People

The management team brings together extensive real asset and finance experience as well as a range of complementary talents.

David Allen, Founding Partner

David is the Managing Partner and one of the original founders. He is responsible for the firm’s general operation and real estate management and strategy in Central and Eastern Europe, including overseeing valuations, lettings, sales and acquisitions. He was formerly a Partner at Knight Frank and Co-Head of the company’s European Property Valuation team. He has worked with numerous institutional investors, funds and international banks, providing real estate investment and acquisition advice and support, and has been involved in all types of commercial and residential projects in virtually all major markets across Eastern and Western Europe. Prior to Knight Frank, David was based for many years in the region from where he ran his own real estate consulting company and served as advisor to many entities, including several governments and international organisations. David is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Tim Norman, Managing Partner

Tim Norman is a Managing Partner is focused on the SEE Real Estate Fund. He has over 20 years' experience investing in the property markets of central and Eastern Europe. Until the end of 2015, he was CEO of the Europa Capital's Emerging Europe Fund, a €164 million real estate opportunity fund focused on Romania, Bulgaria, the Western Balkans, Ukraine and Turkey. Tim was previously a senior banker at EBRD, where he established a reputation as one of the leading real estate professionals working in the CEE/SEE region having structured and closed numerous transactions utilising a number of equity and debt instruments. He has closed deals in all geographic areas of CEE/SEE including all central European countries, Russia, the Balkans, the Baltics, Ukraine, and Central Asia. Tim's previous experience includes working for Bank of America, Bank of Boston and a private UK property group, the last as CFO. He has an MBA from Cranfield School of Management and B.A. (hons) in Finance.

Bryan Train, Managing Partner

Bryan is a Managing Partner of Chayton Capital. He is responsible for the firm's renewable energy strategy, including project evaluation, delivery, risk analysis and financing. Prior to joining Chayton he founded Leyborne Capital, focusing on the identification, development and financing of renewable energy projects in developed and emerging markets. Bryan began his career at DuPont's subsidiary in Spain in Finance and Accounting and subsequently moved to GMAC Rescap's Mortgage Lending Platform where he held various executive positions within their International Business Group. He was part of the North American Leadership team of Coloplast Corp, a maker of healthcare products. In addition, he was a co-founder and director of Asha Zuri Participacoes, which funded the development of 3,500 low income units in South Eastern Brazil and he also worked with a Tennessee based family office which focused on private investments in real estate. Bryan holds a BA (Hons) in International Business and German from the European Business School in London and an Msc in Logistics, Trade and Finance from Cass Business School in London.