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Pedro is a Principal of H.I.G. Capital’s Real Estate team based in Madrid with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Spain and Portugal. Pedro has over 30 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector, and prior to joining H.I.G. he was in charge of the Spanish investment activities of Stam Europe, a Real Estate Fund Manager and Asset Manager.
Prior to joining Stam Europe, he was the Development and Commercial Director of the French Developer Nexity in Spain for 7 years. He began his career with CBRE handling different roles over a period of 13 years.
Pedro holds a diploma of Estates Management from the Alcalá de Henares University and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). He also serves on a number of boards. Pedro speaks Spanish, English and French.
Tuna is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London. He is responsible for originating, structuring and executing real estate transactions across Europe.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Tuna was at Brookland Partners focusing on real estate debt and CMBS restructurings. Previously, Tuna worked at Lehman Brothers in their Global Real Estate Group with a focus on real estate backed transactions. During this time, he structured and executed UK and pan-European CMBS deals with total issuance in excess of €3 billion and he also focused on distribution of Lehman’s European real estate debt products.
Tuna holds an MPhil degree in Real Estate Finance from the University of Cambridge, Sidney Sussex College.
Adam Belfer joined H.I.G. in 2007 and is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Adam is located in the Los Angeles office and is involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution.
Adam has thirteen years of real estate experience. Prior to H.I.G., Adam was in the real estate leveraged finance group of Wachovia Securities (now Wells Fargo Securities) in Charlotte, NC. While at Wachovia, Adam focused on the origination and execution of $6 billion in private and publicly-traded homebuilder and syndicated development financing.
Adam graduated with a B.B.A. in finance from the Goizueta Business School at Emory University.
Baptiste Boye-Møller is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is located in H.I.G.’s London office and focuses on equity and credit investment opportunities in all major classes of real estate, including hotels.
Before joining H.I.G., Baptiste was an Associate Director at UBS Investment Bank in its Real Estate, Leisure and Lodging Group where he worked on a wide range of M&A, equity and debt capital market transactions in the UK and Continental Europe. Prior to UBS, Baptiste was an Associate at Jefferies & Co. in its investment banking division.
Baptiste received a Bachelor of Laws and a Master’s Degree in Corporate & Commercial Law both from the University of Paris Pantheon-Assas (Paris II).
Gaëlle is a Director of H.I.G. Capital in the London office. She is part of the Asset Management team and focuses on French and Northern European transactions.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Gaëlle was at Salamanca Group focusing on fund and investment management and transactions execution. Previously, she worked at AXA RE investing notably in hotels and medical assets. Before that, she was at Barclays Capital in the CMBS team where she managed a pan-European securitized and balance sheet loan portfolio backed by commercial properties. Gaëlle started her career in Paris at Auxiliaire de Finance as a consultant working on asset sales and advisory services.
Gaëlle is a graduate of ESLSCA Business School.
Sanjoy is a Managing Director based in London. He joined the firm in 2013 and is responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe.
Sanjoy has 16 years of experience in real estate as an investor, a workout professional, and an investment banker. He has invested in direct real estate and non-performing loans in all real estate sectors plus hotels. He was most recently responsible for special situations investing at Benson Elliot, a real estate opportunity fund. Prior to that, Sanjoy spent six years at Morgan Stanley’s real estate fund (MSREF) as Vice-President. Sanjoy started his career at Merrill Lynch in the investment banking group.
Sanjoy holds an MBA from INSEAD and a Masters in Electronic Engineering (Gold Medal) from Imperial College, London.
Riccardo is Managing Director and Head of H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe. He is located in H.I.G.'s London office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the European portfolio.
With over 20 years in the real estate industry, Riccardo has extensive investment and transactional experience across a number of jurisdictions in Europe. Prior to H.I.G. Capital, he was at AXA RE, where he was Head of Alternatives and Special Situations. During his time at AXA RE, he also held the position of Head of Transaction Europe and Head of Asset Management and Transactions in France. Prior to AXA RE, Riccardo worked at Grove International Partners, and before that in the JPMorgan Partners Real Estate Group in London.
