Pepper Appoints James Gray as Head of Real Estate Advisory

Posted 04-05-2016

Pepper UK has added additional capability to its fast growing Commercial Loan Servicing Division by recruiting James Gray as Head of Real Estate Advisory. In his new role at Pepper he will be working closely with the servicing teams to maximise real estate values and improve returns for clients.

James joins from JP Morgan Chase Bank where he was in the Corporate and Investment Bank Appraisal team. Whilst at JP Morgan he oversaw the acquisition, due diligence and appraisals of both performing and non-performing loan portfolio acquisitions. James has extensive experience in a wide range of asset classes from healthcare, hotels and offices to airports and industrial in the UK, Ireland and across Europe. Prior to JP Morgan, James worked at Knight Frank and CBRE.

Regarding his appointment, James commented “Pepper is a company that is currently going from strength to strength, growing at an unprecedented rate. The opportunity to be a part of this growth story was something that I found extremely compelling. I look forward to collaborating with our people to grow our offerings across the sector both in terms of quality of advice and level of service”.

Mark Caplan, MD of CRE at Pepper UK adds “Adding specialist real estate skills provides significant capability to our commercial loan servicing platform and further underlines our client offering as the UK’s leading servicer of small and medium sized loans secured on commercial real estate. Having won five mandates in our first two years, with approaching £3bn of loans, it was the natural time to add this extra knowledge to the team and I am delighted that, in James, we have found someone not only with the right professional skills but who shares our vision for the future".

Richard Klemmer, CEO of Pepper UK commented "We welcome James' experience in real estate, both in practice at market leading advisory firms, but also more recently at JP Morgan. His skill set ideally complements the existing people we have within the business. The fact we could attract the likes of James is testament to the reputation our Commercial Loan Servicing team has established in the market place".

Pepper UK, via its CRE loan servicing arm, Engage Commercial, is one of UK’s leading providers in loan servicing, debt advisory and asset management of third-party loans portfolios, secured against small and medium sized CRE.