Investec Asset Management today announced the appointment of Michael Williams as Head of Frontier and Emerging Markets Real Estate Strategies. Williams joined Investec Asset Management within the Frontier and Emerging Markets capability, where he will play a key role in strengthening the firm’s established Real Estate investment team by building on Investec Asset Management’s leading track records in pan-African listed property and public and private equity investment.
Williams brings with him more than 14 years of South African and other Frontier and Emerging market real estate investment experience. He joins Investec Asset Management from Africa Real Estate Investment and Asset Management Company Ltd (“ARIA”), a Nigerian-based real estate investment and asset management services business which he co-founded in 2011 with the Persianas Group, one of Nigeria’s preeminent real estate developers. His real estate career also includes leadership roles in the real estate strategies of Actis and Standard Bank, among others, where his experience ranged from real estate development to direct and listed property in South Africa and other Frontier and Emerging Markets.
Commenting on his appointment, Chris Derksen, Head of Frontier and Emerging Markets Equities at Investec Asset Management, says: “Investec Asset Management is pleased to welcome Michael to the team. We look forward to exploring opportunities to work with institutions like ARIA and its stakeholders in the future.”