Capital Advisors is the financial services arm of CBRE. The business advises on and structures real estate transactions, via equity and debt, and leverages insights for our clients. This business is very well established in North America and Europe and we have made significant inroads in Asia Pacific since we launched Capital Advisors here in early 2013. Our aim is to utilise the significant experience and capabilities of our team members to provide specialised real estate financial services to an increasingly sophisticated property industry.
To give you an idea of the scope of this business, Capital Advisors facilitated over US$20 billion in equity transactions globally during 2013. Over the same period our U.S. and EMEA finance teams were responsible for circa US$26.9 billion in debt originations while managing approximately US$134 billion in loans. Our ability to access real estate capital is greater than that of any other real estate advisor or investment bank. In Hong Kong, we are the only commercial real estate service firm licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (SFC) to conduct capital raising and equity placement activities. We see Capital Advisors as a real differentiator for CBRE, which will help ensure our pre-eminent position in the Capital Markets arena.