Karim Karmali

Co-Head of Real Estate Finance

Karim Karmali has 18 years of experience working for global financial institutions mainly within the structured finance space with experience in strategy, portfolio management, company acquisitions, providing funding lines and setting up new businesses. Karim is the Co-Head of Real Estate Finance for Met Zurich LLP. Prior to this role he was the Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy for Kensington Mortgages Ltd having taken the company through a strategic overhaul, within its owner Investec plc, and then overseeing the sale to funds owned by Blackstone and TPG. Prior to Kensington Mr. Karmali spent over 4 years working for Investec Bank where he had several roles from Head of Strategy across Capital Markets, to running the New Business area where he helped drive Investec into new jurisdictions and asset classes. Additionally, Mr. Karmali helped set up an Institutional Sales team for the bank. Prior to joining Investec, Mr. Karmali worked for Lehman Brothers for 10 years most latterly as a Director within the Principal Finance team focused on originating assets through a number of different means such as purchasing loan portfolios, acquiring operating platforms, setting up new lenders and financing established lenders. Mr. Karmali is a qualified chartered accountant and received a B.Sc. Honours degree in Economics from Bristol University.