Chris Heady, Chairman of Asia Pacific and Head of Real Estate Asia, shares how Blackstone Real Estate invests across Asia today.
I'm Chris Heady. I’m based in Hong Kong and I oversee our real estate business in Asia.
Today, we operate out of 6 offices in Asia. We have 6 partners whose average tenure at the Firm has been over 12 years and we're operating in scale across a very, very diverse region.
Even though we believe growth still remains higher in Asia than other parts of the world, the amount of capital that is dedicated to the region is relatively limited.
So in each market where we’re investing, whether it's India, China, Japan, Australia, we’ve got dedicated local professionals that are from those countries that are real estate experts and we work with those groups and our global investment team to find attractive investment opportunities.
We have both scalable and flexible capital. So we operate in scale in the investment themes that we've identified and we can be flexible and nimble in that approach whether it's taking a company private, buying NPL’s, buying single assets, portfolios.
Our platform benefits significantly by being part of overall the Blackstone Real Estate business. The information and experience that we have around the world we use to our advantage in Asia – not just in the acquisition process but also asset managing and then ultimately selling those assets as well.
If we do those things working together we believe that we can accomplish great results.
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