CBRE Global Investors Expands Credit Platform in Americas and Europe

28 Apr 2021


CBRE Global Investors has expanded its credit platform with the additions of Michelle Liu in the Americas and Isabelle Brennan in the U.K., underscoring the strategic importance of credit to the firm’s platform and to its investors’ portfolios.

Liu has joined the firm as a Managing Director and Senior Originator focused on deploying capital on behalf of the Americas Credit Division. She brings more than 16 years of lending experience with banks and specialty finance companies and will be based in New York.

Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Liu served in the Real Estate Finance group at CIT Bank, where she sourced, structured and closed $6 billion of balance sheet loans across all major asset classes nationally. Prior to CIT, Liu served at Emigrant Realty Finance, where she originated and underwrote balance sheet and corporate loans and had roles at Capital Trust and at Citigroup’s Corporate & Investment Bank.

Liu earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Wharton School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Michelle’s proven ability to build and harvest relationships with borrowers and brokers and to originate mortgage loans across asset classes and geographies represents an important extension of our core competencies,” said Todd Sammann, Head of Americas Credit Division.

Brennan has joined the firm as a Global Investor Solutions Officer, specializing in Global Credit Solutions to drive global capital-raising efforts for both the U.K./EMEA and Americas Credit Divisions. Based in London, she also will work in partnership with Alice Wilcox in Investor Solutions to market our entire suite of real estate and infrastructure solutions to investors in the U.K. and Ireland, principally focused on insurance companies and certain other institutional investors, while Wilcox continues to lead the firm’s efforts with Local Government Pension Scheme investors, U.K. large cap investors and U.K. consultants, in particular.

Prior to joining CBRE Global Investors, Brennan was a Director of Real Estate Finance at M&G Investments, where she was responsible for capital raising and investor relations for the real estate credit platform and closed more than £3 billion worth of new capital commitments. Brennan has more than a decade of experience in the investment management industry, including prior roles at LaSalle Investment Management and Henderson Global Investors.

Brennan earned a Bachelor’s degree from Monash University, Melbourne, and a Master of Science degree in real estate from Cass Business School, London. She also holds U.K. qualifications in Psychology and Law.

“We are excited to leverage Isabelle’s deep knowledge of real assets, particularly her experience in credit to help deliver solutions to our investors,” said Bernie McNamara, Global Head of Investor Solutions.

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