Distinguished commercial real estate executive Melissa Copley is bringing 26 years of experience in representing top law firms and corporations to Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) as vice chairman of tenant representation. Her corporate services background combined with her expertise in negotiating large, complex transactions strengthens NGKF’s already robust Chicago office and will further enhance the firm’s extensive client services capabilities.
“Melissa is a highly skilled business advisor and lead negotiator who develops unique strategies to define and exceed her clients’ financial and occupancy objectives,” said Michael Sheinkop, executive vice president and regional managing director in NGKF’s Chicago office. “Her expertise locally will naturally benefit our national pursuits as NGKF continues to land more marquee multi-market accounts.”
Formerly a managing partner of Mohr Partners’ Chicago office and leader of its law firm practice, Ms. Copley most recently represented Seyfarth Shaw LLP, an Am Law 100 firm, in its leasing of 200,000 square feet at the iconic Willis Tower. Prior to Mohr, Ms. Copley successfully founded her own firm, Copley Advisors, which completed multiple lease and sublease transactions, including a 125,000-square-foot downtown Chicago headquarters relocation for GATX Corporation. She began her commercial real estate career in 1988 with LaSalle Partners, now JLL, where she became chairman of its law firm practice, an international director and leader of the firm’s largest tenant representation team during her 17 years there.
“The significant consolidation that is occurring within the real estate services industry is driven by the need for increasingly sophisticated, multi-disciplined teams and technology to advise a client across its business and real estate portfolio,” said Mr. Sheinkop. “NGKF is having unrivaled success attracting many of the industry’s best CRE specialists, like Melissa, who will use the bandwidth of our entire platform to set us apart in a progressively more competitive field.”
NGKF has added several nationally recognized real estate professionals this year. Geoff Kasselman, a veteran industrial broker and the national SIOR president-elect 2016, was tapped to lead NGKF’s industrial services nationally. Matt Ward, Jennifer Watson, Mike Dillon, Bruce Harris, Adam Marshall, Greg Wright and Elise Couston, among others, have joined the Chicago office recently and provide coverage across real estate disciplines to meet the specific needs of NGKF clients.
Further, NGKF’s third-quarter acquisition of Cornish & Carey in Northern California cements its ability to offer coast-to-coast strategic services and creates tremendous synergy between the firm’s New York operations and all gateway cities including Chicago.
“I have always been driven to achieve the best results possible for my clients, wherever their real estate needs were located,” said Ms. Copley. “I am extremely excited to expand my service offerings via NGKF’s distinctive platform. The fit is perfect.”
Ms. Copley has been an industry speaker at CoreNet Global, Law Seminars International, Crain’s Chicago Business, Executive Women in Corporate Real Estate (EWCRE) and Attorneys and Executives in Corporate Real Estate (AECRE) events. Widely recognized by peers as a power broker, she has been published in various publications and has taught several courses, including at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She began her career in venture capital and banking, working for Citibank N.A. in New York.
Ms. Copley earned a Master of Business Administration degree with a major in finance and marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Michigan. She is a licensed real estate broker in Illinois, New York and North Carolina.
About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
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With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF’s strong foundation makes it one of the most trusted names in commercial real estate. NGKF’s full-service platform comprises BGC’s real estate services segment, offering commercial real estate tenants, landlords, investors and developers a wide range of services including leasing; capital markets services, including investment sales, debt placement, appraisal, and valuation services; commercial mortgage brokerage services; as well as corporate advisory services, consulting, project and development management, and property and corporate facilities management services. For further information, visit www.ngkf.com.
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