Europa Capital, the pan-European real estate investment manager, announces the appointment of Diederik Bakker as Managing Director, Asset Management, the second senior hire in the team in as many months, as it continues its strategic growth.
Diederik will be responsible for the asset management of Europa Capital’s open-ended core fund, the Europa Diversified Income Fund (EDIF) with assets in France, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. He also brings a wealth of experience of the Dutch real estate market and will manage a growing number of assets in the country as part of Europa Capital’s value add fund series.
Diederik has over 20 years’ experience in asset management and transactions in the residential and commercial real estate sectors, working for leading international real estate companies including LaSalle and UBS. Most recently, Diederik was a Senior Director, Asset & Transaction Management, for Multi Corporation (Blackstone), where he oversaw teams in Ireland, UK, Benelux, Germany, Spain and Portugal. Diederik is also a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) European Board having become a Fellow of RICS (FRICS) in 2011.
Rob Sim, Managing Partner at Europa Capital, commented: “Diederik is a fantastic addition to our team and brings a substantial asset management track record, leading teams locally and across Europe to execute business plans and generate value. Diederik’s appointment is our third senior hire as we continue to strategically grow across Europe and follows the arrival of Emilie Bouthors as Managing Director, Portfolio Management in Paris and Jeremy Bullock, as Managing Director of Asset & Portfolio Management for the UK and Europe. Diederik’s hire not only strengthens our asset management capabilities, but also our presence in the Dutch market where we have grown significantly.”
Diederik Bakker added: “I am pleased to be joining a strong team of asset managers at Europa Capital. Europa Capital manages an impressive portfolio of assets across Europe including a focus on urban light industrial space in the Netherlands, with ambitions to grow this further. I will be building on the work already underway to unlock value across the portfolio and strengthen our ESG performance, working closely with both the value add and core fund management teams.”