CBRE’s Dan Roberts and Jones Lang LaSalle’s Sam Boreham, two of the City’s best known leasing agents, are to join the partnership of GM Real Estate at the end of this year to lead the leasing side of GM’s business, propertyweek.com can reveal.
Both Roberts, who is an executive director at CBRE in the City leasing team, and JLL regional director Boreham will leave their firms with over 13 years’ experience in the London leasing market.
Roberts and Boreham will join the current GM team led by partners Tony Gibbon, Tony McCurley, Rupert Williams and Thurstan Guthrie-Brown, who formed the firm in April 2010. Since then GM has handled more than £3.6bn of investment deals.
Both handle the prestigious Canary Wharf mandate for their respective firms. Roberts is also the leasing agent for the Heron Tower whilst Boreham is the leasing agent for Land Securities’ New Ludgate scheme.
GM Real Estate said the decision to expand leasing was driven by requests from its “heavyweight client base” to provide an unrivalled specialist alternative to the biggest global firms. The pair will work alongside GM’s Neal Scambler.
The strategic move comes on the back of some high profile GM deals, including the £517m acquisition of the Hammerson Portfolio for Brookfield, which is rife with office leasing opportunities.
JLL and CBRE declined to comment.
2 August 2012