CBRE acquires real estate consultancy Capstone Financial Solutions

01 March 2017

CBRE has acquired boutique commercial real estate finance and consulting firm Capstone Financial Solutions, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition boosts the firm’s presence across the Midwest as well as its proprietary IT with a work-flow technology platform, to reduce the loan closing times for clients.

Capstone Financial Solutions was founded in 2008 and today has six locations across the US. The company provides commercial real estate financial services, including commercial bank consulting and debt relocation services across the US for a wide variety of business types, including, among others, retail, multi-family, self-storage, industrial, manufactured home community, ground-up development, and mixed use properties. The firm’s clients include LoopNet, The New York Times and Capstone Financial Solutions is led by Principals Jon Faulkenberg, one of the firm’s co-founders, and Shawn Givens.

CBRE acquires real estate consultancy Capstone Financial Solutions

The acquisition boosts CBRE’s presence in the debt and structured finance and consulting market, by, among others, adding Capstone Financial’s proprietary work-flow technology platform – which offers clients a reduced processing time on commercial loans – to the firm’s offering to clients across its network. Faulkenberg and Givens will become Executive Vice Presidents at the firm. The value of the deal was not disclosed.

“Combining with CBRE is an ideal situation for us and our clients,” says Faulkenberg. “CBRE’s high-quality, full-service offering will ensure our clients have a one-stop shop for all of their commercial real estate needs.”

Givens says that the firm is "very excited" about the increased opportunities due to being part of CBRE. He adds, "The same high level of service our clients have come to expect will be enhanced by the products and services we will be able to offer as we grow our national team as part of CBRE. We look forward to the future and growth of the combined firm.”

Last month CBRE bought Floored, a New York-based real estate ground plan visualisation developer for an undisclosed sum.


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SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

19 April 2019

UK consulting firm SQW Group has completed its first acquisition since it completed a management buyout in January 2019. BBP Regeneration joins the company having collaborated with SQW for more than 20 years.

Established in 1983, SQW Group now operates all over the world. Comprising SQW, Oxford Innovation, Oxford Innovation Services – one of the UK’s leading innovation centre operators – and Oxford Investment Opportunities Network, the organisation’s origins can be traced to Britain’s two ancient university cities: Oxford, through Oxford Trust founders, Martin and Audrey Wood, and Cambridge, through SQW’s work in producing The Cambridge Phenomenon.

The consultancy specialises in public policy, working with entities from the public, private and voluntary sectors to research, develop, implement and evaluate social and economic development interventions. It now employs over 250 people across regional offices in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, and provides business support to over 4,000 entrepreneurs and small businesses each year. At the start of 2019, SQW secured its independence in a management buyout, advised on by M&A experts from Liberty Corporate Finance and Penningtons Manches.

SQW Group purchases property-based regeneration consultancy

SQW has strengthened its position as a provider of services across the business spectrum with the acquisition of BBP Regeneration. Founded in 1994, the consulting firm specialises in land and property-based regeneration and growth schemes, and is a leading social and economic development consultancy. 

The two firms first worked together over 20 years ago, when SQW and BBP collaborated to develop the first Regional Economic Strategy for the South East. More recently, they developed an economic strategy for Thanet and are now working together in locations stretching from Cwmbran via Oxfordshire to London.

With the addition of BBP, SQW can now provide an integrated advisory service for organisations developing property schemes which deliver economic benefit to their local area. By joining SQW, meanwhile, BBP hopes to further enhance its ability to support clients in delivering property and place-making ambitions. 

Speaking about the deal, SQW CEO David Crichton-Miller commented, “The UK more than ever needs solutions to the challenges of places – of high streets under threat, of meeting housing delivery targets, and of both economically over-successful and economically challenged towns and cities – and the combination of SQW and BBP is uniquely suited to developing those solutions. [This deal] brings together critical and complementary services relating to places to serve our clients with leading edge and practical advice.”

Andy Smith, Director of BBP Regeneration, added, “SQW shares with BBP the same values of seeking to provide outstanding, practical, real world advice that helps get buildings built and places developed.  We greatly look forward to the opportunities that come from joining our two organisations together.”