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New arrival part of firm’s ongoing investment in build-to-rent and PRS capabilities

Gerald Eve has further strengthened its growing build-to-rent and wider private rented sector (PRS) capabilities with the recruitment of Bobby Barnett as a partner in the firm’s Capital Markets team.

Bobby joins from Lambert Smith Hampton, where he was a director, build to rent and PRS, advising investors on the sourcing and acquisition of schemes, as well as working with developers to advise on the creation, operation and forward sale of assets. Prior to this, he oversaw Countrywide’s build-to-rent investment management team, responsible for identifying, acquiring and operating schemes for the Vista Fund.

Bobby’s arrival is part of Gerald Eve’s strategic focus on in its new ‘living’ platform, advising on the full lifecycle of assets including build-to-rent, PRS, co-living, student accommodation, care homes and retirement housing, serviced living, and hotels. Incorporating more than 50 experts in capital markets, planning, development, operations and finance, the new platform has seen Gerald Eve secure consent for some of the sector’s most prominent schemes and advise on completed and under-offer investment transactions totalling more than £200 million over the past six months.

John Rodgers, partner and head of UK capital markets at Gerald Eve, said: “As the way people live changes, build-to-rent is a crucial entry point for capital seeking exposure to the private rented sector. Bobby’s build-to-rent experience – most notably his expertise in sourcing, acquiring and operating assets – will enable us to offer clients an even better level of advice, and his arrival is a significant boost for the team.”

Bobby Barnett added: “The rise of build-to-rent and PRS has been one of the defining real estate trends of recent years, and it is exciting to be part of Gerald Eve’s growing team in this market. I look forward to working with developers and investors, providing both operational and transactional advice.”

Bobby will be based at Gerald Eve’s West End office once restrictions allow, and can be contacted on 020 7493 3338 or [email protected].

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