Palm Capital, Allianz Real Estate, Excellion Capital, UBS Asset Management, GlobalConnect, Deutsche Glasfaser, Aermont Capital, ULI Europe, CRIM, Brookfield Asset Management, Empire Communities, Dolphin Living, MEAG, Altaal, Oxenwood Real Estate, Real IS, Verdion, Round Hill Capital, Alceon Group, Greystar Real Estate Partners, Knight Frank, Immofinanz, Multi Corporation, DeA Capital Real Estate

MEAG – Stefan Haas will be assuming responsibility for MEAG’s worldwide real estate activities as global head of real estate. Haas has been at MEAG since 2006 and is currently head of real estate asset management. He will be taking over from Hans-Joachim Barkmann. Also, from 1 July, Katja Lammert, chief administration officer at MEAG since 2021, will be taking over as CIO alternative assets. In an initial transition phase, she will share the position with the incumbent Michael Bös, who is retiring at the end of the year. Holger Kerzel will be handing over his position on the management board to Thomas Bayerl as of 1 April 2023, with Bayerl being appointed global head of illiquid assets. Kerzel will remain responsible for the public markets division at MEAG KAG until 30 June 2023. Bayerl has worked at MEAG since 2008 and is currently head of illiquid assets debt and renewable energy equity.

Palm Capital – The pan-European real estate investment and asset manager has appointed Alex Gebauer as senior partner. Gebauer was until 2022, the CEO for Western Europe at Allianz Real Estate, where he spent over 13 years. Prior to this, he also had senior roles at Allianz Suisse Immobilien and at Allianz Group. 

Verdion – Fredrik Salman has been appointed investment manager in the Nordics. Salman joins from Round Hill Capital where he was an investment manager working on deal origination and management of commercial real estate. Prior to this, he spent three years at Brunswick Real Estate in Stockholm. In his new role, Salman will focus on the sourcing and acquisition of new investment and development opportunities across the region as well as undertaking day-to-day portfolio and investment activity. He will report to Peter Michael Tetzlaff, Verdion’s head of investment – Nordics, and work closely with Johan Nihlmark, head of business development – Nordics, along with the firm’s other investment, asset management and technical teams. 

Excellion Capital – The boutique investment and advisory firm focused on real estate and asset-backed investments, has appointed Anthony Shayle as real estate director. Shayle previously served for more than 10 years as MD and head of real estate debt for EMEA (ex Switzerland) at UBS Asset Management. Prior to that, he worked at AXA Real Estate Investment Managers as head of asset management for the UK, Nordics and Benelux. At Excellion, Shayle is expected to help grow the firm’s debt advisory business, with a specific focus on assisting borrowers to refinance or restructure existing debts. 

GlobalConnect – The Nordic digital infrastructure and connectivity provider has appointed Uffe Tomasson as its new group COO. Tomasson comes from a position as chief network officer at German connectivity provider Deutsche Glasfaser and will assume his new position on 1 April. Before joining Deutsche Glasfaser, Tomasson was VP, head of delivery at TDC, where he held several leading positions between 2016 and 2021. Tomasson succeeds Martin Nielsen, who decided to leave GlobalConnect to take on new challenges outside the organisation.

Aermont Capital – Company founder Léon Bressler, who has led the group as managing partner since its inception in 2007, is to become chairman. Paul Golding will be named managing partner next month. Golding joined Aermont in 2010 from Norges Bank Investment Management, where he served as head of real estate asset strategies. Nathan Shike and Alison Trewartha, also longstanding partners, will continue to play roles in managing Aermont alongside Golding as they have done for some 15 years. Vincent Rouget will be leaving the business. Samuel Kreber, CFO, and Henning Richter, managing director have both been named partners.

Catella Residential Investment ManagementAlexandra Chevalier has been appointed acquisition manager of the Catella Elithis Energy-Positive Fund. Chevalier started out as a financial auditor at EY and joins CRIM from GLL Real Estate Partners where she was head of transactions with responsibility for France, Belgium and Italy. Prior to that, she held international investment positions at Colliers and CBRE Capital Markets.

