Fawcett Mead, CBRE, Flatfair, Silbury Finance, Octopus Real Estate, Urban Exposure, M7 Real Estate, RLI Investors, Essensys, British Land, Orchard Street Investment Management, John Mattson, ICA Properties, Avignon Capital
CBRE – The global real estate advisor has appointed Richard Basford as a senior manager of its UK retail investment team. Bashford joined from Fawcett Mead, where he has spent the past seven years as a director, focusing on the domestic retail investment market. Previously, he was Director of JLL’s National Retail Investment Team. His new role will encompass all aspects of retail investment, with a focus on repurposing the national main street, periphery and retail. He will work on projects across the UK, but will be based at CBRE’s office in Bristol.
M7 Real Estate – The pan-European investor and asset manager specializing in multi-tenant properties has appointed Peter Wenzel as managing director for Germany. Wenzel will be responsible for overseeing the team in Germany and driving M7’s growth in the German market, particularly in the industrial and office sectors, on behalf of its pan-European value-added funds and investment mandates. separate accounts. Wenzel joined M7 from RLI Investors where he has spent the past six years, first as Director, Head of Deal Research and Asset Management before being promoted to Managing Director. Prior to joining RLI, he was Vice President at PGIM, where he focused on the light industrial and logistics space. He also spent more than five years at GLL Real Estate Partners.
Orchard Street Investment Management – The manager specializing in business real estate has promoted Harry Buxton associate. Buxton joined Orchard Street in 2017 as Head of Acquisitions, after seven years with Jones Lang Lasalle, where he started his career and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor.
Avignon Capital – The property management consultant has appointed Craig Ballantyne as Investment Manager for Germany. Ballantyne’s mandate will also cover investment strategy, sourcing and origination, debt financing and financing. Based in Berlin, Ballantyne has over 25 years’ experience in investment and asset management as well as development, in the UK and continental Europe. Before moving to Germany in 2002, he previously held positions at Knight Frank and Donaldson’s in the UK. Since 2006, he has run his own consulting firm, CMB Consulting, working for several international and institutional clients including Barings. Prior to CMB, he was previously Director of Commercial Assets and Acquisitions at Deka Immobilien before taking on the role of Managing Director at property and asset manager Estama.
Flatfair – Gary Wright, former Chief Revenue Officer of Flatfair, was promoted to co-CEO. Wright will lead day-to-day business operations while founder and co-CEO Franz Doerr will focus on finance and corporate strategy. This decision reinforces the depth of knowledge within the management team and allows the two co-CEOs to focus on their specialties.
Finance Silbury – Development lender backed by Oaktree Capital Management has appointed Jamie Rader as Chief Investment Officer and Trevor DaCosta as chief financial officer. Rahder, who has nearly a decade of experience in real estate and financial services, will be responsible for originating new real estate transactions, executing transactions and ongoing management of the loan portfolio. He joins Silbury from Octopus Real Estate, where he spent five years as a senior development initiator, working alongside Silbury founding partner Gavin Eustace. Previously, he spent two years at Hampshire Trust Bank as a loan analyst within the property finance team. DaCosta will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the finance function, with specific responsibility for reporting performance to the board of directors, financial planning and analysis, and ensuring that the business complies with all regulatory requirements and other legal requirements. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of Urban exhibition. Previously, he spent nine years with London-based global real estate company Tishman Speyer Properties, most recently in the newly created role of Head of Financial Planning and Analysis for Europe.
Essensys – The global software and technology provider for the flexible workspace industry has appointed James Bassey as CEO of its UK and European businesses. Bassey will lead business growth in the UK and Europe as the company continues to expand its operations globally. Lowery joins from British land where he co-founded his flexible workspace offering, Storey. More broadly, he has experience working across Europe and in the United Arab Emirates. He joins the group’s executive committee.
John Mattson – The residential real estate group has mandated Mattias Lundstrom as the new Chief Financial Officer. He succeeds Maria Sidén who will resign. Lundström is the chief financial officer of ICA Properties, a company he joined in 2017. Prior to that, he also served as CFO at GE Real Estate and CEO at GE Capital Lending and Leasing in the Nordic region. Lundström will join John Mattson Group Management and assume his new role no later than August 9, 2022. Lars Ingman will take over as Acting Chief Financial Officer at John Mattson for the interim period following Sidén’s departure in February/March until until Lundström assumes the position.