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Private Real Estate

 

The team invests in best-in-class real estate with top-tier owners and operators in targeted markets across more than 20 countries and multiple sectors. The team typically forms partnerships with large, well-capitalized, real estate companies through joint ventures and seeks significant co-investment to ensure alignment of interests. These partners provide local market expertise and are responsible for day-to-day property management. To broaden our opportunities, we’ve also recently made strategic investments in real estate operating companies.

Listed Real Estate

 

The LRE program’s goal is to enhance the risk-return characteristics of CPP Investment’s global real estate portfolio. This is achieved in two ways: gaining exposure to countries and sectors that are absent or under-represented in the private real estate portfolio, and by investing in situations where a desired real estate exposure is cheaper in the public market than in the private market.

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The Real Estate team is comprised of experienced professionals across our global offices. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The Real Estate Investments team is comprised of experienced professionals across our global offices. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The Real Estate Investments team is comprised of experienced professionals across our global offices. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The Real Estate Investments team is comprised of experienced professionals across our global offices. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

The Real Estate Investments team is comprised of experienced professionals across our global offices. Here is a listing of all our senior team members, categorized and searchable by city.

Peter Ballon

Managing Director, Global Head of Real Estate

Peter is responsible for our global real estate portfolio, which is diversified across twenty global markets and currently exceeds C$50 Billion.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2007, Peter worked with several leading real estate companies, including Canderel, Brookfield and TrizecHahn.

Peter holds a BComm from McGill University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University; and has been granted the ICD.D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors.

He is on the board of Brazilian public company Aliansce Sonae, a member of Global Board of Directors of the Urban Land Institute and is a Trustee of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

Hilary Spann

Managing Director, Head of Americas, Real Estate

Hilary is responsible for our real estate investments in the Americas and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee, which oversees our global real estate investments.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Hilary held various roles in real estate acquisitions and asset management at JP Morgan Asset Management; and was also a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Hilary holds a BS focused on architecture and an MCP from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

She is a Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a member of its Americas Executive Committee and a director of the ULI Foundation.

Thomas Jackson

Managing Director, Real Estate

Thomas heads our UK real estate business and is responsible for our entry into a number of new real estate sectors, including student housing, life sciences and the Built-to-Rent sector. He is also on our office, retail and logistics investments Joint Venture boards. Beyond the UK, Thomas is responsible for our real estate investment activity in Germany and the CEE regions and was instrumental in our transaction activity in Spain, the Nordics and some of our first investments into India.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2011, Thomas was a Vice President in the real estate investment banking team at Macquarie bank, focused on M&A transactions within UK and European public and private real estate companies.

Thomas holds a BSc (First Class Hons) from the University of Nottingham and an MSc from the University of London Southbank. He holds MRICS and IMC (CFA) certifications.

He is on the board of Unite plc.

Andrea Orlandi

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate - Europe

Andrea is responsible for our European real estate investments and oversees our real estate program in India. Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2011, Andrea was European Chief Investment Officer and Director of AREA Property Partners. He has held senior positions at real estate private equity and investment banking firms.

Andrea holds a BS in International Economics from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and an MBA from INSEAD.

Gilles Chow

Managing Director, Real Estate Asia

Gilles covers Asia-Pacific markets with a focus on North Asia, South-East Asia, and new initiatives. He has led some of CPP Investments’ early investments around the region and his priorities include business development, transactions, and investment
relationships.

Gilles joined CPP Investments in 2010 and has over 20 years of experience across several real estate business lines including development, construction management, asset management, private equity and fund management, and has variously been professionally based in Australia, Singapore, UK, Belgium and now Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in establishing and managing cross-border investments and joint ventures in Europe and Asia-Pacific and has previously held investment roles in Lend Lease, MGPA, and Aviva Investors.

Gilles holds Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of International Business degrees from the University of Queensland and Griffith University, respectively, and has earned his CPA and CFA designations.

Guy Fulton

Managing Director, Real Estate

Guy is primarily responsible for the acquisition of real estate investments in the Greater China region and led some of our early investments in other Asia Pacific countries.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2009, he was Vice President and Chief Representative of Citi Property Investors (CPI) in China, where he was involved in acquisitions and asset management, and was also responsible for investor relations for CPI’s Asia Fund. Before that, he worked in the Corporate Finance department of Citigroup N.A. in Hong Kong and Moscow, and at Savills plc, as Managing Director of the Shanghai office.

Guy holds an MA in Chinese from Oxford University and an MBA from New York University.

Jimmy Phua

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate - Asia

Jimmy is responsible for our real estate investments in Asia and has lived and worked in Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2008, Jimmy worked with several leading real estate companies, including ING Real Estate, and was responsible for setting up ING Real Estate’s business in South Korea.

Jimmy holds a BS in Estate Management (First Class Hons) from the National University of Singapore and an MBA in International Management from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

Kim Wright

Managing Director, Head of Listed Real Estate

Kim leads the Listed Real Estate team.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, she was Global Head of Real Estate Equities Research at UBS. Based in Hong Kong, where she was responsible for formulating and presenting the UBS global real estate view. Kim covered listed real estate for UBS for more than 22 years, leading top-rated real estate equities research teams in Australia, Europe and Asia. Before that, Kim worked in fund management at Armstrong Jones Management Ltd., where she was responsible for managing the company’s Property Securities Fund.

Kim holds a BComm from the University of Western Sydney, Australia. She is a CFA charterholder.

Our Real Assets Holdings

We are invested globally across commercial real estate, energy and resources, and infrastructure.

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