Damien is a member of J.P. Morgan’s Global Mergers and Acquisitions group in New York with particular responsibility for the Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging and Homebuilding sectors but has transaction experience across industries and geographies. Damien is also a member of J.P. Morgan’s corporate defense and shareholder activism practice.

Damien joined the Mergers and Acquisitions Group in 2009 and has execution experience in public and private company acquisitions and divestitures, leverage/management buyouts, minority buy-ins and special committee assignments and activism / corporate defense situations.

Damien is a Swiss citizen with Swedish and Australian nationality. He received his MBA/MA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and the Lauder Institute and also holds a MSc in Computer Science from Zurich University.

Selected Real Estate, Gaming & Lodging and Homebuilding transaction experience:

Real Estate/REITs

  • Regency combination with Equity One - $17bn
  • Post Properties sale to Mid-America - $6bn
  • Cousins Property merger with Parkway Properties - $7bn
  • Inventrust’s sale of University Housing to GIC/CPPIB - $1.4bn
  • Arbor Realty’s acquisition of Arbor Comm. Mortgage
  • Strategic Hotels sale to Blackstone - $6bn
  • Chambers Street’s merger-of-equal with Gramercy - $6bn
  • Trade Street’s sale to Independence Realty - $700mm
  • Macerich hostile defense (Simon Property Group) and activism defense (Orange Capital / Land & Building)
  • Strategic Hotels activism defense vs. Orange Capital
  • CCA ‘s $3.8bn REIT conversion vs. Convex’ activist campaign
  • IRM’s $4bn REIT conversion and $380mm sale of its Digital Business in vs. Elliott Associate’s proxy fight


  • Standard Pacific’s merger-of-equals with Ryland - $8bn

Healthcare & Healthcare Real Estate

  • Ventas acquisition of Wexford Life Science and Medical Real Estate - $1.5bn
  • Blackstone’s acquisition of Biomed - $8bn
  • American Realty Capital Healthcare’s sale to Ventas - $2.6bn
  • HTA’s acquisition of Medical Office portfolio
  • Skilled Healthcare’s merger with Genesis
  • Vanguard’s sale to Tenet - $4.3bn
  • Washington REIT’s sale of Medical Office portfolio - $0.5bn


  • El Dorado Resorts acquisition of Isle of Capri Casinos - $3bn
  • MGM’s carve-out of controlled REIT, MGM Growth Properties
  • MGM activism defense vs. Land & Building
  • Scientific Games’ acquisition of Bally Technologies - $5.1bn

Business & Real Estate Services

  • DTZ’s (TPG) acquisition of Cushman & Wakefield - $2.0bn
  • Cassidy Turley’s sale to DTZ (TPG/PAG)