GVA Worldwide pushes into Australasia region
GVA Worldwide has entered Australasia by announcing its most recent affiliation to form GVA Franklin Shanks, based in Sydney, Australia.
Led by two partners, Mike Franklin MRICS and James Shanks MRICS, and with 50 years combined experience both in the Asia Pacific and UK markets, GVA Franklin Shanks represents one of the country's most experienced occupier focused real estate professional advisory businesses.
This latest affiliation comes hot on the heels of GVA Worldwide's most recently established partnering with Asia Pacific Properties (APP) in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
GVA Worldwide, GVA's global arm, continues an intensive strategic expansion following a string of new partnerships throughout 2013 in Spain, Portugal, Poland, Belgium and Luxembourg, as it looks to strengthen its global reach.
Rob Bould, Chief Executive of GVA and Chairman of GVA Worldwide, comments: "We're delighted to partner with Franklin Shanks. As we look to strengthen our global reach, Australasia is a key region that will play an integral part both in the future growth of GVA Worldwide and as a stand-alone global market. Already the UK's largest independent commercial property advisor we are looking to compete on a truly global level, and I have no doubt both Mike and James are best placed to assist us in fulfilling our medium and long term aspirations in this vital market region."
Based in Sydney's Governor Phillip Tower, the company founders, Mike Franklin and James Shanks held senior positions at CBRE, DTZ and Knight Frank before launching their own respective firms, which then led to their recent partnering.
GVA Franklin Shanks will provide professional consultancy services aligned to occupiers of commercial and industrial real estate, specialising in the office, industrial and retail markets.
Services include strategic planning, due diligence, client portfolio and lease management, lease and freehold transaction management, disposition management, lease exit strategies, sustainability management and bespoke market research.
Past and present global clients include Nestle, Sony, SAP, Google, Viacom, BMW, RBS, General Motors, Barclays Bank, Nomura and Standard Chartered.