Peakside Capital was founded in 2010 as a result of a management buy-out. The former investors put their trust in the well-practised and successful team right from the start and have since also invested in derivative opportunities provided by Peakside Capital.
Since then, Peakside Capital has grown in employee numbers, with experienced managers and employees who have previously worked with renowned investment management companies such as Tishman Speyer, Heitmann or PATRIZIA Immobilien AG. The Peakside team has therefore been working together in various configurations for many yearswith a successful track record in various asset classes and investment strategies. The management has an average experience of more than 20 years in all market cycles of the real estate sector. We are familiar with the needs and expectations of institutional and private wealth investors from various cultures and have maintained long-term relationships of trust and partnership with many investors. Our managers and staff, like our clients, come from a wide range of countries and cultures.
As a team we are always striving to achieve the best possible results for our investors. We work hard for this aim, but always within a culture of community and mutual support. We believe that long-term business relations are fostered by win-win situations. Therefore, in addition to the outstanding academic and specialist qualifications of each member of staff, we insist on responsible entrepreneurship, strong team spirit and interpersonal skills.
Mr. Aumann is a Founding Partner of Peakside Capital and currently oversees all of Peakside´s acitvities in Central and Eastern Europe as well as selected asset management activities in Germany. In addition he serves as a board member of Peakside ROS Outlet Management (“PROM”), a leading outlet center manager in CEE.
Mr. Aumann has over 19 years of industry experience. Prior to founding Peakside, Mr. Aumann was a Director and Head of Asset Management in the Real Estate Principle Investment division at Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) since 2008 being responsible for a Pan European real estate and loan portfolio in excess of EUR 1.0 bn deployed equity. From 2004 until 2008, Mr. Aumann was in charge for the origination and execution of transactions in Germany at Merrill Lynch. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2004, Mr. Aumann worked for seven years in the Real Estate Principal Investment division (Whitehall Funds) of Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Aumann is a German citizen. He graduated from the European Business School (Oestrich-Winkel) with a degree in business administration.
Mr. Schran is a Founding Partner of Peakside and currently oversees all of Peakside´s activities in Germany with a particular focus on the origination and execution of value add/opportunistic investments.
Mr. Schran has over 20 years of experience in the real estate industry. Prior to founding Peakside, Mr. Schran was a Director in the Real Estate Principle Investment division at Bank of America Merril Lynch (BAML) and responsible for origination and acquisition since 2008. From 2005 until 2008, Mr. Schran was an Executive Director at Morgan Stanley, where he was responsible for asset management and origination in Germany and served as board member of a German residential company with about 48,000 apartments and 400 employees. Prior to Morgan Stanley, Mr. Schran was the Managing Director of the Archon Group Deutschland (part of Goldman Sachs) and the head of development at Vivico, a major German developer, for Southern Germany.
Mr. Schran is a German citizen. He studied business administration at Liebig-Universität (Gießen) and Goethe Universität (Frankfurt) and holds a degree in real estate economics from the European Business School (Oestrich Winkel).
Simon Lutz is a Partner at Peakside Capital and focusses on the Origination and Investment Management of value-add and opportunistic investments in Germany.
Mr. Lutz joined Peakside Capital in 2013 as Analyst with the opening of the Frankfurt office. Since his start he has worked on real estate transactions in excess of ca. €1bn, including several PREF I investments as well as the acquisition, execution and investment management of the majority of PREF II and PREF III deals. Prior to joining Peakside, Mr. Lutz held various internships in the private equity, venture capital, real estate, advisory and asset management industry.
Mr. Lutz is a German citizen. He holds a M.Sc. in Real Estate with distinction from the University of Reading (Henley Business School), a second M.Sc. in Real Estate from the University of Regensburg (IREBS) and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Regensburg.
Managing Director - Chief Financial Officer
Mr Maziukiewicz is a Managing Director at Peakside Capital Advisors in Luxembourg, overseeing the investor reporting and regulatory compliance of the company and its vehicles under management.
