NEW YORK, NY – September 15, 2015Colliers International has announced that the team of Jeffrey Donnelly and Ulrike Ahrens has joined its New York operations as Executive Director and Director in its Capital Markets division. 

The capital markets team comes to Colliers with more than 35 years of industry experience combined. In their new roles, Donnelly and Ahrens will advise on, structure, and execute a wide range of capital transactions including: structured financing and recapitalization; equity and debt placements; sale-leasebacks; asset sales; and loan sales. 

“This dynamic team has driven and achieved a remarkable track record of success in all types of capital transactions across the country, in the Caribbean, and in Latin America,” said Kim Brennan, Chief Operating Officer of Colliers International’s Tri-State Region. “Their expertise and wide-ranging market intellect will be an excellent addition to our expanding capital markets team in New York.”

Among their notable accomplishments, Donnelly and Ahrens completed renovation/repositioning financings, including for a 252-key hotel in Hawaii.  They have also been active in placing bridge, pre-development financing in New York, including for a luxury condominium project in Manhattan and for a luxury gated community in Queens. 

Additionally, Donnelly was instrumental in redeveloping and transforming a ground lease business into a comprehensive structured ground lease finance platform while serving as Principal of Spectrum Capital Partners LLC. Prior to that, he served as a principal in two real estate private equity funds that invested in Russia and South Florida. 

Donnelly also previously managed a 73-building, $500 million portfolio in New York City, and a 21-property, $77 million portfolio in Baltimore as a senior executive with Emmes Asset Management. Before coming to New York City, Donnelly founded and led a construction company and real estate brokerage in Moscow, Russia. 

Prior to her work with Donnelly, Ahrens worked in Private Banking/ Private Wealth Management at Deutsche Bank in Germany where she provided comprehensive financial advice and service to  high net‐worth and international clientele including sophisticated investment management, financial & wealth planning, and credit & lending. 

During her time an Executive Regional Market Manager at a NJ based bank, Ms. Ahrens had a key role in developing and growing the bank’s targeted market opportunities. During that time Ms. Ahrens served as the Executive Director of the European American Chamber of Commerce.  She is fluent in German and French.