team

Meet the Team

We have extensive and specialised real estate investment experience

Together the AREA team offers clients a strategic combination of skills that cover all the facets of real estate investing. We have pioneered the real estate space in Sub-Saharan African and have hands-on experience across a range of diverse and profitable projects in the region.

Telephone: +230 266 5000
Telephone: +27 (0)87 354 5050

Gregg Davies

Gregg Davies

Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer

Gregg manages the firm and serves on each of the advisory, investment and risk committees. With over 15 years’ experience in financial services, investment banking and real estate, he leads the advisory services and overall investment strategy team. His specific responsibilities include deal structuring, risk management and strategy development.

Before he joined AREA, Gregg was Senior Manager of Real Estate Investments Africa, a division of Standard Bank Group (Corporate and Investment Banking), where he successfully structured and arranged transactions in a number of Sub-Saharan African countries. Before that, he was part of the specialist debt origination, distribution and advisory team at Capitau Advisory Limited that led South Africa’s entry into the European high yield debt market. Gregg also worked at Investec Bank Limited in specialised finance and at Alexander Forbes Financial Services as a consultant and actuary. He kicked off his career by completing his BSc in Actuarial Science and Mathematical Statistics at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Russell Smith

Russell Smith

Co-founder and Executive Director

Russell manages AREA’s financial and real estate portfolio, including investment allocations, acquisitions, disposals, corporate governance, cash management, treasury and financial management. He has over 15 years’ experience in real estate, tax and finance and has development managed several highly successful real estate projects from inception to exit, and in all sectors of real estate including mixed use, residential, commercial, retail and industrial. Russell is currently also the CEO of Land Equity, a property investment and development company.

Before joining AREA, Russell was the full-time asset manager and CFO of Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, where he played an instrumental role in the turnaround of this iconic asset. He has also shared his skills and experience at Old Mutual, ABN AMRO in London, and Deloitte & Touché. Russell is a CA(SA) and holds a Higher Diploma in Taxation from the University of Cape Town.

Livia Coetzer

Livia Coetzer

Development Coordinator

Livia has been involved in the property sector for over a decade. Her role as Development Coordinator includes property leasing, tenant management, property management, development coordination and client liaison of AREA’s commercial, industrial and residential property portfolio.

Denise Fuller

Denise Fuller

Human Resources and Office Manager

Denise holds a BA degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. She has worked in the property sector for the last 20 years in various administrative, human resource and office management roles.

Janine Cottle-Claassen

Janine Cottle-Claassen

Accountant

Janine has been involved in the property industry for the past six years. Before joining AREA, she worked at Land Equity, after several years in the advertising industry. Janine graduated from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology with a National Diploma in Cost and Management Accounting.