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Associate / Senior Associate, European Real Estate, Global Sovereign Wealth Fund, Abu Dhabi, UAE

75325 /29D

Our client is a well-funded and fast growing principal investments firm with a strong track record. They have a global investment remit and an established team. Currently they are looking for a Senior Investment Associate to focus on Pan-European investment opportunities.


  • Day to day oversight of the European real estate investments supporting the European sector head
  • Periodic review of their five year strategy for international real estate investments, with respect to allocations to asset classes, geographic markets and investment styles in Europe
  • Ensure European team stays abreast of all material factors/information (including any foreseeable changes therein) affecting investments in the key asset classes (i.e., office, retail, industrial, residential, hotel, etc.) in Europe
  • Responsible for day to day deal execution:
  • Originating and evaluating new investment opportunities consistent with their approved investment strategy
  • Conducting due diligence, underwriting, structuring, valuation, negotiation and closing of real estate investments, with a focus on risk analyses and achieving above average risk adjusted returns
  • Ensure accuracy of financial models and financial returns analyses
  • Work with relevant operating/JV partners to implement IC approved investments
  • Implement best in class asset management practices for applicable portfolio assets, in order to ensure timely, accurate and complete management and financial reporting


  • A passion for real estate
  • Relevant asset management/real estate investment experience with strong industry relationships in Europe
  • Analytical and financial proficiency: builds, runs and interprets complex financial models; has a good understanding of complex real estate, corporate finance and accounting concepts; challenges and refines key assumptions based on in-depth sector knowledge
  • Deal sheet showing successful track record of multi asset class investments in European real estate with value add and opportunistic return profiles
  • Proactive critical thinking and creative, detail-oriented problem solving skills so as to bring a broad perspective to investment analyses
  • Challenges on-going thinking, does not always settle for status quo and takes concrete steps to generate / explore new ideas; can challenge / assess issues from different angles and work towards creative / innovative solutions to deal and partner issues; demonstrates ability to think ‘outside the box’
  • Confidence, enthusiasm, energy and personal initiative
  • Is resilient to challenges and is a source of excitement and optimism; able to deliver on complex tasks outside own ‘comfort zone’
  • Highly-developed verbal and written communication skills
  • Verbal: delivers complex messages in formal setting with full clarity and effective articulation; leads conversations and ensures common understanding amongst audience
  • Written: writes clear storylines and chapters of complex communication; demonstrates superior listening skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Shows initiative and engagement; effectively delivers on multi-tasks (3-5 topics) / switch working topics on demand; anticipates needs of VPs; actively takes the initiative to participate and contribute in relevant meetings
  • Team leadership: manages work streams effectively; delivers on-the-job training to junior team members and supports them in the achievement of their personal objectives; cross-checks / quality controls work of more junior team members; manages a project and fosters an open environment that builds on contributions of the whole team
  • Track record of meeting deadlines and delivering on goals
  • Deep understanding of key asset classes in relevant European markets; able to leverage asset class knowledge to ask the right questions about and derive insights relevant to deals and partners
  • Ability to identify and assess risk from a principal’s perspective
  • Able to identify risks at various levels and able to prioritize risks and assess risk impact and quantification where applicable; escalates risk issues as needed for awareness and resolution
  • Demonstrated ethics and high integrity
  • Drive and passion: demonstrates reasonable drive and passion in pushing the work forward and improving the way the team work; has a “can do attitude” and positive energy; demonstrates fair resilience to challenges and obstacles faced; exhibits excitement and optimism around him/her
  • High proficiency with Excel and very strong skills in other Microsoft Office applications (e.g., Power Point)
  • Open to travelling as required

Middle East
Private Equity Real Estate

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