MEET THE TEAM
One of Europe’s most innovative property developers and co-investors. John has a passion for design-led development, which is what led him to co-found the Manhattan Loft Corporation in London in 1992. When he expanded the business into Paris in 1998, he met Philippe Starck, which led to the formation of YOO.
From the beginning, YOO provided design and marketing services to residential property projects. Later, YOO moved to a co-investment model, working with like-minded developers around the world. Today, John leads the continuing expansion and development of the YOO business internationally.
Lloyd Lee, serves at the Managing Partner of Yoo Capital Management with overall responsibility for the firm’s investment strategy as well as for originating and negotiating its major transactions. He also chairs the firm’s Investment Committee.
Lloyd brings over 24 years’ experience in real estate private equity and principal investing and has been involved in $12 billion of real estate acquisitions, public and private corporate opportunities, special situations and asset management turnarounds across the UK, EU, US and emerging markets in Turkey, India and Latin America.
Combining bulge bracket private equity experience with a granular knowledge of all major real estate asset classes, he has been a fundamental value investor in real estate on behalf of major institutional public and private investors since 1998.
Andrew has key responsibility for overseeing all the firm’s key construction and development relationships, as well as oversight of the firm’s internal and external development teams.
Notably, in the last five years, Andrew has overseen the successful delivery of over 1.7 million square feet across Greater London of institutional quality real estate development.
In 1998 Andrew joined John Hitchcox when he founded YOO to oversee development and investment opportunities and establish Yoo Capital Management.
Prior to joining Yoo Capital Management, Igor has served over 10 years as principal at some of the most prestigious global investment and development firms including Round Hill Capital and Hines UK.
Most recently, Mr. Mathias led the formation and expansion of Kalumbila Town Development Corporation, the masterplanned township of a major mining operation housing over 10,000 residents, including schools, hospitals, offices as well as mortgage and life insurance companies.
He has led and managed investment, asset management and development teams in the commercial, residential, retail, student housing and industrial assets across the UK and internationally.
Dominic Holmes is a seasoned development and construction professional with responsibilities for the large-scale development activities at Yoo Capital Management.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Holmes served at Capital and Counties (LSE: CAPC), a FTSE 250 real estate company, focusing on the company’s major urban regeneration projects.
He is a Chartered Surveyor with extensive experience at all stages of the development lifecycle. Mr. Holmes has led and managed development teams delivering commercial, residential, retail and educational schemes across Greater London and the UK.
Andy Colman currently serves as acting Finance Director at Yoo Capital Management during its recent launch of Yoo Capital Fund II, L.P.
Additionally, Mr. Colman works closely with the partners on managing its current investments with respect to tax structuring, financing as well as corporate governance and financial reporting and administration.
He previously served as Finance Director for CBRE Global Investment Advisors, and has also served as advisor to specialist funds and major family offices on complex transactions and structuring.
Prior to investment fund management, Mr. Colman worked at PWC advising global private equity firms on structuring complex transactions across the UK and Europe. He has considerable commercial, transactional and structuring experience as well as broad finance, accounting and tax skills.
Mr. Colman is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over thirty years experience in the investment management and real estate markets.
Nicholas Rush serves as Vice President at Yoo Capital Management and specialises in acquisitions, asset management and capital raising.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Rush served as Vice President at The Townsend Group, focusing on evaluating real estate fund managers and also evaluating co-investment opportunities for the firm alongside some of the world’s top investment fund managers.
Robert Allen-Mersh is Vice President at Yoo Capital Management, working on both new acquisitions and asset management of the firm’s major investments.
Prior to joining Yoo Capital Management, Mr. Allen-Mersh served as Vice President at Eastdil Secured for 5 years working in their debt capital markets team, and specialising in complex large-scale loans.
Alexandra Head serves as the Executive Assistant to Lloyd Lee and Andrew Thorpe. She is also responsible for all firm administration and assists in investor relations as the firm’s investment funds continue to grow.
Prior to joining Yoo Capital Management, Ms Head has served in management and administration for major family offices across the UK.
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