The Board

Stephen Benson CR

Stephen Benson

Co-founded the predecessor to CR, the Deutsche River Company in 2005 together with Deutsche Bank. Subsequently acquired Deutsche Bank’s minority interest and merged it with Catella Corporate Finance Germany to form CR. More than 20 years of experience in the real estate finance industry, previously worked as a chartered surveyor with Knight Frank, CBRE and Lambert Smith Hampton. Holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Land Management from the University of Reading.

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Torsten Hollstein CR

Torsten Hollstein

Was a Managing Director of Catella Property Germany prior to his MBO of its subsidiary Catella Corporate Finance Germany and its subsequent merger with the Deutsche River Company to create CR. More than 20 years of experience in the real estate industry, previously worked as a lawyer with Lehman Brothers and the German mid-market private equity firm Hannover Finanz. Holds two state qualifications in law at the Universities of Hamburg and Lausanne.

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Jacob Lyons CR

Jacob Lyons

Co-founded the predecessor to CR, the Deutsche River Company in 2005 together with Deutsche Bank. Subsequently acquired Deutsche Bank’s minority interest and merged it with Catella Corporate Finance Germany to form CR. More than 13 years of experience in the finance industry, previously worked in the M&A and restructuring divisions at Rothschild in both London and Paris. Holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in the Physical Sciences from University College London.

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Claudius Meyer CR

Claudius Meyer

Was a Managing Director of Catella Property Germany prior to his MBO of its subsidiary Catella Corporate Finance Germany and its subsequent merger with the Deutsche River Company to create CR. More than 22 years of experience in the real estate finance industry, previously worked as a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young Real Estate. Holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Business Administration and a post-graduate degree in Real Estate Economics from the European Business School (EBS).

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John Nacos CR

John Nacos

John Nacos is on the board of CR. John has held various positions at Deutsche Bank, including Global Head of Commercial Real Estate, Head of Commercial Real Estate for the Americas and Asia, Head of Commercial Real Estate for Europe, Middle East and Africa as well as Global Head of the Real Estate Special Situations Group. Prior to this, he worked at Merrill Lynch for eleven years where he established and managed Merrill Lynch’s mortgage financing, opportunistic real estate and MBS/ABS trading activities in Europe.

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Michael Stanton CR

Michael Stanton

Michael Stanton is on the board of CR. Michael graduated from the University of New South Wales, Australia with a degree in accountancy and law and he holds an MBA from the University of Michigan. Michael has held positions at GLS Capital, Oppenheimer & Company, Westpac Banking Corporation in New York and Otkritie Financial Corporation.

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Senior Management Team

Alexander Lackner CR

Alexander Lackner
Managing Director
Asset Management
Advisory Group

Jenniffer Solomon CR

Jenniffer Solomon
Managing Director
Transaction
Advisory Group

Denis Heister CR

Denis Heister
Managing Director
Financial Management
& Servicing Group

Axel Czaja CR

Axel Czaja
Managing Director
Technical
Advisory Group

Jörn Zurmühlen CR

Jörn Zurmühlen
Managing Director
Asset Management
Group

Delphine Simon CR

Delphine Simon
Managing Director

Alex Rowbottom CR

Alex Rowbottom
Managing Director
Principal Finance
Group

Peter Hildering CR

Peter Hildering
Managing Director

Carla Andre CR

Carla André
Managing Director

Stephane Adolf CR

Stéphane Adolf
Managing Director
European
Mid-market Lending

Stuart Hoare

Stuart Hoare
Managing Director
Capital Markets
Advisory Group

Ingo Emmeluth CR

Ingo Emmeluth
Managing Director
Chief Operating
Officer CR Holding