Gary Block
Managing Director
The Meridian Group

Mr. Block is a Partner and Managing Director at The Meridian Group, where he focuses on acquisitions and capital raising activities. Mr. Block has over 20 years of industry experience. At Meridian, Mr. Block led the firm's efforts in the formation of Meridian Realty Partners I, L.P., Meridian's first discretionary real estate private equity fund. In addition, Mr. Block has led and completed approximately $500 million of investments and refinancing / recapitalizations at Meridian. Prior to joining Meridian in 2007, Mr. Block was with The Carlyle Group, where he was a Global Partner, Managing Director, and head of the Real Estate Fund's Acquisitions Group. At Carlyle, Mr. Block led and completed over $12 billion of investments (approximately $3.4 billion of equity) in nearly 200 transactions. At Carlyle, Mr. Block also led the firm's efforts in the formation of Carlyle Realty Partners I, II, III, IV and V (over $5 billion in investor commitments). Before joining Carlyle in 1997, Mr. Block was a Partner at Vinson and Elkins LLP in Washington, D.C., where he was a member of the Business Transactions group and Partner in charge of the real estate practice, and represented The Meridian Group in its first three years of investments. Mr. Block received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University and his J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.