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- Global Head of Retail
Previously, Manuel was head of retail for the U.S., overseeing all investment activities and asset operations in a portfolio of 90+ assets. During that period, Manuel restructured major legacy JVs and focused investment activity around mixed-use and necessity retail. He joined the firm in 2008 as the head of Spain and Portugal where he opened the Madrid office and led the firm’s initial expansion into the region, including the execution of retail workouts over the GFC and large retail transactions. During his time in Europe, he was also involved in launching a Southern European value-add retail fund, in the conception of the Neptune/Neinver venture (a European outlet mall portfolio) and in managing the firm’s interest in the Sonae Sierra Strategy with 20+ shopping centers in Spain and Portugal. Manuel has also been active in capital raising for individual investments and long-term mandates across several jurisdictions, gaining equity and debt support for the platform. Prior to Nuveen Real Estate, Manuel gained initial retail exposure during his years at Unibail Rodamco, repositioning a number of assets involving acquisitions and expansions.
Manuel graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from the Universidad de Grenada and an M.B.A. from the Universidad Comercial de Deusto and Bradford University School of Management and is a lecturer at the Madrid IE Business School and a member of the University of Miami Business School Advisory Board.