Meyer Bergman, the private equity real estate investment manager, has made key additions to its senior executive team to manage the firm’s growth and broaden its urban mixed-use investment strategy to include “last-mile” logistic properties.
The London-based firm has appointed two new Senior Managing Directors: Lee Purcell as Global Head of Investor Relations and Sachin Rupani as Head of Acquisitions. Marco Riva also joins as Senior Vice President for Southern Europe with responsibility for future investments in logistic properties across Europe.
Marcus Meijer, 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 retail 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.”
Marco Riva joins Meyer Bergman from Logicor, where he worked for five years and invested €2 billion in logistic properties. He previously worked at Goldman Sachs in Italy and is a graduate of the University of Bologna.
Sachin 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, working closely with Chief Investment Officer Eric van Duren. During his career, which began at Goldman Sachs, Rupani has been involved in more than €8 billion of investments across a variety of real estate sectors.
Lee Purcell joins Meyer Bergman with a wealth of experience, having 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. His career in real estate and finance also spans time at Deutsche Bank and Stern Stewart & Co.
The trio’s arrival swells Meyer Bergman’s total staff to 48, spread across offices in London, Oslo, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg, Los Angeles and New York.
Markus Meijer concluded: “Meyer Bergman is going from strength to strength. These latest recruits show how we are able to attract talent to identify opportunities and execute our investment strategies so that we generate superior returns for our investors.”