Aprirose, the real estate investment company, has opened an AsiaPac Desk to support increasing interest from Greater China clients, banks and investors looking to invest in the UK property market. The desk will co-ordinate inbound cross border activity between South East Asia and the UK.
Shijun Liu, the former finance director at China developer Wanda One has been appointed to lead the desk as Investment Director, Asia Pacific.
Gary Jones, Chief Operating Officer, Aprirose, said: “Aprirose has a strong pedigree in helping AsiaPac investors with expanding their international real estate interests. The AsiaPac Desk enables us to build upon this track record by providing our clients with dedicated access to the latest market insights in relation to the opportunities which exist in the UK.”
Mr Liu is an Economics and Law graduate from the prestigious Zhongnan University of Economics and Law. Based in London and China he will be responsible for developing and managing international client relationships. The new role will involve him identifying potential investors, assisting with existing property investments as well as supporting their international business requirements in the UK.
Mr Liu joins from Dalian Wanda Group where he spent 13 years as a senior M&A manager and finance director developing investment opportunities, conducting due diligence, developing financial models and advising on valuations and managing client relationships.
Manish Gudka, CEO, Aprirose, said: “The appointment of Shijun is an exciting progression to the work we are already undertaking with our clients in mainland China and Hong Kong. He has a wealth of existing contacts as well as a detailed knowledge of the real estate market and will be a fantastic asset to both the Aprirose team and our clients.”
Commenting on his new role Mr Liu said: “The AsiaPac desk will allow us to streamline the cross-border process for our clients by acting as a local single point of contact for their needs. This will allow us to assist our clients to move between continents in a way that is both efficient and convenient as well as to help those who have already invested into the UK with managing their investments.”
In 2018, Greater China continued to be the world’s largest deployers of real estate investment in the Central London office market, with £3.48 billion invested.