Franklin Templeton makes triple hire

The New York-based firm has made three hires for its investment team, one each for the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Franklin Templeton Investments has made a trio of hires for its global real estate fund of funds platform Franklin Templeton Real Estate Advisors, responsible for sourcing, underwriting and monitoring investments.

The firm announced today it had hired Luke Anderson as vice president covering the Americas; Simon Seen Fun Mok as investment manager covering Asia Pacific and; Toby Hayes as investment manager covering Europe. The three will report to Marc Weidner, Glenn Uren and Raymond Jacobs respectively.

Jack Foster, Franklin Templeton’s head of real state said:  “These three new members of our team bring significant expertise to our clients globally, and reflect the growing demand for real estate investment expertise that the global economic recovery is presenting us today.”

Anderson joined from GM Asset Management where he served on its investment approval committee. Prior to that he headed the development asset management department at The Mills Corporation where he was charged with underwriting and monitoring its development deals. He also worked for the Yarmouth Group and headed Invesco Realty Advisors’ Chicago office.

Mok joined from AIG Global Real Estate where he was responsible for real estate funds product development, investment valuation, portfolio management and investor relations. He also worked previously for Thor Equities’ urban property fund and for Related Capital Company, now Centerline Capital Group.

Hayes was hired from the London office of law firm Allen & Overy where he worked on a client assignment at Credit Suisse.