Blackbrook appoints Olivier Lebrun as Portfolio & ESG Manager

10/13/2021

Lebrun will spearhead Blackbrook's property and build-to-suit services, while also managing the firm's sustainability strategies

Photo: Olivier Lebrun will see the firm strengthens its ESG capabilities across Europe
Photo: Olivier Lebrun will see the firm strengthens its ESG capabilities across Europe

LONDON, 13 October, 2021 -- Blackbrook Capital (Blackbrook), a European independent real estate investment firm focusing on mission-critical commercial property, announced that it has hired Olivier Lebrun as Portfolio & ESG Manager.

In his pan-European role, Olivier will be responsible for all aspects of property and build to suit project management, as well as working closely with the management in developing and driving forward Blackbrook's sustainability strategies across its portfolio. As part of this, Blackbrook will be looking to work with tenants to improve energy efficiency and engage ESG audits of existing properties to create a fully ESG optimised portfolio. Olivier will be based out of the firm's expanding Luxembourg office led by Alex Macri, who is responsible for Blackbrook's fund management and Luxembourg operations.

Blackbrook's portfolio ESG initiatives aim to materially reduce energy consumption and carbon footprint around portfolio assets and ensure tenants benefit from greener operations. Currently, more than 70% of Blackbrook's portfolio is Green certified, and the aim is to have a portfolio that is 100% ESG optimised.

Previously, Olivier was Head of Asset Services at Cushman & Wakefield Luxembourg. Before that, he worked at JLL in Property Management and Facility Management for Fidelity International. He is a BREEAM In-Use trained auditor.

Arvi Luoma, Co-Founder & CEO of Blackbrook, said

"An ESG optimised portfolio is attractive to every party involved, but most importantly, it is the right thing to do for the planet. Since we launched the business, we have looked for opportunities where we can work with tenants to help grow their business while also creating long-term value through transitioning to a greener and more environmentally sustainable future. We are confident that Olivier's drive and experience will prove a real asset to both the firm and our tenants."

Olivier Lebrun, Portfolio & ESG Manager, added:

"I'm excited to join a young business that has invested across hugely interesting and attractive assets. The real estate industry has made steps towards greener credentials, and some properties in the portfolio certainly display this, but there is substantial work to do across the industry to create a greener footprint. I'm looking forward to getting started and working closely with the team to realise the firm's ESG vision."

About Blackbrook Capital

Blackbrook Capital is an independent real estate investment firm focusing on mission-critical commercial real estate across Europe. 

We specialise in the acquisition of Net Leased industrial real estate assets, and the provision of structured, sustainable Sale-Leaseback and Build to Suit development financing.

Our primary sector focus and specialism includes: logistics, light manufacturing, cold storage, healthcare, hospitality, strategic office and specialty retail assets.

Blackbrook Capital was established on the principle that commercial real estate occupiers are better served investing their capital in their core business activities and growth initiatives, rather than tying up valuable capital in real estate assets.

We look for opportunities where we can add significant value for tenants who are looking to grow their businesses, while also creating long-term value through transitioning to a greener and more environmentally sustainable future.

Our team has experience extending to over €8 billion of real estate investments in more than 20 countries across Europe. We are experts at delivering stable, robust, long-term inflation-protected income and asset value growth to our investors.