Stewart joined the company in November 2021 following the acquisition of BMO Global Asset Management’s EMEA business. He had previously joined BMO Global Asset Management in May 2019 as Global Head of Alternatives and was a member of the Global Executive Committee. Stewart has oversight of a global capability managing more than $47bn in alternative assets which include real estate (both direct and indirect), infrastructure, private equity, Seligman hedge funds and Pyrford. Prior to entering the asset management industry, Stewart gained extensive experience as an investment banker, where he had a specialist focus on the financial services sector, as well as private equity.
Iris Schöberl is Managing Director of CT Real Estate Partners GmbH & Co. KG, member of the Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners Executive Committee, as well as member of the Investment Committees of Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners Germany and Europe.
In January 2000, Iris founded the predecessor company REIT Asset Management GmbH Deutschland, which merged with the real estate unit of F&C in 2008 and was bought by Bank of Montreal (BMO) in 2014. BMO Real Estate Partners Germany has become a part of Columbia Threadneedle Investments UK International Limited in November 2021.
Iris has more than 35 years of experience in the real estate business. In addition to being managing director of Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners Germany, she has been elected member of the board and thus vice chair of the German Property Federation ZIA in 2021. Furthermore, she is Deputy Chairwoman of the ZIA Trading Committee, member of the supervisory committee of ECE, ATMIRA group and the project „Stadtlabore für Deutschland“. She also is a founding member of the association “Frauen in der Immobilienwirtschaft” (Women in the real estate business).
Richard Kirby, MRICS, joined Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners (formerly BMO Real Estate Partners) in 1990. He has been a fund manager since 1995 and has experience of managing commercial property portfolios across all sectors for open-ended, closed-ended and life fund clients. Richard has been lead manager of the F&C Commercial Property Trust since launch in 2005 where his responsibilities include advising on and implementing property portfolio strategy, sales, acquisitions, asset enhancement and management. He is a director and sits on both the Executive Committee and Investment Committee of Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners. He is a Chartered Surveyor and a member of the Investment Property Forum, the British Council of Offices and Revo.
Ian is responsible for developing Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners (formerly BMO Real Estate Partners) business in France and across Europe, to complement the current platform. He joined Columbia Threadneedle through the acquisition of BMO GAM (EMEA) in 2021, having previously been with BMO since 2015. He supports Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners’ strategy in Europe, which includes developing new cross-border, pan-European “core / core+” funds for institutional clients as well as “Value-Add” club-deals for private wealth clients. He has over 21 years of experience in the European real estate market, of which over 10 years were with CBRE Global Investors where he co-launched several pan-European funds with a market value totalling over EUR 2.5 billion. Before joining CBRE, Ian gained expertise in retail and office development at Unibail-Rodamco and Bouygues Immobilier. Before that, Ian worked at Polo Ralph Lauren where he was responsible for retail development across Europe. Ian is French-American and studied at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, followed by post-graduate studies at Columbia University and Harvard Business School.
Angus joined the group in July 2009 and leads the Columbia Threadneedle Real Estate Partners (formerly BMO Real Estate Partners) business development team responsible for targeting new business opportunities, platform growth working with new partners and the launch of new structures. Angus works across the platform focusing on the growth of the existing product range, as well as new products and joint ventures and with a diverse investor base. Angus joined from AXA REIM, where he worked as a Business Development Manager, responsible for launching new products in Europe and Asia across the risk spectrum and all sectors. Angus sits on both the Executive Committee and Investment Committee and holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MA in Economics from The University of Edinburgh.
Managing Director, Head of France, Benelux & Southern Europe