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Christie Ou

Christie Ou is the Asia-Pacific reporter for PERE covering the private equity real estate markets in the region. Prior to joining PERE, she covered Asia’s business market for Bloomberg Business Week Chinese and the credit market for UK-based Private Debt Investor. She is a native speaker of Cantonese and Mandarin, with solid command of writing and speaking in English. Christie holds her bachelor degree at London School of Economics and a master degree in journalism at the University of Hong Kong.
The long-serving executive will officially leave ARA at the end of the month as part of the firm’s plan to integrate with its parent company ESR Group.
Link REIT has been actively diversifying its portfolio outside Hong Kong including a recent partnership with Oxford Properties in Australia.
With a value-add strategy, the firm's flagship fund ARA Real Estate Partners Asia II is understood to have been fully deployed in 2021.
The Australian firm also plans to make new hires to bolster its third-party capital management and fundraising capabilities in opportunistic real estate.
The quarter saw the close of four $1bn-plus mezzanine/debt funds, which accounted for a bulk of the capital raised during this period.
The vehicle is understood to have been seeded with a high-spec asset located in Shanghai’s life science cluster.
The investment arm of the Canadian insurer has made an internal promotion to continue to lead its Asia real estate footprint expansion.
Real estate equity investors are also looking at the Chinese real estate debt space because they could get similar yields to equity investments.
The Hong Kong-based firm’s filing shows confidence in the public markets, but few other managers are likely to follow suit.
Aligned with EQT Exeter’s global strategy, the combined platform is expected to start raising sector-specific vehicles upon the completion of the merger.
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