Strategic and creative thinking

The Rowan philosophy is born from experience
and underpins all of our activity.

Strategies & Services

Strategies and Services

We simplify the complexities of CRE investment by managing the details in an orderly and strategic manner, as well as unlocking latent value to deliver sustainable income and enhanced returns.


Development, low or und=certain income large scale, example Aldwych House. Products: Development Management and Co-investment, Site Overview and Feasibility.

Core & Core Plus

Investment Management and purchase of income producing assets and portfolios. Products: Investment & Asset Management, bespoke and branded asset management.

Corporate & Capital Restructuring

Debt and capital advisory, corporate structure and investment ie Residential Housebuilder, Debt funding for major investments and developments examples Leeds – £350m, London Hotels – £400m, City Investment – £185m.


We believe that close engagement with our investing and introducing partners is essential. Rowan looks to work with Owners and Investors. We place high importance on working in a collaborative way with partners and professional teams and use well-established working practices. We report in a clear, transparent and comprehensive manner and generate understandable business models at every stage of the investment cycle.


Proven track record

Founded in 1997

Years invested in London: 17

IRRs 13–40%

Multiples 1.3–4.4x

Transactions £1.25bn+

Partners fund raise more than £3bn

21 years

Rowan has been invested in London for 17 out of 20 years and has consistently produced market beating results in all transactions. Rowan has additionally invested in German Retail and in property portfolios around the UK.

A relationship based investment partner

Engaging, Innovative, Agile

Simplifying complexity, unlocking latent value, delivering return

Rowan methodology is based on 3 Powerful Toolsets:

1. Analysis,

2. Structure,

3. Delivery.

We have a proven track record over more than 21 years.


We place a high emphasis on bringing the right personalities into the team and on creating an environment where the team can excel.

From time to time Rowan has room for new people to join our journey. We will always be happy to talk to individuals or small teams who believe that they can contribute to the Rowan story or to a specific property strategy.

Meet the team

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Nick Jacobs

Nick BSc, MRICS founded Rowan in 1997. He has invested and developed directly and for PLC corporates. Nick was a consultant to Lloyds/TSB advising on ‘bad debt’ portfolios, is the former chairman of the Central London RICS Branch and Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School. His focus is creative analysis and leading strategies.

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David Reid

David joined Rowan in 2018 as a Director. He is responsible for helping to manage and grow Rowan’s residential and commercial investment businesses.

Prior to Rowan, David worked as Development Director, Europe for WeWork, where he was responsible for advising on strategy and expansion of their residential division, WeLive - overseeing mixed-use partnerships with landlords, developers, funds and agencies in the region. Previously, he worked in private equity real estate for Cavendish Partners, where he acted as a Director of Cavendish’s joint venture development division with national housebuilder Taylor Wimpey plc, over a 10-year period.

David holds an MPhil (First Class) in Planning, Growth and Regeneration from St Catharine’s College, University of Cambridge, an MSc (with Merit) in Real Estate Investment from Cass Business School and an MA (Hons) in French and Politics from the University of Edinburgh. He is a Member of the RICS and the Cambridge University Land Society.

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Jason McLaughlin

Jason BComm, CPA, CA having qualified in Canada working with Deloitte, Butterfield Fund Management in Bermuda and Rowan, he has been pivotal in the growth and success of Rowan from the financial crisis to today. He led debt and equity structuring with Nationwide, Blackstone, GI Partners and many others.

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Nihal Weerasinghe

Nihal BA Hons (Economics & Business Studies) started his career in Rothschilds and built exceptional relationships with “special” private clients. He has secured over £4 billion of debt and equity for commercial and residential funding since founding FSP Consultancy in 1996, including finance of some of highest value private house developments in London and the country.

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Jeff Pulsford

Jeff is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and a Fellow of the Association of Corporate Treasurers. He was CEO of Arlington Securities and then Goodman Europe. He helped found Hearthstone and other Real Estate investment vehicles.

