Senior Associate Real Estate Debt, APAC Credit, Hong Kong
CPP Investment Board
Central, Hong Kong

Job Description

Based in Hong Kong, Senior Associate will play a key role in making and managing real estate debt investments in Asia-Pacific, with a primary focus on Greater China.

You will independently drive major workstreams in the investment process, including origination and evaluating potential real estate debt investments, conducting research, developing investment recommendations, negotiating terms, executing transactions, and monitoring portfolio investments.

You will have responsibility for managing relationships with sponsors, lending partners, brokers, investment banks, and other capital providers.

Responsibilities :

A) Analyze Investment Opportunities :

  • Play an important role in the research, analysis and evaluation of a variety of real estate debt investment opportunities including managing the overall evaluation process
  • Oversee the development of sophisticated dynamic financial models to analyze investment opportunities (including testing assumptions and sensitivities)
  • Play a lead role in due diligence on opportunities including past and projected financial performance, quality of Sponsors, investment merits and risks, expected returns, regulatory environment, property and sector dynamics, and other relevant factors
  • Review 3rd party due diligence reports (appraisal, commercial, environmental, engineering, legal, etc.)
  • Interact closely with Sponsors and review performance, strategy, outlook, and other relevant factors as required
  • Make investment recommendations based on the results of the team’s due diligence findings and analysis
  • Oversee the preparation of investment recommendations outlining potential investment opportunities
  • Present investment recommendations to the relevant internal committees and Board of Directors, as required
  • B) Execute and Monitor APAC Credit Investments :

  • Play a lead role in the negotiation and execution of agreements and other transaction-related documents
  • Review and recommend approval of funding and distributions related to APAC Credit investments
  • Coordinate with CPPIB Finance, Analytics and Risk groups with respect to monitoring ongoing debt investments
  • Monitor ongoing financial and operational performance of portfolio investments
  • Oversee and conduct the reviews of quarterly valuations and compliance of covenants
  • Play a lead role for building and leveraging relationships with sponsors, lending partners, brokers, investment banks, and other capital providers;
  • help build CPPIB brand and presence in local markets

  • Lead restructuring and work out of stressed or impaired credits to contain risks and maximize recovery
  • C) Build the Team :

  • Contribute ideas and strategies for real estate credit portfolio construction and build-out, supported by quality research and market intelligence
  • Actively participate in and contribute to weekly departmental meetings and other internal meetings
  • Assist in the training, tutoring and development of department colleagues and participate in recruiting activities
  • Qualifications

  • 5- 8 years of relevant private equity, investment banking, real estate debt experience or other relevant credit experience
  • MBA (with finance focus), or equivalent is considered an asset
  • CFA or CA designation is considered an asset
  • Fluency in Mandarin and Chinese writing is a must
  • Strong research, financial modeling, analytical and valuation skills
  • Working knowledge of MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint
  • Proven experience in executing and closing successful real estate credit deals (e.g. sourcing, analysis, due diligence, execution and monitoring)
  • Experience managing successful negotiations with multiple stakeholders and executing a wide range of agreements
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (written and verbal) and ability to interact effectively with senior leadership
  • Proven track record of successful investment decisions
  • Demonstrated experience working in a team setting and developing junior deal team members
  • Proven relationship management experience including primary responsibility for managing relationships with Sponsors and other external stakeholders
  • Adaptability, flexibility, initiative and good judgement
  • Demonstration of our guiding principles of integrity, partnership and high performance
  • Willingness to travel and work with colleagues in international offices and different time zones
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