Robert Elms

Robert Elms

Senior Managing Director, Capital Markets Group
Savills Studley - New York

Professional Expertise

Robert Elms is a Senior Managing Director at Savills Studley and heads the placement desk for the firm’s Capital Markets Group.

Robert is responsible for arranging debt and equity real estate related financings for corporate clients, real estate investors and developers. He is responsible for the packaging, marketing and execution of all transactions. The placement desk maintains several thousand investor relationships, including insurance companies, pension funds, REITs, banks, real estate fund operators and developers.

Robert has completed sale and financing assignments for numerous corporate and institutional clients including Kraft, Bank of America, JP Morgan, AT&T, Ericsson, Verizon, NY Times, Williams Sonoma, Philip Morris, Brookfield and WP Carey. He was a member of the team that was awarded the 2009 Edward S. Gordon Memorial Award for the most ingenious real estate financing transaction in New York.

Prior to joining Savills Studley, Robert served as a senior managing director in capital markets at Cushman & Wakefield, where he led the placement desk within the firm’s Investment Banking Division. Earlier in his career, Robert was a managing director at HSBC Securities Media group. While at HSBC, Robert broadened the client roster and expanded the product offerings to include the full range of investment banking services such as M&A, equity and debt capital markets.

Prior to HSBC, Robert was a vice president in JPMorgan’s Investment Banking Media group and played a key role in some of largest M&A and subsequent capital raising transactions in the media industry history. He has also been involved in the structuring and raising close to $100.0 billion in the various capital markets ranging from IPO’s to syndicated bank deals.


Robert received a BA in Economics and Government from the University of Texas at Austin (‘92), and MBA from Vanderbilt University (‘97).

Activities & Achievements

He is a registered securities principal and a licensed real estate broker.

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