Arjan has over 20 years’ experience in the financial markets in a variety of positions. Most recently, he managed the securitisation and covered bond structuring team within the Financial Institutions Solutions business at BNP Paribas for a period of seven years. Before that he was a director in the asset securitisation group at Barclays Capital for a period of three years. In both roles he was responsible for establishing funding programs for, amongst others, the UK mortgage lenders using mortgage loans as collateral for the investors. Under his leadership at BNP Paribas as well as Barclays Capital, the teams were the number one covered bond arrangers in the market and awarded the Covered Bond Structuring House of the Year award on numerous occasions. Arjan was a member of the FSA standing group establishing the UK covered bond legislation in 2003. Before joining Barclays Capital in 2003, Arjan was a Vice President/Senior Credit Officer at Moody’s Investor Services, leading the team of analysts assigning ratings to securitisation and covered bond programs, including the UK mortgage funding programs. Through his positions, Arjan has gained an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the UK mortgage market as well as the associated funding structures. Arjan is a Dutch national, and obtained a masters degree in econometrics from Tilburg University in The Netherlands. He came to the UK in 1993, and after a one year management accountant position at UNISYS joined the Royal Bank of Canada’s management trainee program.
Gerardine has over 25 years’ experience in investment management for large pension funds, institutional investors and retail investors in real estate open-ended funds. Gerardine provides strategic investment advice with particular emphasis on the UK market, completing in excess of £10 billion of investment transactions on behalf of various funds in the direct and indirect real estate markets. As part of the BNP Paribas real estate board and CEO for UK REIM, Gerardine was responsible for the investment management business for bank clients. Gerardine established the real estate fund management business in the UK for AEGON (Kames Capital) having joined from Morley Fund Management (Aviva Investors) where she headed the open ended retail funds business. As a member of the property executive, she spearheaded the campaign for the “man in the street” investor to access commercial real estate funds with assets growing from £380 million to £5 billion. Whilst at Hermes, Gerardine was the Senior Investment Manager and member of the Investment Committee acting for the Post Office and British Telecom Pension Schemes (with approximately £3 billion under management). At Hermes, she dealt with the acquisition of listed property company MEPC plc, in a £4 billion real estate private equity deal in conjunction with GE Capital. Gerardine has established well-known investment funds in unit trusts and limited partnerships. Gerardine is a Chartered Surveyor. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Property Investment, is a holder of the IMC and former external examiner for the MSc in Property Investment for Reading University.
Hamish has 15 years’ experience in the financial markets having worked in prominent roles in leading banks and law firms. Most recently, he worked in the debt capital markets group at Credit Suisse in London where he was responsible for the origination and structuring of debt products, particularly RMBS and covered bonds, across Europe. Hamish previously was in the securitisation and covered bond structuring group of BNP Paribas in London where he was responsible for the structuring of RMBS and covered bond programmes for banking clients located primarily in the United Kingdom, Ireland and France. The group won the Covered Bond Structuring House of the Year award on several occasions during that time. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, he worked for international law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in both the London and Paris offices specialising in asset-backed funding including RMBS and residential mortgage covered bonds. After graduating, Hamish was in the banking and finance group of Russell McVeagh, one of New Zealand’s top tier law firms, acting for banks and corporates in relation to their global debt capital markets programmes as well as in relation to bilateral and syndicated bank lending and the conduit funding of a range of asset portfolios. Hamish holds degrees in law and economics from Canterbury University in New Zealand.