Our senior team is made up of skilled professionals whose strength draws from their collective experience in the real estate, finance, economic and legal disciplines. They have more than 130 years of international real estate investment experience between them and their in-depth knowledge allows us to act quickly and seize opportunities where others hold back.
Jonathan co-founded Cain International in 2014 and has since built it into a privately held real estate investment firm with nearly $4 billion of debt and equity transactions in Europe and the United States. He was named Property Week’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017.
Prior to Cain International, Jonathan was Head of European Real Estate and Direct Investments at Guggenheim Partners, the global investment and advisory firm. He previously served for seven years as Deputy Chief Executive of Heron International, where he led substantial real estate transactions in the UK and Europe and played a central role in Rontec’s 2011 acquisition of 500 Total petrol stations and the majority of its downstream business in the UK.
Prior to Heron, Jonathan worked at Olswang LLP, an award-winning international law firm. He became a partner at age 28 and the youngest ever chief executive of a city law firm at age 32. Under his stewardship, the firm’s turnover grew significantly, it was awarded ‘Law Firm of the Year’ on multiple occasions. During that time it also expanded operations into Belgium and Germany and entered into a global alliance with Greenberg Traurig.
Jonathan currently serves as the Chair of the Jewish Leadership Council, the umbrella organisation of the UK Jewish community. He is also the Chair of the Trust of the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth and a trustee of The Gerald & Gail Ronson Family Foundation and an Honourary President of Camp Simcha. He previously served as the Chair of Partnerships for Jewish Schools (PaJeS), the Vice-Chair of Jewish Care and Chair of Governors of Kerem School in Hampstead Garden Suburb. Jonathan holds a law degree from the University of Manchester and qualified as a solicitor in 1988.
John joined Cain International in 2014 and is responsible for helping to build the firm’s franchise, primarily focusing on structured debt provision in the UK, Europe and the United States. John has some 30 years of experience in real estate debt lending and has been involved in underwriting over £5bn in debt transactions.
Before joining Cain International, John was a director of global real estate and infrastructure businesses at Guggenheim Investments, a global investment and advisory firm with more than $260bn in assets under management. Prior to Guggenheim, he was head of UK real estate finance at Landesbank Baden-Wurttemberg (LBBW), where he oversaw the bank’s re-entry into the UK lending market. He was also involved in a number of large bilateral loans, a significant change from the bank’s previous strategy of pursuing largely participative relationships. Prior to LBBW, he was a senior director at Santander UK where he helped create a new corporate real estate lending business with a book approaching £3bn in commitments. John held positions at Deutsche Postbank London and Bank of Scotland before joining Santander UK.
John is a qualified FA coach and manages a local girls’ under-15 team for Flitwick Eagles FC, an accredited FA partner club and Silver Arsenal FC partner in the Bedfordshire League.
Richard joined Cain International in 2015 and is responsible for leading the firm’s investment and asset management activities across Europe. Since 2015 Richard has built an experienced multi-disciplined team, overseen the development of the UK portfolio and expanded the firm into Continental Europe.
Prior to joining Cain International, Richard was managing director at Oxford Properties the real estate arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System (OMERS), the C$97 billion (December 2018) Canadian Pension Plan. Richard was a founding member of the Oxford Properties European team and between 2010 and 2015 was responsible for Investment and asset management activities, including three development partnerships with British Land, Brookfield and The Crown Estate and the acquisition of five central London office and retail investments and a large South Eastern England office park.
Before Oxford, Richard was European development director at MGPA, where he had responsibility for the funds development and asset management activities across Europe including France, Poland and the UK. In addition, Richard has held senior positions with Lend Lease, the Australian property group, where he worked in the UK, Germany, Spain and Poland and also with Laing O’Rourke, the international construction group.
Richard holds a Bachelor of Science in quantity surveying from Liverpool John Moores University and qualified as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) in 1992. He has undertaken leadership programmes at Harvard and Ivey Business Schools and holds a diploma from the Institute of Directors (IOD - UK) in company direction.