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Jim MacMahon

Jim is a founding partner of West Coast Capital and former Tax Partner at PwC/member of the PwC Supervisory Board. Jim has also served as a Non-Executive Director or special advisor to, amongst other, Sir Tom Hunter, Prestbury (Nick Leslau). He advises on Listing and recently helped Sigma Plc form a REIT for PRS.

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Caroline Von Plehwe

Caroline BSc graduated from RWTH Aachen University in 2014 with a degree in Architecture. Drawn to the business side of construction from the beginning, she started out in quantity surveying and has recently made the move from Dusseldorf to London to focus on real estate investment.

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Rachel da Cruz Harvey

Rachel BSc graduated in Applied Accounting in 2010, and honed her financial and linguistic skills in the commodities & export industries abroad. Her keen interest in property development and management brings her full-circle back to London, where, in 2018, she joined Rowan as Corporate Manager with a specific focus on systems and accounts.

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George Jackman

George BSc, joined Rowan as a member of the Internship program in the Summer of 2017. Having graduated in Economics with a 1st class degree from The University of Bristol in 2018, he has joined the Rowan Team as a full time analyst.

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Mark Willmott

Mark BA (Hons) Dip (Arch) RIBA qualified as an architect in 1986 and co-founded MRP, an Architect, Developer and Property Fund Asset Manager in 2002. As Architectural Director, he provides all client-side project management input from inception to completion. He also established Space Architecture Limited in 2002 as a design-focused practice specialising in office and residential projects, and Space Property Ventures Limited in 2017 to carry out his own architecture-led property development projects outside of his interests in MRP. Mark has worked closely with Rowan since 2003. Developed Levi Strauss, London HQ.

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Paul Hewes

Paul BA(Hons) DipArch DipArb DipProjMan RIBA is triple qualified as an Architect, Project Manager and Arbitrator. He has a proven and extensive track record of successfully delivering major schemes in the UK and Internationally across multiple sectors and for a broad range of clients. Paul brings to Rowan a leadership expertise that empowers the practice to identify transformational opportunities with our clients and collaborators and shepherd these to deliver highly successful outcomes.) Projects include management of Arup HQ rebuild/Refurb. Managed a fit out of 250,000 sq ft for Bank of America.

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Specific property strategies

Rowan creates carefully thought-through property strategies based on prevailing market dynamics and our ‘income and opportunity’ philosophy. We also consider economic, capital and occupational trends

Key Projects


London Investments

Bedford Square, Cambridge Circus, Green Street, South Audley Street, Palace Street, Roger Street.

UK Investments

Cheadle Park, St. Peters Way, Conquest, High Street, Bailey’s House, Berkshire House, Enterprise House, Church Street, King’s Road, Gallow Tree Gate, High Street, Sea Vision Estate, Stadium Centre, Fratton, Bennet Road, Southchurch Road.

German Investments

We are invested in various towns throughout Germany through the Amethyst and Andreas Portfolio.

Other featured projects


Methodologies & Operating Systems

We acquire and actively manage investments that offer 'income and opportunity'. The Rowan Philosophy is to always challenge and think creatively. Whilst dynamic in our approach, we balance this with pragmatism and a deep understanding of the market in which we operate.



1. Analysis

Our analysis is detailed and rigorous with deep research, complex and searching cashflows, checking viability, sensitivity and the impact of different types and levels of finance. Once in project the analysis, recording and reporting remains detailed and thoughtful.

2. Structuring

Rowan consider that the correct corporate and capital structure are of massive importance in the delivery of ultimate returns. We will often purchase corporate entities and set up management of these.

3. Delivery

The project plan requires overarching strategies and detailed process to ensure maximisation of opportunity. We apply bespoke operating systems that have been developed in the business over 20 years.

Investment Strategy & Added Value

Rowan act decisively to add value. This approach can be applied to purchases or to existing properties and portfolios.

Careful analysis de-mystifying complexity leads to clear overarching strategies. Effective procedures deliver results.

Overarching strategy driving multiple work streams

UK Office

25 Bruton Street
London W1J 6QH

e: post@rowanasset.co.uk
t: +44 (0)20 7499 7880