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Heitman appoints new head of European Private Equity Group

Heitman LLC (Heitman), a global real estate investment management firm, has appointed Tony Smedley as Managing Director, Head of European Private Equity.

In this role, Smedley will lead Heitman’s European Private Equity group and is tasked with broadening the scope of the firm’s European operations while continuing to serve its clients in meeting or exceeding their European real estate investment objectives.
Smedley brings with him nearly 30 years of experience in real estate and investment management. Prior to joining Heitman, Smedley was the Head of Continental Europe for Schroder REIM where he provided leadership, direction, and management for fund management teams and investment strategies including public markets, debt, and private equity.
“We are delighted to welcome Tony to Heitman and are looking forward to his considerable talents being applied to our client portfolios and our efforts to broaden our European Private Equity operations,” says Maury Tognarelli, Heitman CEO. “Tony has evidenced success in and experience with forming and leading integrated, collaborative real estate investment teams in Europe – all critical characteristics that we desired in a new leader for our European operation.”
As part of the transition in the group’s leadership, Gordon Black, who has led Heitman’s private equity investment activities in Europe for the past 17 years, will be focused on certain client private equity portfolios with European and global investment mandates. Black will continue to be based in London as a member of the European Private Equity group and will also continue to serve on Heitman’s European Private Equity Investment Committee.
“Tony’s leadership and investment management skills will complement Gordon Black’s extensive understanding and familiarity with our clients and the firm overall; that combination is expected to accelerate the success of our endeavours in this region of the world,” adds Tognarelli.
Tony studied in Sheffield and Manchester, qualifying as a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in 1993. He is an FCA-approved person and holds an Investment Management Certificate. He has held a variety of Board and Management positions, is a member of Investment Property Forum and is also fluent in French. Tony will be based in Heitman’s London office at 8 Hanover Street.

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