Colliers International has further strengthened its capital markets capability in Scotland with the appointment of experienced adviser Elliot Cassels, in response to growing client demand for investment expertise.

The addition of Mr Cassels as a director in the National Capital Markets team comes just months after the real estate services and investment management company hired renowned dealmaker Patrick Ford as capital markets director, with a brief to focus on existing UK clients and bringing further international capital to Scotland.

Mr Cassels will be based in Edinburgh and work closely with Mr Ford in Glasgow and colleagues across the country, as Colliers seeks to further expand its capital markets capabilities in Scotland.

Douglas McPhail, head of Colliers International in Scotland, said: “This appointment comes in response to increasing demand for investment advice from clients, as the market continues to gather momentum. Elliot’s appointment adds another high-profile new director to our business. His knowledge of the Scottish investment market will be invaluable, enhancing our offering to clients and he is a great fit with the rest of the team.”

In June, as Colliers unveiled him as capital markets director, Mr Ford set out plans to build a market leading transactional team that will take advantage of the most compelling occupational dynamics in a decade. He said both foreign and UK investors were taking a keen interest in the Scottish commercial property market.

Colliers’ Head of National Capital Markets, John Knowles said this latest appointment was “further evidence of our commitment to grow our National Capital Markets business across the UK, and closely follows the launch of our new Debt Advisory business.”

Mr Cassels joins Colliers from Montagu Evans, bringing more than 20 years’ experience in the Scottish investment sector. He has advised on a number of forward funding projects for both developers seeking funding and investors providing funding; and he has also provided development consultancy advice and onward investment agency advice on numerous high-profile commercial projects.