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Schroders plans Asia expansion with new hire

The London-based global asset management company has appointed John Chantrell to the newly-created role of head of Asia real estate.

Schroder Real Estate is expanding its dealmaking and business development capabilities in Asia with the hire of Australian property veteran, John Chantrell (pic).

Chantrell, who has previously held a number of senior posts at companies such as Advance Funds Management, Colonial First State Global Asset Management and Novion Property Group (now part of Vicinity Centres), has joined as head of Asian real estate, a newly-created position.

In the role Chantrell will be responsible for real estate strategy and investments across the Asia Pacific region, as well as developing the business. Based in Hong Kong he will report to Duncan Owen, global head of real estate.

“Following the successful evolution of the real estate business across the UK and continental European markets, as well as the growth of our Global Real Estate Securities capability, expansion into Asia is a natural next step,” Owen said.

“Existing clients and strategic relationships are looking to expand into Asian real estate and we see a growing number of potential clients seeking investment opportunities in the region. The strength of the Schroders brand in Asia complements and adds a competitive advantage.”

At the start of the year Schroders made a move to enhance its presence in Japan when it hired former Mitsui Fudosan executive Makoto Fukui to the newly created position of director of strategic partnerships. The role focuses on developing partnerships, joint ventures and separate account mandates with investors, especially Japanese capital.

Schroders has managed real estate funds since 1971 and currently has £12.0 billion ($16.6 billion; €14.8 billion) of gross real estate assets under management as at 30 June 2016.