Inc. (NYSE: LEG) responsible for all facets of acquisition, disposition and corporate development activity for the company

Stephen Cheng

Partner

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Stephen Cheng

Stephen Cheng

Partner

T. 646.762.0129

Education
Harvard University, B.S. in Economics and Applied Mathematics

  • Responsible for origination and execution of commercial real estate transactions for owners, operators and investors, with focus on sale leasebacks and advisory
  • More than 16 years of experience in the real estate markets, including execution of sale leasebacks, capital raising, joint ventures and M&A
  • Most recently a Director at Stan Johnson Company, a leading firm in the single tenant real estate space, dedicated to origination and execution of sale leasebacks
  • Previously Executive Director of Real Estate Investment Banking at Oppenheimer & Co, where he was responsible for origination and execution of capital raising for both public and private real estate owners and operators
  • Stephen started his real estate career at RBC Capital Markets, where he rose to be a Vice President in Real Estate Investment Banking, focused on capital raising and M&A for public and private real estate firms

Malik H. Franklin

Partner

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Malik H. Franklin

Malik H. Franklin

Partner

T. 415.671.6429

Education
Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, M.B.A
Dartmouth College, B.A. in Economics and Computer Science

  • More than 15 years of experience in real estate, health care and technology investment banking and 5 years as an advisor and independent sponsor in real estate PE, notably serving as an advisor to Fortune 100 companies in over $275 million of sale leaseback transactions
  • Most recently served as VP of Corporate Development for Solaria, raising capital, leading M&A and IPO-readiness efforts
  • Former CFO of First Capital Real Estate Trust, a diversified non-traded REIT
  • Previously Director of Real Estate Investment Banking at RBC Capital Markets and Vice President at Banc of America Securities where he was responsible for origination and execution of capital raising for both public and private real estate owners and operators
  • Malik started his career at Salomon Smith Barney with a focus on health care investment banking, moving on to Wit Soundview, a technology focused investment bank, where he rose to be a Vice President in M&A.

Stewart Riggs

Principal

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Stewart Riggs

Stewart Riggs

Principal

T. 646.829.9306

Education
Vanderbilt University, MAcc
Harding University, BBA in Accounting and Economics

  • Stewart cultivates new and existing client relationships, provides advisory services to operating owners of real estate, and facilitates execution of transactions for SLB Capital Advisors
  • 12+ year real estate and advisory background across a wide range of areas including sale leasebacks, build-to-suit capital raising, strategic advisory, and corporate development
  • Most recently focused on sale leasebacks, single asset and portfolio dispositions, and advisory services at Stan Johnson Company, a leading firm in the single tenant real estate space
  • Prior to joining SJC, Stewart was in the TAS group at LBMC providing buy-side QoE services to strategic and private equity clients primarily in the healthcare sector
  • Stewart started his career with Ernst & Young in their Nashville office and is an active CPA. During his tenure at E&Y he served some of the largest for-profit health systems in the United States
  • Professional experience includes regulatory and reimbursement expertise in almost every type of provider in the healthcare continuum, allowing a deep understanding of any healthcare real estate transaction

Dave Rosenberg, CFA

Principal

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Dave Rosenberg, CFA

Dave Rosenberg, CFA

Principal

T. 646.494.9232

Education
Duke University Fuqua School of Business, M.B.A.
Davidson College, B.A. English

  • Over 12 years of experience in investment banking and real estate, advising private and public companies on M&A, capital raises, corporate finance and capital structure
  • Most recently led the Technology, Media & Telecom industry vertical for Santander USA, focusing on capital markets origination, acquisition financing and cross-border initiatives for middle market companies
  • Previously focused on M&A at Janney Montgomery Scott, a full-service investment bank, where he advised and executed on a large range of M&A transactions and capital raises in Industrial as well as Leisure & Entertainment sectors
  • Previously at RBC Capital Markets where he executed on a wide array of corporate mandates in the Communications, Media & Entertainment sectors, including traditional media, digital media, and gaming; also collaborated with the Real Estate teams on non-traditional REIT and crossover sector initiatives including communications infrastructure, outdoor advertising and out-of-home entertainment