Harris poaches Savills BTR expert to launch new division

UK investment agency Harris Associates has appointed Alex Matthews as the firm's inaugural head of Build to Rent (BTR).

With eight years of experience in Build to Rent Capital Markets with previous roles at Savills and Colliers, Matthews directed funding and investment strategies, totalling more than £3 bn.

In his new role at Harris Associates, he will take the lead in securing funding, overseeing acquisitions, and strategically managing divestments within the BTR sector. His mission is to enhance the company's remarkable track record, which boasts a history of transactions exceeding £18 bn worldwide since its establishment in 2002.

Harris Associates is currently handling over £1.2 bn worth of UK disposal projects.

Under Matthews' leadership, Harris Associates will be continuing to spearhead strategies to attract foreign capital and foster international partnerships, particularly from Asian investors through Harris Associates strategic partnership with the 400-person agency Edmund Tie in Singapore (formerly owned by DTZ).

Jamie Harris, head of Student Accommodation at Harris Associates, said: 'We are delighted to welcome Alex to launch our BTR sector. His invaluable experience in the sector and his entrepreneurial outlook, make him a perfect fit as the market evolves. Notably, Alex excels in introducing new investors to the sector while also leveraging Harris Associates marketing excellence to drive premium values for our blue-chip developer and investor clients.'


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