Colliers expands EMEA cross-border capital markets team

Professional services and investment management company Colliers has announced a major expansion of its pan-European cross-border capital markets team with the senior director appointment of Luke Dawson, who joins Richard Divall in London, focusing on regional and global clients.

The team will also be joined by upcoming senior director-level appointments in the UK, Germany and France as Colliers invests in significant growth, adding 120 senior capital markets professionals across EMEA markets by end 2022.

The new structure looks to replicate the diversified approach of most pan-European investors at a decision-making level.

Luke Dawson takes on the role of managing director, EMEA cross-border capital markets, having 14 years of experience with Colliers, most recently as managing director for Central & Eastern Europe (CEE) and head of capital markets, CEE. He will be responsible for executing the regional strategy and driving growth of the capital markets service line. He will be based in London from August 1, 2021 and will report to Chris McLernon, CEO of EMEA.

He will be replaced by Monika Rajska-Wolinska, who has been promoted to chief executive officer (CEO) of Colliers in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), now including Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia, effective from 01 August 2021.

Rajska-Wolinska is promoted from her current role as managing partner of Colliers’ business in Poland.

Richard Divall becomes EMEA cross-border capital markets director, expanding his role with enhanced key account management activities, having established the cross-border service in 2013 and successfully raising the profile of Colliers’ regional capital markets capabilities since joining the business.

Damian Harrington has been promoted to take up a joint role as head of global capital markets research and EMEA head of research. This new role in addition to his EMEA expertise will help provide clients with global capital markets trends and data and connect them with strategic and actionable insights.

The expansion of the EMEA cross-border capital markets team follows the announcement of London-based Chris Pilgrim who joined as director, global capital markets. Pilgrim will focus on connecting global capital with opportunities across regions and asset classes, working collaboratively with the Colliers teams across the world.

He was formerly executive director of CBRE, where he led the company’s global capital markets teams for Southeast Asia and was previously based in Singapore.


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