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Hong Kong-based IAM hires real estate MD

Hong Kong-based IAM hires real estate MD

Guggenheim Investment Advisors Hong Kong has hired a senior real estate adviser to grow its investment capabilities in Asia.

Based in Hong Kong, the independent asset manager has appointed Neill O’Brien as managing director to support its asset management business in the region.

O’Brien brings over 10 years of experience in real estate advisory, counselling Asian real estate clients on acquisitions, dispositions, joint ventures, debt and equity raising as well as leasing and ownership strategy.

He joins from Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) where he last held the role of associate director, corporate finance for the Asia Pacific and Hong Kong capital markets.

Commenting on his new role, O’Brien said: ‘I look forward to introducing Asian investors to a range of diversified direct and co-investment opportunities across the globe; and to further contributing to LJ Partnership’s expansion in Asia-Pacific.’

Guggenheim is a subsidiary of LJ Partnership, an investment firm managing $15 billion in institutional and private client assets that partners with real estate operators that specialise in residential, commercial, hotels and hospitality properties.

LJ Partnership acquired Guggenheim in 2016 in a bid to expand its Asia presence and has announced plans to rebrand the whole group as Alvarium Investments by the first quarter of 2019.

As part of its growth plans for Asia, LJ Partnership also recently relocated co-founder and co-chairman Andrew Williams from London to New Zealand and acquired a 50% stake in boutique investment manager New Zealand Asset Management in September.

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