Harrison Street hires former Morgan Stanley executive

The Chicago-based private equity real estate firm has appointed Mark Burkemper to its acquisition team. Burkemper was previously with Morgan Stanley’s merchant banking real estate group.

Harrison Street Real Estate Capital has appointed former Morgan Stanley merchant banking real estate executive Mark Burkemper to its acquisition team.

Burkemper joins the Chicago-based firm as senior associate. He will help the firm source and close deals targeting investments in the US student and senior housing, medical office and related healthcare sectors as well as in storage facilities including self-storage and boat storage.

In a statement, Harrison Street said Burkemper sourced and underwrote acquisition and joint venture opportunities in the US, Canada and Mexico for various Morgan Stanley funds.

Last July, Harrison Street closed its second fund, Harrison Street Real Estate Partners II, on $430 million of commitments from more than 40 investors in the US and Europe. The fund was 30 percent committed at the time of the final close.

Harrison Street closed its debut fund, Harrison Street Real Estate Partners, on $208.5 million in 2007. Both funds were raised without a placement agent.

As of January 2009, Harrison Street owned more than 8,200 student housing units, 3,700 senior housing/assisted living units, 42,000 self-storage units, 2,100 boat storage and 728,000 square feet of medical office space in more than 25 US states.