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Toronto-based Raymond James Ltd. has appointed Onorio Lucchese as managing director, investment banking, head of real estate.

Lucchese, who has more than 20 years of experience at independent investment firms and bank-owned dealers, will lead Raymond James’ Canadian corporate finance, advisory and underwriting efforts in the real estate sector.

“I am excited to join a great firm and look forward to joining a strong team dedicated to helping our corporate real estate clients through borderless solutions to help them grow and thrive,” Lucchese said in a statement.

Raymond James’ global real estate team includes 31 investment banking professionals and eight equity research analysts covering 121 companies, according to a release.

“Real estate is an important sector and we are excited to add someone with [Lucchese’s] experience and reputation to the team,” said Craig McDougall, senior managing director, head of investment banking and head of mergers and acquisitions with Raymond James.