Building upon the company's ground level presence in theAmericas, Europe and Asia Pacific, the new team will be led byDeborah Smith and June Yu, both of whom join CBRE Investors assenior managing directors. In addition, it was announced thateffective immediately, Smith and Yu would join the firm's globalleadership team, which is charged with executing the firm's plan,according to a company statement. Smith and Yu join the firm fromLehman Brothers, where they were SVPs in the real estate mergersand acquisitions group and global real estate investment bankinggroup.

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Vance Maddocks, CEO of CBRE Investors, says the creation of thenew investment team expands the firm's existing expertise inexecuting major real estate investment banking transactions acrossits global platform.

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"CBRE Investors' global presence has grown substantially overthe last 18 months thanks to the depth and efficiency of ourmulti-disciplined real estate investment platform and theflexibility afforded by our various investment programs," he says."The ability to attract, analyze and execute large scaletransactions at the entity-level is the next logical step in ourgoal of providing investors with an investment platform thatreaches around the globe as well as into every key sector of therisk/return spectrum in real estate."

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The new team will support the firm's investment teams already inplace in Boston, Baltimore, London, Paris, Frankfurt, Milan,Luxembourg, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Los Angeles.

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"In the last few years, CBRE Investors has delivered severallarge scale real estate portfolios to the public markets here andabroad," Maddocks notes, citing initial public offerings forcompanies such as Digital Realty Trust in the US and New CityResidence Investment Corp., one of the first J-REITs in Japan.

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"The expansion of our transaction expertise under the guidanceof Deborah and June significantly enhances our global in-housecapability to execute a broad range of transactions includingentity-level investments, the acquisition of operating companiesand the recapitalization of large-scale joint ventures. We believethe benefits of dedicating resources in this strategic directionwill be both immediate and long term for our global investorbase."

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