About Us

Who we are

Real Estate Investment has hardly evolved in over 100 years.
We aim to change that!

@ EQTY we do things differently


Our ability to successfully plan, forecast and execute hinges on our ability to make well informed decisions.

That’s why we have assembled a diverse team, located around the world, to provide valuable insights to our experienced team on the ground. Jointly we have successfully delivered on countless properties all around the world.


Real Estate investment cannot be perfectly planned like an assembly line, that is predicable, timely and repeated.

We are however able to de-risk our investments through strategic portfolio management, and increase performance through industry expertise combined with local knowledge and insight from our global team.


Great people with strong human relationships who work together can achieve much more than their collective individual parts.

Through our trusted network, built up over years, we have created an ecosystem of value-added partnerships where "1 + 1 can equal 3"

  • Real Estate is one of the best wealth creators on earth and is usually one of the biggest investments a family will make in their lifetime. It is a long-term investment class that is not volatile like the typical stock market.

  • Property investment has a high barrier to entry. A lower investment typically results in lower quality properties and higher quality properties require a higher entry price.

  • At EQTY we aim to simplify Real Estate Investment and lower the entry barrier to prime property, through portfolios customised to individual needs. Our investment strategy is to achieve long-term, sustainable and above-market returns, governed within a transparent, regulated structure.

  • We are a diverse and experienced group who work with world-class professional teams. We have established strong, value-added partnerships with market leaders and are supported by a digital platform that is fast, on-demand and easy to use, putting us in a strong position to exceed the average returns through various property cycles.

  • We consolidate like-minded investments into diversified property portfolios delivered by developers with a proven track record and a strong reputation for delivering excellence. We achieve discounted acquisitions through bulk-buying and pass these savings directly to our investors, providing an immediate upside to initial investment.



Worldwide real estate assets comprise nearly 60% of the value of all global assets including equities, bonds and gold. Half of all €217 trillion real estate is non-investable, which is a key reason for Real Estate investment being one of the best wealth creators on earth.
Source: Savills Around the World in Dollars and Cents 2016

It cannot be perfectly planned like an assembly line that is predicable, timely and repeated. We are however able to de-risk our investments through portfolio diversity and increase performance through attractive acquisitions and industry expertise combined with local knowledge and insight from by our global team.

Our team


EQTY CAPITAL is a diverse group of entrepreneurs, senior executives, and seasoned professionals who have successfully delivered through uncertainty.

Our ability to successfully plan, forecast, and execute hinges on our ability to make well-informed decisions. We assembled a diverse team with a global perspective to provide valuable insights to our highly experienced team on the ground. Jointly we have successfully delivered on countless properties all around the world.

Core Values

As a team, we pledge to always uphold ethics, transparency and quality in everything we do. These are some of the values we share as a team and as an Organization.

  1. Act with integrity
  2. Unashamedly authentic
  3. Courageous and discovering
  4. Decisive and fair
  5. Listen and understand why
  6. Optimistically pragmatic
  7. Relentless pursuit of betterment
  8. Strategically focused on our long term goals
  9. Team players
  10. Thoughtful and empathetic


Investors get access to a world-class professional team who have structured a transparent, regulated and fiscally attractive investment portfolio of prime properties that have capital preservation at its core.

Developers get a new sales channel of stable, secure and trusted cashflow to deliver on their projects, including ability to sell off-market properties thereby reducing overall development risk and allowing a longer sales period at higher prices.

EQTY receives investment capital to allow bulk purchases, adequate annual income to cover costs and an attractive incentive fee based on successful exit of the portfolios in the years to come.

Meet The Team

We are a team with long-standing relationships built on professional expertise, trust, and shared common values. We pride ourselves in how we challenge the status quo, our strong partnerships fostered on the back of our track records and our relentless pursuit in delivering on our long-term objective:

Be a forward-thinking, collaborative team focused on returning long-term investments in a better place than when they were entrusted to us.

Alp Cicekdagi

& Board Member

Alp has over 20 years of real estate development and investment management experience. Based in Istanbul, Alp is also the managing partner of KENT Development which focuses on technologically advanced development projects.

Prior to this Alp was the Senior Business Development Director for Dubai Properties Group (international projects) and The Executive Office of Dubai Government.

Alp holds an MBA from UC Berkeley where he majored in Real Estate.

Arthur Moreno

& Board Member

Arthur is a serial entrepreneur having established several successful ventures across Portugal, including Portugal’s premier developer Stone Capital (2010).

From 2002 to 2006 Arthur was Head of Business Development at Veolia Environment in Portugal and went on to be a Senior Associate at McKinsey & Company until 2010.

Arthur holds a Master’s in Engineering from the École Centrale Paris, a MSc in Construction Engineering and Management from Berkeley, California and an MBA from INSEAD.

