Media Pack

Who’s on the editorial team?

David Hatcher

David has been embedded into the top tier of the real estate market since the start of his career. After spending seven years at Property Week where he was Finance Editor, he went on to launch the website of debt and finance specialist publication, Real Estate Capital. For the past four years he has been a key part of the leadership group at EG where he was Head of Content.

David has a particular depth of expertise and contact base in corporate M&A, debt, fund management and logistics. His biggest scoops include the largest European real estate deal of all time, the €12.25bn sale of Blackstone’s Logicor to CIC, Brookfield and QIA’s £2.6bn take-private of Canary Wharf Group and the refinancing of the £1bn HSBC Tower.

James Buckley

James has been covering the UK commercial property markets for the last 11 years, making him one of the most experienced journalists currently working in the sector. He spent four years working as an editor on the news desk of EG until 2012 when he was recruited to help establish CoStar’s UK news service. As part of a team of three senior editors, James took CoStar News from a standing start to one of the UK’s most-read property news services in just three years.

James has a vast contact base in the property industry and has a track record of breaking stories on the largest investment transactions, with a particular focus on the London market. Some of James’s scoops include: CC Land’s £1.15bn acquisition of The Cheesegrater; NPS’s £1.16bn purchase of Goldman Sachs’ HQ; Barclays’ 540,000 sq ft Docklands sub-lease to the Cabinet Office; and EBRD’s 350,000 sq ft relocation of its City HQ to Canary Wharf.

Chris Borland

Chris brings a unique angle to real estate reporting having worked across the industry as an agent, communications advisor and journalist at two of the biggest publications – CoStar News and Property Week. At CoStar, over a five-year period, Chris led a concerted push to deliver more exclusive news to the ‘Big 6’ regional cities and drove market engagement.

A contact list stretching the length and breadth of the UK & Ireland helped Chris establish himself as one the country’s leading regional journalists. Notable scoops include TPG’s £450m acquisition of the Arlington business parks portfolio, M&G funding one of the UK’s largest single office developments, Birmingham’s £120m 3 Snowhill, and revealing sites for over 1m sq ft of Government Property Agency office locations.

Charlie Schouten

Charlie has extensive experience covering property and construction, with a special focus on the North of England, having worked for Construction News and Place North West. He started his career as Construction News’ Northern Correspondent, and then moved Place North West in Manchester, initially as a senior reporter and then as a deputy editor.

With extensive contacts across construction, property, architecture, and investment community across the North, Charlie has a focus on exclusive news content and interviews. Born, raised, and based in Manchester, Charlie is passionate about covering all aspects of property in the region. Some of Charlie’s biggest exclusive stories have been Renaker’s purchase of Trinity Islands in Manchester, revealing the location of BT’s new Manchester regional hub and GCHQ’s Manchester city centre office and the anchor tenant Liverpool’s £200m Pall Mall.

Guy Montague-Jones

Guy is a highly experienced and award-winning property journalist. He spent six years at Property Week, working in various senior roles including latterly as Deputy Editor. He has a strong track record of breaking news stories and writing incisive analysis and comment pieces across a broad range of topics. His areas of expertise include listed real estate, fund management and debt.

Before Property Week, Guy covered the supermarket and food industry at The Grocer, one of the UK’s biggest trade publications. He started his journalism career at Decision News Media in France.

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Jessica Middleton-Pugh is React News’ residential and retail correspondent, leading on expanding the publication’s coverage of these diverse and rapidly-changing sectors. She was previously editor of leading regional property news website Place North West, guiding editorial and event coverage over the course of six years in the retail, residential, industrial, and commercial markets, and acting as the face of the business to readers made up of property investors, developers, councils, advisors, architects and contractors.

Julie Cruz

Julie has been a financial journalist for over 10 years. She covered global equities and Europe’s retail/consumer-goods sector for Bloomberg News in London and Frankfurt before becoming the managing editor of Property Investor Europe in 2016 – overseeing a team of reporters and editors across Europe. In 2019, she led the rebranding of the publication as it increased its focus on institutional investors and fundraising and became Real Estate Fund Intelligence.

Originally from France, Julie spent more than eight years in Germany before moving back to London in 2017. She has been covering all European real estate markets across asset classes for almost five years and has a vast contact base in the industry.

Julie oversees React News’ European coverage, breaking news on major capital markets deals and fundraising and writing heavyweight analysis and interviews.

Alessia Pirolo

Alessia has over ten years of experience in business and financial journalism with focus on banking, distressed debt, and real estate. She has a unique expertise in the non-performing loans market having covered most NPL deals across Europe since 2015, for a total volume of almost EUR 600bn.

For five years at Debtwire, she moved from being a reporter to developing and being in charge of an NPL-focused product combining breaking news, data, and analysis.

Previously, she covered U.S. and European commercial real estate for the Wall Street Journal and the Commercial Observer. Alessia started her career as a journalist covering the court in her hometown Padua for the local issue of Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera. She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

As a finance editor at React News she covers the distressed debt market, loan origination and refinancing.

Synne Johnsson

Synne joined React News from Debtwire, where she worked as the UK & Ireland CRE reporter. During her time at the news service, she broke several major deals such as SocGen’s financing of One London Wall Place and Apollo’s financing of the Whiteley development in London.

Originally from Norway, Synne moved to London six years ago to study journalism at Kingston University, and also holds a masters degree in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London.

Synne covers the equity markets across continental Europe, and also leads our Nordics coverage.

James Riding

James has a track record of editorial experience from newsrooms including Prospect magazine, The Sun and Archant’s north London newspapers. He holds a first-class degree from Magdalen College, Oxford and a master’s in newspaper journalism from City, University of London.

As editorial assistant, James works with the head of content strategy to maintain React News’ uncompromising editorial and production standards. He also collaborates with the React journalists writing analysis and features.

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