28 Jun 2018

Matthew Pritchard appointed as Head of Structuring

Matthew Pritchard has been appointed to the role of Head of Structuring, to help support our ambition to be a multi-billion pound specialist lender. He reports directly to CEO Mario Berti.

Matthew, who has more than 23 years of experience in lending, fixed income and securitisation, is responsible for attracting funding as part of our ambition to further grow our residential, buy-to-let, bridging and commercial loan books through sourcing additional third party capital predominantly in the form of debt financing.

Matthew joins from Man Global Private Markets where he spent six years as a Portfolio Manager and head of the European real estate debt investment team. During this time he was responsible for managing a real estate backed bond fund as well as launching, investing and managing European residential and commercial real estate private debt strategies.

Prior to his role at Man Global Private Markets, Matthew spent four years at Depfa Bank as a team head responsible for providing asset management services in respect of a EUR 5bn structured bond portfolio, having previously held fixed income and securitisation related roles at Deutsche Bank, JP Morgan Chase and UBS.

This appointment follows a very active first half which has seen us transact record volumes, with c. £340mn of debt committed across the our full-suite of products including refurbishments, ground-up developments, commercial acquisitions and developer exits.  

Mario Berti, CEO of Octopus Property, commented:

“Matthew’s proven track record in lending, fixed income and securitisation provides us with an opportunity to leverage his deep expertise of the sector to further enable our drive towards growing into a multi-billion pound specialist lender. We are fully confident in his ability to navigate the asset financing market and we believe his experience will be invaluable in enhancing our ability to source additional financing. 

“We are excited to have him join our first class team and look forward to working with him to deliver on our target of becoming the leading provider of specialist finance in the UK.”

Octopus Property’s reputation as a leading and entrepreneurial performer in the market as well as its strong growth prospects made my decision to join the business an easy one. I am glad to have joined during this exciting period and I look forward to working with Mario and the team to help realise the business’ growth ambitions.
Matthew Pritchard
Head of Structuring