Oxenwood Co-Founder To Step Down After Nine Years
Jeremy Bishop steps down from property firm he founded with Stewart Little.
After 9 years, now is the right time for a new challenge.
Bishop shall remain an investor and senior advisor with the firm.
Oxenwood Real Estate announces that co-founder Jeremy Bishop is to step down after nine years. He will remain a senior advisor to the firm until the end of the year.
Bishop and fellow co-founder Stewart Little launched the business in 2014, after the pair first worked together at London and Stamford from 2006. Oxenwood’s first Chairman was well known property investor Raymond Mould.
The firm’s strategy since inception has been to invest in logistics assets across the UK and is now one of the leading UK & European logistics specialist platforms. Oxenwood has established joint ventures and third party accounts from long term institutional capital during this period.
Bishop was instrumental in establishing the group’s first discretionary fund and, lately, has been focussing on the firm’s development portfolio.
Following his departure, Bishop will remain an investor and a senior advisor, whilst Little continues as chief executive.
Bishop said: “After nearly a decade, it feels like the right time for a new challenge. Oxenwood is well established now, with a stable capital base from strong equity partners. I know I leave the business in a very good place – strongly positioned to deliver on the needs of investors and occupiers alike – and I know Stewart and the exceptional team that we have created together will continue building Oxenwood to reach new heights.”
“We acquired our first logistics property in 2009, shortly before the release of the iPhone 4, and it has been an amazing era for the sector and our business. Amid changes in technology and the growth in importance of ESG, both as a business benefit and an ethical responsibility, it’s been an exceptionally interesting time and I thank our investors for placing their faith in the firm to navigate these challenges and opportunities. I look forward to exploring new avenues to put my experience and energy to good use in helping others navigate this next phase of the cycle.”
Bishop’s departure has made room for three new partners at Oxenwood. Tom Boardman (CFO), Nick Pont (Head of Investment) and Peter Land (Investment – Germany) have joined Oxenwood as equity partners.
Stewart Little, co-founder of Oxenwood, said: “Having worked with Jeremy closely for the last 16 years and having started Oxenwood together, I am sorry to see him step down from his role.”
“He has been an excellent business partner and I will miss his tenacity and hard work but wish him all the best for the next chapter of his career.”
“At the same time I would like to welcome Tom, Nick and Peter to the partnership and look forward to working with them to continue Oxenwood’s growth.”
Andrew Walker, executive chairman of Oxenwood Real Estate, said: “Jeremy has been instrumental in building Oxenwood into the business it is today – since we first met in 2012 I have only ever known him for his hard work, exceptional dependability and a resolve to get even the most challenging things done, I wish him every success in his next venture.”
NOTES TO EDITORS:
Jeremy has more than 30 years’ experience in real estate and real estate finance. Before co-founding Oxenwood in 2014, he was a founding shareholder of London & Stamford Property prior to its IPO in 2007 and a director of the company’s £1.15 billion joint venture portfolios. Between 2004 and 2006, Jeremy worked for the Pears Family. As a Director of Pears Global Real Estate Investors, he was responsible for establishing the overseas real estate investment and asset management operation, opening an office in Munich and overseeing the acquisition of €300 million of European real estate investments. Prior to Pears, Jeremy spent four years at Citigroup, structuring real estate co-investment transactions, and eight years at Guardian Properties in property fund management.
Before co-founding Oxenwood in 2014, Stewart was a founding shareholder of London & Stamford Property prior to its IPO in 2007. As part of the senior management team at London & Stamford, he was responsible for all investment, development and asset management activities within its portfolio. He began his career in 1995 at Healey & Baker (now Cushman & Wakefield), working within the central London team. In 2001, Stewart joined Deutsche Property Asset Management with initial day-to-day responsibility for the retail property fund, before having a broadened remit to cover investment and asset management across the real estate sectors.
Oxenwood Real Estate
Oxenwood Real Estate was established by its co-founders, Jeremy Bishop and Stewart Little as a real estate investment management firm in May 2014. The group invests both directly and in joint venture with domestic and international institutions in the UK and European real estate markets. The company is a multi-sector opportunistic investor but is currently focusing on the logistics sector. Its strategy is to deliver strong and growing income returns to investors, with capital upside derived from medium-term asset management and development opportunities. Jeremy and Stewart began working together 13 years ago. Andrew Walker is Chairman.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
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