Senior Team

Nassar Hussain

Founder and Partner

Nassar has in excess of 25 years of experience in real estate investment banking, real estate investment and the legal profession predominantly within leading multi-national institutions. He established Brookland in 2009 to provide much needed specialist and independent real estate investment banking services to the European real estate markets following the global credit crisis.

Nassar has deep product knowledge of and a significant transaction track record in real estate finance (loans and capital markets), real estate debt advisory (NPL, asset and business sales) and debt restructuring/work-outs. During his career he has also deployed in excess of €20bn of capital into real estate transactions.

Nassar previously worked in investment banking including Merrill Lynch where he was a managing director responsible for a number of real estate product areas across EMEA. Prior to his career in investment banking, Nassar was a solicitor and practiced at Clifford Chance in London for several years in the real estate and securitisation practice areas.

Nassar is a member of the Board of Directors of CREFC Europe and was Chair of the CMBS 2.0 Committee where he led the issuance of the CMBS 2.0 Principles on best practice for structuring new CMBS transactions.

Nassar has been involved in industry consultations with bodies such as the Bank of England and the European Banking Authority. He regularly publishes articles and chapters in industry publications and books and often speaks at industry conferences.

Jim O'Leary

Senior Consultant

Jim is an MBA qualified professional, immersed and within the Banking and European loan servicing industry, where he held the position of Director of Capita Asset Services “CAS”, for period from 2001 to 2014. As a founding member of the CAS Snr. Mgt. team he witnessed the growth of the servicing business, from a start-up in 2001 to become Europe’s largest, and highest rated, independent 3rd party Commercial Real Estate loan servicer. Jim managed the Primary Servicing teams with responsibility for all servicing activities, cradle to grave, for a portfolio of €35+ bn CRE loans, on a pan European basis. Skilled at customising a full suite service offering for a diverse client base of CRE loan issuers (Investment Banks, Institutional Lenders, Banks), from the on-boarding process, managing the Borrower interactions, loan administration/maintenance, monitoring collateral and covenant compliance, loan workout through to the reporting functions.

Since the credit crisis Jim has also played a leadership role on some of the largest and most complex loan/bond restructuring processes in Europe, delivering successful consensual solutions. He has a deep insight into the loan servicing market, loan workout, an understanding of complex structures, effective negotiation skills and the ability to manage diverse stakeholder conflict.

Jim is currently working as an independent consultant and enjoys a close working relationship with Brookland, developed through years of interactions and cooperation on some of Europe’s larger CRE mandates and has worked with and (or) faced some of the largest Financial and Legal Advisers.

Mr O’Leary is well known within the European loan servicing community and held a position on the Board of Advisors of the Commercial Real Estate Council Europe “CREFC Europe” for many years.

Jim holds an MBA from one of Europe’s premier business schools - the Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin.

Advisory Board

Mahbod Nia

Advisory Board Member

Mahbod Nia brings a wealth of experience spanning real estate investment, debt and advisory which he can draw upon as an advisor to Brookland, helping support its growth and development.

In addition to his role with Brookland, Mahbod is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer of Mack-Cali Realty Corporation (NYSE: CLI), a publicly traded real estate investment trust focused on office and multi-family assets in New Jersey.

Mahbod was formerly Chief Executive Officer of NorthStar Realty Europe Corp (“NRE”), a NYSE listed REIT focused on European properties from 2015 to 2019. He also served as a member of NRE’s investment committee and board of directors.

From 2017 to 2019, Mahbod was also a Managing Director at Colony Capital Inc. and member of the European Steering Committee.

From 2014 to 2017, Mahbod served as Managing Director, Head of European Investments of NorthStar Asset Management Group (“NSAM”) where he worked to establish the company’s European investment platform, rapidly growing it to $2.6bn in Assets Under Management across 9 countries and 5 asset classes. This platform was spun-off in 2015 to create NRE, which was sold to AXA Investment Managers - Real Assets in September of 2019, realizing a 16% IRR for shareholders since its inception.

Prior to joining NSAM in 2014, he acted for PanCap Investment Partners, a European real estate investment and advisory firm., working closely with a number of leading investment firms including Goldman Sachs' Real Estate Principal Investments Area (REPIA).

From 2007 to 2009, Mahbod was a Senior Executive Director at Goldman Sachs. Prior to 2007, he served in various positions at Citigroup Inc. (formerly Salomon Brothers).