Meyer Bergman adds last-mile logistics to plan, makes new hires

Meyer Bergman has hired three senior members to its team as it plans to broaden its investment strategy to include last-mile logistics.

The London-based real estate manager has appointed Marco Riva as senior vice president for Southern Europe with responsibility for future investments in logistic properties across Europe. It has also hired Lee Purcell as global head of investor relations and Sachin Rupani as head of acquisitions.

Markus Meijer, the CEO of Meyer Bergman, said: “The arrival of Lee, Sachin and Marco ensures we are best placed to offer and deliver new strategies to our clients. We are looking to broaden our investment focus to include the final leg of the supply chain – the so-called last mile to the end consumer.

“It’s a logical next step for us as long-standing specialists in retail, a sector where retailers now operate fully integrated omni-channel businesses to stay relevant in today’s competitive environment. We have already identified a pipeline of opportunities in European markets where there are shortages of these facilities to service the growing needs of online commerce.”

Riva joins from Logicor, where he worked for five years. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs in Italy.

Purcell previously led the real estate fund-raising efforts at The Carlyle Group, where he was a partner and managing director in the investor relations team. Prior to that Purcell worked for more than a decade as a placement agent at Greenhill & Co and Credit Suisse.

Rupani returns to Meyer Bergman, where he worked from 2009 to 2015, following three years at Cale Street Partners. He will be responsible for creating and executing the firm’s European investment strategies.

 

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