25 Jun 2020

We are delighted to announce the following new members to the FutureGen Committee:

  • Ben Beck, Investment Manager at Columbia Threadneedle
  • Olivia Drew, Transaction Manager, RE-UK at UBS Asset Management
  • Will Lawrence, Senior Associate, Funds and Indirect Real Assets at CMS UK
  • Nileema Premchand, Senior Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

You can find their biographies below: 

Ben Beck

Ben Beck

Investment Manager, Columbia Threadneedle

Ben joined Columbia Threadneedle Investments in July 2016 as an Asset Manager, identifying and realising asset value enhancement opportunities. In 2018, Ben moved into the investment team and as an Investment Manager is now responsible for sourcing, analysing and transacting property investments for a number of pooled UK balanced funds. Prior to joining the company, Ben worked for Savills advising a range of institutional and private landlords on their UK property holdings.

Ben graduated with a Masters degree in International Relations from the University of Nottingham, then going on to complete a Postgraduate Diploma in Real Estate from London South Bank University. He is a qualified member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS).

Olivia Drew

Olivia Drew

Transaction Manager, RE-UK, UBS Asset Management

Olivia Drew is a Transaction Manager for Real Estate UK (RE-UK), a business which forms part of Real Estate & Private Markets (REPM) business within UBS Asset Management.

Olivia joined UBS-AM in December 2017 to source and complete transactions on behalf of several Funds and segregated mandates within RE-UK, including Triton Property Fund LP. Olivia also acts as an asset manager within the team focusing on student accommodation.

Prior to joining UBS, Olivia worked at M&G Investments (2014–2017), first as a graduate trainee, and then as a real estate analyst.

Will Lawrence

Will Lawrence

Senior Associate, Funds and Indirect Real Assets, CMS UK

Will joined CMS (formerly Nabarro) in 2014 and is a Senior Associate in their Funds and Indirect Real Assets team in London. Will advises fund managers, asset managers and investors on a wide range of fund formation, joint venture and M&A matters.

Nileena Premchand

Nileena Premchand

Senior Associate, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP

Nileena Premchand joined Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP in 2011 and is a Senior Associate in the Funds & Investment Management team in London. She advises on the structuring, formation and operation of real estate private investment funds and other structured real estate investment vehicles. Nileena also advises investment managers and other authorised firms on regulatory matters including the interpretation of UK rules and regulatory requirements; establishing and operation of fund management businesses; and transactional support on the acquisition, disposal and reorganisation of regulated businesses or institutions.

 

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Eve Holloway

Eve Holloway

Marketing Executive, AREF

Eve helps with the administrative side of AREF, including running events, updating the website and marketing.

Eve previously worked for The Investment Association. She has worked in financial services since 2013.