About Us

Our History

A business built upon integrity, independence, and intelligence

Founded in 2001, by Andrew Baum and Jane Fear, under its previous name, Oxford Property Consultants (OPC), the firm established first global database of unlisted real estate funds, fund managers and investors and to provide this data to a group of clients.  While OPC continued to supply data and advisory services to its client base, it also developed a multi-manager and fund of funds business and became FCA authorised. This development led to the sale of OPC to CBRE Global Investors, and the transfer of its £100 million AuM to CBRE. At the time the research and information business (rebranded Property Funds Research) was re-acquired by its management. Since then, PFR has continued to grow and provide high-quality confidential market research, investment advisory services and strategic consulting to both fund managers and Institutional investors.

Team

Maurizio Grilli

Maurizio is a director at Property Funds Research. He is a leading strategist with over 20 years of real estate experience. Prior to his current appointment, Maurizio worked as a Head of Investment Management Strategy at BNP Paribas Real Estate for 8 years. During this time, he has contributed to the launch of several funds, including office, logistics and healthcare strategies. Maurizio has also held similar posts at the Grosvenor Group, and Property Market Analysis among others. He is multicultural and multilingual with extensive knowledge of global markets, managed global teams and projects. He is active across several international associations, including INREV, ULI, the Investment Property Forum and ICSC. He is a regular speaker at industry conferences and a contributor to financial publications, including IREI, PERE and FT. He is a Visiting Fellow at Manchester University. He also cooperates with Reading University and Bocconi University in Milan.

Call Maurizio +33 (6) 77979656
EMAIL MAURIZIO

Jane Fear

Jane Fear is a director at Property Funds Research. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the unlisted real estate market. In 2001 she co-founded Oxford Property Consultants (OPC) with Andrew Baum and established the first on-line database of UK and European unlisted real estate funds, managers and investors. When OPC’s fund management arm was bought by CBRE in 2006, Andrew and Jane bought back the data and consulting business and re-branded it Property Funds Research (PFR). Jane has been responsible for the management of the PFR business and research projects. She specialises in fund reporting, information management, competitor analysis and customer surveys focussed on the global real estate fund management industry. Jane holds a degree in Geography from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Land Management from the University of Reading.

Call Jane +44 (0) 7769 902 746
EMAIL JANE

Derek Williams

Derek is a non-executive director at Property Funds Research. He is a real estate and capital markets expert with over 25 year’s experience in the UK and USA. He has recently taken on the role of Head of UK Commercial Fund Management at Edmond de Rothschild REIM, prior to this he was Head of Capital EMEA & North America at Global Student Accommodation (GSA), Managing Director, Private Markets at the consulting firm bfinance. During his two-years at bfinance Derek and his team deployed c.€3.75bn of capital to real estate, infrastructure, private debt and PE strategies. Prior to bfinance Derek had an eight-year career at Russell Investments, heading up global private real estate in his last three years. Derek’s team managed US$1.8bn AUM on a discretionary basis across equity and debt strategies in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. Prior to that Derek worked at Land Securities plc reporting to the CEO/COO and worked on research, analysis and new business deals. Derek holds a MSc in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School, University of London.

EMAIL DEREK