At McCafferty Asset Management we specialise in the management of commercial real estate including retail, offices and industrial properties. Operating within Europe our dedicated and highly specialised team of property experts have extensive experience to add value. Whether you are just starting out or managing a portfolio of €100’s of millions our team of property professionals provide a dedicated bespoke service tailored to your needs.
We are a dynamic and motivated team, passionate about our work and responsive to our clients' requirements.
We are committed to efficient solutions and clear strategic thinking while balancing experience with innovation.
With direct access to the senior management team we deliver friendly service and highly individualised solutions.
We have developed a loyal and diverse client base from our reputation and the trust and reliance placed in us.
We can draw upon more than 200 years of accumulated experience in property and asset management.
We remain one of very few companies free to facilitate the goals of our clients without any conflicts of interest.
Large enough to handle, small enough to care.
As an independent asset manager we specialise in property asset management for private and institutional investors. From our offices in Manchester, London, Bern & Zurich, we serve a wide range of clients with predominantly commercial assets, but also residential, across the UK & Switzerland.
From acquisition through to structure management, we deliver a versatile range of services that optimise property performance, keeping clients’ investments secure, whilst pro-actively seeking opportunities for income and portfolio development on an ongoing basis.
Our dynamic and experienced team of specialists works hand in hand with an extensive network of highly qualified partners to manage approximately 80 properties valued at more than €1.4 billion. We develop bespoke solutions which recognise our clients' diverse range of property assets and tenant mixes.
From property acquisition to property sale - and everything in between.
We identify client investment objectives and relevant assets, establish an appropriate corporate structure, introduce potential funders, and manage the legal process from Heads of Terms to completion.
We identify value enhancing opportunities within a portfolio, optimise property performance, regularly visit sites and report back to investors. We develop strategies for distressed property assets.
We manage rental and service charge income and reconciliations, find tenants, negotiate terms and perform rent reviews. We manage capital expenditure and repair programmes, suppliers and utility service contracts.
We manage funding, investor and other key relationships, identify corporate finance issues, recommend and implement tax efficient holdings structures, and co-ordinate financial accounting and tax compliance.
We handle tax compliance, perform property level accounting, budgeting and cash flow forecasting, ensure compliance with local GAAP and IFRS reporting and perform bank financial covenant monitoring.
We evaluate existing properties and investment opportunities, provide management reviews, cost analyses, marketing and value add strategies and recommendations for cost optimisation.
As McCafferty CEO, Charles Whittle has an exceptional background within the international property sector and is both a well known speaker and frequent co-chair at German and European Real Estate investment summits. Charles has an extensive working knowledge of multi-jurisdictional property and banking transactions, setting up fund and trust structures and delivers his formidable expertise and experience, gained over four decades, across virtually all aspects of the property sector and is trusted daily by McCafferty clients for his incisive judgment and keen strategic awareness.
Charles is responsible for delivering corporate, acquisition and disposal strategies, together with complex banking and tax structuring advice. He is also responsible for coordinating the property and financial reporting and decisions/recommendation from a management perspective to the investors. Jointly with his senior team, he handles the relationship with a diverse range of sponsors, funders and professional advisors.
He has an extensive knowledge of the property sector having worked in this field for over 40 years including responsibilities for acquiring, managing and selling commercial real estate both in the UK and overseas, particularly in Germany and Switzerland. Charles joined the McCafferty team in 2002 and acquired the business in 2008. During the last 9 years he has developed the business substantially and has been responsible for the structuring, acquisition and banking of a German and Swiss Property Fund, nearing €1 billion. He was also integral in setting up a Guernsey based REIT and acquiring its first properties. The REIT became the subject of a reverse take-over, which subsequently listed on the Johannesburg AltX.
Investment and Asset Management, Transactions, Due Diligence, Investor Relations, Letting, Operations, Reporting.
Michele is an Asset Manager and Managing Director of the Swiss and German office. He has extensive experience in property asset management, due diligence, valuations, transactions, bookkeeping and financing. At McCafferty Michele played key roles in large portfolio transactions such as Numisma (2011) and Kingfisher (2015). Michele joined McCafferty from MIBAG where he gained experience in property and facility management, running property portfolios and performing property due diligences. Before that he worked at Arup as a structural building designer on award winning buildings in the UK, Germany and The Netherlands.
Graduated with honours in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology in The Netherlands in 1995. Achieved the Eur.Ing. title in 1999. Successfully joined the Royal Instituted of Charted Surveyors (MRICS) in 2009.
