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Cushman & Wakefield Acquires Leading Retail Team

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 04/29/14 -- Cushman & Wakefield Ltd. is pleased to announce it has hired a leading retail team from Marathon Realty Inc., which has ceased operations. The team of five agents has specialized expertise in franchise opportunities working with over 100 brands in addition to traditional retail brokerage. Shawn Saraga, will continue to lead his team of retail and franchise agents.

"We are proud of the work we've done with our clients, and the partnerships we have developed," said Saraga. "I am very proud of this move to Cushman & Wakefield, and believe it will serve our team, clients, and industry beyond anything we could hope to achieve independently at this stage of our development."

Cushman & Wakefield will incorporate these five retail agents into the Toronto North/East operation where they'll continue to serve their clients and partners.

"For Cushman & Wakefield, hiring this team has increased the depth of our existing retail team and broadens our reach into the franchise arena," said John Crombie, Senior Managing Director and National Retail Leader for Cushman & Wakefield Canada. "Our goal is to bring our clients a full range of real estate solutions and this new team will support our efforts and help us build a more robust retail platform."

In total five retail and franchise experts have joined Cushman & Wakefield from Marathon, including: Shawn Saraga, Vice President Retail; Alexandra Grudkin, Sales Representative; Robin Pham, Sales Representative; Vishal Valsadia, Sales Representative and; Brian Lee, Sales Representative.

Cushman & Wakefield is the world's largest privately-held commercial real estate services firm. The company advises and represents clients on all aspects of property occupancy and investment, and has established a preeminent position in the world's major markets, as evidenced by its frequent involvement in many of the most significant property leases, sales and management assignments. Founded in 1917, it has approximately 250 offices in 60 countries, employing more than 16,000 professionals. It offers a complete range of services for all property types, including leasing, sales and acquisitions, equity, debt and structured finance, corporate finance and investment banking, corporate services, property management, facilities management, project management, consulting and appraisal. The firm has nearly $4 billion in assets under management globally. A recognized leader in local and global real estate research, the firm publishes its market information and studies online at www.cushmanwakefield.com/knowledge.

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