Empira Group appoints Edward Berry as head of new London office to spearhead UK institutional business drive
Zug (Switzerland), 03 February 2022 - Empira Group, a leading investment and asset manager for institutional real estate investments focused on the DACH region, is pleased to announce the appointment of Edward Berry, CFA, as Managing Director and head of its new London office. His appointment is effective immediately.
With more than sixteen years of experience working in the investment management industry, Mr Berry will be instrumental in developing Empira's institutional client footprint in the UK. As part of this drive, Mr Berry will raise awareness of Empira Group's investment solutions across the real estate capital structure. Based in London, he will report to Lahcen Knapp, founder and chairman.
Prior to joining Empira, Mr Berry worked in senior client facing positions at PIMCO and Centerbridge Partners. He worked at PIMCO from 2008 to 2020 as a Senior Vice President with responsibility for fundraising and managing relationships with PIMCO's major UK institutional clients and their consultants. At Centerbridge Partners he was a Principal with responsibility for fundraising across the UK investor base. Earlier in his career he was a banks sector equity research analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort and an associate strategy consultant in PWC's Private Equity advisory business.
Edward is a CFA charter holder and holds a Masters in Finance from London Business School and an undergraduate degree in PPE (Politics, Philosophy, and Economics) from Oriel College, Oxford University.
Lahcen Knapp, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Empira Group said: "We are delighted to welcome Edward as our newly appointed Managing Director to drive our business development strategy for the institutional market in the UK. He has an impressive track record and extensive distribution experience. As we continue to lead the industry in sustainable institutional real estate investing, Edward joins at an exciting time to help build Empira's presence in the UK."
Edward Berry, Managing Director, Empira Group: "I am delighted to join Empira as I have known and respected the team and firm for a long time. I'm looking forward to working alongside colleagues with an unparalleled knowledge and track record in an asset class and region with exceptional potential. I firmly believe Empira's unique offerings fit the sustainability and investment return requirements of UK investors, and I look forward to helping them find appropriate solutions from across our platform."