Team

Basil Demeroutis – Managing Partner 

After graduating with a BSc in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering from Cornell University in 1991, Basil spent the first half of his career in banking where he financed aircraft, satellites, ships and other cash flowing assets, including real estate.  Basil moved to the buy-side in 2002, and over the last 13 years he has been working exclusively with private investors on their real estate strategies.  First as a partner at Jargonnant Partners, a Munich-based real estate fund where he shared responsibility for acquiring, managing and successfully exiting a €400 million European property portfolio.  And then after calling the market and disposing of their investments in 2007, Basil moved in house with one of his capital partners, Capricorn Investment Group, a family office with over $5 billion in total assets.  His experience as a partner there proved extremely influential in shaping Basil’s investment approach as well as his views on how social drivers can be used as tools to unlock value in real estate.

Aurélien Collignon – Associate Director
Auréien headshot Aurélien is a member of the investment team, focused on the sourcing and structuring of real estate transactions and strategy.  He has invested in commercial real estate in London, across the UK and on the continent in each of the main investment sectors. Previously Aurélien was an Assistant VP at Pramerica in their pan-European Transactions and Portfolio Management team working on their flagship €800 million fund.  Prior to that he worked at ICADE and Bouygues.  Auréien holds a Construction Engineering degree from ESTP Paris, and a Masters degree in Real Estate Management from ESSEC Business School Paris.

Prof Geoffrey Wood – Advisor
Geoffrey Wood went to the University of Warwick in 1968 as Lecturer in Economics and then spent two years as Visiting Economist with the Bank of England, where he was more recently, from 1994 to 2004, a Special Advisor on Financial Stability. In 1975, he joined City University. He was Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis from 1977-1978, has also advised the New Zealand Treasury on a wide range of issues, and has also been a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and served as research adviser at the Bank of Finland. Geoffrey Wood is also a visiting Professorial Fellow in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London and has been a visiting professor at the University of Athens. In the academic year 2004-2005 he was Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford. He has served for some time as Special Adviser to the Treasury Select Committee of the House of Commons. He is on the Editorial Boards of the Greek Economic Review, The Journal of Financial Education, and the the European Journal of Political Economy, and is a General Editor of the Journal of Financial Regulation. Geoffrey joined the Advisory Board of FORE Partnership in 2012.

Marta Drummond – Advisor
Marta has 25 years of experience in advising private families on wealth management, financial advisory and strategic business development. In 2010, Marta founded Zurich-based consulting firm, Marta Drummond Strategic Consulting GmbH, advising professional firms and families on key strategic issues. Marta managed MEA region of The Institute for Private Investors (IPI), the leading global network of family offices that sponsors events, co-investment opportunities, wealth intelligence and collaboration. Previously, Marta served as Head of Business Development for Withers LLP and held senior executive positions in wealth management for firms including Citigroup (Hong Kong), UBS and Coutts (London).
Kevin Risen – Advisor
Kevin is Managing Director of Minot Capital Management, LLC, a Boulder based investment firm providing global investment advisory services. From 2003 to 2007, he served as a Managing Director of Tremblant Capital Group, a New York based equity long/short hedge fund. Prior to that, Kevin was a Partner at Neuberger Berman Partner and managed Neuberger’s flagship Guardian Fund. From 1983 to 1992, Risen held positions as equity research analyst at Kemper Financial Services, Banc One Asset Management, and First Kentucky Trust Company.