CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBRE) today announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority interest in the Ramot Group (Ramot), a leading facilities management provider in Israel.
Founded by Shlomo Margolin in 1993, Ramot, based in Tel Aviv, employs more than 750 staff and manages an extensive portfolio of facilities. Ramot’s substantial capabilities include technical maintenance, project management, cleaning services, reception administration and environmental health and safety.
The Ramot Group will operate as part of CBRE’s Global Workplace Solutions (GWS) (occupier outsourcing) business in Israel and adds an extensive suite of integrated facilities management and specialist technical capabilities for local and international clients. CBRE has a long-established relationship with Ramot, which has been a service provider to some of its corporate clients in Israel since 2009.
This Ramot acquisition follows CBRE’s April 2018 purchase of its long-standing affiliate partner in Israel MAN Properties, which provides capital markets and leasing services to occupiers and investors in the office, technology and retail sectors. CBRE’s newly expanded presence in the Israeli market will provide it with an extensive suite of services and the ability to serve occupier and investor clients’ needs at every stage of the property life cycle.
Ian Entwisle, Chief Executive Officer, GWS EMEA at CBRE, said: “This acquisition adds extensive and complementary market-leading facilities management expertise to our existing GWS capabilities as part of our integrated service offer for our occupier clients. The Ramot team is highly regarded in the market and we are now in an even stronger position to deliver exceptional outcomes for our clients and to continue building a world-class offering in the region.”
Harry Lipschitz, one of the Founders of Ramot said: “Ramot has enjoyed a long and successful relationship with CBRE over many years and has been an important part of CBRE’s service delivery in the region. This transaction will allow us to bring world class, fully-integrated services and technological advantages to our Israeli and international clients.”
CBRE continues to build its occupier outsourcing capability in EMEA. This latest acquisition complements CBRE’s purchase in December 2017 of Geico Lender, a leading building technical engineering services provider in Italy. This followed the integration of Norland Managed Services in the United Kingdom in December 2013, and the facilities management business of Johnson Controls Incorporated in September 2015, which added significant resources and capabilities in continental Europe.
The Ramot acquisition is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.