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JLL appoints Luke Billiau as capital markets head for Australia and New Zealand

Luke Billiau has been appointed as the head of capital markets for Australia and New Zealand at JLL. In a May 15 press release, the leading real estate firm has expressed their confidence in Billiau’s capabilities, citing his diverse experience across different asset classes, diverse client relationships, and successful track record of managing teams.

Billiau has been a part of JLL since 2007, and took up the role of head of capital markets for NSW and office investments for Australia prior to this announcement. He was also the senior director of the Queensland capital markets team, and had a senior role leading the state’s valuations and advisory division for JLL.

With over 140 professionals under him, Billiau will be overseeing capital markets across Australia.

The country has been receiving recognition in many asset fields. From housing Singapore’s rich to hosting successful projects, Australia has been spotlighted in many areas. Most recently, Avani announced the opening of their first hotel in Australia located in Sunshine Coast. Similarly, The Work Project opened its first centre in the country, while Singapore was reported to be the third most attractive destination for the world’s rich, following UAE and Australia.

It is with little doubt that Billiau’s expertise and leadership capabilities will help drive JLL’s capital markets platform from strength to strength in the years to come.…

SC Capital Partners, THi to develop industrial facility in Suzhou

SC Capital Partners and THi have also formed a 50:50 joint venture to co-develop the project, with SC Capital Partners acting as the overall project manager and lead investor.

SC Capital Partners, a private equity real estate firm based in Singapore, has acquired a rectangular plot of land measuring over 50,000 sq m (538,196 sq ft) in China’s Suzhou Industrial Park. The acquisition was jointly made with Shanghai’s THi Holding Management Corp., with the partners set to develop the land into a Grade-A industrial facility targeting high-end manufacturers, boasting a total of 103,000 sq m (1.1 million sq ft) of net lettable area.

Zero Point, an electric vehicle battery pack company, has been secured as the anchor tenant of the facility, which will also come fitted with solar panel rooftops. This marks SC Capital Partners’ second investment in Suzhou Industrial Park, a manufacturing and logistics hub.

Suchad Chiaranussati, chairman and founder of SC Capital Partners said the transaction “strengthens their collaboration with THi in pursuing growth opportunities in the industrial and logistics sector in the Yangtze River Delta”.

Sarah Hu, director and general manager of THi Management, said that demand for regional industrial and logistics assets is expected to remain resilient, noting that “working with strategic partners who have established connections and expertise on the ground is essential for the successful execution of strategies for investment managers”.

To co-develop the project, SC Capital Partners and THi have formed a 50:50 joint venture, with SC Capital Partners serving as the overall project manager and lead investor. This latest acquisition strengthens SC Capital Partners’ presence in the Asian Pacific and is set to bring many benefits to its investors.…