LaSalle Investment Management Names Veteran Executive Derek Lopez Head of U.S. Acquisitions

March 18 2014 - LaSalle today announced Derek Lopez, one of the firm’s top talents in acquisitions and portfolio management, will assume the role of ‘Head of U.S. Acquisitions’.

LaSalle Investment Management (“LaSalle”), the leading global real estate investment manager, today announced Derek Lopez, one of the firm’s top talents in acquisitions and portfolio management, will assume the role of ‘Head of U.S. Acquisitions’. This is a newly-enhanced role and is part of a strategic effort to continue to drive investment performance and growth in LaSalle’s Americas business.

“Derek is an exemplary and trusted leader at LaSalle and has been an integral part of growing and managing a portfolio of direct investment and co-investment programs on behalf of some of the country’s largest and most sophisticated institutional investors,” said Jason Kern, LaSalle’s Chief Executive Officer, Americas. “Given Derek’s proven track record and ability to work across multiple disciplines, I am confident he will bring a fresh and energetic approach to his new assignment.’

“LaSalle also benefits from some of the most skilled senior acquisitions experts in the industry, who will continue to provide the bedrock of sourcing and execution expertise while Derek focuses on building strategic relationships across the marketplace and matching client capital with significant customized investment opportunities,” Kern said.

As Head of U.S. Acquisitions, Lopez will focus on joint ventures and large portfolio transactions, and help bring U.S. deal flow to large, non-discretionary capital sources at home and abroad. Since joining LaSalle in 2005, Lopez has completed more than $4 billion in investments across various property types and across the risk return spectrum. 

The enhanced role stems from organizational changes LaSalle is implementing across its Americas platform that are aligned with the firm’s global mission to provide the most sophisticated, strategic investment solutions for its clients.

LaSalle’s other recent organizational modifications include the expansion and rebranding of its Separate Accounts business, now known as Custom Accounts, under the leadership of another tenured LaSalle executive, Karen Brennan. 

LaSalle Investment Management, Inc., a member of the Jones Lang LaSalle group (NYSE: JLL) and advisor to Jones Lang LaSalle Income Property Trust, was recently ranked among the top five mid-sized companies in Pension & Investments magazine’s 25 Best Places to Work in the U.S. list for 2013.