QIC hires real estate investment specialists

Asset manager, QIC has appointed two real estate investment specialists to initially focus on leading product development and fundraising initiatives for the firm’s US real estate platform.

QIC has appointed Leonie Wilkinson as director, investment specialist to service QIC’s global real estate clients, based in Sydney, and Reza Basharzad the same role in Los Angeles.

QIC managing director, global business development, David Asplin, said: “As a leading investment provider for superannuation funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors, QIC seeks out quality real estate assets where we can add value over the long-term by managing every aspect of the investment lifecycle”.

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“This hands-on approach requires an in-depth understanding of what makes an asset a high-quality investment opportunity for our clients,” he said.

“Leonie and Reza’s extensive experience in real estate funds management and investor relations will be of significant value to our clients as we continue to build our US real estate platform.”

Wilkinson has 19 years of market expertise and product knowledge in investment management and property funds. She was most recently head of client capital group, Australia and New Zealand for LaSalle Investment Management, and has held senior positions at Macquarie Capital, Barclays Capital, and Stockland Property Group.

Basharzad has 18 years of experience in senior asset-focused roles, with particular expertise in fundraising and investor relations, US asset management, investment banking, and private equity firms.

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