MSCI exec director leaves firm

Malcolm Hunt, executive director and head of MSCI real estate client services for EMEA, is leaving the business, Property Week can reveal.

Hunt is set to take up a new role as head of portfolio solutions at investment consultancy firm Bfinance.

Hunt, who spent about 15 years at MSCI and before that IPD, will reunite with Peter Hobbs, who left his role as MSCI’s head of real estate research last year to become managing director of private markets at Bfinance.

He will be heading up a new arm at the firm providing services such as portfolio monitoring, fee benchmarking, portfolio reviews and transaction cost analysis.

“Bfinance do a lot of fantastic work in these areas already and I’m delighted to be joining their team, working alongside David Vafai, Peter Hobbs and others to continue developing their offering to meet the needs of their real estate and multi-asset class clients,” he said.

Since MSCI acquired IPD in 2012, the team has reduced in size and a number of its senior figures have left including former IPD chief executive Laurent Ternisien and former UK and Ireland managing director Phil Tily.

However, more recently, MSCI has started to rebuild its real estate team. Will Robson joined earlier this year as global head of real estate applied research from Abu Dhabi Investment Authority.

Last month, the company also announced that Ken O’Brien, who has led MSCI’s Americas real estate coverage for the past four years, was moving to London to lead EMEA real estate client coverage. He will assume Hunt’s responsibilities although his remit is understood to be distinct.

MSCI has also appointed Jay McNamara, who previously headed up client coverage in the Americas, as global head of real estate.  The firm is believed to be looking to expand the real estate team.

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