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Three partners join student accommodation investment team

Cushman & Wakefield has appointed three Partners to expand the specialist investment expertise within its Student Accommodation team. Andrew Smith, George Dyer and Paddy Allen join from GSA Group, the global student accommodation investor, developer and operator. They start work at Cushman & Wakefield in December.
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The appointments allow Cushman & Wakefield to broaden its range of strategic advisory and transactional services within the European student accommodation sector as the sector evolves to become a core asset class for global investors. The trio will bring experience in transacting complex acquisitions, joint ventures, debt raising and strategic asset management of Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) portfolios, which will prove invaluable to Cushman & Wakefield’s client base as the sector evolves.

Andrew Smith has worked at GSA Group since 2014, working on acquisitions in Germany and the UK. Smith previously worked in the Capital Advisors team at CBRE, where he structured a number of PBSA joint ventures and club investments including Victoria Hall, Amro and Nido.

George Dyer joined GSA Group in 2015; he has focused on acquisitions & asset management across the UK portfolio. Dyer previously worked at Invesco & Schroders on pan-European direct and indirect real estate mandates.

Paddy Allen joined GSA Group in 2014 working on acquisitions in the UK and Spain. Allen previously co-founded a residential business in London and Australia, and the property & financial app, Acasa, and prior to this worked for Internos Global Investors in European acquisitions and fund management.