Meyer Bergman was formed in 2004 by its chairman Ton Meijer and chief executive Markus Meijer out of its predecessor the MAB Group, founded by Mr Meijer in the Netherlands in 1970.

By 2004, MAB Group had invested more than £6 billion in real estate across Europe, developing more than 35 million sq ft of space.

It sold a portfolio of properties and developments to ABN AMRO Bouwfonds, along with the group's name and its Dutch, French and German development subsidiaries.

Meyer Bergman says it is dedicated to the acquisition, finance and structuring, development and active asset management of retail real estate assets in Europe.

The group focuses on investments with a retail component, including shopping centres and high street shops in both city centre and out-of-town locations as well as corporate developments with a significant retail element.

In the UK it owns The Burlington Arcade covered shopping street which runs parallel to Bond Street in London's Mayfair and attracts more than three million visitors a year.

Other UK sites include The Bentall Centre, Kingston-upon-Thames, and The Exchange at Ilford, Essex.