Riccardo holds an MSC in Finance from Bocconi University and studied at The Wharton School of Business.
Daniel R. DeFazio is a Finance Director for H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2010, Daniel has been responsible for all of the finance, accounting and administrative functions associated with the H.I.G. Realty Partners Fund. Daniel is located in H.I.G.'s New York office.
Prior to H.I.G., Daniel was a partner at Richards Capital and Associates where he consulted to small and medium sized businesses on their capital raising and restructuring initiatives. Daniel has over 28 years of experience in various financial and accounting functions within organizations such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, Pitney Bowes, Xerox and NASDAQ registered company Velocity Express, where he was the Chief Financial Officer.
Daniel holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Ithaca College and he is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Connecticut.
Sam Eisner is a Vice President of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2012, Sam has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution. He has over six years of experience in real estate investing. Sam is located in H.I.G.'s New York office.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Sam worked at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, an investment arm of Prudential Financial that originates first mortgage debt secured by all property types across the United States.
Sam graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009 with a B.A. in Philosophy, Political Science, and Economics and a minor in Urban Real Estate and Development from the Wharton School.
Graham is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital’s Real Estate team, based in the London office. He is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the European portfolio with a focus on credit investments.
With over 25 years in a variety of real estate sector roles, Graham has extensive investment and transactional experience in all parts of the capital structure. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was an Investment Partner in the Real Estate division of Cheyne Capital, where he also was the lead portfolio manager of its listed real estate debt vehicle. Prior to Cheyne, he was a Partner at ICG Longbow, a leading London based real estate lender, and served as Head of Lending and Corporate Finance on the Executive management team of the National Asset Management Agency (or NAMA, Ireland’s “Bad Bank”). Earlier in his career, Emmett was a member of Goldman Sach’s Special Situations Group, where he was head of the European Mezzanine debt investments team, and Finance Director of Delancey Estate plc.
Graham holds a BSc Honours degree in Banking and Finance from Loughborough University.
William "Bill" Feeser is Director of Construction for H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2009, Bill has been responsible for all major construction projects, which have included residential renovations and commercial tenant improvements, as well as other asset management responsibilities across the investment portfolio.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Bill was a Vice President of Asset Management at Onex, a publicly traded full-service Canadian real estate firm, where he was responsible for managing third-party construction of a $750mm mixed-use development in New York City. Bill has over 10 years of experience in construction and project management.
Bill holds a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering and an M.B.A. from Widener University.
Mihai is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners in the London office. Mihai is focused on European NPLs and real estate special situations, involving all aspects of the investment process from origination and negotiation to structuring and execution. He is also responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe including France.
Prior to joining H.I.G. Realty Partners, Mihai worked for Moelis & Company, a global investment bank, where he focused on corporate restructuring advisory. Previously, Mihai was in the Corporate & Investment Banking Division of BNP Paribas in London concentrating on corporate restructurings. Mihai started his career as an auditor working for Deloitte in France.
Mihai is a graduate of EM Lyon Business School and of Paris-Sorbonne University.
David Hirschberg is a Managing Director and Co-Head of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is located in H.I.G.'s New York office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and oversight of the portfolio.
Before joining H.I.G., David spent seven years as a Managing Partner at Coventry Real Estate Advisors, an institutional investment fund manager that has acquired over $2.5 billion of real estate assets across the United States. Prior to Coventry, David was a Managing Director in Citigroup’s Investment Banking Division, spending 12 years in the Real Estate and Retail Groups, as well as serving as the Head of Real Estate Investment Banking – Asia. Previously, David worked at Goldman Sachs from 1989 to 1992.
David earned a B.S. from Lehigh University in 1989 and an MBA from NYU in 1994. Mr. Hirschberg is an active member of several real estate industry organizations, including the International Council of Shopping Centers, Urban Land Institute and PREA.
Simon is a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital based in London and is responsible for Asset Management across the H.I.G. European Real Estate portfolio.
