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Brunswick Real Estate expands with London office

Nordic-focused Brunswick Real Estate has hired Martin Wiwen-Nilsson, a former Goldman Sachs partner, to head its new UK office.

Nordic real estate adviser, lender and investment manager Brunswick Real Estate has hired Martin Wiwen-Nilsson to drive international growth for the firm as the head of a new London office.

Nilsson spent 21 years at Goldman Sachs, most recently as partner in charge of sales and structuring for Asia-Pacific and EMEA in the global commodity business.

He said: “I am delighted to be joining the Brunswick team at this exciting point in time for the group and for the global real estate markets. The experienced team and its unique ability to bring together advisory and investment management, as well as capital provision, to serve our clients’ needs should provide significant growth opportunities for the group.”

Nilsson joined Goldman Sachs in 1994 and was made partner in 2008. He also served as head of growth markets for EMEA in the investment banking division and had responsibility for the global sovereign wealth fund activity during his tenure.

Gerard de Geer, founding partner and chairman of Brunswick Real Estate, said: “Martin’s track record is exemplary and his client focus matches our culture. The close relationships that we form have taken our firm to where we are now. Martin will now play a key role in the next phase of our growth as an active owner based at our new London office.”

Brunswick group includes: Leimdörfer Real Estate Capital, a fund manager focusing on real estate in the
Nordics as well as offering senior debt financing to real estate investments in Sweden; Sveafastigheter, a Nordic real estate investment manager which recently sold a real estate portfolio to Partners Group; and private debt provider Leimdorfer Real Estate Capital, which in March closed on the first real estate debt fund in the Nordics.

Brunswick has 60 real estate investment professionals based in Stockholm, Helsinki, Copenhagen, London and Hong Kong.