Brent Shahim


Brent has founded and run several successful enterprises in South Africa and Europe and has been investing in various Portugal real estate projects since 2018.

Brent is the CEO of Venture Capital Works, a Private Equity company focused on high growth industries.

Brent is the founder and CEO of Idea Group and previously Aqua Online, which he listed in the JSE. Brent was the youngest serving CEO of a listed company in South Africa at the time. Brent sold Aqua to WPP.

Brent holds a BCom (Hons) from University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.

Dimitri Papakonstantinou

& Board Member

Dimitri is a partner in AEMG (Portugal) and an investor in various projects in Portugal.

Dimitri is also the Managing Director of Al Shafar Interiors (ASI). Dimitri lead the sale of a construction company, that he co-founded, to Emirates Group.

Dimitri is a member of the Dubai YPO chapter and held senior positions the one of the largest Construction companies in Dubai.

Dimitri holds an Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand and an Execute MBA from Hult University.

Garth Martin

& Board Member

Garth has over 20 years of real estate development and investment management experience and has been investing in Portugal since 2016.

In 2012, Garth founded AEMG Development in Dubai which expanded to Portugal in 2018 with a continued focus on mixed-use developments.

Prior to this Garth was a Senior Manager of Development and Hospitality within Mubadala, the sovereign wealth fund of Abu Dhabi.

Garth holds an Executive MBA from Hult University.

Geoffroy Moreno

& Board Member

Geoffroy is Stone Capital´s founding partner (2010) and a serial entrepreneur having established many successful business ventures throughout Portugal.

From 2005 to 2010 Geoffroy was an Associate of the Capital Markets Group at Cushman & Wakefield. Previously Geoffroy headed a series of real estate transactions in France and Portugal totalizing over $2 billion.

Geoffroy received a Diplôme Grande École from ESSEC Business School where he majored in Entrepreneurship.

João Hilário

Business Development

João joined EQTY after having left his role as director of a Portuguese fund management company. Before that he spent 25 years in financial services, with key roles in the asset management, investment fund, corporate services, insurance and reinsurance sectors.

He was previously appointed as Vice President of Aon Managed Care in Brazil, before moving back to Portugal, to work for a UK-based global investment fund promoter and InvestQuest, a privately held, Portuguese asset management company.

João’s experience has primarily involved providing services to both private and corporate investors, with emphasis on foreign investment.

Manu (Emmanuel) De Groote


Emmanuel (Manu) De Groote has over 22 years’ experience with strong expertise in Banking, Clearing & Settlement and Digital products and related governance, legal, compliance and regulatory risk management.

Manu is a Managing Director and the Regional Head of Conduct, Financial Crime and Compliance for Africa and Middle East at Standard Chartered Bank that he joined in 2011.

Prior to joining the Standard Chartered, Manu worked for more than 10 years at Euroclear, the clearing and settlement bank in Brussels, as Group Head of Legal and previously as Chief Compliance Officer. Manu studied Law at the University of Louvain in Belgium. He is married with two children and lives in Dubai.

Maria Bercero

Office Manager

María started her professional career in Portugal with the law firm Assis de Almeida & Associados.    Maria worked for 15 years in Banco Exterior Espanña- Argentaria, BBVA where she worked in several departments with her final role being in the commercial department focusing on high net worth private clients.

After this, Maria established and ran her own antique business before joining AXIA Ventures Group in 2015 working in their Lisbon Branch.

María holds a law degree from the Complutense University of Madrid.

Michael Maxwell

Head of
Business Development

Michael has worked in financial services, fund management and corporate services for over 12 years across Portugal and London, during which he as held various board positions.

Michael has been working closely with private clients and introducers from Switzerland, London, Turkey and South Africa, a role which he will continue with under EQTY Capital.

Michael holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Wits Business School in South Africa and a BA (Law and International Relations) from the University of the Witwatersrand

Rex Tomlinson


Rex's most recent executive role was as a Group Executive of FTSE 100 company Old Mutual PLC

Prior to this, Rex held executive director positions of JSE listed Illovo Sugar, Nampak and of Liberty Holdings as Deputy CEO.  He served as lead independent director of Tsogo Holdings and The Kelly Group. He is on the Board of JSE listed Telkom.

Rex has been a strategic advisor to EQTY Capital during 2020 helping pave the way for a solid and successful launch.

Tracey Martin

Head of Governance

From 2010 – 2020 Tracey was an Executive Director at Standard Chartered Bank, AME where she successfully led, supported and implemented various regional and global governance and compliance initiatives.

Prior to this, Tracey was Chief of Staff at Barclays Bank, UAE before taking on the Project Director role responsible for establishing Abu Dhabi Finance.

Tracey holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from the Wits Business School in South Africa and a BA (Law and International Relations) from the University of the Witwatersrand.

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