Knight Frank adds two automotive specialists from CBRE

Alastair Coates

Knight Frank has recruited Alastair Coates as a Partner and Richard Syers as an Associate to its specialist Automotive team to further strengthen its leading position in the automotive markets.

Alastair is a major figure in the industry having previously spent 14 years at CBRE where his high-profile roles included advising on global mandates for the likes of Shell and Esso, and establishing and leading the regional hub for the firm.

Alastair brings with him his colleague Richard Syers, who joins as an Associate, and whose responsibilities included Tesla’s UK expansion programme.

Adam Chapman, National Head of Automotive at Knight Frank, said: “The appointments of Alastair and Richard exemplify the quality of Knight Frank’s automotive team. They are undoubtedly two of the most highly-regarded and leading advisers in the automotive markets, and their addition complements the already unrivalled mix of skills and experience we are able to offer our clients.

“Formed by leading experts in 2014, this is the first new automotive team in the market for 15 years, and has already established itself as number one adviser. With the strategic recruitment of talented individuals such as Alastair and Richard, our team will continue to provide a best-in-class service across all automotive disciplines and cement our position as market leaders.”

Total investment in automotive property in the UK 2006-2015 totalled £2.85 billion, with 2015 volumes 25 per cent higher than the previous year.