Rivercrown is an advisor and investment manager operating in the commercial real estate market, with a track record of over €70bn of underwritten transactions.1

We provide a comprehensive platform of advisory capabilities as well as debt and equity investment opportunities in European real estate.

Our financing experience and deep knowledge of local real estate markets allows us to seamlessly support our clients’ needs, across Europe.

We are privately owned and independent.

We operate from offices across Europe.

About us

Our ambition is to redefine the approach to real estate investment management and advisory.

Our clients and investors include corporates, pension funds, insurance companies, sovereign wealth funds, private equity firms, banks and funds as both lenders and borrowers.

The depth of our experience in financial markets combined with our deep knowledge of real estate assets and markets, provides a material competitive advantage.

Rivercrown is harnessing a number of fundamental shifts in the way real estate space is being used to deliver returns to investors and advising clients on how best to manage property assets to navigate these trends. We focus on asset classes that exhibit attractive market trends either on a cyclical or structural basis.

Such trends found in consumer behaviour, lifestyles, NPL markets and alternative lending are where we are well positioned. We focus more on assessing micro locations in the context of broader market conditions. We try to seek assets that demonstrate value and where the market has overlooked the opportunity.


In June 2019, the CR entities in London, Madrid and Lisbon rebranded as Rivercrown.

Founded in 2004, CR initially focused on advising banks and financial institutions on the structuring (and later re-structuring) of complex portfolios of assets and loans. Operations were initially based in the UK and Germany.

From the vantage point of an advisor, the group recognized the demand for truly multi-jurisdictional capability and in the years, from 2012 it built out a pan-European footprint which it maintains today.

Over that same period the group has exploited the depth of its expertise and coverage to develop investment management activities alongside its advisory activities, covering a number of strategies within debt and equity. Those strategies have attracted the backing of a number of large institutional investors and sovereign wealth funds.

What we do

Rivercrown offers a vertically integrated business model and delivers a comprehensive set of in-house capabilities to clients on a pan-European basis.

Our investment in technology is transforming the quality and immediacy of our service to clients, drawing on the full capital markets and operational experience of the team, no matter the location.


Governance and team

Rivercrown is led by its managing directors Jacob Lyons and Stephen Benson. Jacob and Stephen lead the Rivercrown Board, which is responsible for the governance of the firm.

The Board’s primary role is to provide effective and entrepreneurial leadership necessary to enable the Group’s business objectives to be met, as well as to review the overall strategic development of the Group as a whole.

The Board has a strong culture of open debate. All members of the senior management team are actively encouraged to challenge existing assumptions and to raise challenging questions.

The Board is responsible for reviewing strategy and guiding the implementation in the overall scope of business and interests of its stakeholders. The Board meets monthly, as well as on an ad-hoc basis as required by time-critical business needs. It is supported by the firmwide Conflicts & Risk and Personnel & Remuneration Committees, which meet quarterly.

At divisional level, there are three internal committees: Debt Investment Screening, Equity Investment Screening and Advisory Commitments, which meet bi-weekly. Rivercrown also employs a Head of Compliance, who is responsible for firm-wide risk management, compliance and ESG related matters.

Rivercrown Finance Limited is authorised and regulated Financial Conduct Authority.

Rivercrown Team

Our team is rooted in the markets we serve. With real estate and finance specialists from regions such as the UK, US, Spain, Portugal and Germany, we are deeply embedded in local trends across Europe, to ensure that our investment decision-making process is based on tangible evidence and insight.

  • Jacob Lyons, Managing Director

    Jacob co-founded the predecessor to Rivercrown. He has more than 13 years of experience in the finance industry. Previously worked in the M&A and restructuring divisions at Rothschild in both London and Paris.
  • Stephen Benson, Managing Director

    Co-founded the predecessor to Rivercrown. He has more than 20 years of experience in the real estate finance industry, previously worked as a chartered surveyor with Knight Frank, CBRE and Lambert Smith Hampton
  • Alex Rowbottom, Managing Director

  • Carla André, Managing Director

  • Kirsten Glaser, Managing Director

  • Stuart Hoare, Managing Director

  • Ana Amaral, Director

  • Balaji Nagabhushan, Director

  • Carlos Quiroga, Director

  • Charles Archer, Director

  • Eugenio Bengoechea, Director

  • Gerardo Manrique, Director

  • Jonathan Jay, Director

  • Evan Goldszak, Associate Director

  • Joachim Härtel, Associate Director

  • Matthias Zink, Associate Director

  • João Pedro Carvalho, Associate

  • Shaun Duignan, Associate

  • Aatif Khan, Analyst

  • Gabriel Rogosnitzky, Analyst

  • Shervann Miller-Ferdinand, Analyst

  • Pedro Morais, Analyst

  • Jarvis Liu, Analyst

  • Alison Cull, Advisor, Legal

  • Giles Woodward, Advisor, Compliance

  • Malcolm Sevren, Advisor, Human Resources

Culture and Values

Rivercrown is committed to making positive contributions to the environment in which it operates and delivering the highest standard of corporate governance.

Our culture is underpinned by our 10 business principles:

  • Clients and partners

    The needs of our clients and partners are our first priority

  • Teamwork

    Collaboration delivers optimal outcomes

  • Performance

    Delivering successful outcomes are paramount to our sustainability

  • Talent

    Recruiting, nurturing and cultivating the best people

  • Excellence

    We aim to execute our activities to the highest standards

  • Responsibility

    The highest conduct of behaviour will preserve the firm’s integrity and reputation

  • Innovation

    We strive to be innovative in our thinking

  • Meritocracy

    We always invite and reward individual contributions to the team

  • Entrepreneurship

    Dynamism and creativity will lead to opportunity

  • Equal opportunities

    We are an equal opportunities employer