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Brian Vickery


Collaborates with leading real estate and private equity firms to grow their businesses and improve the investment returns they generate for limited partners

Brian is a partner in McKinsey’s Boston office and a member of the Real Estate and Private Equity & Principal Investors Practices.

Brian serves private market clients across the investment cycle on strategic, distribution, and investment topics, including investment managers, developers, operators, institutional investors, and private equity groups. Brian leads McKinsey’s private markets research and leads communications for the Real Estate and Private Equity & Principal Investors Practices. Brian also hosts Deal Volume, McKinsey’s private markets podcast.

Some of his recent client work includes the following:

  • transforming the investment management business of a leading vertically integrated real estate company, including setting a new operating model, redesigning the organization, and overhauling the capital markets function
  • optimizing the real estate operating model for scalability for a large privately funded real estate group
  • leading growth strategy effort for a regional multifamily developer
  • defining the product strategy for a leading real estate technology company
  • designing the private equity investment strategy for a large US pension
  • conducting commercial due diligence on a range of topics for a US middle-market private equity group
  • setting up the private equity business for a newly established multiasset private markets company

Brian has spent over 12 years in the real estate and private equity space as an institutional investor, investment consultant, and management consultant. Earlier in his career, he consulted endowments, foundations, and family offices on investment strategy and manager selection before helping found an investment office for a university.

Brian also spent time at a digital marketing agency within the residential real estate brokerage space.


Perspectives on a slower era in private markets,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

McKinsey Global Private Markets Review 2024: Private markets in a slower era, McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Identifying value in family-owned businesses,” McKinsey & Company, March 2024

Private markets: A slower era,” McKinsey & Company, February 2024

Ten considerations for private markets in 2024,” McKinsey & Company, January 2024

Discussing the state of diversity in global private markets,” McKinsey & Company, November 2023

Hybrid work, urban ecosystems, and the future of real estate,” McKinsey & Company, September 2023

Empty spaces and hybrid places: The pandemic’s lasting impact on real estate,” McKinsey & Company, July 2023

The CEO alpha: The advantages of exceptional leadership,” McKinsey & Company, June 2023

In the near term, commercial real estate may not hedge inflation,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

Top trends in global private markets,” McKinsey & Company, May 2023

McKinsey Global Private Markets Review 2023: Private markets turn down the volume,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

Six new imperatives for real estate players,” McKinsey & Company, March 2023

A confluence of social and economic factors have driven outsized returns for multifamily investors,” McKinsey & Company, November 2022

Commercial real estate must do more than merely adapt to coronavirus,” McKinsey & Company, April 2020

A turning point for real estate investment management,” McKinsey & Company, November 2019


Global strategist

Boston University
Investment analyst

Cambridge Associates


Harvard Business School

Middlebury College
BA, economics