CB Richard Ellis Group, Inc. has acquired FM Arquitectos, a leading building consultant and architectural firm in Spain. The acquisition is another important step in CB Richard Ellis' strategy to expand its full-service offering in Europe to meet the growing spectrum of client requirements.
Founded in 1995 by Javier Martínez, FM Arquitectos employs 36 staff and specializes in building consulting, architecture and engineering for all commercial property types. The firm is one of the leading building and architectural consultants in Spain and focuses on office buildings, including interior space fit-outs, residential properties, hotels and resorts.
FM Arquitectos, based in Madrid, serves an impressive roster of local and international clients, including Ericsson, Microsoft, Dupont, NH Hotels, Intercontinental Hotels, Polaris World, Nexity, BBVA, Fidelity Funds, C.A.M., Glaxo Smithkline, Vodafone, Lucent Technologies and Foster Wheeler.
CB Richard Ellis' announcement follows the company's acquisition last year of two building consultant specialist firms, Artequation in France and Rietmeijer & Partners BV in the Netherlands.
Mike Strong, President of CB Richard Ellis, EMEA, said, "Providing building consulting services to streamline the physical, operational and financial aspects of commercial property is a very important offering for our clients. Recent acquisitions, coupled with organic growth, have enabled us to significantly extend our consulting expertise across Europe. FM Arquitectos is a powerful complement to our existing building consulting team."
Eduardo Fernández-Cuesta, President of CB Richard Ellis, Spain, said, "Our clients will benefit enormously from the synergies that will be created by uniting the people, resources and capabilities of our two firms. FM Arquitectos is a dynamic company with highly talented professionals and an excellent client roster."
Javier Martínez, Director of FM Arquitectos, commented, "Working together with CB Richard Ellis will enable us to provide a broader level of service to our clients at a time of increased interest in building consulting services in Spain and across Europe. Both companies share a similar client-focused culture and we anticipate a powerful partnership."