Real Estate

WMG Real Estate provides our clients with a platform for investing in property in the UK and internationally and our Team brings the required expertise to execute small and large scale investments and developments to the benefit of the investor.


“WMG sees an opportunity over the short to medium term to deliver superior risk adjusted returns from the dislocation of valuation across various segments of the UK Real Estate Market”


Michael Cooke - Head of Real Estate



WMG has a number of international relationships and we always aim to work with strong local partners who know their markets. We originate investment strategies for our clients and sit side-by-side as principals from strategy creation and origination through to execution and asset management. We have brought together a group of highly experienced professionals from both real estate and banking backgrounds to offer clients an innovative and entrepreneurial partnership.


Investment Experience

  • The investment management team at WMG derives experience and relationships from investment banks, private equity firms and real estate management companies.

  • It offers a wealth of experience and in-depth knowledge of specific markets allowing for identification and securing of highly attractive investment and development opportunities

  • Our real estate professionals are skilled at executing investments across the risk/return spectrum

  • Our recommendations take into account a client’s objectives in terms of yields, capital gains, diversification, capital protection, geographical criteria, asset type and asset management

Focus & Target Markets

  • WMG is a multi-faceted company operating across all sectors of the real estate industry

  • Our target markets constantly evolve within our preferred real estate classes and typically arise from where supply vs demand imbalances exist

  • Whilst principally focusing on the residential and office sectors, particularly in Central London, the team at WMG has experience in a wide range of sectors including strategic land, industrial, retail, student accommodation and hotels.

Investment Process

  • Research-led process that evaluates key trends to identify suitable opportunities
  • Value creation through in-house experience in deal structuring, financing, development and asset management
  • Robust financial modelling to deliver comprehensive risk/return analysis
  • Pre-defined clear entry and exit strategy

Asset Management

  • Our returns are derived from the selection of asset management-intensive investments
  • In order to identify and act upon value-enhancing opportunities, we undertake extensive analysis of sector fundamentals, planning opportunity, physical condition and capital structure of the investment
  • Our approach is based upon strategies such as lease re-gears, refurbishment works, increasing net saleable/lettable area, planning upside and change-of-use

Investment Process and Strategy


As a group we work to promote best practises and work according to certain guiding principles.


We aim to deliver:


  • Value-Add

    Buying UK commercial and residential assets within the core London markets with active asset management potential. Underlying strategy involves buying short income and leases and creating value uplift though a combination of lease re-gearing, asset management and change of use

  • Income Focused

    Purchasing commercial and residential assets within the core London markets and selections in other UK cities with a Net Initial Yield (NIY) >4%. Asset will offer a mixture of secure income and value-add potential

  • Development

    Selectively identify residential and mix-used development opportunities within the Greater London region and other major cities. Target minimum IRR of 20%

  • Long Term Income

    Acquiring assets with >8 years of income, with tenants of good covenant. Typically defensive assets for capital protection but capable of leverage and accelerated returns

  • Acquisition of Land & Buildings

    Opportunistic acquisitions in distressed situations that offer a value-add opportunity and quick turnaround to deliver outsized returns. Target IRR’s over 20% with equity multiple of 2x within a maximum of three years

Investment Process and Strategy


As a group we work to promote best practises and work according to certain guiding principles.


We aim to deliver:


  • Value-Add

    Buying UK commercial and residential assets within the core London markets with active asset management potential. Underlying strategy involves buying short income and leases and creating value uplift though a combination of lease re-gearing, asset management and change of use

  • Income Focused

    Purchasing commercial and residential assets within the core London markets and selections in other UK cities with a Net Initial Yield (NIY) >4%. Asset will offer a mixture of secure income and value-add potential

  • Development

    Selectively identify residential and mix-used development opportunities within the Greater London region and other major cities. Target minimum IRR of 20%

  • Long Term Income

    Acquiring assets with >8 years of income, with tenants of good covenant. Typically defensive assets for capital protection but capable of leverage and accelerated returns

  • Acquisition of Land & Buildings

    Opportunistic acquisitions in distressed situations that offer a value-add opportunity and quick turnaround to deliver outsized returns. Target IRR’s over 20% with equity multiple of 2x within a maximum of three years

UK Real Estate Opportunistic Fund

We see significant potential to take advantage of a changing real estate outlook where the ability to respond quickly and professionally to new opportunities can reap major rewards.

We therefore intend to launch a new UK Real Estate Opportunistic Fund in January 2019. As an experienced and regulated fund manager, WMG not only plans to seed invest but will also bring its fund and real estate management experience to existing and prospective co-investors and partners.

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Track Record

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Michael Cooke

Head of Real Estate

Mr Cooke is an experienced property professional who is the Head of Real Estate at WMG. He has spent over 30 years involved in funding and investing into the UK and European real estate markets.

He was most recently the Managing Director of a private family office that invested directly into most asset classes of real estate and oversaw the investment into and asset management of a substantial property portfolio. This included commercial and residential investment and development as well as student accommodation and care homes. He also managed a related business, MSS Real Estate, who has constructed and are Index Advisor to the London Stock Exchange for the operation of the FTSE UK Commercial Property Index.

Mr Cooke started his career in banking which included being a member of Nomura’s Principle Finance Group investing directly into real estate asset backed operating businesses before joining AIB Capital Markets in London as Head of Property Finance. At AIB Mr Cooke originated over £4bn of commercial property investment and development loans.

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Michael Cooke

Head of Real Estate

Mr Cooke is an experienced property professional who is the Head of Real Estate at WMG. He has spent over 30 years involved in funding and investing into the UK and European real estate markets.

He was most recently the Managing Director of a private family office that invested directly into most asset classes of real estate and oversaw the investment into and asset management of a substantial property portfolio. This included commercial and residential investment and development as well as student accommodation and care homes. He also managed a related business, MSS Real Estate, who has constructed and are Index Advisor to the London Stock Exchange for the operation of the FTSE UK Commercial Property Index.

Mr Cooke started his career in banking which included being a member of Nomura’s Principle Finance Group investing directly into real estate asset backed operating businesses before joining AIB Capital Markets in London as Head of Property Finance. At AIB Mr Cooke originated over £4bn of commercial property investment and development loans.

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