Berti exits Octopus as property and healthcare divisions merge

Michael Lloyd

May 8, 2019

Mario Berti (pictured), chief executive of Octopus Property, is exiting Octopus Group following the merger of both Octopus Healthcare and Octopus Property.

The two businesses have been combined to form Octopus Real Estate and will have more than £2bn of funds under management.

The move sees the formation of Octopus Real Estate which will be led by Benjamin Davis, the current chief executive of Octopus Healthcare.

Davis said: “Consolidating our investment and development expertise into Octopus Real Estate puts us in an even stronger position as we continue our expansion in the real estate sector.

“I am delighted and excited to be given the opportunity to lead such a great group of people.

“I look forward to delivering on our commitments to our existing customers and investors, developing and investing in new properties and healthcare facilities across the UK to provide people with the homes they need.”

Octopus Property, the specialist UK property lender focussed on the residential, commercial and development sectors, has provided more than £3.6bn of financing since it was established in 2009.

Octopus Healthcare is a healthcare property investor, developer and manager of care homes and retirement communities with almost £1bn of funds under management.

The combined business, Octopus Real Estate, will have more than £2bn of funds under management, supported by a team of more than 110 people.

Octopus’ current real estate product range and fund offers will not be affected by the merger.

Davis added: “Our existing customers and investors will continue to receive the same service from us, and their day-to-day interactions with the combined team will remain unchanged.”

Berti said: “After nine years at Octopus, most recently as chief executive of Octopus Property, I feel now is a good time to move on and look for a new opportunity.

“I am immensely proud of everything we have achieved at Octopus over the years and will follow Octopus’ progress keenly.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to have worked with so many talented people and I wish my colleagues all the very best. Octopus Real Estate has an exciting growth opportunity ahead of it and I am confident the business, along with the wider Octopus Group, will continue to go from strength to strength.”

Simon Rogerson, co-founder and chief executive of Octopus Group, added: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mario for all his support and hard work over the years.

“He has played an integral role in Octopus’ growth and expansion over the last decade and we are hugely grateful to him for the tremendous contribution he has made. We wish him every success for the future.”

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