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Tad Phillip
Tad Philipp
Managing Director


  • CMBS, CRE CDOs, and REITs

  • Credit Rating Criteria

  • CRE Portfolio Management

  • CMBS Risk Management

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Tad Philipp is a CMBS pioneer who had an influential role in the development of the commercial MBS market. As the former head of Moody’s CMBS group he helped establish their rating methodologies to assess the credit risk of CMBS transactions. He also oversaw commercial real estate research at the agency. He served three terms as a board member of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council and was a frequent conference speaker.

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Mr. Philipp started his 23-year career at Moody’s in 1991 and headed or co-headed the CMBS team for more than a decade. During his career at Moody’s Mr. Philipp helped shape the CMBS market by being responsible for the rating and monitoring of hundreds of transactions totaling in excess of $1 Trillion.

In 2002, with the CMBS market firmly established, Mr. Philipp shifted his focus to surveillance, research and the nascent commercial real estate CDO market. His research efforts included establishing risk scoring systems for property market fundamentals (Red-Yellow-Green) and loan credit (CMM) as well as for CMBS surveillance trends  (MOST). In addition, he was a co-creator of a widely followed price index (Moody’s/RCA CPPI).

In 2008 Mr. Philipp joined a unit of CW Capital as a managing director and was promoted to chief risk officer and member of the executive committee of CW Capital the following year. He oversaw the portfolio management of 13 structured finance vehicles referencing approximately $200 billion of debt and created risk assessment tools for the investment management and apartment lending platforms.

Mr. Philipp rejoined Moody’s in 2011 as director of commercial real estate research, responsible for authoring and editing research related to commercial property markets, CMBS and REITs. He chaired or participated in numerous CMBS, REIT and CRE CDO rating committees, particularly those involving large assets or complex structures. He led the effort to update Moody’s single borrower and conduit rating methodologies. 

Mr. Philipp began his career in 1980 as a credit analyst at MetLife. From 1982 to 1986, he was a vice president of Investment Capital Associates of Westport, Conn., and followed that with a stint as a director of acquisitions for Manhattan Equities of New York.

Mr. Philipp has frequently been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Bloomberg, Financial Times, and Commercial Mortgage Alert, in addition to other outlets. He was a guest lecturer at MIT and NYU, and a frequent conference speaker. He was often called upon by banking, insurance and securities regulators to provide updates on CRE market and structural developments.



Columbia University Graduate School of Business 


Pennsylvania State University

Bachelor of Arts



Moody’s Investors Service

Director – Commercial Real Estate Research


CW Financial Services

Chief Risk Officer


CW Risk Management Solutions

Managing Director


Moody’s Investors Service

Managing Director – CRE Finance


Manhattan Equities

Vice President


Investment Capital Associates

Vice President


Financial Automation, Ltd

Regional Manager

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company

Real Estate Investment Analyst,

Assistant to Chairman of Investment Committee



Served three terms on the board of the Commercial Real Estate Finance Council

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