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Lahlou Khelifi

Distinguished Fellow

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Lahlou Khelifi

Distinguished Fellow, GPEI

Real Estate Finance Lecturer, INSEAD
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Lahlou  Khélifi  is an investment banker specialized in Real Estate with 30-year experience in Investment, asset management, M&A, and development, mainly in Europe, but also in South America, Asia and Africa.

He started his career in Paris in 1987 in office development at the French Caisse des Dépôts. Then he was C.O.O. of SEFIMEG, a listed property company. In the middle of the 90’, he joined Goldman Sachs and became the Whitehall Funds representative, responsible for the real estate portfolio in France, Switzerland, and Germany. Later on, he represented the private equity group Doughty Hanson, for the RE business development in France, contributing to the raising of the DH’s 2nd European RE Fund.

In 2006 he joined Lazard in Paris as Managing Partner, in charge of the Real Estate M&A and advisory group, before joining one of his client to became chairman of Allard Places, a family office company active in large mix-uses projects in Paris and Brazil. In 2013, he became the Real Estate global head of CASINO, the French distribution group and CEO of Mercialys its listed property company. After developing his own advisory activities, since December 2017, he is Managing Director at Alantra in Paris, in charge of Real Estate M & A and Advisory.

In the last decades, he was responsible for over €3 billion of property disposition and 250,000 sqm of successful office developments. He contributed to large portfolio acquisitions, including the € 3 billion France Telecom deal.

Lahlou studied at “Sciences Po” in Paris, getting a professional degree in Urbanism. He holds a MBA from INSEAD, where he teaches the Real Estate elective, leveraging his 25-year experience in teaching RE Finance and Investment in Business Schools and Universities. He has been awarded France's academic honor, Knight in the Order of the Academic Palms, for his dedication to professional education.

He is in the board of leading RE professional clubs in France. He was the Chairman of ULI France. He has been elected “2002 Real Estate Asset Manager of the Year" by industry professionals vote.