AXA shuffles Europe team(2)

Charles Daulton du Laurens has been appointed as the head of sales for the French asset manager’s Europe operations as part of a wider set of senior changes.

AXA Real Estate Investment Managers has altered its Europe team including the appointment of Charles Daulton du Laurens as head of sales.

Based in Paris, Laurens will take on the responsibility of raising capital for AXA real estate’s entire product range, including equity and debt offerings in Europe and the Middle East. He will be reporting to Isabelle Scemama, head of funds group and Dennis Lopez, the firm’s global chief investment officer.

Laurens has been working at AXA Real Estate since 2012, having first started out as the head of investor relations for the real asset finance department.

In another senior appointment, Julien Conte will now be the head of European equity sales, reporting directly to Laurens. Conte has been with the firm since 2003 and her past roles include working as the senior manager in the fund department and corporate finance departments, and more recently, as the sales director covering southern Europe and France. 

“Charles has proven himself as a key member of the real asset finance team over the past two years, with a proven track record and unrivalled experience within the European sales market. Working alongside Julien, we believe the combined depth of experience of our strengthened European sales team will enable AXA Real Estate to optimize its client offering whilst continuing to grow within key European markets,” Dennis Lopez, the firm’s global chief investment officer said in a statement announcing the promotions.

The firm has been expanding its global presence in the last one year. In September 2014, Matt Holberton joined the firm’s North American team as senior business development manager. Holberton was previously working with Ares Management, responsible for marketing, capital raising and investor relations activities for the firm’s real estate business. 

This was preceded by the departure of Dietrich Heidtmann, global head of investor relations and capital markets, from the firm in July 2014 to join New York-based GTIS Partners’ Europe team.

As of September last year, the firm had more than €53 billion in assets under management.