Barings secures key hires in Benelux and Scandinavia

Barings has expanded its real estate capabilities in Europe with the appointments of Thorsten Slytå as regional head of real estate for Scandinavia and Robbert-Jan van Baal as head of real estate acquisition for Benelux.

Based in Stockholm, Slytå joins the firm from M&G Real Estate, where he oversaw transactions and asset performance through active management across M&G’s Nordic region investment portfolio. His responsibilities will include transactions and oversight of the firms’ and Barings’ clients’ properties.

Van Baal, based in the Netherlands, will be responsible for transactions and overall asset and project management of Barings properties and those acquired on behalf of Barings clients. He joins Barings from AXA Investment Managers – Real Assets (AXA IMRA), where he was head of asset management, Netherlands, responsible for all AXA IMRA assets.

Slytå and Van Baal will report to Gunther Deutsch, Barings head of European transactions.

'Strengthening our European real estate leadership team will position Barings across the Nordic and Benelux regions, further supporting our clients’ and the firm’s growth,' said Charles Weeks, Barings head of real estate Europe and Asia.

'Both van Baal and Slytå will source value and find new opportunities for our clients. They possess local, knowledgeable expertise and strong networks across Benelux and Scandinavia and we are delighted to welcome them to our team,' Weeks added.

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