Manulife Investment Management has announced the appointment of Kenny Lam as its Chief Investment Officer and Head of Transactions for Asia Pacific Real Estate.
Lam first joined Manulife in 2017 as Head of Asia Real Estate Investments. In 2022, he moved to Link REIT as Chief Investment Officer, however he has now returned to take on the expanded responsibility of his new role.
Lam will report to Marc Feliciano, Global Head of Real Estate, Private Markets, and will be responsible for shaping and expanding the business’s geographical footprint in Asia Pacific, managing its real estate portfolio, and identifying real estate opportunities.
Feliciano commented on the new hire, “We are pleased to welcome Kenny back to our team, and we look forward to his contributions in the continuous growth of our Asia Pacific real estate business. Kenny will play a key role in expanding our investment offerings in Asia, a market of enormous importance in our global real estate growth strategy”, he stated.
Lam himself commented, “I am delighted to rejoin the firm and contribute to the transformation of the Manulife Investment Management real estate platform to help investors achieve their long-term financial objectives,” said Lam. “
Lam’s experience prior to Manulife Investment Management includes time at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority as Chief Manager and at Ping A Real Estate as Executive Director.
During his first stint at Manulife, Lam lead various key transactions in the Asia Pacific region. These included the establishment of a joint venture with Kenedix in 2022 to pursue multifamily assets in Japan, the acquisition of an 11-hectare logistics facility in Greater Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam with LOGOS in 2022, the purchase of 39 Martin Place Sydney in Australia in partnership with Investa Commercial Property Fund in 2021, and 2020’s acquisition of Cityplaza One in Hong Kong alongside a consortium of investors.
As of June 30, 2023, Manulife Investment Management’s sustainably operated real estate platform spans over 73 million square feet of office, industrial, retail, and multifamily assets across Canada, the U.S., and Asia Pacific. It aims to leverage its global platform and regional market insights to identify promising opportunities for its investment clients.