CBRE hires debt duo from JLL for capital roles

Global real estate advisor CBRE has appointed Chris Gow as an executive director in its debt and structured finance team, led by Paul Coates and part of CBRE Capital Advisors.

Gow joins from JLL, where he was head of EMEA debt advisory for the hotel & hospitality group. Previous employers included Bank of Scotland, Lloyds and a special situations fund where he developed significant financing credentials across most operational real estate (OPRE) asset classes.

Gow moved into debt advisory in 2015 and to JLL in 2017, where he led the completion of £2 bn (€2.27 bn) of transactions over two years.

In his new role, Gow will lead debt advisory for CBRE’s OPRE business working across the hospitality, healthcare, senior living, education, petroleum and automotive, self-storage, co-living and student accommodation sectors.

Gow’s hire follows the appointment of Stephen Barr as a director in CBRE’s debt advisory team in March. Barr also joined from JLL and will be working with Gow to develop CBRE’s expertise in the OPRE debt advisory market.

Paul Coates, head of EMEA debt and structured finance, CBRE said: 'We are delighted that Chris and Stephen have joined us as we continue to strengthen our debt advisory business across Europe. We have seen capital allocations to operational assets increase considerably over the last few years, in turn driving the demand for specialist debt advisory services.'

Gow said: 'I am delighted to be joining CBRE, the largest global real estate advisory firm, at what is likely to be an inflexion point for real estate debt advisory.'

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