Investec appoints new head of real estate

Investec appoints new head of real estate
Mark Bladon

Investec has appointed Mark Bladon as head of real estate. Mark Bladon replaces Gary Dobson, who is retiring after 32 years at the bank and ten years as head of real estate.

Mark joined Investec in 2006 and most recently led the high growth corporate real estate lending business, including establishing Investec’s market leading position funding both domestic and international PBSA developers, said Investec in a statement.

Prior to joining Investec, Mark spent 12 years at Singer & Friedlander Plc where his roles included credit officer with responsibility for Real Estate.

“Mark is a highly experienced financier who since joining Investec has established himself and Investec as the lending partner of choice for a number of leading global investors. Furthermore, his deep understanding of the UK living sector has underpinned the team’s market leading position providing PBSA funding and as we look to replicate this success in other sectors and expand our real estate capabilities, this track record will be invaluable,” said Ryan Tholet, Investec.

“We would like to both recognise and thank Gary for his many years of service that have been instrumental in building the Real Estate platform into what it is today. As a core part of this history, we believe Mark is the ideal person to deliver on the next stage of our growth strategy here, continuing what has gone before as well as helping us break ground in key new initiatives”

“This is an exciting time for Investec. Despite the challenges faced in 2020, we continued to fund a range of borrowers, ranging from high net worth property entrepreneurs through to global institutions, benefitting from the strength of the relationships that we have built up over 25 years of operation. With a strong foothold in our key markets, the support of the wider bank, coupled with the vaccine rollout underway and favourable real estate fundamentals, we are bullish for the year ahead,” added Mark Bladon, Head of Real Estate, Investec.

“In particular we see a real opportunity in the market to grow our distribution capabilities, allowing us to take on larger and more complicated deals on behalf of our clients. We also hope to further establish our credentials in the Living sector, especially growing our Build-to-Rent exposure, a sector which has displayed its resilience over the past 12 months, as well as increasing our exposure to logistics.”