Meyer Bergman appoints Euro heavy-hitter as principal

Arnold de Haan, the former boss of German open-ended fund CGI and of pan- European developer Multi Corporation, is joining Meyer Bergman as the firm continues on the fundraising trail.

Meyer Bergman, the London-based, pan-European developer that has re-launched as a private equity real estate manager, has hired Arnold de Haan as a principal and vice chairman.

De Haan stepped down as chief executive officer of Morgan Stanley-owned Multi Corporation in May.

He joins Meyer Bergman, which has changed its name from MAB, as the firm is out on the fundraising trail for its maiden pan-European vehicle.

Markus Meijer, chief executive officer and son of MAB founder Ton Meijer, is leading the effort, though Ton Meijer remains the chairman of the firm.

In a statement, the firm said Meijer senior had known de Haan for 20 years. He has a “proven track record in creating value in retail and retail-anchored properties,” according to the statement.

De Haan joined Multi in 2005 and, two years later, oversaw the sale of 80 percent of the company to Morgan Stanley and its subsequent delisting. Prior to Multi he was managing director of Germany’s Commerz Grundbesitz Group and managing director of the bank’s open-ended real estate fund business, Commerz Grundbesitz Investmentgesellschaft Mbh (CGI).

It is believed that Meyer Bergman’s new fund is looking to  raise €750 million  ($1 billion) of equity.