Tuna is a Principal 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.
Gaëlle is a Principal 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.
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.
Omar El Masri
Omar is a Director on the London Real Estate Team, where he focuses on asset backed special situation strategies across Europe. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment process, including originating, structuring, financing and executing post-closing operational strategies. Omar has extensive experience investing across a wide range operational and traditional real estate strategies across the capital stack.
Omar joined H.I.G. from Queensgate Investments, where he was a Director focused on the acquisition, turnaround, expansion and restructuring of hotels and other asset backed operating businesses and worked on the acquisition of over EUR 2.5Bn worth of hotel and other operational real estate platforms. Prior to Queensgate, Omar was at the private family office of Christian Candy where he worked on residentially led UK structured finance and special situation opportunities. Omar started his career at Oxford Properties.
Omar holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics & Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London and a Masters in Real Estate Investments from Cass Business School.
Jérôme is a Managing Director in H.I.G. Capital's London office, where he focuses on pan-European real estate investments for H.I.G. Realty Partners.
Jérôme has more than 15 years of experience in real estate private equity. Prior to joining H.I.G. Capital in 2019, Jérôme worked for GIC, Colony Capital and Heitman, where he completed over +€1 billion of equity and debt investments in real estate and asset heavy platforms across Europe. His experience ranges from Core Plus to Opportunistic investments, including portfolio acquisition, distressed investments, property developments and corporate acquisitions.
Jérôme earned an M.B.A. from London Business School and undergraduate degree in Finance and Economics from Ecole Superieure de Commerce de Rouen.
Mihai is a Principal 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.
Richard is a Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London and is part of the real estate group’s structured finance investments team, with responsibility for structuring and deal execution.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Richard was a member of Deutsche Bank’s European commercial real estate finance team, working on real estate lending, securitisation and distressed debt transactions across Europe. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Richard qualified as a lawyer and practiced in Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP’s private equity and real estate finance team.
Richard holds a degree in law from the University of Oxford.
Andrew is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners and is based in the London office, where he focuses on Asset Management and value creation initiatives. Andrew is responsible for all aspects of the Asset Management process.
Andrew has 15 of experience in Real Estate investment for global institutions. Prior to joining H.I.G. Realty Partners, Andrew was a Senior Vice President at Round Hill Capital, and started his career at the Lehman Brothers and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds.
Andrew earned a Master’s in Real Estate Investment and Finance from Henley Business School, to complement his two undergraduate degrees in Finance and Commerce.
Gabriele is a Managing Director and Head of Asset Management for H.I.G. Realty Partners in Europe.
Gabriele has been investing in European real estate for more than eighteen 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.
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.
Max is a Principal based in Milan with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Italy and Germany.
Max has been working on European real estate for twenty years, seventeen of which as a Principal in various private equity real estate institutions. Most recently, Max was responsible for the Italian office for Goldman Sachs Real Estate Merchant Banking Asset Management, where he was responsible for the sourcing and management of a variety of real estate assets and investment strategies. Prior to Goldman Sachs, Max worked for Warburg Pincus and Apollo Real Estate Advisors. Max started his career in JPMorgan Real Estate Investment Banking.
Max holds a B.A. in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan.
Rick is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital with over twenty-five years of private equity and M&A experience. In his current position, along with Co-President Brian Schwartz, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Since joining H.I.G. in 1998, he has been involved in all aspects of the investment process; and has held leadership positions in several of the firm's funds. Located in the Miami office, Rick currently serves on the Board of numerous H.I.G. Capital portfolio companies. He has worked with companies in a variety of industries, with a focus on healthcare, business services, specialty chemicals, and niche manufacturing.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Rick worked at General Electric Company and GE Capital. As part of their Corporate Mergers & Acquisitions teams, he coordinated a variety of strategic acquisitions in the financial services, plastics, medical systems, electronics, and aerospace industries. Before joining the M&A group, Rick was a member of the GE Corporate Finance Staff, where he helped design and implement improved business strategies and operating processes for GE Capital business units.
Rick received his undergraduate degree with honors from Stanford University and earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tareck is a Managing Director in the London office, with responsibility for European real estate debt investments.
