The Team

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COLIV’s team is a collaboration between DTZ Investors and The Collective.

DTZ Investors is the investment advisor to the Fund and The Collective is the Fund’s asset and property manager.

The DTZ Investors team

Christopher Cooper

Christopher Cooper

CEO of DTZ Investors

Chris joined DTZ Investors in 1992 as an asset manager on a discretionary pension fund account. Chris worked across all aspects of our business, including establishing our European platform, based in France until 2003. He took over running the UK business in 2007 and the European business in 2013, building it to €10 billion AUM today. Chris chairs each of DTZ Investors’ Value Committee and Investment Committee that appraise all of COLIV’s assets and potential transactions.

Chris Saunders

Chris Saunders

Investment Director

Chris has acted as fund manager on six institutional Client portfolios over the past ten years with combined property assets of over £1.3bn, investing in direct and indirect investments on a discretionary and advisory basis. Chris is a Chartered Financial Analyst and previously held the role of Head of Investment Strategy at DTZ Investors.

Christian Birrel

Christian Birrell

Investment Manager

Christian has worked as a portfolio manager across three cross-sector pension fund mandates with a total asset value of £3.5bn. Christian has particular expertise in alternative real estate investments and Central London development having spent most of his career focusing on residential and hotel investment and development projects. Christian is a Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

James Woodhead

James Woodhead

ESG and Social Impact Advisor

James is responsible for the development and delivery of DTZ Investors’ Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) programme with a primary objective to embed proactive sustainability management practices across its business activities and enable DTZ Investors to reach their long term environmental targets.

In relation to the Fund, James has developed the ESG and Social Impact Policy for COLIV and is responsible for making sure that management, governance and reporting policies are in place to enable the Fund to deliver against its ESG and social impact KPIs.

Kate Fearnley

Kate Fearnley

Head of Investor Relations

Kate is the central point of contact for investors on all matters regarding their investment into the Fund. Having managed a UK fund of funds of over £250m before taking a client relationship role in 2014, Kate is well placed to understand fund investor expectations. Kate is a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

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The Collective team

Reza Merchant

Reza Merchant

CEO of The Collective

Reza is the Chief Executive Officer of The Collective. He founded the business in 2010 and since then has secured more than 7,500 units globally. Having expanded the brand into Germany and the US, he has paved the way to build a truly game-changing, global platform.

Jill Ju

Jill Ju

Global Investment Director

Jill is responsible for The Collective’s fundraising, investment acquisitions, and strategic growth internationally. Jill joined The Collective in October 2017. Prior to The Collective she worked as Investment Director for Greystar Europe, where she sourced and managed a £1bn + student housing portfolio. Jill was also in charge of the company’s Asia growth strategy and investor relationship. Prior to Greystar, Jill worked for UBS Investment Bank in its Asia cross-border M&A team in Hong Kong and Beijing.

Adam Francis

Adam Francis

VP Investment Management, UK & Ireland

Adam oversees asset management activity across the built estate and manages the company’s investment strategy by identifying value-add and development opportunities across the portfolio. Adam joined The Collective in 2019 from Blackstone, where he spent nearly six years in the firm’s property management arm and worked across its diverse portfolio of offices, retail and alternatives across Europe.

Neil MacLeod

Neil Macleod

General Counsel

Neil is responsible for all legal matters relating to The Collective’s business with a particular focus on acquisitions, structuring and finance. Prior to The Collective, Neil headed up the legal function for Schroder Real Estate Investment Management following spells at Nabarro LLP and Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP where he advised on various corporate and commercial matters, including debt and equity investments, asset transfers, structured finance and M&A.

Dom Butler

Dom Butler

Head of Investment for UK and Ireland

Dom is responsible for sourcing and executing deals, attracting and managing capital relationships, and leads the team in London. Dom joined The Collective in March 2018, prior to which he held positions and at Queensgate Investments LLP and Nabarro LLP. Dom is a qualified funds lawyer who has advised on over £3bn worth of UK property transactions, most significantly the closing of Queensgate Investments Fund II and the £350M acquisition of the Kensington Forum Hotel.

About DTZ investors

DTZ Investors is a specialist European Real Estate Fund Manager, part of the Cushman & Wakefield Group. The business was established in 1968 in the UK and expanded into Continental Europe in 1999. DTZ Investor’s team of c.100 professionals manages €10bn worth of real estate (December 2018) in Europe. The business manages assets for a range of domestic and international investors, including pension funds and insurance companies.

DTZ Investors is a full-service offering fund manager for discretionary and advisory accounts with a range of exposures from core to opportunistic risk profiles. DTZ Investors advises clients on the full range of potential exposures to the asset class, including direct property, unlisted property funds and listed securities (REITs), with experience across both traditional real estate (retail, office, industrial) and alternative sectors (healthcare, student housing, leisure, residential). DTZ Investors has secured 15 independent performance awards from IPD in the last 17 years.

About The Collective

The Collective is a growing, global network of co-living locations that combine thoughtfully designed private space with spacious, one-of-a-kind communal amenities. The Collective builds and activates spaces that foster human connection and enable people to lead more fulfilling lives, with an aim to create a positive impact for each neighbourhood it joins.

Founded in London in 2010 by CEO Reza Merchant, The Collective has grown from offering small house shares to owning and operating the world’s largest co-living community, with over 8,500 units operating or under development. The 200-strong team is headquartered across New York, London and Berlin has raised more than $900 million to fund growth across the U.S., U.K and continental Europe.

The Collective takes an integrated approach to design and development to ensure a laser focus on the personal and professional growth of each of its members. The Collective is the creative driver and long-term operator of the programs and services its community experiences each day, all of which aspire to a new, inspiring paradigm of flexibility and convenience, and a new universal standard of home.