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.
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.
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.
Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and its disruptive impact on supply chains, many are looking to diversify their manufacturing locations. We provide an analysis of the pros and cons, current state, and outlook for major markets outside of China.
A Century of Pandemics - Counting the Economic Costs (Publication)
Where are we now in the commercial real estate cycle? We analyze current market dynamics, risks, yield expectations, and trends to determine potential well-positioned commercial real estate investments in 2020.
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