Aviva Investors appoints head of transactions for real estate business

Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva, has appointed Grégoire Bailly-Salins as Head of Transactions, Continental Europe, as it strengthens its pan-European Real Estate capabilities.

Based in Paris, Bailly-Salins will report to Daniel McHugh, Managing Director, Real Estate at Aviva Investors, and will be responsible for overseeing acquisition activities across all real estate asset classes in continental Europe. Reflecting Aviva Investors’ focus on strategic locations across Europe, he will primarily target assets in France, Germany, Spain, Benelux and the Nordic region.

Bailly-Salins joins Aviva Investors after spending six years at Union Investment, most recently as a Senior Investment Manager operating between Paris and Hamburg. Bailly-Salins holds a “Certificate of Aptitude for the Profession of Lawyer” (CAPA) from the Paris Bar, an MSc in Management and Corporate Finance from ESSEC Business School and a double Masters in French and German law from the University of Cologne and Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne.
McHugh says: “Grégoire’s appointment is reflective of the ambitions we have for real estate investment in continental Europe. It follows a successful 2019, where we allocated approximately EUR1 billion of capital in continental Europe on behalf of our clients. We believe Grégoire will enable us to increase our asset acquisition programme, particularly given his knowledge of the European cities we have identified as being of strategic importance.”