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Erik HaydenJul 29, 2021 12:58:09 PM6 min read

Investor Spotlight: Suresh Rajkumar

Every so often, our team likes to turn the spotlight on our investors so they can explain, in their own words, how they came about investing in an Urban Catalyst fund.[1]

Today we turn the spotlight on Suresh Rajkumar, a Google employee and longtime Bay Area resident who recently invested in Urban Catalyst’s Fund II.

Q: What got you interested in investing in Urban Catalyst's Opportunity Zone Fund?

A: After selling my Google stocks I ended up making a significant gain. I wanted to find out some investing ideas to save some taxes and found out Opportunity Zone investments could significantly help me defer and avoid taxes if certain conditions are met.

Q: Did you explore other options to avoid your capital gains taxes when selling stock?

A: I had done a fair amount of research and watched a lot of videos on YouTube and was primarily interested in investing my capital gains in an Opportunity Zone Fund. When I learned there was one in San Jose, I decided to investigate it further.

Q: How could the potential tax benefits of Opportunity Zone investments work to your advantage?

A: I feel, hopefully, that by the time the 10-year investment period is over—and I’ll be in the later part of my 60s—I can get the profits back without the federal tax. So yeah, it’s huge.

Q: What are you most excited about in terms of investing in downtown San Jose?

A: The idea of investing in San Jose played a huge role in investing with Urban Catalyst. I’ve lived in the Bay Area for close to 30 years and I know the area pretty well. I’m really optimistic about San Jose and I think San Jose is going to come back strong. Many tech companies are expanding there, including my company, Google.

Also, I’ve been telling my wife that one advantage of investing in the Urban Catalyst Fund is that being local we could frequently drive by the project and watch for ourselves the groundbreaking and progress. I own real estate myself in other locations and not being able to visit them frequently is a huge disadvantage.

Q: Did you look at other OZ Funds besides Urban Catalyst?

A: Yes, I researched other Opportunity Zone Funds, from around the country as well as the Bay Area. Some of the others just didn’t feel right, it wasn’t the right vibe. And once I decided to invest in San Jose, I figured Urban Catalyst was the right choice.

Interested in learning more? Contact us today.



[1] Please note, this testimonial may not be representative of the experience of other customers; is no guarantee of future performance or success and does not represent a paid testimonial.

Important Disclosures

The contents of this communication: (i) do not constitute an offer of securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, (ii) offers can be made only by the confidential Private Placement Memorandum (the “PPM”) which is available upon request, (iii) do not and cannot replace the PPM and is qualified in its entirety by the PPM, and (iv) may not be relied upon in making an investment decision related to any investment offering by an issuer, or any affiliate, or partner thereof ("Issuer").

All potential investors must read the PPM and no person may invest without acknowledging receipt and complete review of the PPM.

With respect to any performance levels outlined herein, these do not constitute a promise of performance, nor is there any assurance that the investment objectives of any program will be attained. All investments carry the risk of loss of some or all of the principal invested. Assumptions are more fully outlined in the Offering Documents/ PPM for the respective offering. Consult the PPM for investment conditions, risk factors, minimum requirements, fees and expenses and other pertinent information with respect to any investment.

These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption therefrom and from applicable state securities laws. All offerings are intended only for accredited investors unless otherwise specified.

Past performance are no guarantee of future results. All information is subject to change. You should always consult a tax professional prior to investing. Investment offerings and investment decisions may only be made on the basis of a confidential private placement memorandum issued by Issuer, or one of its partner/issuers. Issuer does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. Thank you for your cooperation.

Real Estate Risk Disclosure:

- There is no guarantee that any strategy will be successful or achieve investment objectives including, among other things, profits, distributions, tax benefits, exit strategy, etc.;
- Potential for property value loss – All real estate investments have the potential to lose value during the life of the investments;
- Change of tax status – The income stream and depreciation schedule for any investment property may affect the property owner’s income bracket and/or tax status. An unfavorable tax ruling may cancel deferral of capital gains and result in immediate tax liabilities;
- Potential for foreclosure – All financed real estate investments have potential for foreclosure;
- Illiquidity – These assets are commonly offered through private placement offerings and are illiquid securities. There is no secondary market for these investments.
- Reduction or Elimination of Monthly Cash Flow Distributions – Like any investment in real estate, if a property unexpectedly loses tenants or sustains substantial damage, there is potential for suspension of cash flow distributions;
- Impact of fees/expenses – Costs associated with the transaction may impact investors’ returns and may outweigh the tax benefits
- Stated tax benefits – Any stated tax benefits are not guaranteed and are subject to changes in the tax code. Speak to your tax professional prior to investing. 

Opportunity Zone Disclosures

- Investing in opportunity zones is speculative. Opportunity zones are newly formed entities with no operating history. There is no assurance of investment return, property appreciation, or profits. The ability to resell the fund’s underlying investment properties or businesses is not guaranteed. Investing in opportunity zone funds may involve a higher level of risk than investing in other established real estate offerings.
- Long-term investment. Opportunity zone funds have illiquid underlying investments that may not be easy to sell and the return of capital and realization of gains, if any, from an investment will generally occur only upon the partial or complete disposition or refinancing of such investments.
- Limited secondary market for redemption. Although secondary markets may provide a liquidity option in limited circumstances, the amount you will receive typically is discounted to current valuations.
- Difficult valuation assessment. The portfolio holdings in opportunity zone funds may be difficult to value because financial markets or exchanges do not usually quote or trade the holdings. As such, market prices for most of a fund’s holdings will not be readily available.
- Capital call default consequences. Meeting capital calls to provide managers with the pledged capital is a contractual obligation of each investor. Failure to meet this requirement in a timely manner could elicit significant adverse consequences, including, without limitation, the forfeiture of your interest in the fund.
- Opportunity zone funds may use leverage in connection with certain investments or participate in investments with highly leveraged capital structures. Leverage involves a high degree of financial risk and may increase the exposure of such investments to factors such as rising interest rates, downturns in the economy or deterioration in the condition of the assets underlying such investments.
- Unregistered investment. As with other unregistered investments, the regulatory protections of the Investment Company Act of 1940 are not available with unregistered securities.
- It is possible, due to tax, regulatory, or investment decisions, that a fund, or its investors, are unable realize any tax benefits. You should evaluate the merits of the underlying investment and not solely invest in an opportunity zone fund for any potential tax advantage.

The above material cannot be altered, revised, and/or modified without the express written consent of Urban Catalyst.


Erik Hayden

Responsible for developing more than $3.5 billion in real estate projects, including over 2,300 residential units in the California Bay Area, Mr. Hayden has experience in acquisition, contract negotiation, due diligence, risk assessment, financing, construction, and disposition of multifamily, single family and large mixed-use and master planned developments. He maintains relationships with a broad network of property owners, enabling him to identify and acquire prime investments. Mr. Hayden also has expertise in navigating projects through the entitlement process by working with elected officials, community groups, and political organizations to gain support and get projects approved.