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Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. Appoints Michael Comparato as President

Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FBRT) (“FBRT” or the “Company”) today announced the appointment of Michael Comparato as its new President. Richard J. Byrne, who previously served as President, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Comparato is a managing director with Benefit Street Partners L.L.C. (“BSP”), the Company’s external manager, and has served as Head of Commercial Real Estate for BSP since 2017. Since BSP took over the role of external manager of FBRT, Mr. Comparato has played a leading role for BSP in fulfilling its duties under the advisory agreement, running day-to-day operations, including overseeing loan originations and other investments, as well as leading investment committee.

Prior to joining BSP, Mr. Comparato was Head of U.S. Equity Investments at Ladder Capital Corp. (NYSE: LADR), and prior to that was President of BankAtlantic Commercial Mortgage Capital, the CMBS affiliate of BankAtlantic.

Mr. Byrne stated, “Mike is an extraordinary talent. We are very pleased that our Board is recognizing his many contributions through this appointment and are confident he will continue to drive long-term stockholder value."

Tom Gahan, Chief Executive Officer of BSP, added, “As Head of Commercial Real Estate for BSP for the past six years, Mike has been an exemplary leader in every aspect of our business. His significant expertise in real estate investing has been instrumental in executing the Company’s strategy. I have every confidence in his continued success.”

The appointment of Michael Comparato is effective immediately. He will continue to be based out of BSP’s headquarters in New York.

About Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc.

Franklin BSP Realty Trust, Inc. (NYSE: FBRT) is a real estate investment trust that originates, acquires and manages a diversified portfolio of commercial real estate debt secured by properties located in the United States. As of December 31, 2022, FBRT had over $6.2 billion of assets. FBRT is externally managed by Benefit Street Partners L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Franklin Resources, Inc. For further information, please visit

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