CBRE Investment Management Strengthens its European Management Team Appointing Jan Willem Bastijn as EMEA Head of Transactions Direct Real Estate Strategies

January 24, 2023

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CBRE Investment Management (“CBRE IM”) has appointed Jan-Willem Bastijn as Head of EMEA Transactions for Direct Real Estate Strategies. Jan-Willem will be responsible for accelerating EMEA platform growth, as well as leading the transaction teams across 10 EMEA offices.

Jan-Willem joins from Cushman & Wakefield where he has worked for over 20 years, most recently as Chair of Capital Markets EMEA with a focus on servicing pan-regional investors and leading cross-border investment transactions at scale. He has been instrumental in transforming the firm’s capital markets group to a full-service provider covering all sectors and geographies. He has spent time with many major investment clients around the world and has a strong deal track-record in many different asset classes.

As Head of EMEA Transactions at CBRE IM, Jan-Willem will be pivotal in leveraging both local and multi-sector expertise, building and supporting the transaction teams in delivering at pace and at scale.

Joining on the 1st of March, Jan-Willem will report to Rik Eertink, President EMEA Real Estate Division at CBRE IM. He will join the EMEA Management Team and be based in Amsterdam.

“Jan-Willem joining the team is incredibly exciting for CBRE IM. He is well known as one of the leading transaction leaders in Europe with fantastic connections globally across our industry and has a reputation of being able to source and execute on transformative deals,” said Rik Eertink. “He will ensure that we continue to secure compelling investment opportunities for our clients and drive forward the evolution of our transaction capabilities in these new market conditions. We look forward to working with Jan-Willem and benefit from his strategic thinking, leadership and proven track record of unlocking opportunities.”

Jan-Willem Bastijn said: “I’m thrilled to be joining CBRE IM at a time when deal sourcing and selection is so critical to investment success. I’ve been impressed by the vision and the long-term objectives of the firm, and I look forward to playing a part in meeting these and driving overall growth across EMEA.”

James Young, Head of Investor Services EMEA & APAC, Cushman & Wakefield, said: “Jan-Willem has made an enormous contribution to Cushman & Wakefield, and I would like to personally thank him for his efforts. We are excited for him now that he has decided to go client side and we look forward to continuing to work with him in his new role at one of our key investor clients.”

With key strategic hires like Jan-Willem, CBRE IM is enhancing its operator capabilities and building upon the firm’s transaction expertise. This aligns with the firm’s aim to continue to position CBRE IM as the leading investor-operator globally.

About CBRE Investment Management
CBRE Investment Management is a leading global real assets investment management firm with $143.9 billion in assets under management* as of September 30, 2022, operating in more than 30 offices and 20 countries around the world. Through its investor-operator culture, the firm seeks to deliver sustainable investment solutions across real assets categories, geographies, risk profiles and execution formats so that its clients, people and communities thrive.

CBRE Investment Management is an independently operated affiliate of CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2021 revenue). CBRE has more than 105,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE Investment Management harnesses CBRE’s data and market insights, investment sourcing and other resources for the benefit of its clients. For more information, please visit

*Assets under management (AUM) refers to the fair market value of real assets-related investments with respect to which CBRE Investment Management provides, on a global basis, oversight, investment management services and other advice and which generally consist of investments in real assets; equity in funds and joint ventures; securities portfolios; operating companies and real assets-related loans. This AUM is intended principally to reflect the extent of CBRE Investment Management’s presence in the global real assets market, and its calculation of AUM may differ from the calculations of other asset managers and from its calculation of regulatory assets under management for purposes of certain regulatory filings.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Dallas, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2022 revenue). The company has approximately 115,000 employees (excluding Turner & Townsend employees) serving clients in more than 100 countries. CBRE serves a diverse range of clients with an integrated suite of services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at