European Operational
Real Estate

Fairtree European Operational Real Estate is a specialist European real estate adviser focussing on the sourcing, acquisition, management, repositioning and sale of operational real estate assets throughout the full property life cycle.



The European Operational Real Estate business, a division of Fairtree Alternative Real Estate, was founded in 2017 and is a specialist alternative real-estate investment adviser and manager, focused on the operational real estate industry.

The business is part of the Fairtree Group of Companies, a leading multi-strategy asset and long-only investment manager, which was founded in 2003. Fairtree has over EUR6 billion assets under management and has operations in Southern Africa, Europe and the UK.

The team works closely with other Fairtree Group Companies in Europe, in particular the Fairtree Hotels Investments team and their operational partner Providence Hospitality where assets require a broader approach.

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Our Values

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Our foundation is one of integrity – we are determined to do the right thing at all times and in all circumstances. For us, living with integrity includes delivering on all our commitments, performing in a way and within parameters as communicated to all concerned and being fair and honest in all our dealings.

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We are committed to pursuing excellence. We strive to excel in every aspect of our business and to approach every challenge with a willpower to succeed. We believe that excellence is a mindset and an attitude, and should thus be reflected in all we do.

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We continually grow and refine our investment process to incorporate developments in the market, and new and more efficient ways to express our investment views. At the same time, developing and growing our people is key to achieving excellence. We also have a passion to explore new opportunities with our clients and grow in our partnerships.

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Real Relationships

Real Relationships

We build strong, open and honest relationships with all our stakeholders, including our clients, service providers and within the Fairtree family. The outcome of real relationships is mutual trust and respect within which authentic conversations can thrive.

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We value and respect our own personal families as well as the Fairtree family. We prioritize creating an environment where work and family are not in conflict as we are passionate to see personal relationships flourish. We believe this contributes very positively to a productive and rewarding work experience.

We strive to be excellent stewards of investors’ capital.

Fairtree has an established track record of raising capital through our network of institutions and family offices across the range of funds and mandates we manage for investors.

Our good relationships with financial institutions allow us to arrange the best-suited financial solution for our underlying fund assets.

We have established relationships with a wide network of partners, brokers, investors and market operators to unlock value for our stakeholders.

We have a preferred partnership with European-based WayBlue5 as our property development and management company, to further support our expertise of creating quality living spaces in sought-after locations. This gives us line of sight from the development phase through to when the assets reach a steady state. We also work closely with other Fairtree companies in Europe , in particular the Fairtree Hotels Investments team and their operational partner Providence Hospitality where a specific asset requires a broader approach.

We are based in Leiden in the Netherlands, an efficient and effective business environment, which is ideally suited to support the day-to-day operations on ground level, and provides a strong launch pad into Europe.


Our Team

Alternative Real Estate Portfolio Manager


Kobus Nel
Alternative Real Estate Portfolio Manager

Alternative Real Estate Investments Principal

MBA, CFA, CA(SA), BAccHons & BAcc

Gabriel Louw
Alternative Real Estate Investments Principal

Investor Relations

BCom (Financial Management), PGDA, Project Management, MBA

Sybrand Engelbrecht
Investor Relations

Alternative Real Estate Investments Principal


CC Nel
Alternative Real Estate Investments Principal

European Operational Real Estate


Our Investment Capabilities

We offer a range of advisory, investment and operational management services to assist clients to invest strategically and increase the value of their real estate assets.

Our strategic focus is the European operational real estate industry that includes purpose-built student accommodation and young working professional housing in thriving European areas. We search for investment opportunities in Europe where there is a strong long-term demand for real estate but with a limited supply.

Our Objectives

  • We strive to partner with clients who are looking for exposure to an operational residential real estate through equity, debt or a combination of both.

  • We focus on opportunities in fast-growing, thriving cities and towns in Europe.

  • We look for assets that have strong and positive social, environmental or societal impact.

  • Through our partnership with WayBlue5 as our property development and management company, we have improved line of sight of the development phase and asset operations, allowing us to improve asset performance and unlock value for all stakeholders.

  • Our objective is to deliver stable, predictable and diversified returns in hard currency for investors.

We are experts in the sourcing, acquisition, management, repositioning and sale of European operational real estate assets.

We offer a range of advisory, investment and operational management services including:

  • Sourcing, evaluation and the completion of real asset acquisition or sale.

  • Evaluation of land, zoning, repositioning and/or other factors that could enhance or impede a property’s development.

  • Comprehensive due-diligence and transaction negotiation services.

  • Transaction structuring and finance arrangement to ensure the best-suited financial solution for the underlying fund’s assets.

  • Capital allocation and asset management of a single or portfolio of assets.

  • Complete project management across the real estate asset’s planning and construction phase.

  • Operational management of the real estate asset’s ramp-up, launch and ongoing operations, including the selection and management of an operator.