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Morrison & Co – The infrastructure investor has appointed Gary Sugarman to drive its US infrastructure investment activities in the digital sector. Sugarman is currently Principal of Richfield Associate, a firm he founded in 1993, to provide advice to telecom companies to access capital via equity investments. He was also the managing member of Richfield Capital Partners, a fund he formed in 2010. Sugarman will advise Morrison & Co’s US team on investment opportunities within the data centre, fibre and connectivity sectors. He will also provide mentorship and strategic counsel to senior executives of the firm’s portfolio companies.
UBS Asset Management – The asset manager’s real estate and private markets arm has appointed Darren Rabenou as head of food and agriculture and head of ESG investment strategies. As head of food and agriculture, Rabenou will drive forward new initiatives to help meet growing investor interest in agriculture. UBS-AM’s farmland strategy will be integrated into the food and agriculture client offering. Prior to joining UBS, he was a partner at Fabbri Fund Management, a California-based farm operator and investment group. Prior to this, he spent 11 years as a managing director at Terrapin Asset Management, where he was a member of the firm’s investment and operating committees. He has also held senior positions at JP Morgan Asset Management, Prudential Investments and ING Barings.
Deutsche Investment – Dirk Meissner has assumed his new position as managing director. Michael Krzyzanek, who had preceded him in this role since January 2019, has left the senior management for family reasons. Between 2011 and 2020, Meissner worked for the ZBI Group, initially as member of the management board of ZBI Zentral Boden Immobilien, responsible for property management, and next as CEO of ZBI Fondsmanagement, the AIF management arm of the ZBI Group. Prior career stints included senior positions at Grainger Deutschland and Dr Lübke. As managing director for investment management at Deutsche Investment, Meissner is now in charge of the units fund management, asset management, equity investment management and treasury/finance.
Canada Pension Plan Investment Board – Bruce Hogg has been appointed to lead a newly created sustainable energy investment arm. CPP Investments has combined its energy and resources investment division with its power and renewables business to create the Sustainable Energy Group led by Hogg as managing director. Hogg, who joined 14 years ago, was most recently managing director and head of the pension fund’s power and renewables business.
Knight Frank – Abdul Jambo has joined the global real estate advisor as partner in its restructuring and recovery team, to support the growth and increased requirements of its client base. Jambo will be responsible for leading a number of key client instructions and will be centrally involved in the development of and continued support to maximise recovery of stressed and distressed loans, implementing successful work-out strategies and Law of Property Act/Fixed Charge Receivership. Prior to joining Knight Frank, Jambo was a director at Eddisons.
Alpha Real Capital – The specialist manager of secure income real assets has appointed Ed Palmer as chief investment officer. Palmer spent 14 years with MetLife, where he was previously CIO EMEA.
Niam – Jan Malms has joined the real estate private equity firm’s Finnish acquisitions team as director. He most recently worked at Catella Corporate Finance, heading the debt advisory business. Prior to Catella, Malms worked at Aventum Partners within M&A. He will start his new position at Niam during the summer.
Urban Land Institute – Sabine Georgi has been appointed executive director of the ULI Germany/Austria/Switzerland national council. She will replace Stephanie Baden, who left the organisation to pursue other opportunities. Georgi joins from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors where she worked as a country manager Germany. Previously, Georgi worked for the German Property Federation as head of the real estate and capital markets department. In her role as executive director, Georgi will be working closely with the ULI Germany Executive Committee and the chair of ULI Germany, Gero Bergmann, who was previously member of the board of management at Berlin Hyp and joined the BayernLB board earlier this month.