ULI EuropeMarie Hunt, IPUT Real Estate’s head of research, has been appointed chairperson of the Urban Land Institute in Ireland. Hunt has been a member of the ULI Ireland National Council since 2015 and will succeed Kevin Nowlan following the completion of his two-year term as chairperson. As IPUT’s head of research, Hunt brings extensive leadership experience in supporting the firm’s investment process, placemaking strategy and sustainability programme. Prior to  joining IPUT, Hunt led CBRE’s research and consulting function in Ireland for more than 27 years.

Greystar Real Estate PartnersBianca Solomons has been appointed managing director of investor relations in Asia Pacific. Based in Sydney, she will be responsible for capital-raising and cultivating Greystar’s investor relationships across the Asia Pacific region. She joined Greystar from Alceon, where she was head of institutional capital and head of debt for four years. Before that, she was with ANZ Bank for eight years. Solomons is a member of the Property Council of Australia’s capital markets committee.

Real ISChristine Bernhofer will join as a member of the management board from 1 October 2023. Bernhofer takes over from Pamela Hoerr, who stepped down from the management board of Real IS in February to pursue new challenges. As COO of Swiss Life Asset Managers Deutschland, Bernhofer is currently responsible for the development and management of regulated and unregulated investment fund products and vehicles for investments in real estate and securities under German law. She is also the MD and CEO of the Swiss Life KVG. Bernhofer has held senior positions in the real estate industry for around 20 years. Prior to her work at Swiss Life, she was MD CFO/COO at UBS Real Estate Kapitalgesellschaft and head of fund operations real estate Europa of UBS Global Real Estate. Until 2005, Bernhofer was MD CFO/COO at TMW Pramerica Property Investment.

Altaal – The Nordic real assets manager has appointed Niels Christoffersson to head its new office in London. Christoffersson was most recently a senior member of the investment team at Oxenwood Real Estate. Prior to that he was part of HighBrook Investors, Forum Partners and CBRE Capital Advisors. Jakob Dahlstedt has joined the company’s London business arm as executive board member. Dahlstedt is founding partner of TEAL Capital and has over 15 years of international real estate experience from working at Rothschild & Co, Barclays Capital and Credit Suisse.

DeA Capital Real EstateAshley Marks has been appointed to head capital advisory for the development of the firm’s international real estate platform. Marks previously worked as head of JLL’s private funds advisory team and as director of Capra Global Partners (now part of JLL). He was most recently a partner at Newbridge Global Partners. At DeA Capital Real Estate, Marks will support the pan-European growth strategy of the DeA Capital platform.

Knight Frank – The global property consultant has created a new ESG research team and appointed Flora Harley as head of ESG research. She has more than eight years of experience as a researcher, with five of those being at Knight Frank. Prior to this, Harley worked as an economist within KPMG’s consulting business, as well as with the UK government.

Dolphin Living – The UK intermediate affordable-housing provider has appointed Jacqueline England as customer services director. In her role, she will manage the end-to-end experience for Dolphin Living’s residents, from letting their new home through to vacating the property at the end of the agreement. England will additionally oversee the Westminster Home Ownership Accelerator Scheme, a programme that will run for 15 years and is expected to help some 250 people into home-ownership. England will look at how to develop and expand the scheme to best support working Londoners get on the housing ladder. England worked for over 12 years at M&S.

Empire CommunitiesRami Jurdi has been appointed CFO. Jurdi has held progressive leadership roles at Brookfield Asset Management in all aspects of finance including mergers and acquisitions, asset management, capital markets and treasury. Jurdi was most recently a MD of corporate finance overseeing global corporate reporting, financial planning and analysis, business planning, investor relations and valuations at Brookfield Renewable Partners.

Multi Corporation – The European retail manager has appointed Gerald Grüll as managing director of its operations in Switzerland. Grüll has been head of retail at Immofinanz in Vienna for the past seven years. From 2000 through 2016 he worked as head of operations and as director of development at multiple firms in the Austrian capital, including at Unibail Rodamco.