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C&W appoints James Beckham to lead London capital markets

Global property adviser Cushman & Wakefield has hired investment agent James Beckham from JLL to lead its London capital markets practice.

Beckham joins Cushman & Wakefield after building King Sturge’s City of London capital markets business up from scratch in the late 1990s. King Sturge merged with JLL in 2011. 
At JLL, Beckham was an international director in its City investment business.
Having spent more than 25 years advising a broad range of REITs, sovereign wealth funds and both private and institutional investors in the UK and internationally on the disposal and acquisition of City of London investments, Beckham has numerous high profile transactions to his credit.  Recent instructions include the GBP472 million sale of Ropemaker Place for British Land and the GBP315 million purchase of Bankside for M&G. 
He will work closely with Cushman & Wakefield’s UK chief executive and head of London markets Digby Flower, alongside head of City of London capital markets James Crawford – who joined from Savills last year – and other senior members of the capital markets team in the City and West End.
Beckham will co-ordinate efforts from London by working with colleagues from Asia, the Americas and Europe to ensure the firm is at the centre of international real estate capital flows.
Flower says: “James Beckham is without doubt one of the most respected investment agents in the market.  He has an enviable track record in being involved in some of the largest transactions which have come onto the market in recent years and is extremely well positioned to spearhead the continued growth of our London capital markets business.”
Beckham says: “The opportunity to lead Cushman & Wakefield’s capital markets business in London was simply too good to ignore – I’m looking forward to working closely with the team to proactively capture additional market share and grow revenue significantly for the practice in the near future.  I have great respect for JLL’s people and trust at Cushman & Wakefield we will be doing a lot of business together.”

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