Eric joined Cain International’s New York office as a principal in April 2017. He plays a key role in real estate asset management and acquisitions of development assets in the United States. Eric brings 15 years of experience in real estate acquisitions across the world, both debt and equity related. He has had responsibilities in real estate asset management and development.
Eric’s previous roles include senior vice president at The Witkoff Group, a US real estate investment and management company, where he evaluated and structured real estate equity investments, managed operations with joint venture partners, supported capital raising and oversaw asset management mainly on commercial real estate.
Prior to The Witkoff Group, Eric was a director at Strategic Value Partners, a privately owned $4bn investment fund manager focused on distressed and deep value opportunities, where his role was to source and evaluate real estate debt investments and value assets across all major property classes. He was also a vice president at Starwood Capital Group and an associate at Brown Brothers Harriman.
Eric holds an MBA from the Haas School of Business, University of California (Berkeley) and a bachelor’s degree in mathematical economics, magna cum laude, from Colgate University.
Peter joined Cain International in early 2016 and is responsible for overseeing and managing all financial matters. Peter has more than 10 years’ experience in the financial industry, during which he has worked across the alternative asset management spectrum including private equity, complex credit, real estate financing and long-short equity.
Peter’s previous roles include finance director at Renshaw Bay, an alternative asset manager established in 2011 to focus on credit related strategies, where he was a member of the partnership and the firm’s governing body, co-chair of the operating committee and chair of the firm’s valuation committee. He also managed the finance and operations functions. Before that, Peter was fund financial controller at CapVest, a London-based private equity investment manager focusing on mid-market leverage buyouts and leverage buyout financing. Prior to CapVest, Peter held positions with Wingrave Yeats, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Lloyds Bank.
Peter holds a Bachelor’s degree in geography from Keble College, University of Oxford. He is a Chartered Accountant and has been admitted to the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.
Elizabeth joined Cain International as its general counsel in 2017 and is responsible for the firm’s legal and compliance matters. She was instrumental in preparing the firm for registration as a registered investment adviser with the SEC and became the firm’s chief compliance officer in 2018.
Before joining Cain International, Elizabeth was in-house counsel at Eldridge Industries, where she structured complex transactions on behalf of portfolio companies spanning a wide range of industries including real estate, hospitality, entertainment, media and insurance.
Prior to Eldridge Industries, Elizabeth was in-house counsel at Cain Hoy Enterprises, where she drafted and negotiated transaction documentation in connection with debt and equity real estate investments and advised on and supported the origination of over $1bn in construction and development finance. Elizabeth also structured the acquisition of controlling and minority stakes in strategic joint ventures and operating businesses. Elizabeth began her legal career on the leveraged credit desk at Guggenheim Investments, the global asset management and investment advisory division of Guggenheim Partners.
Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Arts in English from The George Washington University and a Juris Doctor from The University of Richmond. She was admitted to the Virginia Bar in 2010 and is registered as in-house counsel in New York. She is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst.
Felicity joined Cain International in 2019 and oversees business development including product development, investor relations, capital raising, marketing and communications.
Before joining Cain International, Felicity was a senior director and a fund principal of CBRE Global Investors' flagship Pan European Core Fund, where she was directly responsible for investor relations, capital raising and fund strategy. In this role, Felicity oversaw the growth of the fund’s equity capital from €600M to €3.5 billion across 95 Limited Partners. Prior to her appointment to senior director, she spent three years as the UK investor services director and was responsible for all equity raising and investor relations for UK clients across the full suite of investment vehicles. Prior to CBRE, Felicity was a client services manager at Rockspring Property Investment Managers, where she was responsible for all existing investor relations and the planning and execution of new fund launches for value add and core plus European real estate investment vehicles and separate accounts. Prior to Rockspring, Felicity was a real estate manager for the European portfolio at Ford Motor Company. She began her career at Cushman & Wakefield.
Felicity qualified as a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) in 2007. She holds an Investment Management Certificate (IMC), is an active member of the Investment Property Forum (IPF) and led the establishment of the IPF Tech Futures Group in 2018. Felicity holds a Bachelor of Arts in geography from the University of Leeds and a Master of Science in real estate management from Oxford Brookes University.