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AEW Europe in double AM hire

The firm hired Jean-Philippe Gaudin as head of asset management in its Paris team, and Thomas Leinberger as a director for asset management, based in Frankfurt.

Europe-focused real estate investment management firm AEW Europe has made two asset management-focused hires.

The firm hired Jean-Philippe Gaudin as head of asset management in its Paris team, and Thomas Leinberger as a director for asset management, based in Frankfurt.

Gaudin joins from GE Capital Real Estate France, where he was head of asset management since 2011. GE Capital exited from its real estate business earlier this year.

Leinberger joined from Allianz Real Estate, the real estate investment arm of German insurer Allianz, where he was an investment manager for its indirect investments team.

Rob Wilkinson, chief executive officer of AEW Europe, commented: “Both Jean-Philippe and Thomas join our asset management team with impressive and complementary track records which will enable them to make a significant contribution to AEW Europe as we consolidate our position on the Continent and continue to drive value on behalf of our investors.

“Over the last twelve months, AEW Europe has been growing its presence in Germany, where we now have two offices and were most recently awarded a €200 million mandate by German pension fund manager ZVK. In line with this expansion, Thomas is the most recent of several senior appointments in the region and will be a considerable asset for AEW Europe as we continue to develop our business in Germany.”

AEW Europe currently operates from nine offices in Europe. The firm employs 280 staff who are responsible for €16.6 billion of assets under management across risk and return strategies and vehicle types.