Areas of Expertise

  • Bankruptcy Restructuring
  • Sale-Leasebacks
  • Appraisals & Valuation
  • Traditional Sales & Brokerage
  • Financial & Market Analysis


  • Saint Xavier University


Chris Draper brings more than a decade of experience across real estate restructuring (in-court & out-of-court), sale-leasebacks, traditional sales and brokerage, and financial & market analysis. Mr. Draper has worked as an exclusive debtor advisor in some of the nations highest profile retail bankruptcy cases including, JCPenney, Mattress Firm, Bon-Ton, and Sears. Additionally, he has led efforts on bankruptcy dispositions for United Furniture Industries, Remington, and Midtown Apartments, a $103M student housing community at the University of Florida. Chris' efforts have directly led to over $1 billion of occupancy costs savings for clients and over $650M in property sales transaction value. Chris' career began in fund accounting and financial analysis for both US & international funds for a Chicago-based investment bank.

Prior to joining B. Riley, Chris spent six years at A&G Realty Partners, focusing on retail real estate restructuring. He began his career in the Investment Management Group of William Blair.

Chris holds his real estate license in Illinois and is an active member of Turnaround Management Association's Chicago/Midwest chapter, the Association for Corporate Growth, and ICSC.

B. Riley Real Estate Solutions advises companies, financial institutions, investors, family offices and individuals on projects in order to preserve and maximize real estate value. Real estate solutions span acquisitions and sales, 1031 exchanges, lease restructuring, construction dispute services, rent reductions, terminations and renewals, sale-leasebacks and auctions, and capital solutions to support acquisitions and dispositions. B. Riley Real Estate serves clients across the retail, office, education, industrial, manufacturing, distribution centers, restaurant, grocery store, multi-family housing and health services industries.