Avison Young expands strategic capital markets financing expertise in the Western United States

January 21, 2020

Chris Casey joins as Principal, raising debt and joint venture equity for clients

Los Angeles Chris Cooper, Avison Young Principal and Managing Director in Southern California, today announced the appointment of Chris Casey as Avison Young Principal. Based in the firm’s Orange County office, Casey will focus on raising debt and joint venture equity for office, industrial, retail, hotel and multi-family properties throughout the Western United States.

“Chris brings a diverse perspective to our clients with his experience in debt and equity real estate as both an investment banker and principal investor,” said Cooper. “His deep knowledge will build on our real-time insights of global capital and market trends, financial acumen, and the right relationships to source opportunities and maximize value for our clients.”

Casey will deliver strategic advice to investor clients as they navigate financial and capital requirements in today’s economic and political landscape. The firm brings local, national and international experience, combined with research tools and teams, to gain exceptional access to domestic and international buyers seeking investment and development opportunities.

“Avison Young’s principal-led, collaborative partnership culture is unique in the real estate industry and was a real draw for me,” said Casey. “The firm’s broad global services approach is an ideal platform that will help expand current and future client relationships in consultation with my new colleagues in Southern California, the United States and around the world.”

Casey joins Avison Young from JLL, where he served as a Managing Director in its Capital Markets Finance group. He has more than 30 years of experience in commercial real estate, closing more than $10.5 billion of debt and equity transactions in the course of his career. Casey earned a Master of Science in Real Estate Investment Analysis and a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

The hire builds on Avison Young’s commitment to the Capital Markets business. John Kevill, Principal and President of U.S. Capital Markets, has overseen the expansion of the firm’s investment sales, debt, and equity capabilities across the country for the past three years. In 2019, Avison Young saw revenue growth in Capital Markets of more than 25 percent. The addition of Casey to the team, along with key hires across the country, will help amplify that growth and increase the firm’s ability to provide customized capital solutions to its clients.

Avison Young is the world’s fastest-growing commercial real estate services firm. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, Avison Young is a collaborative, global firm owned and operated by its Principals. Founded in 1978, with legacies dating back more than 200 years, the company comprises approximately 5,000 real estate professionals in 120 offices in 20 countries. The firm’s experts provide value-added, client-centric investment sales, leasing, advisory, management and financing services to clients across the office, retail, industrial, multi-family and hospitality sectors

Avison Young is a 2019 winner of the Canada's Best Managed Companies Platinum Club designation, having retained its Best Managed designation for eight consecutive years.


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For more information:

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  • Kate Murphy, Global Director of External Communications: 704.413.0234
  • Chris Cooper, Principal, Managing Director, Southern California: 213.935.7435
  • John Kevill, Principal, President, U.S. Capital Markets: 202.602.1737
  • Chris Casey, Principal, Orange County: 949.430.0686