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Invesco boosts European team

Invesco Real Estate has hired seven professionals to build its team in Europe including Simon Mallinson from IPD and Neil Harris from UK property firm Nelson Bakewell.

Invesco Real Estate has appointed seven professionals to boost its fund management business in Europe.

Simon Mallinson is set to join the Atlanta, Georgia-based firm as director of European research, working from Invesco Real Estate's (IRE) London office. He was previously with the global property index firm IPD (Investment Property Databank). Mallinson is set to join IRE on 14 September.

Paddy Bingham has also joined IRE's London office as director of fund management in charge of th firm’s open-ended pan-European fund and Ciloger advisory mandate. He is joined in the UK capital by former Nelson Bakewell head of asset management Neil Harris, who has been appointed European head of asset management. Harris also worked at GE Real Estate.

The other appointments include ex-Colliers International executive Paul O’Shaughnessy as transactions analyst, to be based in Prague; Virginie Walckenaer, formerly of fund manager GPT Halverton, as a Paris-based asset manager; Chris Curtis, previously with hospitality-focused private equity firm Westmont Management, as fund accountant in London; and Hannah Brown as a product support specialist.

In April, IRE's parent company, Invesco, and its private equity affilate WL Ross announced it was leading a consortium of investors preparing to commit $1 billion to the US government's Public-Private Investment Program (PPIP). At the time Invesco president and chief executive officer Martin Flanagan said the programme, designed to help shift toxic assets off bank balance sheets by creating public-private partnerships, was a “compelling investment opportunit[y]”.