Dutch, English, French, German, Italian
Darragh oversees the Swiss & German accounting functions. He is also responsible for the maintenance and development of the group-wide accounting system (YARDI).
Darragh joined McCafferty Asset Management in 2006 as an Accounts Assistant. He progressed through ACCA to qualify as a Chartered Certified Accountant in 2009. Darragh has been involved in the Numisma fund at varied levels since 2006, encompassing bookkeeping, budgeting, cash forecasting and assorted financial/KPI/covenant reporting. Darragh has been project manager for the implementation of a new international real estate accounting system (YARDI) for two clients: the Numisma fund in 2009 and the Stenprop fund in 2014.
B.A. (Hons) Accounting & Finance from Manchester Metropolitan University
Qualified FCCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Alex is responsible for Financial Reporting, Financial Modelling and Management Reporting for a number of our clients. She also manages Group Consolidations and is our Company Accountant for the UK office.
Alex joined McCafferty in 2010 as an Accounts Assistant studying towards her AAT. She has since progressed through both AAT and CIMA to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant.
After leaving University in 2007 Alex spent a year travelling through India, South East Asia and New Zealand. She then worked in Corporate Billing for Virgin Media before joining McCafferty.
BA (Hons) Architecture from Newcastle University
Qualified ACMA, CGMA (Chartered Global Management Accountant)
Angela is responsible for overseeing the running of the day to day operations in the office, together with acting as PA to the CEO and providing direct administrative assistance to the senior members of the team.
Angela joined McCafferty as PA to the CEO/Office Manager in 2009 from LPC, where she was the senior administrative assistant to the team who built and managed the Numisma Fund since 2005.
Prior to joining LPC, Angela started her career in administration at The Hurd Rolland Partnership in 2000 where she undertook her NVQ Level II in Business Administration. She then moved on to work at AMCAT in 2003 where she was responsible for the full administration of the office, including HR, payroll and assisting the marketing manager with events and publications.
NVQ Level II Business Administration
James is responsible for providing a range of accounting services to our Swiss and German offices including bookkeeping and management reporting. He also specialises in investment modelling, cash flow forecasting and financial reporting.
James joined McCafferty Asset Management in 2013 as an Accounts Assistant working on the Numisma fund. He has since gone on to work on a range of UK, Swiss and German mandates and has developed financial models for a number of UK and German investment appraisals. James has completed the AAT Professional Diploma in Accounting and is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Certified Accountant with ACCA.
B.A. English from University of Leicester
Qualified AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians), ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants)
Sean is responsible for Financial Reporting, General Bookkeeping and Management Reporting on the Stenprop Fund UK portfolio.
Sean joined McCafferty Asset Management in 2016 as an Accounts Assistant, having spent a year travelling through South East Asia and Australia.
He previously spent 3 years working as an Accounts Assistant at Hall Liddy, a medical accounting firm.
AAT Qualified, and currently working towards his ACCA Qualification.
AAT & ACCA
Rachel is responsible for Bank reconciliations, processing supplier invoices, expenses and BACS payment runs.
Rachel joined McCafferty Asset Management in 2017 as an Accounts Assistant, having spent the past three years studying mathematics at Lancaster University and is now working towards qualifying as a Chartered Certificate Accountant with ACCA.
BSc (Hons) Mathematics from Lancaster University
Henry is responsible for property management, building operations, contractor management and service charge budgets.
Henry has been working in property management for over 20 years. Prior to joining McCafferty, he was at Jones Lange LaSalle (JLL) and responsible for the management of several large multi-let office buildings with a combined service charge budget of more than £3.5m per annum.
Henry holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Russian State University, CIOB Level 4 in Site Management and IOSH Health and Safety certificate.
Henry is a Member of the British Institute of Facilities Management.
Matt is responsible for investment and asset management, deal sourcing, due diligence, financing, transaction execution, investor relations, and client reporting.
Matt has over 14 years experience in the UK real estate markets. Prior to joining McCafferty, Matt spent over seven years at listed property company Stenprop and was responsible for managing the UK portfolio valued at in excess of £400m.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) in Mechatronics from the University of Leeds and a Post Graduate Diploma (PgDip) in Real Estate from London South Bank University.
Matt has been a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) since 2008.
