Richard Georgi is the Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of Alpine Grove Partners, and currently serves as the Chief Investment Officer and Chairman of the Investment Committee. Mr. Georgi is responsible for leading Alpine Grove Partners’ investment initiatives and determining the strategic direction of the firm. Mr. Georgi has invested in real estate private equity internationally for over 25 years.
Upon founding Soros Real Estate in April 1999, Mr. Georgi became responsible for Soros’s worldwide real estate related investments. He subsequently spun this out to become Alpine Grove Partners. Prior to his career at Soros, Mr. Georgi was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he was in charge of the European investment activities of the Whitehall Street Real Estate Funds and served as a member of the Whitehall Investment Committee.
Mr. Georgi received a master’s with distinction in Business Administration, from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in Political Economics, cum laude, from Williams College. Mr. Georgi is actively engaged in Harvard’s Real Estate Academic Initiative and the Williams College endowment.
Markus Hens is a Co-Founder and a Managing Partner of Alpine Grove Partners, responsible for overseeing investments and developing new business in Europe. Mr. Hens has over 20 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Soros Real Estate in 2001, Mr. Hens worked in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at JP Morgan in London, where he became responsible for their real estate investment banking activities in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. He started his career at Deutsche Bank in 1988.
Markus Hens received a Dr. rer. pol. and a Diplom-Kaufmann from European Business School, Oestrich-Winkel, Germany.
Michael Bidinger is a Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Alpine Grove Partners. Mr. Bidinger has over 15 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2006, Mr. Bidinger worked as a Vice President in the Acquisitions Department at Secured Capital Japan. Prior to that role, he served in positions in project finance at Kanematsu Corporation and venture capital at Ibizcube Japan.
Mr. Bidinger received a bachelor’s degree in Economics, with a concentration in Finance and a minor in Japanese, from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and is a CFA® charterholder.
Simon Samuels is a Partner responsible for developing new business related to the European strategy, with a focus on the UK. Mr Samuels has 25 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2018, Mr. Samuels spent 10 years as a Partner at Brockton Capital LLP, a private equity real estate firm, investing throughout the UK. Prior to Brockton Capital, Mr. Samuels spent 8 years at Morgan Stanley where he was an Executive Director and Head of UK Real Estate Loan Origination. Previous to that he served in real estate lending roles at NatWest Bank and various surveying roles at DTZ and Network Rail.
Mr. Samuels received a bachelor’s degree in Urban Estate Management from the University of Glamorgan and is a qualified Chartered Surveyor.
Rohit Wanchoo is a Partner responsible for developing new business related to the European strategy, with a focus on Spain. Mr. Wanchoo has 11 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2008, Mr. Wanchoo worked at Lehman Brothers in the firm’s Global Power Investment Banking Group, and at the United Nations as part of the UN Millennium Project. Mr. Wanchoo is also the Co-Founder and a board member of GiveDirectly, the first non-profit exclusively dedicated to making unconditional cash transfers in low income countries.
Mr. Wanchoo received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard Kennedy School, and a master’s in Business Administration from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Xander Wassink is a Partner at Alpine Grove Partners. He is currently the firm’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Compliance Officer and is responsible for the financial, legal and risk management of the firm, as well as for the firm’s day to day operations which includes HR, IT and regulatory compliance. He is also a board member of the firm’s investment entities and responsible for investment structuring.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2007, Mr. Wassink worked in EY’s international tax practice in Amsterdam, Chicago and New York as well as at the then recently IPO-ed Accenture managing its newly created holding structures and cross-border tax planning.
Mr. Wassink is a graduate of the University of Amsterdam, where he earned a Master’s degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Economics.
Krzysztof Augustynowicz is a Principal responsible for Alpine Grove Partner’s day-to day operations, quarterly and annual reporting, IT, HR, and compliance matters for the firm’s management companies and team vehicles. Mr. Augustynowicz has 15 years industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2007, Mr. Augustynowicz worked as an Audit Supervisory Senior at Mahoney Cohen & Company where he was responsible for performing financial statement audits on various companies. Prior to that role, he worked at KPMG for 3 years as audit staff working on S-1, 8-K, 10-K and other SEC filings, financial statements, 401k and internal control audits.
Mr. Augustynowicz received bachelor degrees in Accounting and in International Business and Trade from Saint Peter’s College and a master’s in Business Administration in Finance from Saint Peter’s College.
Yekaterina Chmatenko is a Senior Director, responsible for all aspects of the Fund financial reporting at Alpine Grove Partners. Ms. Chmatenko has over 17 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2018, Ms. Chmatenko was a Finance Director at Cartesian Capital Group, a private equity firm based in New York, for 7 years. Prior to that role, she was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan’s Private Equity and Real Estate Fund Services group. She started her career at Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Funds group in 2001.
Ms. Chmatenko received a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Marketing from Manhattan College, and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Jan Dobiáš is a Principal, serving as a member of the investment team in Europe. Mr. Dobiáš has 4 years of industry experience and has lived and worked in Germany and the Netherlands.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2017, Jan worked as an Associate for the Dutch investment bank Kempen & Co, where he was part of the European Real Estate Corporate Finance team.
