Steve Coates FRICS MAPM
Managing Director, MSW EMEA
Years of Real Estate Experience: 30
Years with Matthews Southwest: 8
Steve is one of the owners of Matthews Southwest EMEA (MSW) and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Steve has a rare development capability and exposure across the full development spectrum over multiple asset classes. Steve is a well-known expert in his field, working regularly with the leading Management Consultants regarding early development and commercial planning for large scale, complex real estate, across the Middle East and European markets. He is well connected at all levels within Government, Clients, Partners and Grade A Designers across the EMEA. From 2005 to 2010, whilst still in his 20’s, Steve was a full Equity Partner and Board Member of Davis Langdon in the Middle East, delivering Project and Cost Management advice. During this period the ME business grew 10-fold, with Steve ultimately leading the most profitable part of the AECOM ME Business. Programme, Cost, Consultancy (PCC) grew to 600 staff, $120m a year at 18% EBITDA in 2013, following the sale of Davis Langdon to AECOM in 2010. Steve has a rare background and skill set, with a deep knowledge of real estate development and delivery in the Middle East. In 2013, Steve set up business with Matthews Southwest EMEA, and over the last 7 years, the MSW EMEA team have successfully led the development of the Museum of the Future for Meraas and the Dubai Future Foundation, La Mer for Meraas in Dubai and various works for Bee’ah and the Government of Abu Dhabi, Dubai and KSA, including the Zaha Hadid designed headquarters for Bee’ah. Recently Steve has led the development of a Portfolio of three 6 star hotels in KSA for PIF and the mixed use La Mer in Dubai.