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Our Team

Michael Balkin

Managing Director

Michael is Bricktop’s Managing Director and one of its founding shareholders. He sets the strategic direction for the business and is responsible for overseeing the group’s activities, transaction origination and equity raising.

With over 20 years experience, Michael has worked across all sectors of the Australian real estate market, and has expertise in property, asset finance, principal investment, funds management, debt arrangement, advisory and equity syndication.

He has strong relationships with our industry alliances enabling the group to provide a total property solution to our clients and investors.

Prior to establishing Bricktop, Michael was a senior executive for over 15 years at Babcock & Brown, as well as serving as Managing Director of ASX listed Babcock & Brown Residential Land Partners.

Warren Davis

Director

Warren is a Director of Bricktop and one of its founding shareholders. He has over 40 years of experience specialising in property, structured finance and advisory, principal investment, funds management and asset based finance. He brings a wealth of commercial experience and knowledge to our business.

Prior to joining Bricktop, he spent over 25 years with Babcock & Brown (the last nine years of which as a consultant), initially as its joint Australian Managing Director. Before Babcock & Brown, Warren worked in the investments area of The State Superannuation Fund of NSW (as Chief Investment Analyst) as well as at Chase NBA.

Ben Skalsky

Associate Director

Ben joined Bricktop in 2019 and is responsible for transaction execution and the management of business operations.

Prior to joining Bricktop, Ben was responsible for the Swire Group’s interests throughout Australia and led the sale of businesses in both Australia and Papua New Guinea. Prior to that he worked at Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services across the Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Due Diligence and Operations & Separations teams.

Ben holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales. He is also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Paul Fernandes

Head of Property Transactions

Paul joined Bricktop at the beginning of 2020 and is responsible for Bricktop’s property transaction origination and divestment strategies. He brings just on 30 years’ experience in property transactions across all sectors of the market including investment, development, vacant possession, sub-division, portfolios, fund-throughs and leasebacks.

A major interest of Paul’s is the rise of Australia’s Infrastructure Boom where he has presented to several groups and at industry events on this topic.
Prior to joining Bricktop, Paul held senior positions at two of the major corporate global real estate firms, Colliers International and Cushman & Wakefield where he worked in the Investment Services and Capital Markets Teams respectively.

Kylie French

Database Manager and Office Assistant

Kylie joined Bricktop in 2016 and created a database system to provide a central store of all investor and transaction documentation and manage efficient and accurate communication with investors.

Prior to joining Bricktop, Kylie trained as a legal secretary with Corrs Chambers Westgarth for 3 years, managed the finances and administration of a small national political party for 10 years then managed the database of a fundraising organisation for another 10 years.