Specialist property adviser Christie + Co is pleased to announce the launch of their Asia desk and the appointment of Joanne Jia as Head of Investment - Asia. Based in London, Joanne will report to Andreas Scriven, International Managing Director.
Joanne has a strong financial background and previously worked at K2 Capital, a Singapore based Private Equity fund looking to invest in Europe, while also teaching Corporate Finance at the University of Surrey and the London School of Economics. Prior to these roles Joanne was based at one of the world’s largest sovereign wealth funds, Singapore based Government Investment Corp. Joanne has a PhD in Finance and a M.Phil in Finance from the University of Cambridge, a MSc in Management from the University of Oxford and a First Class BA Hons in Accounting & Finance from the University of Sheffield.
Andreas Scriven comments: “Recognising the increasing capital flows coming into Europe from Asia we have decided to further enhance our visibility and access to these markets proactively. We expect a positive impact to be achieved in the hotel sector immediately, but will be proactively looking to attract Asian capital to all of our sectors. Joanne will spearhead our initiatives across the region and introduce new buyers from Asia to our deals in Europe, as well as supporting Asian investors with their European acquisitions through our market leading Advisory offering.”
Commenting on her appointment Joanne says: “Christie + Co has an enviable reputation in all the sectors in which it operates and this is a really interesting time for both the Asian and European property markets. I relish the opportunity to build business in the region for Christie + Co and add to the stellar work they have already started in the Far East.”
Joanne and Andreas will be attending the China Hotel Investment Conference (CHIC) in Shanghai from the 12 – 15 May and will be building on sales recently completed such as substantial investment in the Midlands by FICO, a Thai REIT, and contracts recently exchanged on the Heathrow Arora Hotel, Heathrow, with a Singaporean fund.