New manager for Schroder European Real Estate – The Board of Schroder European Real Estate Investment Trust has announced that, from 1 January 2018, Jeff O’Dwyer will take over all day-to-day responsibilities for portfolio management of the company, and Tony Smedley will cease to be involved. Jeff has been involved in the management of the portfolio since IPO, and the Board considers this to be a natural progression.
The Company’s investment strategy and objectives will remain unchanged. The Schroder Real Estate Investment Committee will continue to provide oversight and approvals for key transactions. Duncan Owen (Global Head of Real Estate and chair of the Investment Committee) and Andrew MacDonald will continue to work closely with Jeff O’Dwyer on the Company. The local real estate teams in France, Germany and Scandinavia will continue to manage the portfolio’s assets.
Jeff has over 20 years of real estate experience across a cross section of disciplines including, acquisition, investment management and fund management with a central focus on office, retail and industrial asset classes. The majority of his career has been spent operating in Continental Europe, having lived and worked there for over 11 years. Jeff recently joined the Investment Manager to focus on pan-European management and acquisition initiatives. Jeff was formerly a Director of Pacific Real Estate Capital Partners, a European investment advisory business, with responsibility for sourcing, analysing and structuring investment opportunities in Continental Europe. Prior to joining Pacific Real Estate Capital Partners, Jeff was a Director at UBS Global Asset Management where he spent time based in London and Milan and led UBS’s European Portfolio Transaction initiatives. Jeff was previously a member of Lend Lease’s European retail fund team and broader European Capital Transactions team. He has also held positions in Australia and New Zealand for a listed retail REIT (St Lukes Group now owned by Westfield) and a boutique fund management company (MTM Funds Management) that itself managed 3 listed REITs. Jeff has an Honours Degree in Land Economics and is an FCA-approved person.
SERE : New manager for Schroder European Real Estate