Mr. Kooper is a Partner and General Counsel (Real Estate) in the Ares Legal Department. Mr. Kooper also serves as Vice President and Assistant Secretary of Ares Commercial Real Estate Corporation. Mr. Kooper joined Ares in July 2013 from AREA Property Partners, where he worked as General Counsel. Prior to that, Mr. Kooper was the General Counsel and then President at Capmark Investments. Mr. Kooper also has previously worked as an Associate at the law firms of Faegre Drinker and Sidley Austin. Mr. Kooper holds a B.A. from University of Michigan in History and Political Science and received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law.