Commercial property firm hires retail agency and investment team to drive growth

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New retail agency and investment team

New retail agency and investment team

BNP Paribas Real Estate has recruited a retail agency and investment team from Drivers Jonas Deloitte as its UK growth gathers pace.

Simon Williams, Patrick Heaps, Chris Mulcock, Jemima Unterhalter and Rosemary Baker all join this month (January 2013) with further growth planned.

Ashley Layton from Gerald Eve has also joined the new retail agency and investment team.

Williams is appointed head of retail investment and was previously head of retail investment at DJD. He has worked with BNPPRE CEO John Slade previously, including purchasing together substantial assets for clients in Germany. He has advised over £6bn of capital market transactions in the last 10 years.

Heaps joins as head of retail, reporting to Ian Parish, head of BNPPRE’s lettings and sales business. Heaps was previously head of retail agency at DJD where he was also responsible for client development. Prior to DJD, Heaps, in common with all the team, worked for DTZ/Donaldsons.

Mulcock joins as senior retail investment director, having previously been investment director at DJD, and prior to that, Gerald Eve. Unterhalter joins as associate director in retail investment. The team’s administrator, Rosemary Baker, also joins.

Parish aid: “This is a major team acquisition and is very much in line with our UK development plan. I am delighted that Simon, Patrick and the team are joining us. This gives us tremendous potential in serving further our existing clients but also in offering a top class retail service to new clients.”

These appointments follow BNPPRE’s recruitment of Andrew Shepherd as senior director and Simon Hill as associate director of retail agency from Capital Retail; Richard Garside as senior director of city investment and his team from GVA, Hugh White as senior investment director from LSH, James Keys as senior investment director from Capita Symonds, Nick Rock as head of West End office agency from Brewster Leech and several other senior directors.