JPMorgan team joins Greystar

Adam Pillay will now head a six-strong investor relations team to support the Charleston, South Carolina-based multifamily real estate firm in its global expansion.

Four former capital raisers from JPMorgan Asset Management have joined Greystar Real Estate Partners, significantly expanding the Charleston, South Carolina-based multifamily real estate firm’s investor relations team.

Leading the team will be Adam Pillay, who joins Greystar as senior managing director. Based in New York, he reports to Wes Fuller, executive managing director of investment management and head of Greystar’s international businesses.

Pillay previously was an executive director and Asia-Pacific platform specialist in JPMorgan’s global real assets group for about two years. He has more than a decade of experience in real estate private equity and investment banking, including roles as vice president at CIM Group and Macquarie Capital.

Also joining Greystar and reporting to Pillay are managing director Claudius Weissbarth, who will be based in London and responsible for European investor strategy and development and European and Middle Eastern institutional investor relationships; and senior director Michael Winiarski and director Jennifer Ciullo, who will be based in Los Angeles and New York, respectively, and responsible for North American institutional investor relationships. All three worked in similar roles at JPMorgan. PERE reported in February that the four executives had left or were leaving the New York-based financial services firm.

The new recruits will significantly boost Greystar’s existing investor relations team of managing director Jonathan Taylor, who leads the investment strategy and research team; and director Rachael Brittingham, who leads the client relations team. Both are based at the firm’s headquarters in Charleston.

“We are very excited to add such high caliber individuals to Greystar’s team as we continue to expand our global footprint from the US, Latin America, UK and Continental Europe into Asia-Pacific and beyond. This team is an integral element to help our business expand as we continue to broaden our partnerships globally,” said Bob Faith, founder and chief executive of Greystar.

The recruitment of Pillay, Weissbarth, Winiarski and Ciullo follow Greystar’s hires earlier this month of Chris Key and Charles Ma as the firm’s head of Australia and greater China, respectively. Key was most recently JLL’s head of corporate finance for Asia Pacific, while Ma was the managing director and head of strategic investments and business development for Chinese property developer Vanke China.

Greystar, with a presence in the US, Latin America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, manages over 400,000 rental housing units with an aggregate value of over $80 billion. The firm’s investment management business currently manages approximately $16 billion of assets globally across multiple vehicles and strategies on behalf of its institutional partners, including $7.7 billion of developments.