Mike Pashley is Chief Financial Officer at Trilogy Real Estate LLP, a UK real estate investment and fund manager. Prior to joining Trilogy, Mike was European Finance Director for ARES European Real Estate platform (formerly AREA Property Partners). While at AREA/ARES for over 17 years, the European team completed over 100 property investments throughout Europe and Mike and his finance team were responsible for all finance aspects of the investment, whether in funds or stand-alone investments. Prior to his position at ARES, Mike spent 12 years at Ernst & Young in London, Hong Kong and Singapore, and also gained experience with providing debt working as Director, Portfolio Management and Finance for the Debt and Special Situations group at LaSalle Investment Management in London. Mike also spent almost 3 informative years as European Controller at Lehman Brothers.
Mike has a Finance Degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Q-What was your first job and what is the worst job you’ve ever done?
My first “job” was packing fizzy drinks on pallets and in lorries at Sun Charm in Yorkshire. My first real job was as a trainee chartered accountant. Worse job I ever did was working at a chicken slaughter house. Don’t think I will ever forget how they were killed, or the smell.
Q-Was finance your first career choice and what were you doing before?
No, I wanted to be an engineer and studied pure and applied maths and physics at A-level. My Dad was an engineer and he persuaded me there was more money in being an accountant.
Q-Why did you choose a career in the commercial real estate sector?
I was at Lehman Brothers for a couple of years in the mid 1990’s, after I left E&Y, and had been involved in some of the property funds they raised. When I left Lehman I didn’t want to go to another investment bank and private equity real estate looked interesting. It was.
Q-Why do you enjoy the sector?