30 May 2018 | 11.31 am
Cullaun Capital Targets Quality Home Builders
Lender is is backed by TPG Sixth Street
30 May 2018 | 11.31 am
New development capital platform Cullaun Capital will focus on investments which facilitate and accelerate building new homes in Ireland, according to its founders, with their new venture being backed by TPG Sixth Street Partners, a global credit investment firm which is a subsidiary of TPG.
The founders say Cullaun Capital will seek to meet the growing and immediate demand for new housing in Ireland by deploying significant capital to help developers bring new and existing residential projects to fruition.
Initially focusing on major urban areas Greater Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick, the lender will partner with “quality homebuilders”. The founder and management team includes:
Stephen J Bell, founder chief executive, is a former board director and chief risk officer for Ulster Bank Group and AIB, whose 30-year career has been spent in property, commercial lending and full service banking in Ireland, UK and across Europe.
Daire McCarthy, founder and head of origination, is a chartered surveyor with an MSc in real estate investment and finance, and more than 18 years’ experience in banking and finance with Bank of Ireland and Investec before becoming an equity fundraiser and senior lender for development projects.
Noel Ross, founder and head of portfolio management, has 15 years experience in residential development finance.
“Ireland requires more housing and this need will be met through a range of projects, from four to five house schemes to large scale multi-phase developments,” said Bell. “Funding for these projects has been a challenge, and we want to support quality developers by helping to bring their business plans to fruition. Together we want to make a meaningful contribution to addressing Ireland’s housing shortage.”
The company says it will consider all sizes of housing developments, whether houses and apartments for private sale, social housing or student accommodation. It will also consider schemes requiring commercial amenities, and is inviting applications from €2m upwards from developers.
Photo (l-r): Noel Ross, Stephen J. Bell and Daire McCarthy.