Gerald Eve has further strengthened its growing Build to Rent and wider private rented sector (PRS) capabilities with the recruitment of Bobby Barnett as a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets team. Bobby will be based at Gerald Eve’s West End office once restrictions allow.
Bobby joins from Lambert Smith Hampton where he was a Director for Build to Rent and PRS. Bobby advised investors on the sourcing and acquisition of schemes, as well as working with developers to advise on the creation, operation and forward sale of assets. Prior to this, he oversaw Countrywide’s Build to Rent investment management team – responsible for identifying, acquiring and operating schemes for the Vista Fund.
“The rise of Build to Rent and PRS has been one of the defining real estate trends of recent years, and it is exciting to be part of Gerald Eve’s growing team in this market. I look forward to working with developers and investors, providing both operational and transactional advice.”Bobby Barnett, Partner, Capital Markets team, Gerald Eve
Bobby’s arrival is part of the strategic focus for Gerald Eve – on its new ‘living’ platform, advising on the full lifecycle of assets including Build to Rent, PRS, co-living, student accommodation, care homes and retirement housing, serviced living and hotels. Incorporating more than 50 experts in capital markets, planning, development, operations and finance, the new platform has seen Gerald Eve secure consent for some of the sector’s most prominent schemes and advise on completed and under-offer investment transactions totalling more than £200m over the past six months.
“As the way people live changes, Build to Rent is a crucial entry point for capital seeking exposure to the private rented sector. Bobby’s Build to Rent experience – most notably his expertise in sourcing, acquiring and operating assets – will enable us to offer clients an even better level of advice, and his arrival is a significant boost for the team.”John Rodgers, Partner and Head of UK Capital Markets, Gerald Eve
Gerald Eve – chartered surveyors and property consultants – advises 40% of the FTSE100 on all aspects of property including planning, asset management, agency and professional. The firm employs over 540 people – working from nine UK offices.