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Mitiska REIM expands European investment team with four new hires – New roles of Director of M&A and General Counsel created, and analyst team expanded

Mitiska REIM, the leading specialist investor in European retail parks, has today announced the expansion of its investment team with four new hires. These new appointments follow the recent successful final closing of Mitiska REIM’s First Retail International 2 Fund (FRI 2) at €223 million, and reflect the increased investment activity of the company across all its European markets.

Marc Formisani has joined Mitiska in the newly created role of Director M&A and Financial Planning, to lead and execute the strong pipeline of investment opportunities the company is undertaking across its Western, Central and Eastern European markets. In this new role, Marc will work closely with the Mitiska REIM investment team to identify, assess and execute investment opportunities in both clustered and standalone retail parks, and integrated retail properties. Marc joins Mitiska REIM following 15 years’ experience in  cross-border M&A at KBL European Private Bankers, where he was Deputy CFO and Head of Mergers and Acquisitions, and at Dexia Group.

Hanif Mohamed has joined in the new position as Mitiska REIM’s General Counsel, with overall responsibility for the company’s legal activities as it continues to expand its European retail park portfolio. Hanif brings over 20 years’ corporate legal experience, having held similar leadership roles at KBL European Bankers and Dexia Group, and international law firms Ashurst and Allen & Overy.

In addition, Mitiska has expanded its analyst team with the appointment of two new investment analysts, Mateusz Szymczak and Enzo Guidez, who are both based in Mitiska REIM’s Brussels office and report to Marc Formisani.

Mateusz Szymczak, a Polish national, has joined Mitiska REIM as Investment Analyst. Mateusz joins Mitiska REIM from MS TFI, a Polish real estate fund management company, where he worked as investment analyst for the closed-end investment fund MARS FIZ.  Prior to this, Mateusz was a financial analyst at Unibail Rodamco. Mateusz holds a master in finance and accounting from the Warsaw School of Economics.

Enzo Guidez, a French national formerly based in Portugal, also joins Mitiska REIM as an Investment Analyst.  Enzo started his career in Lisbon as a consultant in capital markets, first at CBRE and then at Retail Partners Europe. He holds a postgraduate degree in finance from the University of Porto.

Commenting on the new appointments, Axel Despriet, CEO of Mitiska REIM, remarks: “We are excited to have Marc, Hanif, Mateusz and Enzo joining the team as we expand our investment platform across Europe. Their experience and expertise in different European markets reinforces our position as the leading specialist investor in retail parks across Europe, and expands our investment team to 20 professionals.”

Mitiska REIM has built a portfolio of retail park properties across Belgium, France, Romania, Poland, Czech Republic, Serbia and Spain, and is building a strong pipeline of additional investment opportunities in the French, Spanish, German and Austrian markets.

About Mitiska REIM

Mitiska REIM is a privately held specialist real estate investment and fund management firm headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Mitiska REIM invests exclusively in the sector of retail park properties across Western and Central Eastern Europe, via value-add and (co-) development strategies. Properties typically offer a mix of necessity-driven retail brands, anchored by a major food store which drives daily footfall.

Mitiska REIM’s investment model is partnership driven, with the company positioning itself as an active, value-adding investor, in collaboration with experienced local co-investment partners in respective geographies.

In December 2016, Mitiska REIM also announced the successful final closing of its second fund, First Retail International 2 NV, at €223 million. Allowing for gearing the fund’s gross investment capability is up to €500 million.

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For further information, please contact:

Sylvie Geuten – Carpentier
Investor Relations & Corporate Communication
Mitiska REIM
Tel: +32 495 502268
sg@mitiska-reim.com