27 February 2018 – El Confidencial
There’s a new marriage in the market for real estate consultancy firms. Colliers International Group has acquired the independent Spanish firm Irea. This move comes just a few months after Savills purchased Aguirre Newman, a firm that Colliers also expressed its interest in.
Following this integration, the new company will have a team comprising more than 100 professionals, with offices in Madrid and Barcelona, a turnover of €25 million, and will provide services in the following fields: advisory, capital markets, consulting, valuation, workplace solutions and project management. The objective of the new group is to be one of the top three firms in the sector within five years.
The operation has been structured through the purchase of the majority of Irea’s share capital by Colliers International, a listed company with a global turnover volume of €27 billion, a move that has been followed by a merger, whereby Irea has acquired the Spanish subsidiary of Colliers.
Mikel Echavarren, Founding Partner at Irea, is going to be the CEO of Colliers in Spain. Meanwhile, the rest of the management team is going to comprise: Ignacio M. Iturriaga, Joan García and Álvaro Alonso as the Heads of Corporate Finance; Neil Livingstone and Antonio Pan de Soraluce as the Heads of Capital Markets; and Miguel Vázquez and Laura Hernando, as the Heads of the specialist hotel services division.
In addition, in accordance with the model that characterises Colliers, which teams up with local partners, Echavarren, Livingstone and Pan de Soraluce will hold onto 20% of the share capital of the Spanish subsidiary.
“The Spanish real estate and hotel markets have experienced significant growth in recent years, and having the opportunity to expand our business with Irea’s excellent team of professionals is going to allow us to offer high added value services for our clients”, said Chris McLernon, CEO at Colliers International for the EMEA region.
“Our integration into Colliers represents a natural evolution for Irea, given that both companies share the same business culture and a strong commitment to excellence”, said Echavarren. “We consider that integrating ourselves into a global brand that has an unparalleled international platform is the key for strengthening our growth strategy and continuing to offer the best service possible to our clients, wherever they are in the world”, he added.
Original story: El Confidencial (by R. Ugalde)
Translation: Carmel Drake