Cain adds to European real estate equity team with two senior hires

Privately-held investment firm Cain International has appointed John Spillane and Robert van Vliet to bolster its European real estate equity team.

With more than a decade’s experience in private equity real estate and asset management in London and the US, Spillane joins from Orion Capital Managers and will be vice president for portfolio management at Cain.

Prior to his former role at Orion Capital Managers, Spillane worked for Rockspring Property Investment Managers and at a CMBS loan servicer in the US.

Van Vliet joins Cain from Hammerson, where he was responsible for the asset management of prime shopping destinations including Brent Cross in London and Dundrum Town Centre in Dublin.

At Cain, Spillane will be working across the entirety of Cain’s European investment portfolios and strategies, while van Villet will focus on the firm’s UK development assets including Islington Square and The Stage.

Cain has recently launched two new strategies including a £1 bn logistics portfolio acquired from Firethorn Trust, and a joint venture with Fusion Students to build a portfolio worth £1.5 bn in purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA).

Richard Pilkington, senior managing director and head of European real estate at Cain International, said: 'Having expanded our footprint with two major new investment strategies in logistics and PBSA, it is an immensely exciting time for Cain and both John and Robert bring impressive track records in asset management and investment.

'We very much look forward to benefiting from their expertise as we continue to build on our success to date in Europe and the UK.'


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