UK specialist property lender Octopus Property, part of the Octopus Group, has announced three new appointments strengthening its senior team.
Darius Shekarrizi (pictured) has joined as business development manager (BDM) for South East, Daniel Murray has been promoted to the role of head of London sales, while Mert Zabci has joined the commercial team as a commercial investment manager.
'The growing market opportunity for alternative lenders reflects both the continued resilience of the real estate sector but also the diminishing quality and breadth of product offering from more traditional lending sources,' said Shekarrizi.
'Octopus Property’s reputation as the lender of choice precedes them and I look forward to supporting the rapid growth of the business moving forward.'
With nearly 12 years’ experience in the banking and real estate sectors, Shekarrizi will be responsible for growing Octopus Property’s loan book. He joins from bridging financier Oblix Capital, where he was BDM, London and the South East.
Murray joined Octopus Property in March 2015 from International Financial Services Group, and was quickly promoted to BDM, East Region. In his new role, Daniel will manage the London UK BDMs, whilst overseeing the growth of Octopus Property’s network of brokers in the region.
Previously an originator in the real estate finance private equity team at RBS, Zabci brings over eight years’ experience in the real estate and financial services sectors. A qualified chartered surveyor, he will support Ludo Mackenzie and Nick Westoby in growing the commercial loan book, following on from the last year’s launch of a new commercial term product.