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Global Real Estate Dialogues

Perspectives from a pandemic

COVID-19 has caused unprecedented human and economic damage in living memory. Uncertainty is at an all-time high and it is proving to be difficult to predict the shape of the recovery. In the real estate sector, new trends are already emerging, offering a glimpse of a “new normal”. While real estate has always been a “flight to safety” asset class in times of adversity, will it continue to be so in this new reality?

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Meet our people

Global Head

Rick Werner

Global Head of Commercial Real Estate Finance

Rick and his experienced team deliver competitive financing strategies to meet the unique needs of our global commercial real estate clients for their investments across North America, the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore.

With a background in real estate finance, restructuring and loan workout and risk management, he has more than 25 years of experience at Citi.

His previous role was Global Risk Manager for the Private Bank’s commercial and residential real estate business.

Rick has a bachelor’s in economics from Lafayette College.

Andrea Galbiati

Head of Commercial Real Estate
Europe, Middle East and Africa

Based in London, Andrea is responsible for commercial real estate lending across the region. He re-joined Citi in 2011 as a senior transactor within Investment Finance. Since then, he has led the origination and underwriting of over £2bn worth of commercial property loans secured against London and UK regional assets, including office, retail, logistics and hospitality properties.

Previously, Andrea worked at Stormharbour Securities, where he originated and executed capital raising mandates for senior and mezzanine debt and equity for UK and European commercial real estate opportunities.

Between 2000 and 2008 Andrea worked in European mergers & acquisitions and securitisation at Citi, underwriting, structuring, securitising and syndicating over $5bn of real estate debt.

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