Simon has over 20 years of experience working in the European real estate market in both advisory and investor roles. As a qualified MRICS surveyor, he has managed a diverse range of real estate projects, including retail, offices and industrial portfolios covering acquisition, development, operational management and value add roles. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital, Simon was Director and Head of Asset Management at Evans Randall Limited, a real estate investment firm whose holdings included a number of high profile assets such as the Gherkin building in London. He has also held senior real estate positions with F&C REIT Asset Management (now BMO Real Estate Partners) and Cushman & Wakefield.
Simon holds a BSc Degree (Hons) from University of Central England and a MSc Real Estate and Development qualification from University of East London.
Gabriele is a Principal with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Italy.
Gabriele has been investing in European real estate for more than twelve years, most recently as the Head of Southern Europe for the Alternative and Real Asset team of Deutsche Bank, focusing on Italy, Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of real estate assets across a wide range of asset classes and investment strategies. Gabriele began his career in real estate investment banking at JPMorgan Chase based in London.
Gabriele holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Michael Mestel is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Real Estate Debt Originations for H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York City office and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, negotiation, structuring and closing of deals throughout the United States. Michael brings over 15 years of commercial real estate experience to H.I.G.
Before joining H.I.G., Michael was a Principal at Square Mile Capital Management where he was Head of West Coast Origination. Prior to Square Mile Capital Management, Michael served as a Director in the Real Estate Finance group at Citigroup where he was responsible for originating, negotiating and structuring fixed and floating rate loans in the Northeast and West Coast of the U.S. Prior to that, Michael was a Vice President at Rialto Capital Management where he was responsible for the acquisition and asset management of distressed real estate and distressed loans.
Michael earned his Bachelor of Arts in Government from Cornell University.
Sami Mnaymneh is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed the firm's development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by H.I.G. Sami currently serves on the Board of Columbia College and on the Dean's Council of the Harvard Law School.
Prior to founding H.I.G., Sami was a Managing Director with The Blackstone Group in New York. Prior to that, he was a Vice President in the Mergers and Acquisitions department at Morgan Stanley & Co., where he devoted a significant amount of his time to leveraged buyouts, serving as senior advisor to a number of prominent private equity firms. Over the course of his career, Mr. Mnaymneh has led over 75 transactions in a wide range of industries.
Sami earned a B.A. degree, Summa Cum Laude, from Columbia University where he graduated first in his class, and subsequently received a J.D. degree and an M.B.A. degree, with honors, from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, respectively.
Daniel is a Principal based in H.I.G. Capital’s Rio de Janeiro office. He is responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Latin America and has more than 12 years of experience in the Brazilian real estate market.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Daniel was a partner of GP Investments Real Estate, where he was responsible for commercial real estate investments. Earlier in his career, he worked for 4 years at Cushman & Wakefield as a Director. Daniel has led almost 20 Real Estate transactions in Brazil which totaled more than R$ 2 billion.
Daniel earned an M.B.A. from INSPER and is also a graduate of the Universidade Paulista with a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering. Born in Brazil, he is fluent in Portuguese and English.
Ken Senior is a Principal in the New York office of H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, structuring, financing, and post-closing execution. He has led the acquisition of several investments for H.I.G. Realty's first real estate fund.
Ken has more than 10 years of real estate experience. Prior to joining H.I.G. in 2007, Ken worked in the acquisitions group with Sterling American Property, a New York-based, value-add, real estate fund with over $4.5 billion in total investments to date. Previously, he worked at Insignia/ESG (now CBRE) where he focused on large-scale commercial leasing assignments, representing both tenants and landlords in New York City.
Ken received a Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
Fredrik is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He is focused on European real estate transactions and real-estate backed NPLs, involving all aspects of the investment process from origination and negotiation to structuring and execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Fredrik worked for Sabal Financial, an affiliate of Oaktree Capital Management, where he focused on real-estate backed NPLs. Previously, he was with Lone Star Funds in London concentrating on corporate NPLs and financial institutions. Fredrik started his career at Societe Generale CIB in London.
Fredrik is a graduate of the Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration and Bocconi University.
