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An entrepreneur and CEO with 28 years’ investment experience, Eric Mounier has good reason to be happy: ‘This has been the best year yet for Avignon Capital,’ he says. ‘We have been able to achieve fantastic returns for our investors.’ He highlights the sale of Avignon assets in Barcelona and Copenhagen as solid indicators, particularly ‘identifying and acquiring at the right time, then by implementing a successful value add strategy we can maximise the value at disposal, which delivers attractive returns’. He’s particularly proud of the 154 per cent return — a firm record — achieved on equity post-sale of its Copenhagen portfolio. He’s equally quick identifying recent trends to whet the appetite of any hungry investor: ‘We are still seeing value in the German market and believe there is still room to grow. The Baltic States are emerging countries and we see opportunistic value there,’ he says, singling out growth on the Berlin tech scene and current value in end-to-end logistics, from large fulfilment centres to third-party delivery. Mounier co-founded Appleton Asset Management in South Africa in 1992, which he successfully listed in 1999. He spent 15 years focused on commercial property across Europe, launching a commercial property firm by syndication in 2002: the starting platforms for the Cubic Property Fund (which mandates Avignon) and Avignon Capital itself, in 2011.

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