Karen Case


Executive Managing Director and President of Commercial Real Estate

Job Functions: Executive, Debt Strategies, Originations, Portfolio Management


Karen Case is Executive Managing Director and President of Commercial Real Estate for CIBC's U.S. Region. She oversees the groups that develop and manage real estate finance and banking relationships with dynamic and growing commercial real estate developers, investors, owners and operators across the U.S. Case is a member of the U.S. Region Executive Committee.


Case most recently served as President, Commercial Real Estate, for The PrivateBank, which was acquired by CIBC in June 2017. Prior to joining The PrivateBank in 2007, Case was Executive Vice President of LaSalle Bank where she ran several business lines within the bank's Commercial Real Estate group. Before joining LaSalle in 1992, Case established and managed the Midwest real estate loan production office for New York-based Marine Midland Bank. Prior to that, she was responsible for managing banking relationships with Midwest-based real estate development and syndication firms at The First National Bank of Chicago.


Ms. Case currently serves on the boards of Rush University Medical Center, Community Investment Corporation, TimeLine Theatre and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), Illinois Chapter. She is a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, The Executives' Club of Chicago, Leadership Greater Chicago, CREW Chicago, the Chicago Network, International Council of Shopping Centers, and Real Estate Finance Forum. Ms. Case earned her MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis. She also attended the University of London and the American College in Paris.


A native of New York, Ms. Case lives in Chicago's River North neighborhood with her husband, Jay. They have 3 grown children.

Areas of Interest

Risk Profile
Deal Type
Acquisition, Development, Recapitalization, Refinance, Rehabilitation
Property Type