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An investment expert with 20 years’ experience, Avignon Capital’s chief financial and operating officer Patrick Flaton enjoys a ‘strong’ focus on strategy — ‘but with the power to execute this from an operational level’. Responsible for performance at the boutique real estate investment and advisory firm, he specialises in fund and deal structuring — not to mention building company value and ‘operational excellence’. He touts its ‘enormous execution power against high quality and low costs’, concrete emphasis on value-added deals, and long-term eye for high-yield properties: an approach that’s paying off: Avignon concluded the financial year with record acquisitions and disposal volumes, totalling €565 million over 25 deals. It entered the hotel real estate market in 2017 via Berlin (it recently opened an office there), Frankfurt and Amsterdam, where Flaton led Avignon’s entry into the Dutch market with three acquisitions. The firm is set to launch a listed investment fund in 2018 ‘to open its doors to long-term institutional investors, with a focus on European commercial real estate’. Clients particularly admire its tailored approach to individual needs: ‘the key to the fantastic returns,’ Flaton maintains. ‘Whether it’s investing in sustainable buildings or particular sectors such as hotels and offices, we always customise our strategy to suit their requirements.’

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