LaSalle appoints Mahdi Mokrane head of research and strategy for Europe

LaSalle Investment Management has appointed Mahdi Mokrane as head of research and strategy, Europe. 

He starts with LaSalle in the summer of 2013.
Mokrane (pictured) will be based in London and will oversee European property investment strategy. He will work closely with LaSalle’s 25-person global strategy team across its three regions, which analyses capital markets, regional economies and property markets in 150 metropolitan areas and thirty countries.  Mokrane reports to Jacques Gordon, global strategist based in Chicago, and Simon Marrison, Europe chief executive.
He will join LaSalle’s UK Investment Committee, European Investment Committee and will be a member of LaSalle’s European Management Board.
Gordon says: “Mahdi comes to LaSalle with impressive credentials and over 17 years of experience managing research teams, working at the highest level as an economist. He was chosen because we believe he will be extremely effective in providing guidance to our investment teams and best-in-class advice to clients on their commercial real estate portfolio strategies.” 
“LaSalle is well known for its unwavering commitment to its investor base, providing research-based strategies and delivering superior investment performance.” Mokrane said. "I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and to contributing to delivering superior service to the firm’s present and future clients.”
Morkane joins from AEW Europe, where he was head of research and strategy and a member of the company’s European investment committee and global securities allocation committee.  He worked closely on real estate transactions in both UK and Continental European markets.  Prior to joining AEW, he worked at IPD in France as director for research and training from 2001 to 2004. 

Mokrane has also been an Associate Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Cergy and ESSEC Business School in France where he taught investment valuation, finance and economics.  He was also a consultant for the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (CDC) on securitisation issues and has a background in mathematics and statistics, having studied at Dauphine University and the London School of Economics.  

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