Mr Maziukiewicz has 12 years of finance experience in the real estate industry. Prior to joining Peakside Capital Advisors in 2013, Mr. Maziukiewicz was the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of KSP Real Estate Investment Management since 2012. From 2005 to 2012 he was Vice President of Heitman Luxembourg, where he was responsible for the consolidation and reporting of regulated specialized investment funds as well as for unregulated structures and separate account operations. Mr Maziukiewicz was also part of the transaction team supporting acquisitions and dispositions (i.e., leading tax and financial due diligence efforts) and was actively involved with tax and debt restructuring activities of Heitman. Prior to joining Heitman, Mr. Maziukiewicz worked for Arthur Andersen and Ernst&Young in Poland where he was a senior audit consultant.
Mr Maziukiewicz is a Luxembourgish and Polish citizen. He holds a masters´s degree in finance and banking from the Warsaw Finance School.
MANAGING DIRECTOR - Head of Business Development
Frank Schaefer joined Peakside Capital in 2020 as a Managing Director and Head of Business Development. He oversees client relationships as well as all capital raising and product development activities.
Prior to joining Peakside Capital, Mr. Schaefer was a Managing Director of Tishman Speyer’s Equity Capital Markets team since 2017 with responsibility for the development of Tishman Speyer’s German KVG business and the expansion of Tishman Speyer’s investment management platform in Germany. Prior to Tishman Speyer, Mr. Schaefer spent 8 years at Credit Suisse Group holding several senior leadership positions, including Global Head of Product & Business Development and Co-Head Germany at Credit Suisse Real Estate Investment Management.
In total, Mr. Schaefer has spent more than 17 years in product and business development, as well as client facing roles.
Mr. Schaefer is a German citizen. He holds a law degree from Goethe-University Frankfurt. He is a certified financial analyst (CEFA), a certified financial risk manager (FRM) and also a member of the Urban Land Institute.
Mr. Skowroński is the Managing Director of Peakside Capital Advisors in Poland. He has extensive experience in commercial asset management and development. He is focused on selected asset management activities in building company’s industrial portfolio and developing new business areas.
Prior to joining Peakside he was Head of Asset Management for the CEE region and Board Member at Logicor. He was responsible for company’s development and asset management in Central and Eastern Europe.
Prior to that Mr. Skowroński held such positions as Vice President and Head of Asset and Property Management at Prologis, National Director of Commercial Properties at JLL, Development, Operations and Portfolio Director at Simone Ivanhoe.
Mr. Skowroński is a Polish citizen. He graduated Law at Jagiellonian University in Cracow and Plymouth College of Further Education at Business & Finance School in the UK.
Managing Director - Head of Portfolio Management
Mr. Gupta is a Managing Director at Peakside and focusses on Origination, Asset Management & Fundraising of value add/opportunistic investments in Germany. Mr. Gupta has over 8 years of experience in the industry. Prior to joining Peakside Capital in September 2010, Mr. Gupta worked in the large cap Mergers & Acquisitions team of Rothschild Investment Bank in Paris, focusing on a range of corporate transactions across the IT and Retail sectors of Europe. Since starting his career, Mr. Gupta has worked on real estate transactions in excess of €1bn, including the successful resolutions of the majority of PREF I investments as well as the acquisition, execution and ongoing asset management of all four PREF II deals to date.
Mr. Gupta is a French citizen and holds a MSc. Management (“Grande Ecole”) from ESSEC Business School in France and an undergraduate degree in Information Management from University College London.
Hendrik Wuesten is Principal at Peakside Capital with focus on origination, investment and asset management of real estate projects in Germany. He has more than 18 years’ experience in commercial real estate.
Prior to joining Peakside Capital, Mr. Wuesten was more than 4 years as Senior Investment Manager responsible for investments of ca. €1bn at DIC Asset AG. Before that he was Team Leader Retail and Transaction Manager at GE Capital Real Estate for miscellaneous commercial portfolios with a volume of ca. €500m. Prior to joining GE Capital he worked for Lohnbach Investment Partners and NAI apollo.
