The Partners

Attila Fekete

Attila’s 28 years in the Institutional property markets most aspects of commercial property development, ownership and investment. Attila has been elected an industry representative by various related bodies, has chaired various property associations and been a guest lecturer at various Industry related Investment forums.

Attila commenced his property career worked with Hillier Parker May & Rowden in Australia and then as a partner in London. This was follows with roles as head of Institutional sales with Jones Lang Wootton, Knight Frank, then as director in Macquarie Property Investment Banking, followed by Wholesale Transactions Manager for Investa Property Group.

More recently Attila has completed various Industry fund mandates including the establishment of a Wholesale Development Fund, review of property portfolio and development exposure for an Investment bank, and the sourcing of specific property investment opportunities for an off shore Pension Fund.

With an insight into most forms of property investment, the pricing of risk across various markets and asset classes, Attila’s particular focus is identifying and structuring value add opportunities that can be self-funded for Wholesale, Corporate and private investors.

Attila’s market experience is as follows:

  • Sourcing and placing a vast array of property for institutions and private investors; commercial, industrial, retail, leisure, residential
  • Support capital raisings for wholesale property funds
  • Independent expert panellist in legal proceedings
  • Portfolio and asset strategies on behalf of an institutional clients
  • Industry association committee member and contributor over time

Geoffrey Gedge

Since 1994, Geoff has worked extensively within the financial services industry, both as a funds manager for AXA involved with the formation, structuring and distribution of various investment products, and as a corporate trustee, supervising $2.4 billion of retail investors funds, invested across domestic and international equity, fixed interest and property sectors.

For five years from 1999, Geoff’s focus was on corporate advisory work for Credit Suisse within the Asia Pacific region.  He has spent considerable time working on property, infrastructure, and financial services projects throughout New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and China, undertaking a variety of M&A roles and providing clients with a number of debt and equity solutions for their projects.

On returning to Australia in 2005, Geoff worked for Grange Lehmans, in the Corporate Finance division working on a variety of structured financial products, prior to establishing Grenroc Advisory Partners, the predecessor to Columbus.

Geoffrey has significant experience in:

  • Channel Partner distribution management
  • Institutional and wholesale investor capital raising in Australia, New Zealand and greater Asia
  • Property acquisiiton, divestment and funding in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Philippines, and greater China
  • Australasian Investment strategies
  • Acquisiiton and divestment of Mez debt protfolios in Australia and New Zealand
  • Acquisition and divestment of unlisted REIT platforms
  • Malaysian based Islamic Debt MBO and capitla raising
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