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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.

Our Team

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.
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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.

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.

Marco Ding

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Americas ex-United States

Marco is responsible for our real estate investments in Canada and South America and leads the teams based in our Toronto and Sao Paulo offices, respectively. Having joined CPP Investments since the group’s inception in 2005, Marco has been instrumental in the group’s international expansion strategy, including many of the organization’s inaugural real estate investment in markets such as Canada, U.S, Brazil, Australia and China.

Prior to joining CPP Investments, Marco spent several years with a major investment bank with a focus in the Canadian real estate sector.

Marco holds a Masters of Laws (GPLLM) from the University of Toronto and a HBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Jay Fischer

Managing Director, Real Estate

Jay is responsible for the origination, underwriting, structuring and management of all U.S. office investments (including medical office and studio). Prior investments include, 360 Park Avenue South (NYC, NY), 1918 8th Ave (Seattle, WA), St. Johns Terminal (NYC, NY), 1900 N (Washington, DC), Santa Monica Business Park (Santa Monica, CA), Platform 16 (San Jose, CA), and others.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2016, Jay worked at Rockwood Capital focused on acquisitions and asset management of all asset classes across various geographies.

Jay earned an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS from the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University.

Thomas Jackson

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate UK

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, Head of Real Estate North 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, Head of Real Estate Greater China

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 Pacific

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 Investments

Kim is responsible for CPP Investments’ listed real estate investments and is a member of the Real Estate Investment Committee, which oversees the Fund’s global public and private real estate investments.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2018, Kim was Global Head of Real Estate Equities Research at UBS. Based in Hong Kong, 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. Kim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Sydney, Australia.

She is a CFA charter holder, a member of the European Real Estate Association (EPRA) Advisory Board, a board member of the Asia Pacific Real Estate Association (APREA) HK Chapter and a member of the Australian Property Council, Global Investment Committee.

Hari Krishna

Managing Director, Head of Real Estate India

Hari is responsible for CPP Investments’ Real Estate investments in India and is based out of our Mumbai office. The Real Estate group in India focuses on investments alongside top tier partners in key sectors such as office, retail and industrial.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2014, Hari was at Kotak Investment Advisors which is the alternate assets arm of Kotak Bank. He was co- responsible for real estate funds business which had total assets under management of over USD 1Billion, contributed by SWFs and other global LPs. He started his career with CBRE and JLL in the corporate finance business.

Hari holds a MFin from University of Delhi, India and is Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, UK.

Ankur Gulati

Managing Director, Real Estate Investments, India

Ankur is senior member of CPP Investments’ Real Estate investment group in India and is based out of our Mumbai office. The Real Estate group in India focuses on investments alongside top tier partners in key sectors such as office, retail industrial and residential.

Prior to joining CPP Investments in 2015, Ankur was at Macquarie Capital India, which is the Indian investment banking arm of Macquarie Group. He was part of real estate private capital team and advised clients on transactions over USD 1Billion.

Ankur holds Masters in Business Administration from Indian School of Business, India.

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