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NGKF Capital Markets Answers Growing Demand with Hiring of Aaron Swerdlin and Kenneth Cox

NGKF Capital Markets Answers Growing Demand with Hiring of Aaron Swerdlin and
                                 Kenneth Cox

Nationally Recognized Self Storage Experts to Serve Investors in
2.3-Billion-Square-Foot Sector

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Aug. 20, 2013

NEW YORK, Aug.20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- NGKF Capital Markets continues to
deepen its expertise in niche commercial real estate segments, most recently
welcoming self storage veterans Aaron Swerdlin, as executive managing director
to lead the company's national Self Storage Group, and Kenneth Cox, as senior
managing director. The team, which has handled more than $5 billion in self
storage transactions, will work with capital markets professionals throughout
the country to steer the direction of the specialty practice and build
strategies to take advantage of opportunities in this fast-growing commercial
real estate sector.

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"Savvy investors are looking for more than just a commercial real estate
broker," said Jimmy Kuhn, president of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) and
head of NGKF Capital Markets. "Whether we are talking about hospitality,
multi-housing, health care, gaming or any other industry sector, our clients
expect in-depth knowledge about their target markets and product types. We
continue to enhance our platform so that we are equipped to most effectively
assist REITs, institutional investors and private investors who have diverse
needs, and are committed to hiring the best in the business to help them make
intelligent decisions about their real estate portfolios.

"Aaron and Kenneth are recognized leaders in the self storage space," Mr. Kuhn
continued. "Their knowledge and long-standing relationships are invaluable for
clients exploring this alternative asset class. We couldn't be more pleased to
have them on board and are confident they will help us build a highly
successful self storage practice."

According to the Self Storage Association, there were approximately 50,000
primary self storage facilities in the United States and another 4,000
secondary facilities at the end of 2011, equating to 2.3 billion square feet
of space. Mr. Swerdlin points out that the full suite of services offered by
NGKF, including investment sales, transaction management, debt placement,
proprietary lending, and appraisal and valuation advisory services, equips his
team to address any client need in this niche sector.

Mr. Swerdlin said, "Couple NGKF's position as the preeminent real estate
services provider with the powerful platform of its parent company, BGC
Partners, Inc., and relationships with Cantor Commercial Real Estate and
Cantor Fitzgerald Investment Banking, and we are in the unique position of
serving as a single source for a solitary property sale transaction, a
national enterprise monetization, and everything in between.

He continued, "As the owners with whom we consult grow, reduce, capitalize and
monetize their portfolios – and even as the profile of services they require
changes drastically over time – we remain relevant to every one of the events
along the way. In addition, our unparalleled understanding of this unique
product type and our significant capital markets talent across the country
means that our value-add proposition is beyond compare."

A 20-year commercial real estate veteran, Mr. Swerdlin joins the NGKF Houston
office from HFF, LP, where he led the firm's self storage group for five
years. Previously, he served as a senior managing director and the managing
partner at Storage Investment Advisors, LLP. Earlier in his career, Mr.
Swerdlin spent seven years as head of the self storage advisory group for
CBRE. An active member of several national and state self storage trade
organizations, he is a frequent speaker at industry events and his articles
are published regularly in local and national real estate publications.

Mr. Cox, who is based in Memphis, Tenn., most recently was the general partner
in several partnerships focused on acquiring, operating and selling
self-storage assets. Previously, he served as principal and senior vice
president of Jernigan Property Group, LLC, where he oversaw real estate
activities in a joint venture with Kimco Realty that acquired $70 million in
self storage assets. He began his real estate career at Storage USA, where he
spent eight years in a various roles as an acquisitions, dispositions and
development officer, and was involved in many high-profile transactions,
including a $90-million joint venture with GE Capital Real Estate.

About Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Newmark Grubb Knight Frank (NGKF) is one of the world's leading commercial
real estate advisory firms. Together with its affiliates and London-based
partner Knight Frank, NGKF employs more than 11,000 professionals, operating
from more than 340 offices in established and emerging property markets on
five continents.

With roots dating back to 1929, NGKF's strong foundation makes it one of the
most trusted names in commercial real estate. Its integrated services platform
includes leasing advisory, global corporate services, investment sales and
capital markets, consulting, program and project management, property and
facilities management, and valuation services. A major force in the real
estate marketplace, NGKF serves the local and global property requirements of
tenants, landlords, investors and developers worldwide. For further
information, visit www.ngkf.com.

NGKF is a part of BGC Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: BGCP), a leading global
brokerage company primarily servicing the wholesale financial and real estate
markets. For further information, visit www.bgcpartners.com.

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SOURCE Newmark Grubb Knight Frank

Website: http://www.ngkf.com
 
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