BNP Paribas Real Estate boosts Scotland team with occupier solutions specialist

BNP Paribas Real Estate has strengthened its team in Scotland by appointing Allan Matthews as director of agency & occupier solutions.

Previously a director at CBRE for 14 years, Allan’s new role will see him take on leadership of the occupier solutions team in Scotland. He will provide property advice to commercial clients across both the office and industrial sectors.

In his previous role, Alan provided transactional advice – predominately in the office and industrial markets to both landlords and occupiers. Clients ranged from financial institutions including HSBC plc and Lloyds Banking Group, corporate occupiers including Amazon and Mitsubishi Electric, developers and public sector organisations to high net worth individuals with their own investment portfolios.

Gary Cameron, head of Scotland at BNP Paribas Real Estate, said, “Allan has an exceptional background in advising high profile occupier clients in a range of sectors and will strengthen the depth of our business. The team is already working on approximately 500,000 sq ft of lease disposal and acquisition work for corporate clients. Allan’s appointment allows us to provide deeper consultancy to our existing and future clients.”

Allan Matthews added, “As the only real estate professional services provider that is part of a global financial group, BNP Paribas Real Estate is able to provide unique access to integrated real estate and banking through BNP Paribas Group. This means that we can find the right solutions to drive strategic business decisions, not just real estate ones, and are able to look at the full range of capital release strategies available to clients.

“It’s a brilliant time to join the team as there are plans to expand the Edinburgh business to bolster both the BNP Paribas Real Estate and Strutt & Parker offering in Scotland. I look forward to growing the business and our offer to clients.”