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Apollo adds partner in LA

Apollo Real Estate Advisors has hired Hollywood property pro Frank Buckley as the firm looks to bolster its operations on the West Coast.

Apollo Real Estate Advisors has added a partner in its Los Angeles office. Frank Buckley will be responsible for sourcing new investment and business opportunities for the private equity real estate firm as it looks to increase its presence on the West Coast.

“Frank brings to Apollo extensive experience in all phases of the real estate business,” Dean Pentikis, the partner in charge of Apollo’s West Coast operations, said in a statement. “His appointment is consistent with our continuing commitment to the growth of Apollo’s West Coast market presence.”

Buckley joins Apollo from Hollywood-based Ramsey-Shilling Commercial Real Estate Services, where he was a managing director and oversaw the firms’ investment sales and leasing departments. While at   Ramsey-Shilling, Buckley spearheaded the sale and leaseback of the Capitol Records building and the build-to-suite animation headquarters for Nickelodeon in Burbank, according to the firm.

Buckley began his career with broker Lee & Associates in Orange County and joined the Los Angeles office of Grubb & Ellis in 1987. Buckley is a graduate of UCLA and a member of the Urban Land Institute.

He was also the president of a limited-service hotel group. His responsibilities at the unnamed firm included acquisitions, management, structured finance and franchising in Florida, New York, California and Hawaii, according to the release. 

Apollo closed its most recent US-focused opportunity fund in March of last year on $700 million (€506 million). The firm’s most recent value-added vehicle closed on $276 million last November.