Prior to joining H.I.G., he was head of commercial real estate debt investments for EMEA at PIMCO, focusing on private transactions. He previously held senior positions at Societe Generale and RBS, both on the public side, in the asset-backed trading team, and on the private side, as head of European CMBS structuring.
He has 22 years of investment and financial services experience and holds a master's degree in finance from the London School of Economics. He also has a statistics degree from ENSAE and an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique.
Esteban Caja Samboal
Esteban is a Principal with responsibility for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in Spain and Portugal.
Esteban has been investing in European real estate for more than twelve years, most recently as a Principal at Aermont Capital, focusing on Spain and Portugal, where he was responsible for the acquisition and management of a variety of real estate asset classes and investment strategies. Prior to Aermont (previously Perella Weinberg Real Estate), Esteban worked at the Royal Bank of Scotland´s Structure Property Finance Team, and before that in the Mergers and Acquisitions Group of Lehman Brothers in London. Esteban started his career at McKinsey & Company in Madrid.
Esteban holds an M.B.A. degree from NYU Stern School of Business and a B.A. in Economics and Business Administration from University Carlos III of Madrid.
Halvor is a Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and responsible for sourcing and executing real estate transactions in the Nordics.
Prior to H.I.G., Halvor spent eight years at Tristan Capital Partners, working on investments, asset management and disposals across the Nordics and the U.K. His projects included larger redevelopments, urban revitalisation, office, retail, logistics & light industrial. He has also worked for CBRE in Oslo, Norway in capital markets, corporate advisory and valuation and Savills in London, U.K.
Halvor holds a MPhil in Real Estate Finance from University of Cambridge and a BSc in Business Studies from Lancaster University.
Dario is a Director in the Europe Real Estate Team and is based in the Milan office, where he focuses on Asset Management in Southern Europe (Italy, Spain, Portugal, Greece). Dario has 10 years of experience in real estate markets, specializing in value added and opportunistic investments. Prior to joining H.I.G., he was with Prelios SGR S.p.A. focusing on fund and asset management for core plus and value added investments.
Previously, he was a Senior Asset and Investment Manager at Redbrick Investment Group. Before that, he was a Fund Manager in Generali Real Estate SGR where he managed two value added funds with a focus on residential and office refurbishments and developments.
Dario holds a MSC in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic of Bari and an executive master in Real Estate from SDA Bocconi.
Brian is Co-President of H.I.G. Capital. He joined the firm in 1994. In his current position, along with Co-President Rick Rosen, he helps run the day-to-day operations of the firm and sits on the investment committees for all H.I.G. funds. Prior to this role, Brian held a number of leadership positions at the firm, as well as having led the acquisition of over 25 platform investments in a variety of industries.
Prior to joining H.I.G., Brian worked in PepsiCo’s strategic planning group. His responsibilities included managing strategic acquisitions for PepsiCo and evaluating new business opportunities. Brian began his career with the investment banking firm of Dillon, Read and Co. where he split his time between the corporate finance group and the private equity funds, Saratoga Partners and Yorktown Partners.
Brian earned his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and his B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.
James Smith is a Principal based in H.I.G.’s London office. He works within the real estate asset management team, and specialises in U.K. and European real estate.
James’s career spans more than 20 years, having held senior positions in private equity and real estate investment businesses, covering all aspects of asset management, property development, acquisitions and disposals. Prior to working with H.I.G. he was an Executive Director and European Head of Asset Management for specialist retail investor and developer Thor Equities, where he oversaw the €2 billion European portfolio. Before Thor Equities, James was responsible for the M&A team of Atrium European Real Estate, where he was responsible for acquisitions and disposals throughout the European portfolio of €3 billion. Earlier in his career, James worked for Goodman and Europa Capital in various transaction and asset management roles.
James holds a BSc (Hons) in Urban Property Surveying from Northumbria 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 Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty based in London. He has more than fifteen 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 distressed acquisitions (e.g. NPLs and REOs), operating 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 a senior originator in the real estate 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.
Chris Zlatarev is Managing Director of H.I.G. Realty Partners based in London and is responsible for originating and structuring real estate investments across Europe.
Chris has over 15 years of principal investing experience across value-add, opportunistic, special situation and credit real estate strategies and has led both equity and debt transactions for H.I.G. 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.