Richard Peskin, the former chairman of Great Portland Estates, is to join Internos Real Investors as a capital partner.

Internos was founded in 2007 by Jos Short and Andrew Thornton to invest in opportunities in European property.

Richard Peskin said of the move: ‘I've known Jos for twenty years and worked closely with him when he was at Barings and Lazard before he moved to Pramerica in 2000. I have followed his career since then and admired the success stories at Arlington, Hemingway and Big Yellow. I intend to spend a good deal of time at Internos in-between singing lessons.’

Jos Short, founding partner of Internos said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Richard to our team. He brings with him a wealth of experience and contacts, amassed over a long and distinguished career. I'm very much looking forward to working with him as we continue to grow our business and I am sure he will be helping us his way.’

Peskin joined Great Portland in 1967 and was appointed to the board in 1968, becoming executive chairman in 1986 and non-executive chairman in 2000.