Simon Blake Returns to CBRE to Head Up Capital Markets UK

Simon Blake is to rejoin CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) in a new role as Head of Capital Markets UK, spearheading the strategic direction of CBRE’s leading capital markets business, in a move from fund manager Altyon Partners.

Stephen Hubbard, Head of Capital Markets EMEA, CBRE, said: “We are delighted that Simon is returning to CBRE. His experience, contacts and knowledge of the market are well documented and his return will further assist us in growing our strong position in the capital markets.”

Simon Blake will work closely with Stephen Hubbard, with his appointment allowing Stephen to further concentrate on his new role as Chairman of CBRE’s Real Estate Finance Group in which he will be working alongside Philip Cropper, Managing Director of Real Estate Finance, and to continue his other corporate role as Deputy Chairman of EMEA.

Simon Blake, Head of Capital Markets UK, CBRE, said: “The platform and support that CBRE offers is unique and will allow me to build on the excellent work they are already doing. I am particularly looking forward to working again with some of the outstanding CBRE people.”

Martin Samworth, Managing Director, CBRE UK, said: “It is great to have Simon back in our business and I really look forward to working together again. Simon’s proven expertise, deal making and personality will help to ensure that CBRE is in the best position to continue to help clients take advantage of the opportunities this market provides. He is a great addition to the dynamic people already working across our UK team.”

Simon Blake previously headed up the Business Space team at CBRE for four years. He left CBRE to set up a pan-European fund management business, Altyon Partners, with Simon Holley. Simon Blake and Simon Holley set up Holley Blake in 1996, which was subsequently acquired by CBRE in 2006.

Simon Blake will continue to advise Altyon Partners and Simon Holley remains a consultant to CBRE.