The Board

Stephen Benson CR

Stephen Benson

Stephen Benson is a Managing Director and founding partner of CR. Stephen holds a BSc degree in Land Management from the University of Reading and has previously worked as a chartered surveyor with Knight Frank, CBRE and Lambert Smith Hampton. Stephen co-founded the River Investment Group in 2004 as well as the establishment of a company co-owned by Deutsche Bank – the DeutscheRiver joint-venture in 2005/6. Stephen oversaw the combination of DeutscheRiver with Catella Corporate Finance Germany to create ‘CR’.

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Torsten Hollstein CR

Torsten Hollstein

Torsten Hollstein is a Managing Director and founding partner of CR. Torsten holds two state qualifications in law and was a lawyer with Lehman Brothers and German mid-market private equity company Hannover Finanz. Torsten was Managing Director of Catella Property Germany prior to the spin-off of Catella Corporate Finance Germany and combination with DeutscheRiver to create ‘CR’.

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Jacob Lyons CR

Jacob Lyons

Jacob Lyons is a Managing Director and founding partner of CR. Jacob holds a BSc degree in Physics from University College London. Jacob previously worked in the mergers and acquisitions and restructuring departments of the Rothschild banks in both London and Paris. Jacob co-founded the River Investment Group in 2004 as well as the establishment of a company co-owned by Deutsche Bank – the DeutscheRiver joint-venture in 2005/6. Jacob oversaw the combination of DeutscheRiver with Catella Corporate Finance Germany to create ‘CR’.

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Claudius Meyer CR

Claudius Meyer

Claudius Meyer is Managing Director and founding partner of CR. Claudius 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). Prior to this, Claudius was a consultant with Arthur Andersen and Ernst & Young Real Estate. Claudius was Managing Director of Catella Property Germany prior to the spin-off of Catella Corporate Finance Germany and combination with DeutscheRiver to create ‘CR’.

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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
Germany

Jenniffer Solomon CR

Jenniffer Solomon
Managing Director
Transaction Advisory
Germany

Denis Heister CR

Denis Heister
Managing Director
Corporate & Financial Management
Germany

Axel Czaja CR

Axel Czaja
Managing Director
Technical Advisory
Germany

Jörn Zurmühlen CR

Jörn Zurmühlen
Managing Director
Investment Management
Germany

Delphine Simon CR

Delphine Simon
Managing Director
France & Portugal

Alex Rowbottom CR

Alex Rowbottom
Managing Director
UK & Ireland

Peter Hildering CR

Peter Hildering
Managing Director
The Netherlands