In Optimus we are aware that our staff members are the key to our success. Optimus is built on professionalism, integrity, responsibility, confidentiality, effectiveness and transparency.
KRIS VAN LANCKER
Managing Director - Real Estate Investments at Optimus Global Investors
After 15 years in increasingly senior positions in the investment world in London, Kris set his entrepreneurial spirit free and founded the Optimus Group of Companies. With the execution of many transactions, he has built practical knowledge of finance, real estate, investment management, wealth management as well as legal knowledge.
Prior to founding Optimus, he developed successfully the Southern European desk at various investment firms in the City of London. He managed and executed a wide range of investment solutions for his clients and worked on strategic deals for the major international clients of the firms. Through his wide network of partners, investors and clients, he has become a well-known individual with an extraordinary entrepreneurial mindset. Growth and client satisfaction are two of the most important factors in his career. He knows the local markets and offers the best service possible to his clients. Even in a time when Spain has been facing major challenges he has delivered outstanding results and value added solutions to his clients. Nothing is more important to his work than the success of his clients.
Kris speaks 6 languages, holds degrees in International Business and Economics and is a Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) UK qualified Investment Advisor.
PAUL MAYNARD DE MIGUEL, MRICS
Real Estate Investment Director at Optimus Global Investors
Paul’s extensive experience includes Investment & Asset Manager, during this time he pro-actively managed two real estate portfolios on behalf of two private clients and over 21 years at JLL, Madrid. Formerly as Director of Tenant Representation Spain, he provided customised and fully integrated real estate services to major international corporate occupier clients. Paul aligned their Spanish portfolios with their core business and bottom line as consultant & negotiator and became a true long-term trusted advisor, completing large, high profile projects to closure. Additionally he provided valuation advice during 5 years on behalf of national & international institutional investors, conducting long-term periodic portfolio, sale & purchase and asset valuations.
Paul is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, half Spanish half English and fully bilingual, with over 25 years in the Madrid office market.
CIRO FDEZ MARTÍN-FORERO
Non Executive Director at Optimus Global Investors
Ciro qualified as an Architect from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and achieved his MBA with specialisation in Finance from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. Ciro has been a member of the Board of the College of Architects of Madrid (COAM) from 2011 to 2015.
In 2004, Ciro founded the architectural studio Block Arquitectos that has won 5 awards and carried out many prestigious projects in the private and public sectors.
His wide experience and expert technical advice regarding commercial real estate development projects and input in carrying out feasibility studies, combined with our strategic sales and purchase solutions, helps the Capital Markets team create opportunities that maximize both value and returns for our clients.
LEGAL AND TAX TEAM
MARTA MENENDEZ SENOVILLA
Partner and Legal Counsel at Optimus Global Investors
Marta is a dual qualified Spanish Lawyer and Solicitor of England & Wales with 15 years of practice in Madrid and London. She is a member of the Madrid Roll of Lawyers and the Law Society of England & Wales.
After graduating in law, Marta practiced at Spanish and English law firms advising clients on all aspects of real estate and company formations. Marta has been the responsible for the notarial department at the General Consulate of Spain in London since 2008.
Marta is fluent both in English and Spanish.
MARTA MADRIGAL JUAREZ
Lawyer at Optimus Global Investors
Marta qualified as a lawyer in Madrid and has more than 17 years of experience in Real Estate and Town Planning. In addition to her law qualifications, she has a diploma in Business Studies and a Masters in Urban Planning and Business Administration.
She has worked for some of the biggest players in the real estate market such as BNP Paribas Real Estate (formerly Gesinar Servicios Inmobiliarios), Värde Partners (Grupo San José), Servihabitat (La Caixa) and Grupo Katry. Marta was responsible for legal, town planning, real estate, commercial and liquidation matters.
ENEKO RUFINO BENGOETXEA
Tax Expert at Optimus Global Investors
Eneko has more than a decade of experience in the field, with a special focus on international tax issues, investment structures and real estate projects with specific tax concerns.
He qualified as a lawyer and then achieved his Masters in Tax at the Instituto de Empresa in 2007-2008, top of his class, is a member of the Spanish Society of Tax Advisors, member of the Ilustrious Madrid School of Lawyers and is currently a Partner at the Tax Department of CIALT Asesores Legales y Tributarios. He forms part of the Optimus team as an external advisor.
Non Executive Director at Optimus Global Investors
Desmond is Founding Partner and Managing Director of Arrowhead Property Group, a real estate development company investing in both greenfield and mature assets. Prior to that he was Managing Director of the leading real estate agency Kristina Szekely Sotheby’s International Realty in Marbella and was formerly Managing Director for Spain for McInerney Holdings Plc, Ireland’s largest home builder with a well-recognized property development division on the Costa del Sol. Before that he held the position of Regional Director for the Spanish division of Smurfit Kappa Group Plc., as well as Sales and Marketing Director for US listed company Rayonier Inc.
Desmond graduated in law from University College Cork and is fully bilingual in both Spanish and English.
MARTA MENENDEZ SAN JUAN
Senior Architect at Optimus Global Investors
Marta has more than 10 years of experience across all facets of Architecture, Project and Construction Management. After three years at the architecture department of engineering company Prointec, she decided to establish her own firm in Madrid, where she works on projects for the government as well as private clients. She currently heads StudioD12, developing new construction projects, redevelopments, interior design and turnkey projects. She is an external consultant to Optimus.
She qualified as an Architect at the School of Architecture of Alicante and as a Project Management Professional.
CARLOS BARAHONA HERVAS
Building Engineer at Optimus Global Investors
Carlos has more than 17 years of experience in the construction sector, taking on various positions of responsibility at nationwide developers. He is currently the Manager at VoID Arquitectura y Construccion and forms part of the Optimus team as an external advisor for specific transactions.
He qualified as an Building Engineer at the E.U.A.T.M. University of Madrid.
MANUEL ESPEJO DEL MORAL
Interior Designer at Optimus Global Investors
Manuel is one of the most reputable and well known Interior Designers in Spain and forms part of the Technical Team for specific transactions and projects at Optimus.
He completed his studies in interior architecture in the prestigious Instituto Artistico de Enseñanza de Madrid and recently won the 2015 edition of ‘Casa Decor’, the largest interior design exhibition in Spain.