Jefferies hired John Ockerbloom as a managing director and U.S. head of real estate investment banking.

Ockerbloom brings to the firm over 13 years of real estate investment banking experience. He joins Jefferies from Morgan Keegan where he served as head of real estate and lodging investment banking. Before this, Ockerbloom was at Wachovia Securities for three years as a managing director in the real estate investment banking group.

For nine years, he was also at Bank of America, where he was most recently managing director in the real estate investment banking group. Before his stint at BofA, Ockerbloom practiced real estate and securities law for six years at Sherburne, Powers & Needham.

"Providing Jefferies' full range of financing, M&A, and distribution capabilities to corporate real estate clients and real estate private equity firms represents one of our largest opportunities in investment banking," said Benjamin Lorello, global head of investment banking and capital markets at Jefferies. "We are excited to have John join our team, as he brings the experience and client relationships to lead this effort for our firm."

 

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