Duco joined Crossroads in May 2018 from Blackstone, where he was an acquisitions principal in the Real Estate Group in London. He joined Blackstone in 2010 and was actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions and disposals.
He has experience across multiple asset classes including hospitality, office, retail, logistics, residential and real estate operating businesses across multiple European jurisdictions.
At Blackstone he was primarily responsible for sourcing and execution of investments in the Benelux since 2013.
Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Merkens worked at Goldman Sachs as an Investment Banking Analyst in the Real Estate & Leisure team for three years. Mr. Merkens received an M.Sc.in Finance and M.Sc. in International Economics & Business from the University Of Groningen in the Netherlands.