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We pride ourselves on having a culture that is distinctly different from many private investment firms – one that prizes authenticity, creativity, collaboration and confidentiality.

Diversified Assets Investing

Eduardo D'Alessandro

Co-head of Investment Teams, Europe & Partner
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Matt Little

Co-head of Investment Teams, North America & Partner
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Philipp Braschel

Head of Real Estate, Europe & Partner
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Alan Gearing

Head of Real Estate, U.S. & Partner
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Leticia Fusi

Managing Director, Diversified Assets
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Pulkit Agrawal

Director, Diversified Assets
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Alessandro Bogo

Director, Diversified Assets
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Niall Brunker

Director, Diversified Assets
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Max Cohen

Director, Diversified Assets
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Devin Duffy

Director, Diversified Assets
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Max Gosch

Director, Diversified Assets
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Iwan Iwanow

Director, Diversified Assets
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Eduardo D'Alessandro

Eduardo D'Alessandro

Co-head of Investment Teams, Europe & Partner

Mr. D’Alessandro joined Castlelake in 2011 and is co-head of the non-aviation investment teams. He became a partner of the firm in 2018. Mr. D’Alessandro is also a voting member of the firm’s Investment Review Committee. Previously, Mr. D’Alessandro led the firm’s investment approach to Spanish land banking and was also responsible for its strategy in Portugal, Italy and Greece, the United Kingdom and Ireland. His expertise includes direct asset and non-performing loan opportunities in Germany and Eastern Europe, as well as equity public offerings.

Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. D’Alessandro was an investment consultant at Deutsche Bank in their special situations group, focusing on non-performing loan investments across Europe. Prior to Deutsche Bank, Mr. D’Alessandro was an investment associate at CVI within the Loan Portfolio Group. At CVI, he worked on non-performing loan and real estate investments in the United Kingdom, Germany and Spain. Mr. D’Alessandro received his M.B.A. from the London Business School and received his B.Sc. in finance from Manhattanville College, cum laude. Mr. D’Alessandro is a native Spanish speaker.

Matt Little

Matt Little

Co-head of Investment Teams, North America & Partner

Mr. Little joined Castlelake in 2015 and is co-head of the non-aviation investment teams, managing investment activities across the non-aviation investing verticals. He became a partner of the firm in 2017. While at Castlelake, Mr. Little has led the Specialty Finance business, Capital Markets team and completed many noteworthy transactions, including multiple aircraft securitizations, equity sales, and strategic initiatives, including public offerings of equity and debt.

Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Little served as co-head of transportation financing within the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs in New York. There, he worked with many of the world’s largest specialty finance companies, global industrial conglomerates and major financial institutions on strategic initiatives, such as divestitures, acquisitions, general corporate advisory, and raising debt and equity capital. Mr. Little began his career in the Financial Institutions Group within investment banking at Goldman Sachs. He received a B.A. in politics from Princeton University and a certificate in political theory.

Philipp Braschel

Head of Real Estate, Europe & Partner

Mr. Braschel joined Castlelake in 2017 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, serving as head of its real estate investment strategy in Europe. He became a partner of the firm in 2020. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Braschel was a partner at Benson Elliot Capital Management, where he oversaw real estate acquisition and asset management in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and Central and Eastern Europe. Prior to Benson Elliot, Mr. Braschel was an executive director at Goldman Sachs, focused on real estate acquisition transactions across Europe. He received his Diplom-Kaufmann (M.B.A.) from the EBS Universität in Oestrich-Winkel, Germany. Mr. Braschel is fluent in German and French, as well as conversational in Spanish.

Alan Gearing

Head of Real Estate, U.S. & Partner

Mr. Gearing joined Castlelake in 2017 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, serving as head of its real estate investment strategy in the U.S. He became a partner of the firm in 2020. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Gearing was the president and founder of Gearing Capital Partners, a commercial real estate specialty finance company focused on distressed debt and direct lending across North America.

Mr. Gearing has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate finance and investment and has been involved in over $2 billion of completed transactions over the course of his career. Prior to founding Gearing Capital Partners, Mr. Gearing was a vice president at Secured Capital Corporation, executing various investment banking activities such as structuring debt and equity investments and raising capital. He has also held roles at JP Morgan Mortgage Capital and Archon Group, a Goldman Sachs subsidiary. Mr. Gearing received an M.B.A. from the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and a B.B.A. in finance and real estate finance from Southern Methodist University. He is a member of YPO, formerly the Young Presidents’ Organization, and is a board member of the Folsom Institute for Real Estate at the SMU Cox School of Business.

