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James Scott

Managing Principal & Executive Managing Director

James Scott Managing Principal & Executive Managing Director

Professional Experience

James Scott as Managing Principal of CBRE Capital Advisors heads investment banking in the Americas and is a senior member of the Capital Markets leadership team. Mr. Scott advises public and private companies in the real estate sector on mergers and acquisitions and capital raising.

Prior to joining CBRE, Mr. Scott was a Managing Director in the real estate investment banking group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Previously, he was a member of the real estate investment banking group at UBS and the merger and acquisitions group at JP Morgan. Mr. Scott began his career as an attorney with the law firm of Reboul MacMurray (now Ropes and Gray).

Over the course of his career in investment banking, Mr. Scott has advised on mergers and acquisitions transactions valued at more than $100 billion and raised capital in excess of $30 billion for clients in both the public and private markets.

Representative Real Estate Transaction Experience

  • Wood Partners as sole advisors on the sale of a controlling interest
  • Bell Partners as placement agent on Fund V and VI totaling in excess of $1 billion
  • Financial Advisor to CNL Growth Properties on strategic alternatives and liquidation
  • Hilton Worldwide as sole advisor on its $1.8 billion acquisition of five luxury hotels from Blackstone Group
  • DRA Advisors and Bell Partners as sole advisor on the sale of a $1.8 billion multifamily portfolio to Lonestar
  • Macquarie Mexican REIT as the lead bookrunner on its $1 billion initial public offering
  • Charter Hall as the sole advisor on the $1.7 billion sale of its U.S. office portfolio
  • CBRE as sole advisor on its $1.1 billion acquisition of ING Real Estate Investment Management
  • CBRE as the lead bookrunner on $1.2 billion of high-yield bonds
  • ProLogis as the lead bookrunner for $3.5 billion of equity add-ons
  • Hersha Hospitality as lead bookrunner on its re-IPO and over $600 million of follow-on equity
  • Starwood Property as the lead bookrunner on its $932 million initial public offering
  • Blackstone in its acquisition and financing of EOP ($39 billion) and Hilton Hotels ($26 billion)
  • Boston Properties multiple capital markets engagements
  • Sole Advisor to CNL Hotels on the $6.6 billion sale to Morgan Stanley Real Estate and Ashford Hospitality
  • Sole Advisor to Caesars Entertainment on the $9.4 billion merger with Harrah’s Entertainment


  • Columbia Law School; Juris Doctor
  • Dartmouth College; Bachelor of Arts


Licenses and Memberships

  • Securities Principal (Series 7, 24, 63)
  • Member of New York State Bar
  • Licensed New York State Commercial Broker
James Scott Managing Principal & Executive Managing Director