UK-focused fund manager Moorfield Group has appointed Chris Perera as the company’s new head of origination.
Perera, who joined Moorfield in 2013, was previously a senior investment manager.
In his new role, Perera will assume responsibility for the management of the origination team as well as continuing to source transactions and sector partnerships.
Perera will work across all asset classes but retain a primary personal focus on the origination of new opportunities in the logistics and storage sectors.
Investment associate Pablo Hutchinson, who joined Moorfield’s origination team four years ago, will lead on the origination of residential and student accommodation strategies.
Moorfield has been an early entrant into many sectors of current interest, including the storage sectors and the living for rent sectors. The firm employs strategic specialist partnerships to help with origination and asset/operational management where appropriate.
Charles Ferguson-Davie, chief investment officer at Moorfield Group, said: 'Having been instrumental to Moorfield's success over the last decade, Chris will play a critical role in our ongoing growth in his new role as head of origination, working closely with our sources of new opportunity and existing relationships to cement our market-leading position across a range of emerging and exciting sectors.'
Said Perera: 'It is an exciting time to be stepping into this role. The current market dislocation creates an opportune buying moment for value-add managers like us, while our target asset classes are all underpinned by demographic and structural growth drivers that will persist across market cycles.
'Far from sitting on the side lines, we remain acquisitive and are confident on the outlook for UK real estate.'