Laurent Graziano joins Foxstone as Head of Acquisitions
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I am enthusiastic about the idea of contributing to the democratisation of investment property in Switzerland and of giving everyone the opportunity to invest in this asset class in order to grow their capital away from the tumult of the financial markets.
Laurent Graziano, Head of Acquisitions.
Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you chose to join Foxstone?
I believe very much in chance encounters and I have been lucky enough to cross paths with extraordinary people, both professionally and humanely, who have helped me a lot in my career.
Without going into detail, I started my career almost twenty-five years ago in the automotive industry, and then I took a position in a company that was taken over by a German real estate group. I then moved on to companies such as CBRE, where I was in charge of real estate investments for pension funds. Most recently I was Head of the Investment Department at SPGI/Cushman & Wakefield, a company active in real estate consultancy.
It was again a meeting of minds that led me to join Foxstone, that of David and Dan, but not only that… I am enthusiastic about the idea of contributing to the democratisation of investment property in Switzerland and of giving everyone the opportunity to invest in this asset class in order to grow their capital away from the tumult of the financial markets. The developments that Foxstone is preparing for in the coming months, with the opening of an office in Zurich and the creation of a new range of products for professional investors, are exciting and have also convinced me to join the company.
What will be your role in Foxstone?
I will be in charge of real estate acquisitions and strengthening our visibility with real estate professionals and institutional investors in order to expand our network and ensure the growth of our business.
I will also support the real estate team, which currently consists of five people and which we intend to expand over the coming months.
As Foxstone is a small company with very interconnected departments, I hope to be able to help all the teams.
What is your vision of real estate and the market in the current economic context we are currently experiencing?
The Swiss economy remains robust and is doing rather well compared to the rest of Europe and the world. Swiss real estate does not seem to be affected by the inflation and interest rate hikes we are currently witnessing. The market is very illiquid and investor appetite remains intact. The sector will continue to offer many opportunities for all investment profiles, from conservative to opportunistic, and will remain a very attractive investment as it is a tangible and sustainable asset, generating stable and recurring income and with little correlation to the financial markets.
The entire Foxstone team is looking forward to this new collaboration and wishes it every success!