An entrepreneur and investor for more than 25 years, Christophe Reech has a track record of identifying, realising and scaling transformative innovation across finance, real estate and technology, globally.
Christophe began his career in investment banking, trading complex derivatives for Paribas. He then went on to build up and successfully exit a series of wholesale investment banking and derivatives businesses on behalf of Commerzbank and then Nikko Securities, before setting up a market-leader in buy-side derivatives structuring, pricing and risk management, which was acquired by SunGard in 2005.
In 2007, Christophe created the Iceberg Fund, one of the first ever long/short real estate hedge funds to use property index derivatives. Launched in partnership with CBRE, Iceberg performed strongly during the Global Financial Crisis through to the winding down in 2014 of the derivatives markets in which it invested. In successfully trading these markets, Christophe further built up his expertise and in- depth knowledge of the real estate asset class and real estate data, which he has taken with him into subsequent investing and business building.
Christophe is now Group CEO and Chairman of Reech Corporations Group, the active holding company for a diversified portfolio of international businesses, identifying and capitalising on market anomalies at the intersection between real estate, technology and financial services.
In 2020, the group deployed over $1billion, investing standalone and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading sovereign wealth, endowment, family office and other long term investors with whom Christophe has a longstanding association. In building up Reech Corporations Group, Christophe has brought together multi-disciplinary teams of world-class engineers, programmers, quants, data scientists, artificial intelligence technologists, real estate and finance experts from the likes of Google, Facebook, CERN, NASA, Tesla, CBRE and Swift.
The Group’s perspective and operating reach is global, reflected in two recent awards and appointments. Christophe was recognised as one of the 100 most influential people in the Swiss real estate industry in Immobilien Business’s 2021 Who’s Who and he was also appointed to the Advisory Council of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. This latter appointment reflects the Group’s increasing engagement across the GCC, as member states look to further strengthen their standing as world-class hubs for technology and innovation.