Martin Schwarzburg, Finance Expert in Zagreb, Croatia
Martin Schwarzburg

Finance Expert in Zagreb, Croatia

Member since December 12, 2019
Martin has 25 years of broad international finance, operations and business experience. This includes developing investment and portfolio strategies, raising capital, restructuring teams and processes, and managing real asset portfolios. His specialties include debt (re)structuring, corporate finance, process improvements, change management, reporting, tax structuring, compliance, and governance with a focus on emerging markets.
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Career Highlights


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Industry Expertise

  • Commercial Real Estate

Other Expertise

  • CFO
  • Cross-border Projects
  • Due Diligence
  • Emerging Markets
  • Finance Strategy
  • Financial Modeling
  • Portfolio Management


  • Finance Expert

    2010 - PRESENT
    • Helped a German pension fund to evaluate track record, investment processes, organizational structure, and skillsets for a UK-based PE fund manager in order to facilitate a GBP 25 million fund subscription.
    • Advised a Middle Eastern sovereign wealth fund with respect to setup, organizational and process structure, and portfolio allocation for portfolio expansion into commercial real estate.
    • Worked with a private international school to model its long-term capacity and investment plan with respect to an expansion project and to raise debt and public funding with a total volume of approximately EUR 10 million.
    • Assisted a large institutional investor to understand the potential for continuous improvement and efficiencies of middle and back-office functions in terms of structure, capabilities, and ownership.
    • Prepared and evaluated various business plans with respect to setup and operation of private retirement homes with an investment value of approx. EUR 15-20 million.
    Focus areas: Internationalization, International Finance, International Taxation, Organizational Development, Business Models, Compliance, MIS Reporting, IT, Taxation, New Market Entry
  • COO/CFO Central Asia

    2010 - 2010
    Renaissance Capital Central Asia
    • Helped to stabilize the business in the aftermath of the 2009 financial crisis.
    Focus areas: Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Business Taxation, Organization Assessment, Organization Streamlining
  • Global COO/CFO – Real Estate

    2007 - 2010
    Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA)
    • Established key business functions including MIS/performance measurement, transaction services/capital markets, and compliance.
    • Developed strategy and repositioned a global multi-billion USD real estate portfolio including the move to an active business model.
    • Reviewed and evaluated individual and portfolio real estate investments ranging from $100 million to $1+ billion.
    • Reviewed and made tax-efficient restructuring of a complex global corporate structure in order to enhance governance and compliance as well as tax and operational efficiency.
    • Built and motivated a diverse and efficient team from top to bottom.
    • Designed and implemented an integrated front-to-end IT system covering deal tracking, asset management, portfolio management, compliance, and finance.
    • Developed strategy and re-positioned the portfolio including the move to an active business model.
    • Served on the board for a number of international operational/holding companies.
    • Served as a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee.
    • Developed and implemented a strong risk and compliance framework.
    • Led accounting, reporting, consolidation, controlling, budgeting, and treasury for a multi-tier corporate structure spanning more than 300 legal entities in various global locations.
    Focus areas: Strategy Development, Organizational Development, Operational Assessments, Operating Models, Investment Monitoring, Investment Analysis, Portfolio Management, Portfolio Optimization, Corporate Finance, Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A), Audits, Corporate Tax Planning, Compliance, Risk Assessment, Global Risk, Credit Risk, Third-party Risk, Execution Risk, Team Management, Team Building, Team Development, Global Team Management, Team Mentoring, Transaction Structuring, Investment Committee Advisory, Board of Directors
  • Finance Director Europe

    2001 - 2007
    AIG Global Real Estate
    • Executed the deal structuring of acquisitions, debt facilities, and cross-border joint venture structures in excess of $1.5 billion.
    • Fundraised for a follow-on fund vehicle with a target volume of $500 million.
    • Handled financial and operational risk mitigation and collaboration with legal and financial advisors and trustees for a complex corporate structure of more than 50 legal entities across various European markets and holding jurisdictions.
    • Established and adapted policies and procedures across the European real estate platform.
    • Developed finance, operational, and asset management teams including coaching and training programs.
    • Handled financial and operational risk mitigation and collaboration with legal/financial advisers, trustees, and other service providers.
    • Oversaw accounting, reporting, and budgeting for the European operations.
    • Coordinated finance, legal, and tax processes and supported negotiation for real estate development projects in excess of $500 million.
    • Designed and implemented complex international corporate structures.
    • Established operations for a number of individual European markets.
    • Restructured and optimized existing cross-border holding structures.
    • Led accounting, reporting, consolidation, controlling, budgeting, and treasury for a multi-tier corporate structure spanning more than 40 legal entities in various European locations.
    Focus areas: Deal Structuring, Deal Execution, Debt Financing, Joint Ventures, Risk Analysis, Legal Analysis, Legal Structuring, Asset Management, GAAP Compliance, SOX Compliance, Team Management, Team Development, Equity Raises, Corporate Governance, Corporate Restructuring, Corporate Treasury, Corporate Tax Planning
  • Director Group Controller

    2000 - 2001
    ASR Group – Mercedes Benz Russia
    • Enhanced transparency and financial discipline in a complex emerging market environment.
    • Implemented group-wide policies and procedures as well as a standardized reporting package.
    • Re-negotiated delivery and payment terms with major spare part and utility providers.
    • Led accounting, reporting, consolidation, controlling, budgeting, and treasury for a multi-tier corporate structure in Russia and Germany.
    Focus areas: Financial Controls & Processes, Financial Reporting, Shareholder Value, Vendor Management, Cash Management, Group Policy, Policies & Procedures Compliance
  • Supervisor

    1995 - 1999
    • Advised a major mining company and medium-sized construction company on strategic restructuring.
    • Prepared the IPO for national telecommunication carriers in Russia and the Ukraine.
    • Sourced follow-up audits and consultancy work with fees in excess of $100,000.
    Focus areas: Auditing, Financial Restructuring, Business Advisory, IPO, Telecommunications, FMCG, Chemicals, Manufacturing, Aircraft & Airlines, Russia, Ukraine, Germany
  • Assistant

    1994 - 1995
    Mansfeld Spezial-Tiefbau
    • Managed construction for a $50 million industrial project that included implementation of an automated billing system.
    Focus areas: Building & Construction
  • Founder

    1992 - 1995
    Unicorn Division
    • Designed closed-circuit network solution for small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany.
    • Handled sales and adaptation of standardized software solutions for German SMEs.
    • Provided general business consulting (processes, marketing, etc.) for startup and established SMEs in Germany.
    Focus areas: IT Services, Hardware, Software

Other Experience


  • Postgraduate certificate in Law Financial Crime, Market Manipulation, and Insider Dealing
    2011 - 2013
    University of London - London, UK
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Finance and International Business
    2002 - 2004
    Duke University/Fuqua School of Business - Durham, NC, USA
  • Master's degree in Finance, Accounting, and General Business
    1991 - 1995
    Otto-von-Guericke University - Magdeburg, Germany


  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) – Inactive
    JULY 2007 - JUNE 2020
    Oregon Board of Accountancy
  • German Qualified Accountant (Bilanzbuchhalter)
    JUNE 1995 - PRESENT
    Chamber of Commerce

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