Gavin Neilan is Founding Partner, Head of Investments and Investment Committee Member of Deutsche Finance International. He has over 20 years’ of industry experience as a real estate investor, business owner, financier and lawyer. Gavin has been involved in over €10 billion of real estate transactions and has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 countries across Europe, United States and the Emerging Markets.
Independently-managed DFI is part of Munich-based Deutsche Finance Group, a global investment manager established in 2005 with €7.7 billion AUM and 120 employees across six international offices. Gavin sits on DFG’s Global Investment Committee.
Prior to establishing DFI, Gavin spent six years at a leading emerging market multi-asset class private equity firm with over US$13 billion AUM, from 2010 to 2016. As Managing Director for real estate, he was responsible for origination, investment and asset management activities across multiple markets and investment themes. From 2005 until 2009, he served within the UK real estate finance team at the Royal Bank of Scotland, which managed over £10 billion of UK real estate exposure, where he was responsible for the origination, execution and management of real estate loans and investments across the capital stack, including several landmark transactions. Gavin started his career at the global law firm Allen & Overy, where he completed his training and practised as a real estate finance lawyer from 2002 to 2005.
Gavin serves as Chairman of the Board of Olympia London, the iconic Olympia exhibition centre currently undergoing transformation into a revitalized arts, entertainment and creative business quarter spread over a 14-acre site in central London’s Kensington.
He holds an L.L.B. Law degree from the University College of London, postgraduate Law degree from Nottingham Law School, and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.