Mr. Dobiáš graduated Cum Laude from both, his bachelor’s degree in Economics and master’s degree in Finance & Investments, at the Rotterdam School of Management and is a CFA® charterholder.
Kazuhiko Fujii is a Principal, serving as a head of portfolio management covering Europe, Japan and the US at Alpine Grove Partners. In this role, he is responsible for managing strategic analysis on portfolio-level matters, valuation oversight, and reporting for investments. Mr. Fujii has 15 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2010, Mr. Fujii worked at Goldman Sachs Realty Japan as an asset manager on office, retail, hotel and golf investments. Prior to this role, Mr. Fujii worked for a joint venture firm providing real estate due diligence service.
Mr. Fujii graduated from Mohawk College, Canada, and is a licensed real estate transaction specialist.
Olcay Gökçe is a Finance Manager responsible for the reporting, accounting and treasury of the European investment entities. Mrs. Gökçe has 10 years of industry experience.
Mrs. Gökçe received a bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.
Kees Huibregtse is a Principal, serving as Legal Director. Mr. Huibregtse joined Alpine Grove Partners in July 2016.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners, Mr. Huibregtse worked at Loyens & Loeff N.V. as a corporate litigator.
Mr. Huibregtse received a master’s degree in Law and a master’s degree in Medicine from the University of Amsterdam, as well as a master of business administration (Executive OneMBA) from the Rotterdam School of Management.
Gerhard Knab is a Principal, serving as a member of the investment team in Europe and dedicated to the investment platform in Germany. Mr. Knab has 16 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2019, Mr. Knab was managing director at Lohnbach Investment Partners for 8 years, an investment advisory and special servicing company for German distressed real estate opportunities. Prior to that role, he served as a Senior Vice President at Shinsei International, heading their European principal investment team for special situations. He started his career at Ernst & Young and Credit Suisse.
Mr. Knab received a Diplom-Kaufmann from Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich, Germany, and a Masters in Real Estate Law (LL.M.) from Westfälische Wilhelms-University, Münster, Germany. He is fluent in German and English.
Bodo Krug von Nidda is a Principal, serving as a member of the investment team in both North America and Europe and on the portfolio management team in Europe. Mr. Krug von Nidda has 13 years of industry experience, and has lived and worked in Germany, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2014, Mr. Krug von Nidda worked as head of corporate development for an asset management firm servicing Blackstone’s German multifamily holdings, where he was responsible for portfolio acquisitions and strategic initiatives. Previous to that, he served as the Head of Acquisitions at the listed residential REIT Gagfah S.A. Mr. Krug von Nidda began his career at McKinsey & Company.
Mr. Krug von Nidda graduated with honors from Hamburg Law School in Germany, and attended Geneva Law School in Switzerland and Hamburg School of Business Administration.
Laura Mollard is a Principal serving as a member of the investor relations team and assistant to the Co-Founder and Managing Partner Richard Georgi. Ms. Mollard has over 25 years of industry experience.
Ms. Mollard was part of the original team at the inception of Soros Real Estate Partners in 1999 and the subsequent spin out to Alpine Grove Partners. Previously, Ms. Mollard worked at Goldman Sachs, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Lazard Freres. Ms. Mollard graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages, History and Politics from Bristol University and a postgraduate degree in Business Administration from Newcastle University.
Shane Ravener is an Associate, serving as a member of the portfolio management team covering Europe, Japan and the US at Alpine Grove Partners. In this role, he is responsible for supporting strategic analysis on portfolio-level matters, valuation oversight and reporting on investments.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2014, Mr. Ravener worked in Public Accounting, focused on Audit and Tax of large, publicly listed Real Estate companies.
Mr. Ravener received a BS from the University at Buffalo and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Leandro Rigutto is a Paralegal, assisting Alpine Grove Partners’ Legal Director. Mr. Rigutto has 7 years of experience as corporate paralegal in a multinational environment.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2018, Mr. Rigutto worked as corporate paralegal at Eni S.p.A., where he was responsible for corporate housekeeping, compliance and corporate governance of the Dutch and Luxembourg subsidiaries.
Mr. Rigutto received a master’s degree in Linguistics from Leiden University, the Netherlands and developed his professional skills attending various courses in the corporate law and corporate governance field (Baker McKenzie (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), ICSA: the Governance Institute (London, United Kingdom), Utrecht University (Utrecht, the Netherlands).
Mathieu Saunder is a Principal, serving as a member of the investment team in Europe and dedicated to the investment platform in Spain. Mr. Saunder has 9 years of industry experience, has lived and worked in New York, Chile, London, Paris and more recently Madrid.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2018, Mr. Saunder worked as an Associate Director at JLL for 3 years, where he was part of the EMEA M&A team based in London. Prior to that role, he served as an Associate at Carmila, doing Portfolio & Investment Management, and started his career in New York as an investment banker at Tegris Advisors/Degroof Petercam.
Mr. Saunder graduated with high honors from his trilingual bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at HEC Montréal, and is fluent in French, English and Spanish.
David Stein is an Associate, serving as a member of the investment team in Spain. Mr. Stein has 4 years of industry experience.
Prior to joining Alpine Grove Partners in 2014, Mr. Stein attended Trinity University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in International Business.