Downing LLP appoints Investment Director to bolster BTR focus

Downing LLP appoints a new Investment Director to bolster its Build to Rent sector focus for institutional investors.

Bruno Lobo, Investment Director, Downing LLP | BTR News
Bruno Lobo, Investment Director, Downing LLP.

Downing LLP announces it has appointed a new Investment Director, Bruno Lobo, within its Property Finance team. The news comes as Downing’s Property Finance team has passed £300m in commitments since inception. This growth was delivered without any loss of capital or interest to date, despite tough market conditions.

Bruno joins Downing from S+A Capital, where he was Co-founder and Managing Partner. In his new role, Bruno will bring his expertise to expand Downing’s focus on the Build to Rent sector, which involves deploying institutional capital to fund residential projects – specifically to deliver high-quality residential rental stock. 

“I’m delighted to be joining Downing’s Property Finance division. It’s clear that the team is performing at a high level, as demonstrated by the significant milestones achieved this year. I look forward to bringing my expertise to build an investment strategy that will be an attractive proposition for institutional investors and local partners – while contributing to create successful places and anchor communities.”

Bruno Lobo, Investment Director, Downing LLP

Bruno began his career in New York as an Associate in Brookfield Asset Management’s global real estate group, before becoming a Founding Director of Avenida Capital, focused on urban development projects in key Latin American markets. He was then the Director of Real Estate at AECOM Capital in London.

With a PhD from Columbia University in New York, Bruno is also a member of the Living Concepts Council in Europe, at the Urban Land Institute. 

“Expanding our capability into the Build to Rent sector is an important step in our growth journey and logical given our wider property finance activities and funding we provide to build to sell developers. Bruno’s experience will be vital for making this a success – it’s great to have someone of his calibre on board.”

Parik Chandra, Partner, Downing LLP