Delin Property, Cushman & Wakefield, Round Hill Capital, FREO Group, Pom Consulting, Aviva Investors, Cubico Sustainable Investments, Banco Sabadell, Azora, Hines, LaSalle, Tishman Speyer, KKR, BlackRock, Edmond de Rothschild REIM, GSA, Kempen Capital Management, Heitman, Inspired Villages
DWS – The asset manager has appointed Martin Zdravkov as lead portfolio manager to focus on the living sector. In this position Zdravkov will be responsible for overseeing the firm’s European expansion into living sectors. Based in London, he will report to Jessica Hardman, head of portfolio management for Europe at DWS. Zdravkov joins DWS with over 15 years of equity and debt investment management experience across the UK and Europe. His experience in the living sector covers residential, student accommodation, hospitality, and senior living. In his previous role, Zdravkov was the head of residential and impact investments at LaSalle Investment Management. Prior to this, Zdravkov was the portfolio manager for a residential fund at Aviva Investors and pan-European long income strategies.
Aviva Investors – The asset management firm has appointed Charlotte Frost as a director within its infrastructure equity origination team. Frost will work alongside Jolanta Touzard in developing and delivering the origination strategy for Aviva Investors’ recently launched Climate Transition Real Assets Fund. Frost joins from Cubico Sustainable Investments, where she worked in the EMEA origination and execution team. Prior to Cubico, Frost worked within the Infrastructure team at Foresight Group having started her career in the Project Finance team at RBS.
Hines – The international real estate firm has created a vice president-carbon strategy role headed by Michael Izzo, formerly VP-construction in the firm’s US east region. The newly created role has been set up to lead the firm in assessing its global carbon emissions and develop the strategy to set and achieve the firm’s science-based targets. Izzo will engage with the firm’s global teams to provide strategic leadership, ensure continuity and successful progression on the firm’s strategy and commitments to help lead the industry’s carbon emissions response. David Pinguelo joins Hines in London as the Hines European Core Fund’s deputy fund manager. Pinguelo started his career at Tishman Speyer, joining the firm in 2011, where most recently he held the position of portfolio manager of its European core fund. Davide Carnevale joins the Hines European Core Fund as an analyst from the Hines team in Italy. Prior to joining Hines, Carnevale spent a year with UBS in Milan in its real estate investment management division.
Kempen Capital Management – Andreas Welter has joined the assets manager’s real assets team as a director focusing on listed real estate strategies. Welter brings more than a decade of real estate investment management expertise having previously worked at the American real estate specialist Heitman in London, most recently as a co-lead portfolio manager of European real asset equities. Before Heitman, he was a sell side analyst for Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt covering companies in the financial, real estate, transportation and industrial sectors.
Cushman & Wakefield – The global real estate services firm has appointed Dennis Leib as head of hotel transactions for the Benelux region. Leib will be based in Amsterdam. He was previously acquisitions director for Amsterdam-based Sircle Collection. Prior to that, Leib spent eight years in Savills’ Netherlands capital markets team giving him a strong knowledge of the local brokerage, real estate and hotelier community.
Inspired Villages – Legal and General’s UK later living business has appointed Stephen Halliwell as its new CFO from January next year. Halliwell is transferring to Inspired Villages from his current role of CFO at Legal & General Capital which he has held for the last five years. In his role of CFO at LGC for the last five years, Halliwell has played an active part in Inspired Villages’ growth story since its inception, holding directorships in its property companies and, latterly, its operating company. Prior to this, Halliwell was CFO at 3i Infrastructure, having been at 3i since 1998 and playing an integral part in the firm’s growth, including its IPO in 2007.
Delin Property – The European logistics real estate investment and development firm has appointed Rob Reiskin as CEO. Before joining Delin Property, Reiskin was a partner at Round Hill Capital and Heitman in the US and Europe. He was also the long-serving managing director and head of investments at AEW Europe/Curzon Global Partners.
Edmond de Rothschild – Derek Williams has joined the manager’s European real estate investment management platform as head of UK commercial fund management. Williams, who joined last month, will be responsible for developing a new strategy focused on London offices. Williams, a real estate and capital markets expert with 25 years’ experience and track record, will be responsible for the development of the commercial real estate offering, including a new strategy focused on London offices. Prior to joining Edmond de Rothschild, Williams was since 2016 head of investment management, EMEA, head of capital, EMEA and Americas and a member of the investment committee at Global Student Accommodation. He previously spent eight years at Russell Investments as director and asset class head - real estate and chair of the real estate investment committee before being appointed managing director, private markets and a member of the management board at Bfinance. Williams worked as a research manager at Land Securities between 2001 and 2005.
JLL – Urszula Kowalska, Krystyna Pietruszyńska and Patrick Pospiech have been promoted to directors in JLL’s living investments department at the beginning of October and, with the support of Paweł Sztejter, head of JLL’s Living, they will focus on developing transactional and development advisory services on the Polish residential market. Kowalska started her career at the REAS Residential Advisors, which became part of JLL in 2018. Before joining JLL in 2019, Pietruszyńska was involved in the development of BGKN - the first fund in Poland investing in the purchase of entire residential buildings for rent. Pospiech joined JLL’s investment team in 2016.
KKR – The New York-headquartered private equity firm has hired a former BlackRock and LaSalle fund manager as it prepares to push into core-plus real estate in Europe. Ian Williamson, previously portfolio manager of the BlackRock Eurozone Core Property Fund, joins KKR as a managing director and head of core-plus real estate in Europe. He will oversee the formation and lead KKR Real Estate’s pan-European core-plus strategy and will report to Guillaume Cassou, partner and head of real estate in Europe. Before his time at BlackRock, Williamson was head of European core funds at LaSalle Investment Management and fund manager of LaSalle’s pan-European fund.
Denham Capital – The global sustainable infrastructure investment firm has appointed Iryna Voronova portfolio manager for its newly launched sustainable infrastructure credit platform. Voronova joins Denham from Siemens Financial Services, where she held senior positions in project and structured finance, specialising in power, oil and gas for the Americas.
Freo Group – The real estate manager has appointed Miriam Esders as ESG group officer and sustainable real estate manager. Esders originally joined Freo in March to oversee sustainable project development and drive long-term ESG value for the company and its stakeholders. Prior to Freo, she was a real estate and sustainability consultant at Pom Consulting where she worked in ESG benchmarking for real estate portfolios as well as project-related operational planning. In her new role, Esders will play an integral part in Freo’s ESG strategy and continue the firm’s commitment to sustainable efforts by working closely with partners and investors.
Azora – Fernando Pérez-Hickman has joined the real estate and energy asset manager as a senior partner to lead the firm’s expansion into the US, through the newly created Azora Exan. Pérez-Hickman was most recently the vice-chairman of Iberiabank. Prior to this, he was the head of Banco Sabadell in the Americas. In addition to this experience, he was managing director of Banco Santander International for nearly 10 years. Prior to joining Banco Santander, he worked at McKinsey & Company in Madrid, Lisbon and Cleveland. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Nicklaus Children’s Health System and was previously chairman of the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce.