AXA IM Alts – The asset manager has appointed Rob Samuel as UK head of development. Based in London, Samuel will manage the full breadth of AXA IM Alts’ UK multi-sector development programme. Samuel has over 25 years of development and multi-sector experience in London and the wider UK, and joins AXA IM Alts from the mixed-use regeneration of Battersea Power Station, where he served as chief development officer. Prior to that, he spent 12 years at FTSE 100 property company British Land, latterly as head of office development. Samuel started his career at Knight Frank before moving to Orbit Developments. Sandra Lee has been appointed to the newly-created role of head of client group Alts Asia. Lee, who has more than two decades of experience in investor relations, business development and fundraising in Asian markets, will be based in Hong Kong and will be responsible for raising new capital in the region. Sandra has held a number of senior strategic roles including several years as head of Asia investment relations at alternative investment firm Angelo Gordon, as well as The Carlyle Group and Morgan Stanley, where she served as executive director of the firm’s investment management division, founding and leading an alternative investment platform for its Asian private wealth management arm. Most recently she has run her own investment consultancy business where she advises global businesses on strategy, investment management and social impact.
Patrizia – Felicity Fowler has joined as director and head of capital markets for Australia & New Zealand. Based in Melbourne, she will lead the company’s capital raising activities in the region. Fowler has 22 years’ experience in real estate capital markets with JLL, Aviva Investors, Corestate Capital, APN Property and Maxcap Group, and also founded Gravitas Group in 2017, a specialist capital placement and advisory business sold in 2020.
GIobal Infrastructure Partners – Bob Callahan, Lucy Chadwick and Andrew Paulson have made partners. Callahan joined GIP in 2008, bringing with him over 20 years of operating experience at leading industrial companies. Since then, he has been a key member of the firm’s business improvements team. Chadwick joined GIP in 2019 with over 30 years of transport industry and government experience. She is head of GIP’s ESG team. Paulson joined the firm in 2018 with over 20 years of infrastructure financing experience. He leads GIP’s capital markets group.
Flow Digital Infrastructure – Amandine Wang has been appointed CEO of the Asia-Pacific digital infrastructure platform, which was launched by PAG Real Estate last year. Wang will be based in Singapore and joins from Digital Realty Trust where she led Asia-Pacific acquisitions and investments since 2013.
Europa Capital – Lynn Smith has been promoted to the newly created role of head of sustainability and development. Smith joined Europa in early 2021 as development director with 20 years of development experience with investment managers, including Aviva Investors and M&G Real Estate. Lynn will now be responsible for creating a holistic and comprehensive approach to ESG and will continue to oversee all developments.
Frasers Property – The property firm has appointed Soon Su Lin as Frasers Property Singapore’s new CEO. In this position, which she will assume 1 April 2022. Soon will oversee the Singapore operations which comprise Frasers Property Retail – a retail-focused platform – as well as commercial and residential businesses. She currently serves as the CEO, development, Frasers Property Holdings Thailand. Soon has over 30 years of experience in the real estate industry, covering consultancy, investment sales, leasing and property development. Before joining the group in 2017, Soon was the CEO for Orchard Turn Developments. She was previously executive director of international property consultancy firm CBRE.
Antin Infrastructure Partners – The infrastructure investment firm has appointed Michelle (Min Kyung) Maeng as investor relations director. Maeng will focus exclusively on Antin’s Korean fund investor base. She joins Antin from Mirae Asset Securities, where she was most recently a senior manager in the placement agent team for private capital funds.
Hines – The international real estate firm has appointed Jorge Duarte fund manager of a new diversified, open-ended core-plus fund focused on key European markets. Duarte has been appointed to manage the Hines European Property Partners fund. Duarte joins Hines from Barings, where he worked for over six years, most recently as managing director and head of core investing in Europe. Prior to that, he spent five years at AXA IM Real Assets, where he worked as fund manager of a pan-European value-add fund, and a further three years as country manager – southern Europe at Howard Holdings.
Oxford Properties – The global real estate firm has hired former Blackstone managing director Alessandro Fiascaris to lead its Asia-Pacific business. Fiascaris has been appointed senior vice president, Asia-Pacific and will be based in Singapore. Fiascaris joins Oxford Properties from Blackstone, where he has spent his entire 18-year career. Most recently he was a managing director in Singapore, working on larger regional deals across traditional and new sectors in Asia-Pacific.
Blackstone – Kurt Summers Jr, the former city treasurer of Chicago, has joined Blackstone’s infrastructure business to lead its public-private partnerships. Summers has over 20 years of working experience in both the private and public sectors. Prior to joining Blackstone Infrastructure, he served as a senior advisor to Blackstone where he provided insight and strategic direction around various investment opportunities, capital strategies and existing portfolio companies. He also serves as an independent director of L&F Acquisition Corp. From 2014 to 2019, Summers served as Chicago’s city treasurer. Prior to becoming treasurer of the city of Chicago, Summers served as a senior vice president at Grosvenor Capital Management. He began his career at McKinsey & Company and later worked as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs.
Legal & General Affordable Homes – L&G’s UK affordable housing arm has appointed Chris Hewitt as financial director. Hewitt will lead the development of the division’s corporate structure as the business continues to scale and build out its different funding streams to deliver additionality within the affordable housing market. Hewitt’s previous roles include CFO at Heylo Housing, investor relations director at Target Fund Managers and associate director of fund investments at Bank of Scotland.