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Joel Stephens

Joel Stephen

Senior Vice President*

*Honorary Title

*Honorary Title

Advisory & Transaction


Joel Stephen Senior Vice President* *Honorary Title
Advisory & Transaction Retail
New York City 200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166

Professional Experience

Joel Stephen is a Senior Vice President* in the NYC office assisting retailers with expansion into and throughout the U.S. Joel also advises clients on global expansion leveraging 14 years of experience across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, Africa and the U.S. having transacted in more than 30 countries.

Joel spent his first six years working in London; initially with a UK-retail market focus before moving to CBRE’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) team—a central team located in London responsible for working with retailers on multi-market assignments, primarily across Europe.

Before moving to the U.S. in 2017, Joel spent nearly eight years in Asia. He was based in Shanghai for more than four years where he built and ran the retailer representation team in China, assisting 35 retailers with their entry into China. His role then expanded to lead the Retail Asia group, at which point he relocated to Hong Kong. During his 3-year tenure there, Joel assisted retailers with expansion across the Asia region and helped CBRE achieve the leading market position in the region.

Significant Assignments

Client Service Provided
Calvin Klein Flagship stores acquired in Germany and Spain
Line Friends US representative with Los Angeles flagship secured
Mars Retail Group Shanghai flagship acquisition for M&M’s World Retail Store
Confidential Technology Company Prepared global strategy and worked on Sydney flagship
Confidential Apparel Company Secured largest store in Asia in Shanghai, along with China’s first Basketball store in Beijing
Old Navy (Gap) Account management and acquired two Gap stores and five Old Navy stores in China
SMAAASH Entertainment Exclusive representative for US
Confidential Food & Beverage Company Netherlands market entry and Paris acquisitions
Stella McCartney China market entry with Beijing and Shanghai flagships secured
Sports Direct Exclusive representative across the US 
Ted Baker
Acquired ten Asia stores
The Collected Group Exclusive representative for US / global

Clients Represented

  • Agent Provocateur
  • Cotton On
  • Gap / Old Navy
  • Mars Retail Group
  • Mulberry
  • New Balance
  • Next
  • SMAAASH Entertainment
  • Sports Direct
  • Tesla
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Tory Burch
  • Vans
  • CH Carolina Herrera
  • Crew Clothing
  • Karen Millen
  • Morton's
  • Neuhaus
  • New Look
  • Oroton
  • Stella McCartney
  • Ted Baker
  • The Collected Group
  • Topshop
  • Urban Revivo


Professional Affiliations/Accreditations

  • Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors
  • Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers
  • ICSC APAC Trustees Board Member 2015 – 2017
  • CBRE Global Retail Board Member, 2014 – 2017 representing Asia
  • CBRE Global Retail Analytics Group, 2016 – 2017, representing Asia
  • CBRE Global Occupier Group, 2008 – 2017, representing Europe, then Asia
  • REBNY (Real Estate Board of New York) member
  • CBRE APAC Leadership Program 2012 - 2013

Joel Stephen Senior Vice President* *Honorary Title
Advisory & Transaction Retail
New York City 200 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10166