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Managing Director, Consilia Capital, United Kingdom
Alex gained an MA in the Economics of Finance and Investment from Exeter University in 1981, and has spent 30 years specializing in the property sector, encompassing sell side research, corporate broking, and private equity. He has written articles for numerous professional publications, and is a regular speaker at conferences globally.
He is the founder of Consilia Capital, a research and advisory firm that specialises in global real estate capital markets, a Visiting Lecturer at Cass Business School, and has lectured on global property securities markets at Cambridge University, London Business School, Henley Business School, and Oxford Said Business School. He is a member of the EPRA Research Committee, Chairman of the IPF Research Steering Group looking at Real Estate Allocations within Retirement Saving Schemes in the UK and Chairman of the Advisory Board of the M&G Global Real Estate Securities Fund, which he has been involved with since inception
At BZW (which later became part of CSFB) he was one of the Extel rated property analyst team before moving into the Equity Capital Markets Department. There he was responsible for fund raising and corporate advisory services to a number of leading quoted property companies such as Hammerson, Chelsfield, Burford and Grantchester, and later became Head of the Property Sector in the Investment Banking division.
He left in 1998 to join Apax Partners, the European private equity firm, where he specialised in corporate finance transactions in the real estate sector for clients such as GE Capital before forming AME Capital in May 2002. There he created a database and proprietary quantitative model for filtering and analysing all listed real estate companies globally (currently over 2,000) , using factors such as asset location, gearing, absolute and relative performance and yield. It was the only database of its kind in the market, and also captured all listed corporate bonds in the listed real estate sector globally. In addition AME Capital created a database of all dedicated real estate securities funds, and developed a series of sector specific and country REIT Indices, the first of their kind, which are quoted on Bloomberg. This database was used by a wide variety of advisory and subscription clients.
In July 2008 he sold the assets of AME Capital Ltd to Macquarie Securities who appointed him to the newly created role of Head of Global Property Securities Analytics, as well as being Head of European Real Estate Research. At Macquarie he integrated his databases and research with Macquarie local analysts to initiate and develop the global real estate offering, producing the monthly Global Property Insight, and the unique Securities Funds Pulse, before leaving at the end of 2011.