The Real Estate Team consists of two main bodies:
(i) the Asset Management Team of Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. is the appointed Portfolio Manager of the Fund. Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. is a sister company of Arab Bank Plc. (Amman, Jordan), a leading financial institution offering one of the widest branch networks in the Arab World.
Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. is a FINMA-regulated Swiss bank, specializing in asset management and investment counselling for a sophisticated clientele with current assets under management of $ 3.5 billion. Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd manages a range of alternative funds.
(ii) the Advisory Committee was created with the mission to review the investment objectives and strategy of the Fund, in the light of evolving market and economic conditions. The members of the Advisory Committee have an extensive knowledge of the Real Estate industry, providing valuable support to the Board of the Fund and the Real Estate Team.
Daniel is one of the founders of AB Alternative SICAV-SIF European Real Estate fund, focused on commercial real estate located in Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Italy. He joined Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd. in 2014 and is heading the Asset Management department and AB Real Estate team.
Daniel is a CFA charterholder with more than 20 years of experience in asset management during which he managed several investment funds. He held various asset management positions at UBS Investment Bank in Geneva, Mizuho Financial Group in Zurich and HSBC Asset Management in London.
Zeid has been involved in the Arab Bank Group since 2005 assuming various roles within the retail, private banking and asset management units within the bank. He has led individual and portfolio real estate divestments for the Arab Bank group and also plays an integral part in new acquisitions. Zeid holds an MBA from the New York Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in Business Finance from California State University, Sacramento (USA). Zeid has managed 3 European commercial funds in his career for a total value of circa €250 Million.
Pierre-Marie started his career in 2010 at Royal Bank of Scotland in the coverage team in London and Paris, taking care of different corporate finance projects, such as mergers and acquisitions, bond issues, or acquisition financing. After three years, he set up with two partners a regulated investment fund in Luxembourg investing in wine bottles to offer an alternative investment to qualified investors. He then pursued his entrepreneurial activities into advising investors in their acquisitions in the wine world, such as vineyards or wineries. In 2016, he joined CACEIS to take care of institutional clients and moved to Switzerland. Before joining Arab Bank (Switzerland) Ltd, he worked for a year in a private equity boutique, advising HNWI and Family Offices in their private equity investments. Pierre-Marie holds and MSc in Risk and Asset Management from EDHEC Business School in Lille and Nice.
Gauthier started his career in 2011 at Crédit Foncier Immobilier in the Residential Team in Paris where he was responsible for pricing residential buildings and presenting strategic recommendations for institutional investors. Then he joined AEW Europe in 2012 consecutively in Paris and in London, working on several Investment and Fund Management projects.
In 2014 he moved back to Paris and started at LaSalle Investment Management in the Fund Management Team as Portfolio Manager. He occupied this position for five years. There, he successfully contributed to the final divestment of a multi-sector opportunistic Fund and then moved into the position of Portfolio Manager looking after two Pan-European Core/Core + Funds and managing a portfolio of over €600m of AUM.
Before joining Arab Bank, he worked for a year in a consultancy boutique, advising on financial modelling and real estate investments.
Gauthier holds a Master’s in Real Estate Management from the University of Paris - Dauphine, and a Master’s in Management with a concentration in Finance from the EDHEC Business School. He is a member of RICS.
Samiel is a Corporate Manager with more than 25 years of experience in private equity and real estate in Luxembourg. She joined AB Real Estate Investment S.à r.l. (Luxembourg) and AB Real Estate Team in January 2020. Before joining the team, she worked for 14 years with IQEQ Luxembourg, a global provider of investment funds, corporate and private wealth management services. She was responsible for the handling of the day-to day legal, corporate and administrative tasks pertaining to the Luxembourg companies as well as for the coordination and acquisitions/sales of real estate.
Nick Cooper is a qualified chartered surveyor with over 35+ years of industry experience in real estate investment management including assisting many institutional clients from around the world to create and manage their real estate strategies.
Today he acts as advisor to a number of companies including Savills IM, where he chairs their global executive committee with particular emphasis on the strategic direction of the business. He also works with E3 Capital Partners in Hong Kong whose principle business lines include self storage in Hong Kong .
Prior to this he was a main board director of The Townsend Group, one of the world’s largest real estate consultants and advisors, and where he was member of its global investment committee. As part of this role he worked in both London and the mid-west United States.
Before joining Townsend, Nick was CEO and founder of ING Real Estate Select, ING’s global multimanager business (now CBRE GIP), as well as a member of ING Real Estate’s Global Board.
He is a former Chairman of the Association of Real Estate Property Funds a UK industry trade body .
Graduate in Economics and Quantitative analysis, Serge has 35 years’ experience in Asset Management & Research, as well as client facing, and 25 years in management sizeable teams, including at CEO level. After having spent a year as an auditor, Serge joined Lombard Odier as a research analyst on the Japanese market. He became Head of Research in 1994 and Head of Asset Management & Research in 1999. He was in charge of more than 200 staffs located in Geneva, Zürich, Amsterdam, London, Montreal and Honk-Kong. His team was managing both institutional and private money across all type of mandates and asset classes, including sectorial specialized funds, notably in the life science and technology domains. He also opened the Tokyo office, a marketing hub to develop Private Clients.
He then join UBS in 2001 as Managing Director within a team whose mission statement had been to build the « Family Business Group », a center of competence taking care of UHNW clients worldwide, which was renamed key clients later on. In 2005, he was appointed CEO of Merrill Lynch Bank (Suisse) S.A. His mandate was to design and implement a growth strategy for Institutional and Private Clients with a focus on the Swiss onshore market. He revamped the whole management functions, structure and organization to support the growth plans. In 2010, he joined Gonet, a Swiss Private Bank, as a Managing Partner.