Marek Obuchowicz specialises in the area of private equity and corporate finance, with a special emphasis on the real estate sector.
As Partner at Griffin Real Estate, Marek currently oversees the development and all activities of Student Depot – a platform that was originally set up by Griffin Real Estate and Oaktree in 2015, and since then has evolved to become the largest owner and operator of PBSA in Poland and the fastest growing provider in the country.
In 2019, Marek was responsible for the acquisition of the platform by joint venture created thanks to Griffin Real Estate’s activity, in partnership with Kajima Corporation – the leading Japanese real estate investment, development and construction company. The platform, representing half of the Polish Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) market, was purchased in a transaction worth over EUR 60 million.
Currently, his responsibilities include, among others, acquisition of new projects, organising bank financing for further development of the platform and cooperation with platform’s management on the key strategic initiatives.
During his career at Griffin Real Estate, Marek has also actively participated in other strategic transactions of the company, as well as numerous acquisitions of office and retail properties and refinancing transactions. Some of the most important deals were the acquisition of a controlling stake in Echo Investment or the acquisition of a retail portfolio from ARES/AXA/APOLLO RIDA, during which Chariot purchased a portfolio of 28 real estate assets with a total GLA of about 702,000 sqm. The value of the deal was around EUR 1 billion. At the same time, the consortium resold a part of the portfolio to EPP, which has become the largest retail property owner in the region.
Prior to joining Griffin Real Estate, Marek worked at an international investment firm – Kulczyk Investments and PwC, global advisory firm.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and University of London.