Leticia Fusi

Managing Director, Diversified Assets

Ms. Fusi joined Castlelake in 2014 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on European real estate investments. Prior to joining Castlelake, Ms. Fusi was a manager on Restructuring & Corporate Finance with KPMG in Madrid, where she worked on real estate corporate transactions and investments, as well as on re-financing and insolvency processes within the real estate sector. Prior to KPMG, Ms. Fusi worked as appraiser and consultant on land and real estate developments for diverse clients, including Altamira and Banco Santander, performing appraisals, due diligence, viability studies and asset management projects. Ms. Fusi received her B.Sc. and M.Arch. from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid in architecture and urban planning. She received a master’s degree in real estate management and urban planning from the Icade Business School at Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid and another in corporate finance and investment banking at Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles. Ms. Fusi is fluent in Spanish, as well as conversational in French and Italian.

Pulkit Agrawal

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Agrawal joined Castlelake in 2020 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on distressed investment opportunities in Europe. Mr. Agrawal has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate finance and investment and has been involved in over $7 billion of completed debt and equity transactions over the course of his career. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Agrawal was with Kildare Partners in London, where he focused on distressed and opportunistic real estate acquisitions across Europe. Mr. Agrawal also worked with Deutsche Bank on their European Real Estate Financing and Special Situation team, and prior to that was part of their Financial Institutions Group, Investment Banking team. Mr. Agrawal started his career with Caterpillar in Southeast Asia. He received his M.B.A. from the London Business School and a bachelor’s degree from the Indian Institute of Technology, Varanasi.

Alessandro Bogo

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Bogo joined Castlelake in 2016 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on distressed real estate investments. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Bogo was working at The Blackstone Group, where he focused on real estate acquisitions across Europe. Mr. Bogo received an M.S. in finance and private equity from the London School of Economics where he graduated with distinction, and received his undergraduate degree from Bocconi University. He also completed an exchange program at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bogo is fluent in Italian.

Niall Brunker

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Brunker joined Castlelake in 2017 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on real estate investments in the UK and Ireland. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Brunker was an investment director at Cervidae Consultancy in London, where he focused on value-add real estate investments. Prior to Cervidae Consultancy, Mr. Brunker focused on value-add and opportunistic real estate investments and joint ventures as an investment director with U+I Group Plc. Mr. Brunker received his M.Sc. in real estate from the University of Aberdeen and received his LLB (law and accounting) from Queen’s University, Belfast.

Max Cohen

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Cohen joined Castlelake in 2017 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on investments in the North American commercial real estate sector. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Cohen worked as a director for Gearing Capital Partners where he was responsible for the sourcing, structuring and execution of debt and equity real estate investments across the U.S. Prior to joining Gearing Capital Partners, he worked as a senior vice president for FirstCity Financial Corporation, a multi-national specialty finance company focused on the acquisition of sub-performing and non-performing loans. Prior to joining FirstCity, he was an associate at Morgan Stanley and Crescent Real Estate Equities. He received his B.S.B.A. with a concentration in finance from the University of Richmond.

Devin Duffy

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Duffy joined Castlelake in 2012 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on private market opportunities in North America including commercial and industrial loan portfolios, equipment leases, and commercial and residential real estate. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Duffy was a senior consultant in the Transaction Advisory Services practice at Ernst & Young LLP, where he provided merger and acquisition, restructuring, and valuation services to clients in the real estate and financial services industries. Mr. Duffy received his M.B.A. from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, Chicago, with a concentration in analytical finance. Mr. Duffy received his B.B.A. with distinction from the University of Wisconsin in finance and real estate, where he was the recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

Max Gosch

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Gosch joined Castlelake in 2017 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on investments in southern Europe. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Gosch was an associate at Invesco, where he focused on identifying and executing acquisitions across Spain and Portugal, including direct real estate investments across all sectors and risk-return profiles. Previously, Mr. Gosch was with UBS, where he focused on commercial real estate investment opportunities across Europe. Since beginning his career, Mr. Gosch has underwritten more than $1 billion of commercial real estate investments. He received an undergraduate degree in economics from Carlos III University and a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York System, cum laude. Mr. Gosch is fluent in Spanish and German.

Iwan Iwanow

Director, Diversified Assets

Mr. Iwanow joined Castlelake in 2016 and is part of the Diversified Assets team, focused on distressed real estate investments. Prior to joining Castlelake, Mr. Iwanow was an associate with The Blackstone Group’s European logistics platform, Logicor, where he was focused on acquisitions across Europe. Prior to Logicor, Mr. Iwanow was an analyst at CBRE Global Investors within the fund of funds group, Global Investment Partners (GIP). At GIP, Mr. Iwanow worked on indirect European real estate investments across all sectors and countries. Mr Iwanow received his M.Sc. in real estate from Cass Business School in London, where he graduated with distinction, and received a B.Sc. from the European Business School in Oestrich-Winkel in business law. Mr. Iwanow is fluent in German and Bulgarian.

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