Mr. Wuesten is a German citizen. He graduated as Real Estate Economist (IREBS) and Real Estate Business Economist (EIA).
Legal Manager - Compliance Officer
Ms Stoeva is the Legal Manager - Compliance Officer at Peakside and is based in Luxembourg. In this capacity she is in charge of overseeing KYC processes and is responsible for compliance with regulatory requirements on AML, AIFMD and other legal matters and provides support on portfolio transactions.
She is also the personal data protection and privacy manager for the Peakside Group and is a CIPP/E (Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe).
Before joining Peakside, Ms Stoeva was a legal officer at TMF Luxembourg where her job involved providing corporate secretarial and related services for complex real estate structures. In addition, she acquired substantial working experience in the legal team of Deloitte Bulgaria where she was dealing with providing legal advice on corporate, commercial and financial matters to international clients.
Ms Stoeva is a Bulgarian citizen. She holds a Master of Laws degree from the Sofia University and an LL.M. in European Law from the Maastricht University.
PRINCIPAL - Head of Finance
Mrs. Fiszer-Choromańska is a Principal in Peakside Polonia Management (“PPM”) in Warsaw. She joined PPM in 2006 (at that time: AIB PPM). She manages the finance and tax processes, as well as, is responsible for transaction structuring and execution for the investments in Central and Eastern Europe.
Before joining Peakside, she worked in KPMG Warsaw, focusing on the audit of real estate funds and commercial developers. Prior to that, she was working in Philips Accounting Shared Services Centre in Łódź, Poland.
Mrs. Fiszer-Choromańska graduated with a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance Management from University of Łódź, as well as, completed post graduate studies on Taxes and Tax Law at University of Warsaw. She is Polish Chartered Auditor. She is Polish citizen, based in Warsaw, Poland.
Michał Nawrot is a Principal at Peakside Capital. He is mainly responsible for the origination, investment and asset management of real estate projects in Poland and Czech Republic.
Mr. Nawrot joined Peakside in 2013 as an Analyst. Over last years he has worked on various transactions, including acquisition and disposal of retail and office assets in Czech Republic on behalf of separate account investment vehicle managed by Peakside, focused on value add and opportunistic properties across CEE. Prior to joining Peakside, Mr. Nawrot has been working for Cushman & Wakefield, Consulting & Research team, where he was responsible for a preparation of investment profitability analyses, highest & best use studies and conducting a market research.
Mr. Nawrot is a Polish citizen. He holds a M.Sc. in Management (specialty of Real Estate Investment Management) at Poznań University of Economics. He has also accomplished a CCIM course and passed a final exam.
Christopher Smith is an Investment Manager at Peakside Capital and is responsible for orgination, investment and asset management of real estate projects in CEE.
Mr. Smith joined Peakside in 2015 as an Analyst. Since his start, he has worked on several real estate transactions throughout the CEE region, and has been intregal to the asset management of office assets in the regional portfolio. Prior to joining Peakside Capital, Mr. Smith worked at the Frankfurt office of Fortress Investment Group in asset management and portfolio management.
Mr. Smith is a dual citizen with German and American citizenship. He holds a M.A. (Honors) in Business Management & International Relations from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Head of Finance Structuring
Mr. Pazorek is the Head of Finance Structuring in Peakside Capital Advisors in Warsaw. He joined Peakside in 2013 and manages the finance, tax and reporting processes, as well as, is responsible for external debt financing for real estate projects in Central Eastern Europe.
Before joining Peakside, he worked in PwC, focusing on tax and accounting compliance, incl. working for real estate clients such as GE Real Estate.
Konrad Pazorek graduated with a master’s degree in Accounting and Finance Management from Warsaw School of Economics, as well as, holds the FCCA designation awarded by Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. He is a Polish citizen, based in Warsaw, Poland.