Brookland Partners has hired Griff Winkler from Hatfield Philips to spearhead the principal side of its business. As a director, he will focus on investment and business opportunities, working with capital providers and other joint venture partners.
His appointment marks the start of Brookland’s initiative to launch a debt vehicle that will provide senior whole loans, super-stretched senior and mezzanine finance. It aims to raise capital from pension funds, insurers, sovereign wealth funds and quasi sovereign wealth funds.
Managing partner Nassar Hussain said the time is right to launch a debt fund, partly because investors have been educated about debt as an investment class. The real estate investment banking firm, which has been focused on CMBS restructuring work, has also moved offices to accommodate its expansion.
It plans to bring on board further staff. Winkler brings knowledge of European CMBS and loans, retructurings and work-outs, as well as principal investments, having been vice-president of the non-performing commercial real estate loan group at Hatfield Philips.