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ABOUT US

The Atterbury Group (Atterbury Property Holdings (Pty) Ltd or “Atterbury”) was founded in 1994, South Africa by Louis van der Watt and Francois van Niekerk, with a primary focus on developing retail centres and commercial buildings. Over the past 25 years the Atterbury Group has developed prime commercial, retail and residential property across South Africa, the rest of the African continent and more recently, Europe.

The European expansion gathered momentum in 2014 when Atterbury co-invested with a consortium of private equity investors in forming Atterbury Europe B.V. (“Atterbury Europe”).  The platform’s success is evident 5 years later through the combined holding of shares in real estate companies with properties worth more than €1bn spread over 3 countries mainly consisting of dominant shopping centres in prominent locations.  The team is furthermore promoting growth in value through the continuing expansion of the development pipeline in both Serbia and Romania.

PEOPLE

HENK DEIST

Chief Executive Officer

  • Henk is a CA (SA) who started his career in tax consulting at international auditing firm Deloitte for 4 years.
  • He was an investment banker at BoE Merchant Bank and Rand Merchant Bank for 15 years and was involved in the structuring of complex transactions and fund raising.
  • He took the opportunity in March 2014 to lead Atterbury’s expansion into Europe.

MARTIN OLIVIER

Chief Financial Officer

  • Martin is a CA (SA) who after his articles started at Atterbury in South Africa as financial manager, working closely with the asset management and development management teams.
  • He was part of Atterbury Europe from the start, and is involved in all the acquisitions and fund raising transactions. Martin therefore has a holistic view of the entire value chain of the business and now serves as CFO for Atterbury Europe.

CJ WEGNER

Group Accountant

  • Cornelis Johannes Wegner is a qualified CA (SA) and began his career in audit, with international auditing firm KPMG.
  • He joined Atterbury Europe at the start of 2017.

ANSU KRETZMANN

Legal and Tax

  • Ansu is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa with 9 years’ professional experience and is currently Director and Legal for Atterbury Europe B.V.
  • Prior to joining the Atterbury Group, Ansu was a director in the tax department of a leading law firm in South Africa, specializing in corporate tax, international tax and mergers and acquisitions.

ROUX GERBER

Development Management

  • Roux is a civil engineer with more than 20 years of experience in project and development management for the Atterbury Group in Mauritius, Namibia and Ghana and for other companies prior to joining Atterbury.
  • He is an expert in leading a project from the conceptual phase to final completion. He relocated to Bucharest in the first quarter of 2019 to attend to Atterbury Europe’s development pipeline.

VLAD VALCEA

Asset Management

  • Vlad holds an executive MBA from the International Real Estate Business School of Regensburg (Germany). He is a real estate professional with more than 10 years experience in the property management industry across several countries in Central Eastern Europe.
  • Prior to joining Atterbury, Vlad held positions in leasing, business development and property management with international property companies.

DAVID DOWNES

Treasury

  • David is a CFA charterholder and is currently responsible for the funding and treasury operations at Atterbury Europe.
  • Prior to joining Atterbury in January 2019, David was an investment banker at Rand Merchant Bank and was involved in financing and advisory transactions across the capital structure. David ultimately headed up the Real Estate Investment Banking business at RMB before joining Atterbury Europe.

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