After JLL’s acquisition of HFF, head of the brokerage’s debt arm Aaron Appel is leaving to start a firm with his colleagues.
Appel and JLL team members Keith Kurland, Jonathan Schwartz and Adam Schwartz are launching a firm called AKS Capital Partners, according to Commercial Observer. It was reportedly a mutual departure based on differences in approach and style.
Appel’s team had arranged more than $40 billion for JLL over its roughly five years with the company, including $11 billion last year that included a $2.2 billion deal for 3 Hudson Boulevard from the Moinian Group.
Appel worked at Meridian Capital Group and CBRE prior to joining JLL. Rumors had been circulating this summer that he would get fired, but he told CO earlier this year that this was not the case.
“I’ve got a long-term contract,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere.” [CO] – Eddie Small