Global investment firm KKR today announced the appointment of real estate veteran John Pattar as member and head of KKR’s real estate business in Asia Pacific.
Pattar will assume leadership of KKR’s existing Asia real estate team and work alongside the firm’s regional investment teams and leadership to source real estate investment opportunities across Asia Pacific, KKR said today in a release.
He will also assist Asian clients in partnering with KKR to access real estate opportunities globally. Based in Hong Kong, Pattar brings to KKR nearly three decades of real estate investment and management experience, as well as a proven track record of creating value in real estate assets across Asia Pacific.
"Asia Pacific is a crucial part of our global real estate strategy given the attractive growth and demographic drivers found in markets across the region. Furthermore, we are focused on continuing to enhance our connectivity with Asian investors seeking to partner with KKR real estate in the United States and Europe. We see great opportunity to continue scaling our real estate platform, and we are thrilled that John will lead KKR through the next phase of our growth,” said Ralph Rosenberg, member and head of KKR Real Estate.
"Real estate is a compelling and growing asset class for KKR in Asia Pacific. There is a wide-ranging need for financing and restructuring solutions for properties across the region and for assisting corporations in unlocking the value of their real estate portfolios," added Ming Lu, member and head of KKR Asia.
Pattar joins KKR from CLSA Capital Partners in Hong Kong, where he was the CEO of CLSA Real Estate. He joined CLSA in 2004 and most recently oversaw the operation of Fudo Capital, a collection of property funds targeting real estate investment in Asia Pacific.
He has worked across property investment, development, capital transactions and asset management in Asia for nearly 30 years, in markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Pattar has a Bachelor of Laws degree from King’s College, University of London and is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
KKR’s real estate business mandate globally is to make control or influence investments and transactions across the capital structure. Since 2011, KKR has committed approximately US$2 billion in equity and debt across more than 40 real estate transactions in Asia Pacific markets including Australia, China, India, Singapore and South Korea, as of March 31, 2018.
The firm has a dedicated team of approximately 20 professionals based in Asia Pacific spanning both the equity and credit businesses.