Cluttons in Lagos 22nd January 2015

Cluttons is to establish a presence in Nigeria, setting up an office in Lagos in partnership with Alpha Mead Facilities as part of a push to increase its international presence and operate from West Africa for the first time.

Cluttons Nigeria will provide a range of commercial and residential real estate services including commercial agency, valuations and management, commercial and retail management, and strategic consultancy through its corporate services team.

Ian Gladwin, Cluttons head of international, said: “We’ve come to Nigeria because we identified an opportunity in an exciting market for a global business like Cluttons. The rapid growth in the country’s real estate environment is a result of increased urbanisation, improving economic conditions and Nigeria’s emergence on the global stage. Lagos is the gateway to West Africa and having a strong presence here is an important step in strengthening our established global platform.”

The office will be headed by Erejuwa Gbadebo, who joins Cluttons having previously worked with the Broll property group where she was CEO. Gbadebo has 28 years post qualification experience in both Nigeria and the UK. Working alongside Gbadebo, as chief operating officer, will be corporate real estate specialist Leslie Orr, who has previously worked at CBRE and Standard Chartered Bank in the Middle East, North America and Africa.

Femi Akintunde, CEO of Alpha Mead Facilities & Management Company said: "We are delighted to partner with Cluttons to form this company in Nigeria after many years of a mutually beneficial business relationship. We’re confident that having an international brand like Cluttons in Nigeria, with a presence in over 50 countries, will contribute significant value to the Nigerian real estate industry. It will help to raise the standard of professional practice, boost the confidence level and attract more international real estate investors.”

Gladwin concluded: “Nigeria offers us the opportunity to leverage our 40-year history in the Middle East, linking together two of the most dynamic regions in the world. We aim to create an investment and knowledge bridge, offering investors, multinational organisations, banks and developers our real estate expertise.” The office is located at 8b Oladipo Diya Crescent, 2nd Avenue Estate in Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria.