Who We Are
Roger Edelman is Managing Director, General Counsel at Bridgewater, overseeing all legal and compliance functions of the business including Investments, Corporate, Investment Funds and Compliance. Prior to his role as General Counsel, Roger sat on the Investments Team focused on the legal structuring and execution of acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic partnerships and serving as a direct legal resource for asset management. Prior to joining Bridgewater, Roger practiced law at Ross, James, and Bloomfield in its real estate department. There he covered a broad range of real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, construction financing, leasing, and the development of commercial, residential, and hospitality projects. Roger's former clients include Gotham Private Real Estate, The Carman Companies, Ventures Realty Trust, SL Green Realty Corp., and Tishman Speyer Properties. Roger received his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and holds a B.A. from the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.
Managing Director, Finance & Operations
Karen Rothstein is a Managing Director of Finance & Operations at Bridgewater Capital Group, responsible for overseeing fund management operations at the firm. One of the longest-tenured leaders at the firm, Karen leads the company’s fund management function with decades of premier institutional experience. Prior to joining Bridgewater, Karen worked at AllianceBernstein, where she was a Managing Director responsible for establishing reporting infrastructure for the Real Estate Group. Previously, she was a Managing Director in the Goldman Sachs Merchant Banking Division (MBD), where she served as Head of External Fund Information and Reporting for MBD’s Fund Management Group, led reporting and treasury functions for the firm’s Real Estate Principal Investments Area, and served as a Senior Accountant focused on investment accounting for real estate. Previously, Karen worked as a Senior Accountant and Financial Analyst for Rockefeller Group. Karen holds a B.B.A from Pace University
Senior Investment Advisor
Shadaiya Benyahuwa joined Bridgewater Capital Group, in 2014 to begin to level the playing field in commercial real estate investing, leveraging technology to provide institutions and individuals access to previously inaccessible real estate and alternative investment opportunities. The next-generation platform uniquely empowers individual investors to invest alongside institutions with lower minimums and fees than traditional private equity and offers first-of-its kind liquidity through a secondary trading market. Shadaiya, a native of New York City, and serial entrepreneur, has founded and scaled multiple companies over the past fifteen years. More recently, he started investing in real estate as a student at Harvard Business School. Seeing the dislocation that resulted from the 2008 financial crisis, Shadaiya pooled funds from his classmates to acquire foreclosed homes in the Tri-State area, frequently working with previous owners to remain in their homes and eventually buy them back. This experience cemented in Shadaiya an ethos to “do well and do good.” After graduating from Harvard, Shadaiya worked at Goldman Sachs in its Human Capital Management devision, and then at The Blackstone Group in its real estate private equity division. Shadaiya has written extensively about the urgent need for social and economic justice for all members of society. Bridgewater is dedicated to doing business with local operators from diverse backgrounds and with community and Black-owned banks. Shadaiya currently lives in New York City.