Robert Newstead

Principal, Investments and Investment Banking

Robert Newstead is the Founding Principal of Guardrail Finance, LLC, a real estate investment banking and real estate investment firm serving the middle market.  Newstead has worked in the real estate finance and advisory industry for nearly 20 years in various roles including debt and equity placement, direct and indirect investments, and consulting.  Newstead has closed over US $1.5B in debt and equity financing transactions with various capital sources including Life Insurance Companies, Wall Street Investment Banks, Bridge Lenders, Banks, GSE Agencies, and Institutional Equity.  Newstead has consulted on various projects in the US and Asia valued well north of US $10B.  

Guardrail Finance, LLC, through its affiliates and principal, invests in core- and value-add investments where the firm acts as a Sponsor for equity syndications for multifamily and commercial investments.


Guardrail Finance, LLC, its affiliates, and Principals are involved in the ownership of multifamily and commercial real estate assets valued at over $280 million currently in nearly 20 States in the US. 

He has originated, structured, underwrote, and closed both debt and equity transactions and investments in office, retail, industrial, self-storage, multifamily, senior assisted living, and both residential and commercial condominium properties throughout the US, Japan, South America, and Europe.  Newstead works closely with clients to understand their unique needs in order to provide optimal debt and equity financing solutions predominantly for stabilized and value-add properties, and to work with investors looking to diversify their investments into cash flowing opportunities with upside. 

Newstead worked for CBRE Capital Markets, Capmark Finance (and its predecessor GMAC Commercial Mortgage), Blackpoint Capital Advisors, and Booz Allen Hamilton prior to founding Guardrail Finance.  Newstead is a licensed Broker in the State of California.  Newstead has worked and lived in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hawaii, Tokyo, Japan, and the Netherlands.  Newstead is married with two children.


MBA in Finance, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii
MBA Exchange Program, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan
BS, International Business and Marketing, San Jose State University
BA, Japanese, San Jose State University

Contact Details

Robert Newstead
(408) 780-9600 (Direct)
(408) 608-0391 (Fax)