Florian Schaefer

Senior Managing Director

Florian Schaefer serves as the Co-Head of Acquisitions for Europe, with responsibility for leading the team’s European investment efforts. In this role Mr. Schaefer leads the team to develop conviction for target markets and sectors, define and pursue sourcing strategies, execute new acquisitions, and oversee the management of the European portfolio. Since joining Northwood in 2018, Mr. Schaefer has been instrumental in sourcing and executing investments and expanding Northwood’s footprint across the key European geographies including UK, France, Germany, Iberia, and the Nordics.

Prior to joining Northwood, Mr. Schaefer worked for the Blackstone Real Estate Group. During his 14-year tenure at Blackstone, he was based in London and Hong Kong and was involved in over $10 billion of real estate investments across all property types in Europe and Asia. He was involved in the Blackstone Real Estate Group’s international expansion and played a key role in establishing Blackstone Real Estate’s core plus business in Asia. Mr. Schaefer received an MBA from the EBS University Oestrich-Winkel in Germany, where he graduated magna cum laude, and he earned a MSc in Real Estate Finance with distinction from the University of Reading, United Kingdom.

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