Commenting on the appointment, Marian Herman, CFO of HB Reavis Group, said: “We are very pleased to have George on board. His appointment will help us expand our capabilities in relation to product offerings designed for institutional fund investors. His extensive range of expertise working with top-tier banks, investment funds and limited partners concerning investment management, origination, operations and governance related matters will be instrumental in our mission to deliver well designed real estate solutions to a broader scope of institutional partners.”
George Leslie said: “I’m thrilled to be joining a dynamic organization of this scale that is moving the frontier of its business from CE into Western European markets; namely UK and Germany, with an ambitious and highly competitive approach. What this company has achieved during its recent years of transition, in terms of leadership, organizational change, financial performance and governance is impressive to say the least. This endeavor has great potential and I look forward to working with the professional team at HB Reavis to scale up this new enterprise in parallel with the Groups expansion”.
George Leslie has eighteen years of experience in Europe, with a focus on CE, working on behalf of financial institutions in a broad range of undertakings. He was formerly head of CEE at GLL, where he managed more than €1 billion of transactions in core, JV-development and value-add investments in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
In 2009, George established his own company, Resolution Capital Management, to provide cross-border capital recovery services to financial institutions. In recent years he has successfully performed wide ranging projects including real estate fund restructurings, crisis-management take-overs, complex situation workouts and value-add investments involving firms such as Europa Capital, Helaba, PBB, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and other top-tier financial institutions.
George has extensive valuation, restructuring and capital recovery experience, in the formative years of CEE transition countries as well as Asia following its financial and banking crisis. He has served as head of CEE Restructuring for KPMG and as a non-executive director appointee in the EBRD-ND program.
George has an MSc in Real Estate from the University of Reading, a diploma in Urban Land Economics and Finance from the University of British Columbia and a BA in Economics and Urban Geography from the University of Victoria.