Macquarie Capital has hired Rob Lester as a managing director in its real estate group in New York, where he will be responsible for originating and executing real estate transactions. Lester was previously a managing principal in Park Hill Group’s real estate team.
Macquarie Capital, the corporate advisory and capital markets arm of Macquarie Group (“Macquarie”) (ASX:MQG; ADR:MQBKY) today announced that Rob Lester has joined its real estate group as a Managing Director based in New York. Rob brings to Macquarie his extensive real estate expertise, particularly in private capital markets, and will be responsible for originating and executing real estate transactions.
“Real estate operators today have a critical need for intelligent, tailored private capital market solutions and Rob’s expertise and relationships will enhance our global platform”
“The addition of Rob is a significant expansion of our global real estate group and representative of our ongoing efforts to increase our presence in the Americas,” said Nick Butcher, Head of North American Infrastructure, US Real Estate and US Resources for Macquarie Capital. “Rob’s excellent experience and industry relationships will contribute significantly to our global real estate practice which has raised $40 billion in private equity commitments since 2003.”
Macquarie Capital’s real estate group is a recognized industry leader in providing private capital solutions to clients, including capital raisings, recapitalizations, M&A, and restructurings. Mr. Lester will partner with Macquarie veteran Eric C. Wurtzebach to jointly lead the group’s efforts in the Americas. “Real estate operators today have a critical need for intelligent, tailored private capital market solutions and Rob’s expertise and relationships will enhance our global platform,” added Mr. Butcher.
Mr. Lester joins from Blackstone, where he spent nearly 10 years, most recently as a Managing Principal in the firm’s Park Hill Real Estate Group. Previously, he worked in investment banking groups at Deutsche Banc Alex. Brown and BNP Paribas. Mr. Lester received his MBA from Pepperdine University and his BS in Economics from the University of California, Riverside.
About Macquarie Group
Macquarie Group (Macquarie) is a global provider of banking, financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Macquarie’s main business focus is making returns by providing a diversified range of services to clients. Macquarie acts on behalf of institutional, corporate and retail clients and counterparties around the world. Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates in more than 70 office locations in 28 countries. Macquarie employs approximately 13,600 people and has assets under management of over US$339 billion (as of March 31, 2013).
Macquarie Capital provides advisory, capital raising and principal investing to corporate, financial sponsor and government clients involved in M&A, debt and equity fund raising, corporate restructuring, project finance and Public Private Partnerships. In the US, Macquarie Capital has continued to expand its client offerings, creating deep specialist sector expertise through targeted acquisitions and key hires, and building a comprehensive advisory and capital markets platform.
Macquarie Capital is a global leader of real estate private capital placement. Macquarie has an unmatched track record working with some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated investors on unique opportunities. Macquarie has closed $40 billion in equity commitments since 2003, more than $11 billion of transactions completed from 2012 to date involving approximately $6 billion in equity commitments secured.
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