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Studley to Merge with London-Based Savills PLC

New York-based Studley and London-headquartered Savills plc have announced a proposed merger. The $260 million deal will dramatically enhance Studley’s global platform. Read the Wall Street Journal‘s coverage of the transaction. 

New York, NY – Studley, a New York-based commercial real estate brokerage company with 25 offices around the country, has announced the proposed merger with London-headquartered Savills plc, one of the world’s leading real estate advisory firms.  The merger is expected to close by the end of May.

Savills is expected to pay $260 million for Studley, the preeminent American tenant representation and real estate advisory company.  In the U.S. the firm will be named Savills Studley.

Studley Chairman and CEO Mitchell S. Steir will continue as Chairman and CEO of Savills Studley and Studley President Michael Colacino will remain in that same position at the merged company.  Messrs. Steir and Colacino will share a seat on the Savills Group Executive Board.

The merger creates an opportunity for both businesses to better serve the needs of existing clients and to build new client relationships around the world.  By combining leaders in their respective markets, the transaction will enhance Studley’s global platform as well as Savills’ presence in the U.S.  The merged entity will have more than 500 locations worldwide.

“This is a great opportunity for us to build on our strong position in the market and benefit from being part of one of the leading global brands in the industry,” said Mitchell S. Steir, Chairman and CEO at Studley.  “We are delighted that we will have a stronger platform to continue our growth with a partner that shares our commitment to exceptional client service.  Studley and our clients will benefit from being part of an international firm with the ability to capitalize on cross border opportunities in Europe and Asia.”

Savills Studley will continue to have the same business model and focus on developing the most well-integrated, highest performing tenant representative platform worldwide, augmented by expansion of its capital markets business.  Existing Savills US capital markets teams will move into Studley’s New York, Washington, DC and Los Angeles offices respectively.  Building on Studley’s tradition of pioneering tenant representation, Savills Studley will also offer corporate services and a range of consulting services around the world.

“Studley is recognized for its exceptional tenant representation expertise and is the leading player in markets throughout the United States,” said Jeremy Helsby, Group Chief Executive of Savills.  The combination of Studley and Savills represents a unique opportunity which not only provides us with a significant platform for growth in the US, but also enhances our offering to clients worldwide allowing us to provide a truly global service.”

Studley’s office locations include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boston, Miami, Houston, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.

About Studley

Studley is the leading global commercial real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation. Founded in 1954, Studley pioneered the conflict-free business model of representing tenants in their commercial real estate transactions. Studley offers expert advisory services, including brokerage, project management, corporate services and strategic portfolio solutions. Studley’s unique approach examines every client’s business to fully understand corporate objectives and optimize real estate assets. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter @StudleyInc and LinkedIn.

About Savills

Savills is a leading global real estate service provider listed on the London Stock Exchange.  The company, established in 1855, has a rich heritage with unrivalled growth. It is a company that leads rather than follows and now has over 500 offices and associates throughout the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.

A unique combination of sector knowledge and entrepreneurial flair gives clients access to real estate expertise of the highest calibre.  We are regarded as an innovative thinking organisation backed up with excellent negotiating skills.  Savills chooses to focus on a defined set of clients, therefore offering a premium service to organisations and individuals with whom we share a common goal.  Savills is synonymous with a high quality service offering and a premium brand, takes a long term view to real estate and invests in strategic relationships.