CEO & Founder, AGP Capital
LAUS ABDO is Founder and CEO of AGP Capital and is directly involved in originations and underwriting. He has over 30 years of commercial real estate experience and has been involved in over $1-billion of real estate transactions. Laus began his career with positions at Paine Webber, Shearson Lehman Brothers and Smith Barney, and then set up AGP Capital which focused on financing gaming properties. He later turned his attention to commercial real estate development and joined a commercial real estate development firm as an Executive Vice-President, where he was responsible for the entire life cycle of the project, including land acquisition, pre-development, entitlement, planning, construction budgets, feasibility studies, leasing, financings, and dispositions. During the Great Recession, Laus acquired non-performing loans and assisted borrowers with restructuring their distressed debt. During this time, he also partnered with a New York based hedge fund to acquire, recapitalize, and eventually sell off a community bank to a larger regional bank. Following the sale of the bank, he entered into commercial real estate mortgage brokerage. In 2016, Laus co-founded a commercial mortgage debt fund in partnership with a commercial real estate family office based in Santa Monica, California. Laus bought his partners out of the Fund Management Company in May 2021. In addition to AGP Capital, Laus currently serves on the Board of CDF Capital, a $650 million specialty lender to churches.