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Gavin Neilan

Founding Partner

Deutsche Finance International

London, UK

Gavin Neilan
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Gavin Neilan is a Founding Partner, Head of Investments and Member of the Investment Committee of Deutsche Finance International or DFI, a London based pan-European private equity investor with over €2 bn AUM, which specialises in operational real estate. He has around 20 years’ of industry experience and has been involved in more than €5 billion of real estate transactions. Gavin has extensive cross border expertise, having operated in over 30 markets across Europe, Americas, Africa and the Middle East.

Prior to establishing DFI, Gavin served as Managing Director responsible for real estate at the largest growth market focused private equity firm, worked in the principal real estate finance team at The Royal Bank of Scotland and practised as a lawyer at Allen & Overy.

He holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University College London, a postgraduate diploma from Nottingham Law School and a Masters of Business Administration from INSEAD.

Gavin Neilan’s Newsfeed

IPE Real Assets
DFI buys site for €200m residential project in debut Dutch deal

Gavin Neilan is mentioned in IPE Real Assets regarding DFI's recent purchase of a site for a €200m residential project. Gavin said: “This latest transaction for DFI EVAF, which is our first in the Netherlands, aligns with our investment strategy to identify themes such as residential asset classes that are underpinned by long term growth dynamics and proactively reposition under-managed and under-invested assets to deliver strong returns to our investors.”

Gavin Neilan’s Background

Deutsche Finance International
Founding Partner
Jan 2017 - Present
London, UK
DFI is a London based pan-European private equity firm with over €2.4 billion of assets under management, which specialises in operational real estate. It pursues value add, research-driven investment strategies, transforming under-managed and under-valued assets and operating companies through proactive asset management.
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The Abraaj Group
Managing Director
Jan 2010 - Nov 2016
London, UK
The Abraaj Group was a leading private equity firm investing in the growth markets of Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey.
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Gavin Neilan’s Education

2009 - 2009
Nottingham Law School
Legal Practice Certificate
2000 - 2001
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