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Schroders targets Japanese investors with new hire

The London-based global asset management company has hired Makoto Fukui to help the firm raise capital from Japanese and other Asian institutions.

Schroder Real Estate has appointed former Mitsui Fudosan executive Makoto Fukui to the newly created position of director of strategic partnerships.

The role will focus on developing partnerships, joint ventures and separate account mandates with investors, especially Japanese capital.

“We’ve hired Makoto to help us access the Japanese market that much better,” Chris Ludlam, Schroders’ head of real estate capital, told PERE.

“He’s got 19 years at Mitsui Fudosan, 10 of which were in Japan, so he’s well-connected to access the significant amount of capital which we believe is looking to get invested into the European markets.”

Fukui will be responsible for formulating client investment strategies, capital raising, managing joint venture investments, and working with the UK and European investment teams on sourcing and disposals.

Fukui will also assist in developing other key Asian relationships as well as contribute to the acquisition and implementation of large specialist projects primarily in major markets such as London, Paris and Berlin.

Based in London, Fukui will report to Ludlam, who joined the firm back in July 2014 from AEW Europe.