Founding Partners & Co-Owners
Frank is Co-Managing Partner, Head of Investor Relations and a Member of DFI’s Investment Committee. Prior to co-founding DFI in 2016, he spent seven years as Co-Founding and Senior Managing Partner of BLG Capital, Turkey’s largest private equity real estate investment and development firm. He was previously Partner of Access Turkey Capital Group, a Turkish middle market corporate private equity platform for two years. Prior to that he worked for eight years in New York City for a family office and a middle market private equity firm Newtek Business Services, focusing on investments in business and financial services companies. Frank holds a Master of Public Health from Columbia University and Bachelor of Arts from George Washington University.
Gavin is Co-Managing Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee for DFI. Prior to co-founding DFI in 2016, he spent 6 years as Managing Director responsible for Real Estate Investment at The Abraaj Group, the largest emerging market focused private equity firm. Prior to that he worked for 4 years at The Royal Bank of Scotland in the Principal Real Estate Finance team and for 3 years at Allen & Overy, where he started his career as a lawyer specializing in Real Estate Finance. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University College London, a postgraduate diploma from Nottingham Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.
Investments & Asset Management
Paul is a Director at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Associate in the investment team at Patron Capital, focusing on the origination, execution and asset management of opportunistic/value-add asset-backed investments across Europe. He began his career as an Analyst at Goldman Sachs in London. Paul holds a first-class Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Nottingham and achieved a distinction in his Postgraduate degree in Real Estate Economics and Finance from the London School of Economics.
Steffen is a Senior Investment Associate at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Associate in the Real Estate investment team at PIMCO specialised in opportunistic/value-add investments across all Real Estate asset classes. Prior to that, he worked as an Analyst in the Real Estate team at Blackstone, where he worked on large complex transactions, primarily in Germany. Steffen also worked at Amiri Capital with responsibility for launching a UK student housing platform. Steffen has a Master’s degree in Finance from the London School of Economics.
Daniel is a Senior Associate at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Investment Manager at Allianz Real Estate where he focused on indirect investment. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Associate for Allianz Real Estate of America where he focused on large transactions in the United States. Daniel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the WU Vienna University of Economics and Business.
Francesco is an Associate at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he was a Senior Associate at London & Regional Properties (L&R), where he was responsible for the acquisition of real estate, lodging, and leisure assets throughout Europe. Before L&R, Francesco spent two years as an acquisitions professional within the Europe Value Partners fund series team at CBRE GI, focusing on opportunistic and value-add office, retail, and logistics investments across Western Europe. He has also worked within Deutsche Bank RREEF and EY as a management consultant. Francesco is a graduate of the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University and has an MBA from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Alex is an Associate at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, she was an Analyst at Meyer Bergman (MB) where she focused on Acquisitions and Asset Management across a range of asset classes (retail, offices, logistics, residential, mixed-use) throughout Europe. Prior to that, she worked as an Analyst at MB’s residential development platform – Meyer Homes – which was established to deliver over 3,000 homes across London and the South East. Alex began her career in 2014 at Grainger plc and is an MRICS-qualified Chartered Surveyor. She holds a First Class Bachelor of Arts degree in Land Economy from the University of Cambridge.
Jonni is an Analyst at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he was an Analyst at InfraRed Capital where he focused on UK value-add investment across multiple asset classes, in particular multi-let industrial. Prior to that, he worked at Citi in the South African Investment Banking team, where he worked on M&A and equity capital markets transactions across sectors. Jonni has a Master’s degree from London Business School and an undergraduate in Finance from the University of Cape Town.
Finance & Tax
Neil is Finance Director of DFI. He joined from CBRE Global Investment Partners, where he served as CFO for a flagship fund investing in core global real estate investments. Prior to that, he worked as auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Bermuda, focusing on alternative investment clients. Neil has a Master’s degree in Economics and International Relations from the University of St. Andrews and is a qualified Chartered Accountant, being a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Xin is Financial Controller of DFI. She previously oversaw the financial reporting process at Student Roost, a £1.5 billion student housing investment by Brookfield. Prior to that, she worked on audits of real estate clients and advised on capital market transactions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, in both the UK and Australia. Xin holds an Honours degree in Accounting and a Bachelors degree in Biotechnology from the University of New South Wales. She is a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and New Zealand.
Sally is the Fund Controller at DFI. She joined from M&G Real Estate where she was the Fund Controller for the European Property Fund, a c.€3bn fund investing in core assets across twelve jurisdictions, as well as the UK Residential Property Fund and UK Property Fund. Prior to that, she worked within the Investment Management and Funds audit team at KPMG in London, primarily focused on real estate clients. Sally holds a Bachelor of Arts with Honours degree in Management Studies from the University of Nottingham. She is a Chartered Accountant of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Legal and Operations
Keith is the General Counsel at DFI. Prior to joining the firm, he spent over 12 years at Norton Rose Fulbright as a corporate M&A lawyer with a particular focus on the real estate, infrastructure and energy sectors. Keith holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol and a postgraduate diploma from BPP Law School. He is a qualified solicitor in England and Wales.
Dannielle is the Office Manager at DFI. Prior to joining DFI, she has served in management and administration roles at Green Street Advisors and a global recruitment firm in Hong Kong. Dannielle graduated from Middlesex University with a degree in Fashion and Design.
Francesca is Team Secretary at DFI. She has previously specialised in events and marketing at the cricket charity Lord’s Taverners as well as freelancing to businesses across the UK over the last few years. She has a Business and Retail Management degree from the University of Surrey.
Oliver is the Development Director at DFI and has over 17 years development experience in commercial and mixed use schemes. He joined DFI from Mace where he was involved across its student accommodation and residential development projects. Prior to Mace, Oliver spent 14 years at Land Securities Group PLC, latterly as Head of Development for the London Portfolio and responsible for the delivery of a £2.4bn, 3.5m sq ft Central London development pipeline. This included the multi scheme redevelopments and transformation of Victoria SW1. Oliver is an FRICS qualified Chartered Surveyor and holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in Urban Land Economics from Sheffield Hallam University.