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Currently Advisor to the Board of National Bank of Greece assisting with matters relating to its substantial NPE / NPL portfolios.
Previously, Group Executive – Head of Corporate & Institutional Recovery at the Irish Bank Resolution Corporation, (IBRC) responsible for the EC strategic plan process working closely with government and European authorities. Subsequently developed a recovery platform to execute run down a E36Bn loan portfolio spread across North America, Ireland, the UK, and continental Europe.
Background in wholesale banking, funds management and technology managing businesses in Europe, North America and Australasia. Held positions including Principal at CKW (UK) Associates, Head of North American Strategy Projects at Bank of Ireland, Chief Executive Office of Slingshot GT, Inc, Executive Vice President / General Manager / Global Head of Energy & Utilities at National Australia Bank Ltd, and the International Division of Mellon Bank.
Holds a Masters degree from the Katz Graduate School of Business and a Bachelors degree from Lafayette College.
Beatrice is a Partner with Venn Partners, deputy portfolio manager for the Commercial Real Estate team and a member of the Firm’s Management Board. Beatrice has an extensive background in real estate and corporate lending gained over her 16 years of experience at Citi, HSBC and the Bank of New York. Beatrice holds a Masters degree in Economics and Finance from Bristol University, and a first degree from the Sorbonne in Paris.
Eduard Mantz, Vice President, is a member of the Real Estate Debt team within BlackRock's Alternative Strategies Group. Mr. Mantz focuses on originating and structuring European commercial real estate debt investments.
Prior to joining Blackrock, Mr. Mantz spent eight years at ING, where he was a Vice President in the Real Estate Finance team. He also held positions in the CRE debt capital markets and structured finance areas. Eduard has been involved in structuring and closing European real estate debt transactions secured by properties located in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Poland.
Eduard earned an MSc in Economics and Business cum laude, and a Bachelors degree in Economics and Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam.
Axel Brinkmann is a Managing Director in RBC Real Estate Capital Partners, a unit of the Royal Bank of Canada. Prior to joining RBC, Axel worked in LaSalle Investment Management's Debt Investments & Special Situations Group in London where he was responsible for originating and investing into European structured debt and equity opportunities on behalf of a variety of commingled funds and separate account clients. Further responsibilities included loan structuring, syndication and fund raising. Axel joined LaSalle from Wells Fargo having started his career in the bank's real estate capital markets group based in Frankfurt and London. Axel holds a master's degree in engineering (Dipl.-Ing.) from the university RWTH in Aachen, Germany and a post-graduate degree in real estate economics from the European Business School (EBS) in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
Michael joined ING REF in May 2004 and has 25-year experience in real estate lending, asset management and restructuring. Based in London, he is currently responsible for ING REF’s lending platforms in Asia, USA, UK, Spain/Portugal, France and Italy – lending assets totalling over EUR 12Bio. Prior to his current role, he led ING REF’s highly successful U.S. lending platform which he helped grow from USD 200 million to over USD 7.5 billion at its peak in 2008. Before ING, Michael was an originator in BHF Capital’s U.S real estate lending team and was one of the original members of Helaba’s CRE finance team in the U.S. Michael started his banking career in Chemical Bank’s real estate group in Manhattan.
Martin is responsible for defining the investment strategy; (ii) overseeing management of investments; (iii) key client management; and (iv) fund reporting and investor liaison. Martin started his career with Legal & General Investment Management where he worked in a number of different investment or asset management roles, gaining experience across the main commercial property sectors throughout the UK. In 1998, with Kevin Cooper, Martin was a Founder Member of the Structured Property Finance business for Halifax. In 2002, Martin joined GMAC, with Kevin Cooper, and was appointed Executive Director to lead the market entry and growth of its UK Real Estate Finance business.
Martin is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds an Honours Degree in Property Valuation and Finance from City University.
Charles Balch has been working within the property financing sector since the mid-1980s. His role as Head of Real Estate Finance International Clients, UK & CEE is a return to his previous area of responsibilities after a five year period as Managing Director, Chief Credit Officer, responsible for new business and existing portfolio for Asia, Europe, Germany, US and Asset Finance.
His previous roles also include Managing Director, Europe, heading the Origination Structured Finance and Investment Banking Team for Europe at Hypo Real Estate Bank International.
Before joining the Hypo Group, Charles was Head of Global Clients, building a multi-cultural acquisition team and as a 'Bereichsleiter' within the Head Office, managing certain country teams at Aareal Bank.
Bert Erik ten Cate has been writing about the European property sector for more than ten years. He is currently managing editor at Debtwire ABS Europe, focusing on property finance and distressed debt in Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, he was editor of EuroProperty, the fortnightly property newsletter. He has moderated property panels and appeared as a guest expert on CNBC.