• Vertigo, Luxembourg
    Owned by Starwood Global Opportunity Fund X

Starwood Capital’s Luxembourg operation is led by seasoned professionals who have experience across all stages of the real estate investment cycle. Key officers include:

Key Officers

Daniel Yih

Managing Director, Europe
Starwood Capital Group
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Daniel Yih is Managing Director, Europe for Starwood Capital Group and Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg. In this role, Mr. Yih is responsible for reviewing all acquisition and disposition decisions relating to European investments in Starwood Capital’s funds. He is a member of the Firm’s Investment Committee.

Previously, Mr. Yih was Chief Operating Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of Starwood Capital, as well as the interim CEO of BR Guests Restaurants, a portfolio company of Starwood Capital. Prior to joining Starwood Capital in 2007, Mr. Yih was Chief Operating Officer and a Portfolio Principal of the buyout fund GTCR Golder Rauner. Before that, Mr. Yih was a partner at Zell Chilmark, a buyout fund investing in financially distressed companies. Mr. Yih had other operating experience as Chief Financial Officer at Welbilt Corp., a portfolio company of Kohlberg & Co., where he had been an Associate. Mr. Yih began his career at Kirkland & Ellis, representing equity investors in leveraged buyout transactions and venture capital investments.

Mr. Yih earned a J.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago. He graduated with a B.S. degree in mechanical engineering with distinction from Stanford University. He has served on the NYSE-listed Boards of Directors of Ann Inc. and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.

Olivier Marbaise

Director of Financial Control
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Olivier Marbaise is the Director of Financial Control for Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg. In this role, Mr. Marbaise heads up the Luxembourg-based team responsible for financial operations and the accounting and reporting of Luxembourg entities, and also manages the implementation and performance of consistent controls and procedures for these entities. In addition, he serves as a board member for a number of Luxembourg entities of Starwood Capital’s funds.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in June 2014, Olivier Marbaise served as European Finance Director with Panattoni Europe. He previously served as Vice President Finance–Consolidation Controller at ProLogis, where he began his career in 2004.

Mr. Marbaise received a degree economics from College Royal Marie-Therese and a master’s degree in accountancy from Institute Sainte Marie.

Julien Petitfrere

Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Julien Petitfrere is the Manager for a number of Starwood Capital fund entities, with responsibility for the day-to-day administrative operations of investments across Europe. In this role, Mr. Petitfrere manages and monitors the acquisition, administration and disposal of assets, and also serves as a board member for a number of entities of Starwood Capital’s funds in Europe. Mr. Petitfrere previously served as the Luxembourg Accounting Manager for Starwood Capital’s funds.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in May 2013, Mr. Petitfrere worked for eight years in the corporate and management services department at Alter Domus Luxembourg S.à r.l., where he assisted international clients focused on real estate investments.

Mr. Petitfrere received a degree in accounting from the Management & Business School of Luxembourg and a master’s degree in finance & management from the University of Metz, France.

Joanna Galeza

Tax Manager
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Joanna Galeza is the Tax Manager in the Luxembourg office. In this role, Ms. Galeza advises on tax aspects of transactions involving Luxembourg funds and subsidiaries and oversees compliance tax matters related to the functioning of the Luxembourg entities.

Ms. Galeza has 14 years of experience in providing international tax services for the alternative investments industry with a special focus on real estate. Prior to joining Starwood, Ms. Galeza worked as a Senior Tax Manager at PwC in both Luxembourg and the United States.

Ms. Galeza holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Warsaw and a master’s degree in finance and banking from the Warsaw School of Economics, Poland.

Rachelle Clitesse

Senior Legal Counsel
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Rachelle Clitesse is the senior legal counsel of the Luxembourg office and is responsible for the day-to-day legal matters of the Luxembourg funds and underneath subsidiaries. She supervises the implementation of the corporate structures, the acquisitions of assets as well as their financing and exit. In addition, she handles all internal legal aspects of the Luxembourg office and its employees.

Mrs. Clitesse started her career as a litigation lawyer in Belgium prior to joining a top ten Luxembourg business law firm as a senior associate in corporate and M&A for eight years. She also worked as a senior manager in the legal team of Ernst & Young Luxembourg before joining Starwood in 2018.

Mrs.Clitesse holds a degree in law from the University of Liège, Belgium, as well as master degree in tax law from HEC Liège Management School. She was previously a member of the Luxembourg bar.