Press Release
May 23, 2016

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Jai Agarwal to Chief Financial Officer

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Jai Agarwal to Chief Financial Officer

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 23, 2016-- Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (the “Company” or “ARI”) (NYSE:ARI), today announced the Board of Directors appointed Jai Agarwal to the positions of Chief Financial Officer, Secretary and Treasurer of the Company, effective June 1, 2016. Mr. Agarwal will replace Megan Gaul, who informed the Board of Directors of her resignation from these positions in January 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome Jai to the ARI team and we are confident his leadership and experience will benefit the Company and our stockholders as we continue to grow ARI’s business,” said Stuart Rothstein, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company. “Jai will work with Megan to transition her responsibilities. We thank Megan for her tremendous contribution to ARI and we wish her well with her future endeavors.”

Mr. Agarwal brings more than fifteen years of experience in the commercial real estate finance industry to ARI. Prior to joining ARI, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of CM Finance Inc., a NASDAQ-listed business development company. Prior to CM Finance Inc., Mr. Agarwal held positions in finance and accounting at Capital Trust, an NYSE-listed commercial mortgage REIT, The Blackstone Group, LP and iStar Financial, Inc., another NYSE-listed commercial mortgage REIT. He is a Certified Public Accountant.

About Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc. (NYSE:ARI) is a real estate investment trust that primarily originates, invests in, acquires and manages performing commercial real estate first mortgage loans, subordinate financings, commercial mortgage-backed securities and other commercial real estate-related debt investments. The Company is externally managed and advised by ACREFI Management, LLC, a Delaware limited liability company and an indirect subsidiary of Apollo Global Management, LLC, a leading global alternative investment manager with approximately $172.5 billion of assets under management at March 31, 2016.

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Source: Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.

Apollo Commercial Real Estate Finance, Inc.
Hilary Ginsberg, 212-822-0767