Singapore – Listing Hub of International REITs in Asia Pacific

Gerald Lee, Chief Executive Officer, FEO Hospitality Asset Management; Peter T. Meyer, Chief Executive Officer, Lodgis Hospitality Holdings; Chan Kong Leong, Chief Executive Officer, ARA Trust Management (Suntec); Ronald Tan, Vice President of Listings, Singapore Exchange (SGX) Moderated by Federico Donato, President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (ICCS)

Venue : Stamford American Auditorium (AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, #23-03 Shaw Centre)

Date : May 17, 2017

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

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Hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) and Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (ICCS)

REITs are one of the fastest growing asset classes in global real estate.  Real estate investment trusts are widely recognized by investment managers as efficient vehicles for investing in high quality commercial properties of all types – hotels, office buildings, industrial assets and retail malls.  Individual investors now have access to investments in commercial property that would have been beyond their reach without REITs.  The growth in REIT market capitalization has been explosive and it is expected to continue near term in select markets.  Singapore has already established itself as the listing center of REITs in Asia Pacific.  Singapore is the preferred location for public companies to list new real estate investment trusts (REITs).  What makes Singapore the right location for the listing of public real estate investment trusts?  Why will the growth rate of REITs in Singapore continue to accelerate?

Hear from representatives of the Singapore Stock Exchange and senior managers from currently listed international REITs about their experience running public real estate companies based in Singapore.


About the Panelists

Gerald Lee 
Chief Executive Officer
FEO Hospitality Asset Management

Gerald is currently the CEO of FEO Hospitality Asset Management, a company of Far East Organization. As one of Asia’s largest real estate groups, Far East Organization owns and operates the biggest hospitality portfolio in Singapore, comprising eight hotels and 11 residences valued at more than S$4 billion. 


Previously, Gerald was CEO of Ascott Hospitality / Deputy CEO of The Ascott Limited. Ascott is the largest serviced residence owner-operator in the world, with a portfolio spanning 67 cities in 22 countries. Gerald also spent a year as Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at CapitaLand Limited, the parent company of Ascott. 


Prior to joining CapitaLand in 2005, Gerald was Assistant Chief Executive (Leisure) at the Singapore Tourism Board (STB). He supervised divisions responsible for developing and promoting the Attractions, Cruise, Retail, Food & Beverage, Events, Arts and Entertainment sectors. 


Gerald has a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, and an Executive MBA from INSEAD and Tsinghua University.

 

Peter T. Meyer 

Chief Executive Officer

Lodgis Hospitality Holdings

 
Peter the CEO of Lodgis Hospitality Holdings (“Lodgis”). Based in the region for 25 years, he is responsible for the overall management, business activities and strategic direction of Lodgis. Formed in late 2016, Lodgis is an Asian Hotel investment platform sponsored by Warburg Pincusin partnership with VinaCapital. The initial business interests are in Vietnam with plans to build a portfolio of high quality assets in Southeast Asia.

 
Previously, Peter was Managing Director, Asia Pacific for Host Hotel & Resorts. Over an 8 year period, he lead the acquisition and development of over USD700 million of hotels across Australia, New Zealand and India. Between 2003 and 2008, he was the Group Executive Vice President for New City Corporation (NCC), a Tokyo-based property investment management and development company. Previously, Mr. Meyer also served as the Chief Operating Officer to NCC’s associate company CB Richard Ellis Investors Japan.  In these capacities, he was actively involved in the group’s capital raisings, including the public listing of New City Residence Investment Corporation, a residential J-REIT.


Over his career, Peter has held a range of banking, investment, and advisory positions, including CFO of Ripplewood Lodging in Japan, and head of the Asian real estate investment banking group for J.P. Morgan & Co. in Hong Kong.

 
He holds a MBA from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Denver.



Ronald Tan

Vice President of Listings

Singapore Exchange (SGX)

 

Ronald Tan is the principal responsible for the marketing & business development of attracting REITs listing for Singapore Exchange (SGX) for the last 10 years. He is also responsible for the listing of Business Trusts & has geographical coverage for North Asia. Previously he also held geographical responsibility for listings from Malaysia, Middle East & Indonesia. He joined SGX in May 2006. Prior to joining SGX his career included positions with Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) & International Enterprise Singapore (IE Singapore). In SingTel, he was responsible for commercial partnerships in Middle East & South Asia, while he covered international partnerships & international operations (Europe) in IE Singapore. He started his working career as a full time pastor in one of the largest church in Singapore. Mr Tan graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration Honours (Second Upper) degree from the National University of Singapore in 1997.



Chan Kong Leong
Chief Executive Officer
ARA Trust Management (Suntec)

Mr Chan Kong Leong is Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of ARA Trust Management (Suntec) Limited. He is a Director of One Raffles Quay Pte. Ltd., Suntec Harmony Pte. Ltd. and Park Mall Pte. Ltd. Mr Chan is also a Partners’ Representative of BFC Development LLP. Prior to this, he was the Chief Operating Officer of Suntec REIT and was responsible for all operational matters, including asset management, investment, finance, investor relations and strategic planning.

 

Prior to joining Suntec REIT, Mr Chan was with the CapitaLand Group where he held senior management appointments including Senior Vice President, Head of Regional Investment, Asset & Fund Management of CapitaLand Mall Asia, Program Director of CAPITASTAR and Regional General Manager, West China.

 

Mr Chan has 19 years of private and public sector experience in managing investment, development, asset management, operations, strategic planning, stakeholder relations and corporate functions. He has held other senior management appointments in the last 13 years including Head of Corporate Finance, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications at GuocoLand Limited and Chief Operating Officer of Sembawang Kimtrans Ltd. Prior to his move to the private sector, Mr Chan was with the Singapore Economic Development Board where he was responsible for formulating economic engagement strategies and promoting economic linkages between Singapore and Indonesia.

 

Mr Chan graduated with a First Class Honours in Bachelor of Science in Building from the National University of Singapore. As the best graduate for the entire course of study, he was awarded the Lee Kuan Yew Gold Medal, the Sally Meyer Gold Medal and the Singapore Institute of Surveyors & Valuers Gold Medal. Mr Chan is also a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder.


 
About the Moderator

Federico Donato
President
Italian Chamber of Commerce in Singapore (ICCS)

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