Brookland was founded in 2009 by highly experienced real estate investment banking professionals who recognised the need for independent and specialist advisory services and capital raising solutions in the European real estate markets following the unprecedented funding and valuation crisis encountered by the real estate industry in 2008.
In the early years the business developed its reputation as the leading real estate debt restructuring and workout firm in Europe with a unique track record of advising on the majority of all the large real estate debt restructuring transactions in Europe. This included the largest and most complex transactions ever restructured in the European real estate markets. Brookland achieved some significant successes and this was acknowledged in the many awards it received in this sector and the high level of repeat business from clients.
When the debt markets re-opened in 2013 Brookland became a leading arranger of debt transactions in the European real estate loan and capital markets across a broad range of transactions. The senior team have deep product knowledge of the sector as principals having established and managed successful lending platforms over many years. Again, Brookland’s success in debt arranging is recognised through the number of awards it has received in this sector and the high level of repeat business from clients.
Brookland has also been very active in advising both sellers and purchasers across a broad range of real estate based transactions (real estate, loans, CMBS and operating businesses) as well as providing specialist debt and equity advisory services.
The senior team have worked closely with industry bodies (chairing committees where appropriate) and have been involved in industry consultations with the Bank of England and the European Banking Authority as well as contributing chapters in specialist real estate books (see our Publications here).
Over the last 13 years Brookland has become Europe’s leading specialist real estate investment banking firm consistently providing innovative and value add solutions for our clients in the European real estate markets.
Brookland’s ethos is to combine expertise, integrity and trust in everything we do. The firm prides itself in meeting its clients’ needs and maintaining a reputation for strong delivery and execution under varying market conditions.
We act as a trusted advisor to our clients, becoming an extension of their team and managing the entire transaction process to ensure timely and successful execution on the best terms.
We invest in and empower our people and reward initiative, integrity and innovative and independent thinking.
Our advice is always independent, strategic and solution orientated.
The success of our approach has been evidenced through:
- Successfully executing 85+ transactions representing capital exceeding €37 billion in the last 13 years across multiple product areas.
- A unique client base for a boutique firm, with a high degree of repeat business, which includes state-owned institutions, a diverse range of financial institutions, private equity firms, listed institutions, family offices, HNWs and SMEs.
- Strong market recognition through multiple industry awards in multiple categories including “Debt Advisor of the Year”, “European High Yield Bond of the Year”, “Restructuring of the Year”, “European Debt Workout Advisor of the Year”, “Deal of the Year” as well as being a finalist or runner-up in various other categories.
- The many strong personal testimonials and recommendations from a range of clients and market participants who have worked with Brookland throughout the years.
Named as Top 5 advisor for German based financial restructurings, 2010 Debtwire league tables
Twice achieved Finalist status for the “Newcomer of the Year” at the industry leading Property Week Awards in 2011 and 2012
Named in Top 10 Financial advisors globally / EMEA for restructurings across all industry sectors in 2012 / HI 2013 (despite focusing solely on European real estate)
Launched the CMBS 2.0 principles with CREFC – Europe setting out best practices for structuring new CMBS issuances in Europe
The Banker “Deals of the Year” 2013 – €4.3bn Deutsche Annington GRAND (Vonovia)
“European Debt Workout Advisor of the Year” 2014
“Out of Court Restructuring of the Year 2015” – £1.6bn General Healthcare Group
“European Debt Advisor of the Year” 2016
“Advisory Firm of the Year” 2017 and 2018
“Debt Advisor of the Year in the UK and Ireland” 2018
“Debt Advisor of the Year: UK” 2019
“Europe High-Yield Bond of the Year” 2019 – Pinewood £550m bond
“Restructuring Deal of the Year” 2019 - £2.2bn General Healthcare Group/ BMI Healthcare
"Debt Advisor of the Year (Development Financing): UK" 2020
"Debt Advisor of the Year (Investment Financing): Continental Europe" 2020
"Debt Advisor of the Year (Investment Financing): UK" 2021