Tony Tamer is a Founder and Co-CEO of H.I.G. Capital. He has directed H.I.G.'s development since its founding in 1993 and approves all capital commitments made by the firm. Tony has led a number of successful investments at H.I.G. in both the management buyouts and growth capital arenas. He has extensive experience working with, and coaching, early stage and middle-market companies. Tony is a board member of several H.I.G. portfolio companies. He currently also serves on the Dean's Council of the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government.
Prior to H.I.G., Tony was partner at Bain & Company where he developed business unit and operating strategies, implemented productivity improvement initiatives, and led acquisition and divestiture activities for a number of Fortune 500 clients. Tony has extensive operating experience. He has held marketing, engineering and manufacturing positions at Hewlett-Packard and Sprint Corporation.
Tony holds an M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School, and a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. His undergraduate degree is from Rutgers University.
Stelios is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He has more than ten years of real estate principal investment experience, employing both equity and credit opportunistic strategies across a broad spectrum of real estate asset classes across Europe. His experience includes turn-arounds, distressed acquisitions (e.g. NPLs and REOs), specialty financing platforms, corporate restructurings, portfolio break-ups, property developments and forward acquisitions.
Prior to H.I.G., Stelios was a Director with Deutsche Bank’s European credit structuring & trading teams and served as a senior originator to the Direct Lending business with a focus on special situations. Prior to that, he was a member of Deutsche Bank’s Alternative & Real Assets opportunistic investment team based in London.
Stelios holds an undergraduate degree in Operational Research & Marketing from Athens University of Economics & Business and a Master in Business Administration from INSEAD.
Naveen Vennam is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Since joining H.I.G. in 2007, Naveen has been involved in all aspects of the investment process, including sourcing, transaction structuring, financing, and post-closing execution. He has over ten years of experience in real estate private equity investing. Naveen is located in H.I.G.'s New York office.
Before joining H.I.G., Naveen was based in California with Holualoa Companies, a private investment firm focused on opportunistic and distressed real estate investments across the United States and Europe. While at Holualoa, he led numerous European investments and was involved in the acquisition and asset management of various real estate assets throughout the U.S.
Naveen graduated with honors from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.
Ira Weidhorn is a Managing Director and co-head of H.I.G. Realty Partners. Ira has twenty-one years of experience in real estate investing across all property types. He is located in H.I.G.'s New York office and is responsible for investment origination, transaction structuring and the oversight of the portfolio.
Before joining H.I.G., Ira was a Managing Principal and head of the New York office for Lubert-Adler where he was responsible for new acquisitions and asset management. Previously, he was a Principal in Lehman Brothers Real Estate Partners and an Associate at Goldman Sachs, working in acquisitions for the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds.
Ira earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in History.
Jeff Wiseman is a Managing Director and Head of U.S. Real Estate Debt for H.I.G. Realty Partners. He is located in H.I.G.’s New York City office and is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including origination, underwriting, structuring, closing and oversight of the portfolio. Jeff brings over 20 years of commercial real estate experience to H.I.G., having served in multiple capacities and various leadership roles in the industry.
Before joining H.I.G., Jeff was a Managing Director at Allegiant Real Estate Capital, LP, serving as the Chief Credit Officer and Head of Asset Management. Previously, he served in similar capacities at FirstKey Lending, LLC and Macquarie Group. Prior to Macquarie Group, Jeff was a Director at J.E. Robert Company, Inc. where he was Co-Head of Mezzanine Lending for JER Investors Trust, Inc. and a member of JER’s US Debt Fund Investment Committee.
Jeff earned a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Pennsylvania State University and an M.B.A. from the Stern School of Business at New York University.
Chris Zlatarev is a Principal of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and is responsible for investing and monitoring real estate investments across Europe.
Chris has over ten years of principal investing experience across value added, opportunistic and distressed real estate strategies and has completed transactions for H.I.G. in both direct acquisitions and non-performing loans across multiple real estate sectors and geographies. Previously, Chris was a Partner at Kildare Partners and also held investment roles at Varde Partners and AIG Global Real Estate.
Chris holds a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Drexel University.