Global real estate advisor CBRE has today announced the appointment of Paul Coates as Executive Director and Head of Debt and Structured Finance EMEA.

Coates is joining CBRE from the RBS where he has been Managing Director and Head of Real Estate Finance since 2008. He was responsible for the strategy and leadership of the Real Estate franchises across the bank, and was a member of the Commercial and Private Banking Executive Committee. Prior to this he held other high profile positions within RBS, including Managing Director in the European Real Estate Securitisation team and Managing Director in the Real Estate Finance Group. In his new role, Coates will report to Richard Dakin, Managing Director of CBRE Capital Advisors.

CBRE currently has a team of 30 people providing debt origination services across Europe and together with Marco Rampin, who will continue his focus on the Continental European activities, Paul will spearhead the continued expansion of the team across the region and develop the growing pipeline of debt advisory mandates. Steve Williamson will take on a new role as Chairman of Debt and Structured Finance EMEA, focusing primarily on developing the team’s UK client list.

CBRE Capital Advisors closed over 50 European debt deals totalling in excess of €6bn in the 18 month period between January 2016 and June 2017. During this period a number of significant hires have joined CBRE to lead the teams at a local level across the EMEA region, including Martina Muehlhofer in Italy, Abdallah Ould-Brahim in France and Igor Borrego in Portugal complementing the existing Capital Advisors activities in the Netherlands, Spain Germany and CEE.

Richard Dakin, Managing Director of Capital Advisors, CBRE
We always strive to give our clients a significant competitive advantage by delivering the best teams, expertise and market intelligence available from across our unrivalled global platform. Paul is highly regarded throughout the industry and has the experience to help us deliver the strategic growth that is required for us to continue to deliver exceptional outcomes for clients. With our deep real estate knowledge of the global markets combined with our disciplined financial expertise, CBRE is better positioned than anyone to offer the full breadth of real asset and finance optionality. 
Richard Dakin, Managing Director of Capital Advisors, CBRE

Paul Coates added: “I am delighted to be joining CBRE’s market leading Capital Advisors business and the best real estate platform in the world. I am looking forward to working with and developing the team to build on the existing strong track record of success and to seizing the growing number of advisory opportunities presenting themselves in the market currently.”