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FRANK ROCCOGRANDE
Founding Partner
Deutsche Finance International
FRANK ROCCOGRANDE
Founding Partner - Deutsche Finance International

Frank RoccoGrande is Founding Partner, Head of Capital Markets and Investment Committee Member of DFI. He has over 20 years of industry experience as a corporate private equity- and real estate- investor, developer, and business owner. Frank RoccoGrande has been involved in over €10 billion of real estate transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in various countries across Europe, United States and the Emerging Markets.

Independently-managed DFI is part of Munich-based Deutsche Finance Group, a global investment manager established in 2005 with €9.6 billion AUM and 120 employees across six international offices. Frank sits on DFG’s Global Investment Committee.

Prior to establishing DFI, Frank spent 6 years as Founding Partner and Senior Managing Director at BLG Capital, Turkey’s leading private equity real estate investment and development firm with over €1.5 billion AUM, from 2010 to 2016. Prior to that, he was Director at 3 Seas Capital Partners, one of Turkey’s top ranked M&A and capital advisory firms, and Partner at AccessTurkey Capital Group, one of Turkey’s leading alternative investment management firms. Frank started his career in New York City where he worked for a family office and Newtek Capital, a middle-market private equity firm focused on investments in business and financial services companies.

Frank serves as Chairman of the Board of Olympia London, the iconic Olympia exhibition centre currently undergoing transformation into a revitalized arts, entertainment and creative business quarter spread over a 14-acre site in central London’s Kensington.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and a postgraduate Public Health degree from Columbia University.

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GAVIN NEILAN
Founding Partner
Deutsche Finance International
GAVIN NEILAN
Founding Partner - Deutsche Finance International

Gavin Neilan is Founding Partner, Chief Investment Officer and Investment Committee Member of DFI. He has over 20 years of industry experience as a real estate investor, business owner, financier and lawyer. Gavin has been involved in over €10 billion of real estate transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 countries across Europe, United States and the Emerging Markets.

Independently-managed DFI is part of Munich-based Deutsche Finance Group, a global investment manager established in 2005 with €9.6 billion AUM and 120 employees across six international offices. Gavin sits on DFG’s Global Investment Committee.

Prior to establishing DFI, Gavin spent 6 years at a leading emerging market multi-asset class private equity firm with over US$13 billion AUM, from 2010 to 2016. As Managing Director for real estate, he was responsible for origination, investment and asset management activities across multiple markets and investment themes. From 2005 until 2009, he served within the UK real estate finance team at the Royal Bank of Scotland, which managed over £10 billion of UK real estate exposure, where he was responsible for the origination, execution and management of real estate loans and investments across the capital stack, including several landmark transactions. Gavin started his career at the global law firm Allen & Overy, where he completed his training and practised as a real estate finance lawyer from 2002 to 2005.

Gavin serves as Chairman of the Board of Olympia London, the iconic Olympia exhibition centre currently undergoing transformation into a revitalized arts, entertainment and creative business quarter spread over a 14-acre site in central London’s Kensington.

He holds an L.L.B. Law degree from the University College of London, postgraduate Law degree from Nottingham Law School, and a Master of Business Administration from INSEAD

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DR. SVEN NEUBAUER
Executive Partner
Deutsche Finance Group
DR. SVEN NEUBAUER
Executive Partner - Deutsche Finance Group

Sven is the Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder of the Deutsche Finance Group (DFG) as well as a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for the investment strategies and activities of Funds and Accounts managed by DFG on behalf of private individuals and institutional clients. He was previously a Fund Manager at Valartis Asset Management SA in Geneva and Zurich, where he covered indirect Real Estate investments in Latin America and Asia on behalf of institutional clients. Sven graduated in Law from the University of Kiel and Düsseldorf and his doctorate was on Capital Markets Law.

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SYMON GODL
Chief Investment Officer
Deutsche Finance Group
SYMON GODL
Chief Investment Officer - Deutsche Finance Group

Symon is the Chief Investment Officer of Deutsche Finance Group (DFG) and Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. He is responsible for heading DFG’s investment management divisions. He was previously Managing Director of Valartis Asset Management SA in Geneva and Zurich, covering indirect Real Estate investments globally on behalf of institutional clients. Symon graduated in Business Administration from VWA in Munich and Berlin and has a postgraduate degree in Real Estate Economics from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel.

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PROF. DR. JOHN DAVIDSON
Advisor
Deutsche Finance Group
PROF. DR. JOHN DAVIDSON
Advisor - Deutsche Finance Group

John is a lecturer at Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts. He is an advisor to DFG and a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. His career in the real estate industry began at Swiss Re, where he invested and monitored an indirect global real estate portfolio with total commitment size of over CHF 1.4bn. Before joining Swiss Re he worked at the private equity arm of UBS from 2001 to 2005. His studied for his doctorate at Zurich University.