Monday, January 23, 2017

HFF completes acquisition of Leon Partners in London

Michael Kavanau
DALLAS, TX –– HFF, Inc. (NYSE: HF) (HFF) announced today that it has successfully launched its U.K. operations with the completed acquisition of Leon Partners Limited (Leon Partners), a London-based independent real estate advisory firm focusing on investment banking and corporate finance. 

The opening of the London operation represents HFF’s 24th office location and the first outside of the U.S.

David Church and Raj Somchand, founding members of Leon Partners, bring their collective 50 years in the business, recently with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Leon Partners, to lead the London office’s corporate finance and investment banking business.

In addition, Michael Kavanau, senior managing director and former co-head of HFF’s Chicago office, has relocated to London.  Mr. Kavanau brings his 30 years of experience with HFF in the U.S. to lead the London office’s equity and debt placement business.

In second quarter 2017, Jamie Pope will join the firm to co-head the London office alongside Mr. Kavanau and Mr. Church, in addition to leading the investment platform.

Mr. Pope was most recently managing director of CBRE’s Central London Investment division and has more than 21 years of experience.  He will be joined by his colleague, John Starkie, who will also specialize in the acquisition, disposal and strategic consultancy of commercial property within the Central London market. 

 “We are incredibly excited about HFF’s expansion into London and the broader U.K. market given London’s pre-eminent position among the worlds’ great financial and commercial real estate centers,” said Mr. Kavanau.  

“The HFF London office offers an extraordinarily talented team of individuals and we look forward to providing the U.K. market a unique alternative for commercial real estate financial service needs.”
Jamie Pope
HFF’s London office offers a full spectrum of commercial real estate capital markets transaction services in the U.K., including investment banking/corporate finance, investment transactions and debt and equity placement.

 As one of the largest and most successful commercial real estate intermediaries, HFF incorporates capital markets knowledge with local real estate expertise to successfully complete a diverse mix of real estate transactions, regardless of size or complexity. 

HFF’s business model is solely focused on providing capital markets services to its clients, and therefore does not invest, lease or manage real estate assets, thus mitigating conflicts of interests with its clients. 

 HFF, Inc. was ranked in Fortune magazine's 100 Fastest-Growing Companies for four years: 2012 – 2014 and 2016, and with its predecessor companies has closed in excess of $610 billion in transactions since 1998. 

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Kristen M. Murphy
Director, Public Relations
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 |

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