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

Sarah Broughton

Managing Director, Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer for Europe
Starwood Capital Group
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Sarah Broughton is a Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Europe.  Ms. Broughton is head of our Luxembourg office and oversees the day to day management and operations of the firm in Europe.  Ms. Broughton also coordinates Starwood Capital Group’s internal financial functions in Europe, including tax, reporting and accounting and is an observer on the International Investment Committee in her capacity as a board member of the Luxembourg General Partner and associated Luxembourg entities.

Prior to taking up her current responsibilities, Ms. Broughton played a key role in the asset management of a diverse portfolio of assets throughout Europe—including spending two years in Paris as a member of Groupe du Louvre’s management team. Prior to joining Starwood in 2007, Ms. Broughton spent five years as a Financial Reporting Manager for Whitbread Plc. Ms. Broughton began her career at Andersen and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001.

Ms. Broughton received a first-class honors degree in economics from Brunel University. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, as well as the Securities Institute.

Aurelie Denis

Director of Finance
Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg

Aurelie Denis is the Director of Finance for Starwood Capital Funds Luxembourg. In this role, Mrs. Denis heads up the Luxembourg-based team responsible for the financial operations, accounting and reporting of the Luxembourg entities and their subsidiaries. She also manages the implementation and performance of consistent controls and procedures for these entities.

Prior to joining Starwood Capital in January 2024, Mrs. Denis was an audit director at Deloitte Luxembourg – Private Equity and Real Estate industry where she worked for the last 8 years. Mrs Denis started her career in 2007 within the audit and accounting firm in Belgium and performed a 2-years secondment in the New York office.

Mrs. Denis holds a master degree in finance from the Solvay Brussels School of Economics & Management, University of Brussels. She is also qualified as US Certified Public Accountant and Reviseur d’entreprises in Luxembourg.

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.