Link REIT’s Hongchoy Launches MTD TV Asia REIT Forum

George Hongchoy, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Link REIT

Asia’s listed real estate investment trusts will be the center of attention starting next week, as Mingtiandi kicks off its MTD TV Asia REIT Forum with an exclusive interview with the Managing Director of Link REIT.

George Hongchoy, who heads the HK$226 billion ($28.8 billion) Hong Kong-listed giant, will explain Link REIT’s plans for growth and diversification after the trust expanded its management team in June and reported revenue of HK$11.6 billion for the 12 months ending March 31.

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The spotlight interview, brought to you by Yardi, will air on MTD TV at 10:00 a.m. HK time on Tuesday, July 19, and interested viewers can sign up above.

Following the spotlight interview, the MTD TV Asia REIT Forum will continue with a panel discussion on Greater China REITs, with speakers from SF REIT, Cushman & Wakefield and Baker McKenzie.

FPI link on stage

In 2022, Link REIT, which has 129 assets in Hong Kong, decided to expand its presence on the global stage, having started the year by appointing Greg Chubb as its new chief operating officer for international in January.

With the former Charter Hall executive settling into his new role in April, the manager of Asia’s largest REIT further expanded his management team by adding a trio of senior executives in early June.

Lai Sun Group veteran Ronald Tham joined Link REIT as Business Development Director, Vanke alum Haiqun Zhu became General Manager for Mainland China and former Manulife executive, Kenny Lam, has been appointed Chief Investment Officer for Strategic Investments.

In the first six months of 2022, Link REIT has also been active on the acquisition front, signing an agreement to take a 49.9% stake in Oxford Properties’ portfolio of office assets in Sydney and Melbourne for A$596 million (then $428.2 million) during February and agreeing in May to buy three logistics properties in the Yangtze River Delta for 947 million RMB ($139 million).

Greater China is listed

The MTD TV Asia REIT Forum will continue at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, July 26 with our Greater China REIT panel, which will examine how vehicles listed in Hong Kong and Singapore offer investors the opportunity to receive returns from properties in the region, as well as how mainland Chinese REITs are disrupting the industry.

Hubert Chak, Executive Director and CEO of Hong Kong-listed logistics trust SF REIT, will speak at the Greater China REIT panel. Joining Chak on the hour-long show will be Andrew Chan, Managing Director and Head of Greater China Valuation and Advisory Services at Cushman & Wakefield, and Baker McKenzie Partner Jeremy Ong, who advised on the list of some of the largest real estate investment trusts.

After the Greater China REIT panel, MTD TV will return on September 6 with our third annual data center event.

The five-part Mingtiandi APAC Data Center Forum 2022 will examine investment opportunities in large-scale projects and sustainable data centers, as well as key markets in the region, including Greater China, Japan and Korea.

Melvin B. Baillie