LJ Partnership, an independent investment firm advising institutional and private clients that currently supervises US$15 billion (Bt493 billion) in assets, has announced the appointment of Neill O'Brien as managing director.
In a press release issued on Thursday, the company said he joins LJ Partnership’s wholly-owned investment and advisory subsidiary, Guggenheim Investment Advisors (Hong Kong) Limited (“GIA (HK)”), which was acquired by LJ Partnership in 2016.
The company said the appointment comes shortly after a significant investment by Dilmun, the New York-backed family office originally from the Gulf, which acquired a 40 per cent stake in LJ Partnership in July 2018.
O’Brien has more than 10 years of experience in real estate advisory, counselling Asian real estate clients on acquisitions, dispositions, JVs, debt and equity raising, as well as leasing and ownership strategy, the company said.
Based in Hong Kong, his real estate advisory expertise complements GIA HK’s existing asset management capability and will be instrumental in driving LJ Partnership’s growth in Asia.
Alexander de Meyer, CEO of LJ Partnership, said: “We are delighted that Neill – a seasoned regional real estate advisor – is joining GIA (HK) as a managing director. This comes at a time that we are expanding our footprint in the Asia-Pacific region. Neill will be a strong addition to the specialist advisory team matching long term capital to proprietory deal flow.”
O’Brien said: “I am very pleased to be joining LJ Partnership’s real estate advisory and investment business in Asia. Capitalising on the Group’s well-established platform, international network of real estate operators and impressive investment track record, I look forward to introducing Asian investors to a range of diversified direct and co-investment opportunities across the globe; and to further contributing to LJ Partnership’s expansion in Asia-Pacific.”