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Colliers promotes in-house talent to lead its Capital Markets business in Spain

Alberto Díaz, new Managing Director of Capital Markets

Colliers International, a global leader in real estate services and asset management, has appointed Alberto Diaz as the new Managing Director of Capital Markets in Spain. Colliers thus reinforces its structure by betting on in-house talent to consolidate its strategic plan. Alberto will contribute to the investment business the high financial and transactional component so characteristic for the company.

Alberto Díaz has over 15 years' experience and has developed most of his professional career at irea, a company that became part of the current Colliers in 2018 and where he reached the position of Senior Director of the Corporate Finance division. He has a broad experience in corporate and real estate transactions, as well as in financing structuring and distressed asset advisory, having advised on transactions of up to EUR 15 billion. Over the last few years, he has specialised in structuring investment operations in the real estate sector, leading the collaboration with international funds and establishing alliances between developers and local asset management companies and institutional funds.

"Our ultimate goal is to become the leading real estate advisor in the Spanish investment market, and to achieve this, we are aiming for the sophistication of our advice and the maximum engagement of the team in each transaction, providing our clients with the focus on excellence in advice that distinguishes us" -- affirms Alberto Díaz, Managing Director of Capital Markets at Colliers International Spain.

"Alberto is a unique profile in the market, both for the rigorous execution and for his financial expertise. We aspire to lead the Spanish Capital Markets industry with the distinguishing feature that Alberto is, and the hiring of good professionals who want to develop their career in a different environment". - says Mikel Echavarren, CEO of Colliers International Spain.

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Colliers International (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 68 countries, our more than 15,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert advice to maximize the value of property for real estate occupiers, owners and investors. For more than 25 years, our experienced leadership, owning approximately 40% of our equity, has delivered compound annual investment returns of almost 20% for shareholders. In 2019, corporate revenues were more than $3.0 billion ($3.5 billion including affiliates), with $33 billion of assets under management in our investment management segment.

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Alberto Díaz

Managing Director | Capital Markets


Alberto Díaz is Managing Director of the Capital Markets Department at Colliers International. He has more than 15 years of experience and has developed most of his professional career in irea, a company integrated into the current Colliers in 2018 and in which he became Senior Director of the Corporate Finance division.

His experience is focused on real estate assets  and corporate transactions, as well as financing structuring and distressed situations, having advised on transactions for more than 15,000 million euros.

In recent years he has specialised in structuring investment operations in the real estate sector, leading the relationship with international funds and creating alliances between developers and local equity companies and institutional funds.

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Mikel Echavarren

CEO Spain & Portugal


Mikel Echavarren is CEO of Colliers International Spain. He was President and CEO of irea since its foundation in 2002 until March 2018, when irea joined Colliers International. Prior to joining irea, Mikel was a partner in the Spain and Portugal real estate corporate finance division of Arthur Andersen. 

With over 30 years of experience in the real estate sector, he is an expert in strategic planning for real estate groups and in complex mortgage debt portfolio, real estate company and property transactions. He has managed financial restructurings involving over €8,000 million worth of debt belonging to real estate, construction and services companies. 


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Alejandra Folgado

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As Marketing and Communications Director Alejandra is responsible for building a marketing and Comm. strategy that grows brand awareness; drives lead generation and works across business lines to support Colliers International in Spain  achieve its growth and customer acquisition goals.

She began her career at Atlas Capital Close Brothers in 2001 and joined to irea in 2006, where she was Knowledge & Organization Manager for almost 4 years. After a 5 years  of professional and personal experience in Italy, she returns to irea as Marketing & Communications Manager.

From January 2015 she has been Head of Marketing and Communications at irea until March 2018, when the spanish firm integrates in Colliers International.

Alejandra studied at Carlos III University (Madrid)  where she has a bachelor degree in Information Sciences. She holds an International Marketing and Communications Master from Polimoda Business School (Italy).

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