SC Capital has named former Forum Partners director Emi Wakizaki as executive director of its SC Core Fund, according to an announcement by the Singapore-based company.
Wakizaki joins the real estate investment firm after parting ways with ASX-listed Macquarie Capital where she helped to implement the Australian company’s real estate investment platforms in Asia.
Working out of SC Capital’s Hong Kong office, the native speaker of Japanese will be responsible for investments in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong, and will report to Jyoti Ramchandani, who replaced former fund manager Gillian Chee following her departure in January.
“Ms Wakizaki’s appointment as a senior member of the SCORE team underscores the importance of North Asia, particularly Japan, within our investment strategy,” said Ramchandani.
Japan Experience Gives New Edge to the Team
Before joining Macquarie Capital, the graduate of the University of Chicago helped deliver investment strategies in Japan for Shenzhen-based Ping An Real Estate while serving as an executive director.
Japan was again her territory at Forum Partners, where she spent five years implementing real estate investments in the country and leading portfolio management of Forum Asia Funds after joining the company in 2010.
Having earned degrees in Economics, Psychology and International Relations in the US, Wakizaki started her career in 2001 working as an investment banker at the real estate investment management arm of Morgan Stanley in both Tokyo and Hong Kong.
SC Capital Looking to Build on Assets in Japan, South Korea and HK
Wakizaki is charged with overseeing investments in Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong for the SCORE Fund, which has a gross asset value of $555 million, and comprises student accommodation, retail, office and warehouses.
“Emi brings a wealth of experience, local knowledge and insight from her extensive investment experience in Japan,” SC Capital Partners chairman Suchad Chiaranussati said.
Wakizaki and her team will be looking to add to assets already acquired this year by SC Capital, including its $45 million acquisition of a civic office complex in the Australian capital earlier in the month, and a S$230 million ($169.53 million) deal to buy a shopping centre in northeastern Singapore from a fund managed by AEW in March.