Lea works as director in the Swiss office, covering both asset and property management. In addition she accompanies restructuring projects with a strong focus on operational optimization. Lea is also very active in the real estate investment market assisting in acquisition and property transactions with her knowledge on transaction management and due diligences.
Lea worked for a nationwide operating real estate full service provider (planning, construction, and management) and gained experience in property management, accounting, letting and also consulting, especially in the operations. Among other things she worked as a Key Account Manager where she was responsible for a Swiss retail portfolio with more than 50 assets (volume € 240M) and also as transaction manager in the complete sale of a corporate portfolio, with mainly industrial properties and agricultural land.
Bachelor of Science in Facility Management, University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Zurich
Semester abroad: Real Estate Management, University of Applied Sciences (HTW), Berlin
Master of Advanced Studies in Real Estate Management, University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration (HWZ), Zurich
German, English, French
As Managing Director of the Swiss McCafferty office Jan is responsible for the asset & property management, commercial letting, tenant relationships and business development. Furthermore he is directly involved in different projects, mostly in the scope of restructuring, strategy and value add.
After about 3 years in the financing department of a small private bank in Munich, Jan has more than 10 years experience in managing real estate in Switzerland. He worked in different positions (consulting, valuation, commercial letting, transactions, etc.) for a nationwide operating real estate full service provider (planning, construction, and management) and was there finally responsible for the asset and property management department as well as for the key account management with assets under management of about CHF 2bn before he joined McCafferty.
Bachelor of Art in Economics BA, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, Munich
Master of Business Administration MBA, Hochschule Biberach
Master of Science in Real Estate MSC, London Southbank University, London
Society of Property Researchers, Germany
Natalie is a Property Manager in the Swiss office and is responsible for the Property Management and letting of commercial properties. Her field of professional activity includes the overseeing of FM providers, budgeting as well as executing value maintaining exercises. Looking after tenants, creating lease contracts, handover of rental units, debt collection, reconciling service charges and reporting is part of her daily business.
Natalie joined McCafferty from a nationwide operating real estate full service provider (planning, construction and management), where she gained over ten years extensive and in-depth experience in Property Management. She managed various type of complex real estate, varying from commercial to residential and industrial to event buildings. She additionally ran deficiency remedy programs when taken over new built properties.
Federal Certificate in Property Management (SVIT)
Cambridge First Certificate B2 English (FCE)
Certificate in real estate English (SVIT)
Roger is Senior Property Manager for the Swiss office in Bern. He is responsible for the management of complex commercial and industrial properties.
Roger has been working in the real estate sector for over 9 years. Before joining McCafferty, he was responsible for establishing and running a branch of a Swiss-wide real estate company (consulting, valuation, letting, marketing, etc.). His focus was management of complex commercial, industrial, residential and retail properties. Prior to this, Roger acquired extensive experience in the management, marketing and sale of properties.
Commercial school with professional diploma
Federal Professional Certificate in real estate management (SVIT)
German, French, English, Italian
Lea works as property manager for the Swiss office in Bern. She is responsible for the management of complex commercial and industrial properties. Part of her daily business are tenant support, the drafting of lease contracts, handovers of rental properties and all manner of reportings.
Lea has more than eight years of experience in the real estate sector. In her previous employment with a Swiss-wide real estate service provider, she was able to gain significant expertise in the management of properties (residential, commercial, including newly constructed properties and warranty management) over the course of many years.
Business Administration with a Federal Certificate
Nadine works as Asset Property Manager for the Swiss office in Zurich. Her focus is on asset and property management, althoguh she is also involved in valuation and transactions.
Nadine entered the real estate sector after basic education in the building trade. She gained many years of experience with complex commercial and residential properties as well as real estate parks (office and commercial) while working for real estate companies with direct ownership of properties.
Certified real estate trust manager (SVIT)
Federal Professional Certificate in real estate valuation (SVIT)
Federal Professional Certificate in real estate management (SVIT)
Ibadete joined McCafferty as Junior Property Manager in 2018 and supports the property management team in their daily business.
While working for McCafferty, Ibadete is also continuing her education as Junior Property Manager. She has previously completed her education as a commercial clerk (Profile E) and gained practical experience while working with a commercial company for one year.
Jonathan began his career in an architectural office, where he also completed his initital apprenticeship as architectural draftsman. Having attained his vocational school-leaving certificate, he entered the Bachelor programme for Facility Management (area of focus: real estate management) at Zurich University for Applied Sciences (ZHAW). He is currently gaining first experience of the real estate sector at McCafferty.