Marek Obuchowicz specialises in private equity and corporate finance, with a special emphasis on the real estate sector.
As Partner at Griffin Capital Partners, Marek currently oversees the development and all activities of Student Depot – a platform that was originally set up by Griffin and Oaktree in 2015, and which has since evolved into 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 a joint venture created thanks to Griffin’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, Marek’s responsibilities include, among others; the acquisition of new projects, the organising of bank financing for further development of the platform, and cooperation with the platform’s management on key strategic initiatives.
During his career at Griffin, 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, and 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 some 702,000 sqm. The value of the deal was ca. EUR 1 billion. At the same time, the consortium sold on a part of the portfolio to EPP, which has become the largest retail property owner in the region.
Prior to joining Griffin, Marek worked at Kulczyk Investments, an international investment firm, and the global advisory firm, PwC.
He is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of London.