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Colliers appoints Luke Dawson to lead Global Capital Markets

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Announced today the appointment of Luke Dawson as Head of Global Capital Markets. Dawson will set the global strategic agenda for Colliers Capital Markets, which includes advising clients, providing value-added services to accelerate clients’ investment strategies, and connecting capital with opportunities across all asset classes around the world. In addition to his new mandate, he will retain his existing role as Capital Markets leader for EMEA.

The appointment of Dawson marks an important step in accelerating success for clients around the world. For nearly two decades, Dawson has been an enterprising, collaborative, and results-driven leader taking a client-led approach with deep expertise across asset classes and boarders. In 2004, Dawson joined Colliers as Director of Corporate Development with a focus on M&A activity. Dawson then held several leadership roles within the Colliers Capital Markets business including business development, client engagement, investment sales and overall leadership across Central and Eastern European region. Most recently, as Managing Director of Cross Border Capital Markets, he was responsible for executing the regional strategy and driving growth of the Capital Markets service line.

“Building on our success as a leading Capital Markets advisor, our Capital Markets team is constantly growing and attracting top talent all over the world,” said Chris McLernon, Chief Executive Officer, Global Real Estate Services at Colliers. “We are excited for Luke to drive our Global Capital Markets strategy forward, delivering a best-in-class experience for our clients.”

“I am thrilled to be leading our Global Capital Markets platform and support both our clients and people around the world in connecting capital with opportunities that will accelerate success for investors and our business,” said Luke Dawson, Head of Global Capital Markets at Colliers. “With our continued growth, we are well positioned in all major markets, and I look forward to ensuring we remain at the forefront in providing expert knowledge and advice on investments.”

With 1,500 Capital Markets professionals around the world, Colliers has continued to invest to drive results in its Global Capital Markets platform by recruiting world-class talent and strengthening Capital Markets capabilities, including its recent acquisition of Pangea. 
 

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As of 2021, I took on the leadership of our EMEA Cross Border Capital Markets team, based in London.    We look to support global investors with accessing opportunities across the region as well as leveraging our local relationships into the wider region.  It is a client-led approach  across asset classes and countries formulated on the idea of matching our structure to how investors view the markets.  We look to build relationships at the decision maker level by meeting capital in their home countries on a regular basis and really understanding their long-term objectives.

I started with Colliers in 2003 working as Director of Corporate Development with a focus on mergers and acquistions across the globe.  After leading the acquisitions of several Colliers businesses across Europe, I relocated to Europe in 2007 and took on several roles across the business in both regional management and Capital Markets capacities. During this period I was responsible for  business development, key accounts, investment sales and overall business accountability across our Central and Eastern European businesses.

In 2014 I left Colliers to run one of the largest private family offices in the middle east.  This involved leading all asset management, acquisitions and dispositions across the globe and the overall leadership of the organization. 

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Bringing a depth of experience in building and growing businesses in mature and emerging markets, Chris has played an integral role in growing Colliers into its current position. Previously the Chief Executive Officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), Chris provided strategic direction for the region, ensuring a seamless service experience for clients across our complete range of services, and grew its revenues 20-fold. He oversaw more than 30 acquisitions including Colliers UK, Colliers Germany, Colliers Italy, Antirion, IREA, Sadline & Albaek, Ovenia and The AOS Group from France. Earlier, he built and led Colliers’ Latin America business and was one of the top producers in Canada when he joined Colliers in 1987 as an office leasing advisor in Toronto.

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