KPMG has bolstered its real estate advisory team with the appointment of James Wakelin.
Based in London, James will work with KPMG’s established team to provide strategic advice, transactions structuring and other financial expertise to investors, fund managers, developers and occupiers.
James brings 11 years of real estate investment and financing experience working across the UK and Europe to KPMG. He previously worked as a Director at Pacific Real Estate Capital Partners and UBS Investment Bank.
Commenting on this appointment Stephen Barter, UK Chairman of Real Estate Advisory at KPMG, said: “I am delighted to welcome James to the team. His breadth of expertise and strong track record will benefit our clients across the UK and Europe. James joins us at an exciting time for the property market and for our business, as international investors are increasingly targeting real estate opportunities in Europe, and we are seeing heightened demand for our services.”
Richard White, UK Head of Real Estate at KPMG, said: “James’ recruitment is a further demonstration of KPMG Real Estate’s commitment to play a leading role in the resurgent property markets. Throughout 2013 we have seen increasing optimism and activity from our clients and the appetite to invest in real estate is certainly returning.”
James Wakelin said: “I am pleased to be joining KPMG’s real estate team, which has an enviable reputation in the market. This is an exciting opportunity to leverage the firm’s strong network of potential investors and breadth of expertise across the real estate space.”
KPMG is a preferred adviser to a number of sovereign funds and other major capital providers and specializes in linking capital to opportunities within international real estate. It also provides independent advice to help clients resolve complex real estate challenges.
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