Trammell Crow Company (TCC), a leading global developer and investor in commercial real estate, has appointed Sean Gray as General Counsel for its commercial development business in Europe. Sean will be responsible for overseeing all legal and risk management aspects for TCC’s growing European commercial real estate team, which currently consists of industrial and logistics professionals in offices in the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic.
Sean joins from Nuveen, where he was Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Real Assets, for the firm’s Europe and Asia Pacific regions. In his time at Nuveen, Sean oversaw notable transactions including the establishment and management of multiple pan-European joint ventures and the sale of a 25% share in Cityhold Office Partnership, a €4bn committed pan-European joint venture. Sean also advised on an AUS $185m forward funded office development in Sydney, and the acquisitions and disposals of more than £700m of UK assets during the course of the pandemic alone.
Previously, Sean worked for Eversheds Sutherland, where he also carried out secondments with Lendlease and with Blackstone on its European property assets, including its flexible workspace provider The Office Group.
At TCC, Sean will report to Lisa Sher, General Counsel. Having launched in Europe in 2021, the US-based giant now has three sites in the UK (in Sheffield, Milton Keynes and most recently in Heywood near Manchester), as well as schemes in Germany, Spain and the Czech Republic. Its teams operate out of offices in Prague, London, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Barcelona and Madrid.
Sean Gray, General Counsel for Europe at Trammell Crow Company, said:
“Trammell Crow Company’s growth in Europe is an extraordinary success story, and it’s a pleasure now to be a part of it. As we continue to expand into new markets and acquire sites across the continent, I’m looking forward to being part of the team that combines start-up entrepreneurialism with global expertise to create best-in-class assets.”
David Neuman, President of European Operations at Trammell Crow Company, added:
“Sean is a key new addition to our team, bringing a huge depth of experience gained across a number of strategic roles. Sean joins as we maintain our momentum in Europe, building out our platform and team and acquiring new sites. Sean will also help us to navigate the economic challenges we may face ahead and make the most of the plentiful opportunities we see in the market.”