Duco Merkens is a Principal in the Real Estate Group and is based in London. Since joining Blackstone in 2010, Mr. Merkens has been actively involved in a variety of European real estate acquisitions, disposals, financings and restructurings. He has experience in analyzing all major classes of real estate including hospitality, office, retail, logistics, residential, land, performing and non-performing loans. 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 an M.Sc. in International Economics & Business from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands.