QIC hires two for real estate team

Australian asset manager QIC has named Leonie Wilkinson as director, investment specialist for its real estate clients in Sydney while Reza Basharzad will take on the same position in Los Angeles. Previously, Wilkinson was head of client capital group of Australia and New Zealand for LaSalle Investment Management. And, Basharzad was senior vice president at Paladin Realty Partners.


New York, July 17, 2017 – QIC, an Australia-based asset manager specializing in diversified global alternatives, today announced the expansion of its Global Clients & Marketing team with the appointment of two real estate Investment Specialists. Leonie Wilkinson has been appointed to the role of Director, Investment Specialist to service QIC’s Global Real Estate clients, based in Sydney, and Reza Basharzad will assume the same role based in Los Angeles.

These appointments, effective immediately, reflect the increasingly global focus of QIC Global Real Estate as it enhances its ability to deliver sustainable investment outcomes for clients.

Ms. Wilkinson and Mr. Basharzad will work alongside the organization’s Business Development Directors and Investment Specialists, initially with a focus on leading product development and fund-raising initiatives for QIC’s U.S. real estate platform. Ms. Wilkinson will report to David Asplin, Managing Director, Global Business Development, and Mr. Basharzad will report to Vittorio Lacagnina, Head of Global, Clients & Marketing – North America & Europe.

The expansion of the team, working with Grant Brady, Director, Investment Specialist – Global Real Estate, who continues to serve QIC clients in his current role, reflects the value that QIC places on both the Global Real Estate division and its deepening relationships with investors and consultants across geographies.

Ms. Wilkinson brings 19 years of market expertise and product knowledge in investment management and property funds. Most recently, she was Head of Client Capital Group, Australia & New Zealand for LaSalle Investment Management. She previously served in senior positions at Macquarie Capital, Barclays Capital and Stockland Property Group.

Mr. Basharzad joins QIC with 18 years of experience in senior real asset-focused roles, with particular expertise in fundraising and investor relations, at U.S. asset management, investment banking and private equity firms. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President at Paladin Realty Partners for seven years. Earlier in his career, he held positions at Triton Pacific Capital, Countrywide Securities (a division of BofA), and SunAmerica AIG.

Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Asplin said, “As a leading investment provider for superannuation funds, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors, QIC seeks out quality real estate assets where we can add value over the long-term by managing every aspect of the investment lifecycle. This hands-on approach requires an in-depth understanding of what makes an asset a high-quality investment opportunity for our clients. Leonie and Reza’s extensive experience in real estate funds management and investor relations will be of significant value to our clients as we continue to build our U.S. real estate platform.”

About QIC:
QIC is a global diversified alternative investment firm offering infrastructure, real estate, private equity, liquid strategies and multi-asset investments. It is one of the largest institutional investment managers in Australia, with USD62.9 billion (AUD82.0 billion)[1] in funds under management, offering infrastructure, real estate, private equity, liquid strategies and multi-asset investment services. QIC has over 700 employees and serves more than 105 clients including governments, pension plans, sovereign wealth funds and insurers, spanning Australia, Europe, Asia, Middle East and the US. Headquartered in Brisbane, Australia, QIC also has offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London, Sydney, and Melbourne. For more information, please visit: www.qic.com.

About QIC Global Real Estate:
QIC’s Global Real Estate team has over the past 20-plus years acquired and developed a retail portfolio of 49 real estate assets globally.

QIC’s domestic real estate portfolio comprises assets in Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Western Australia. Its international property holdings include regional retail malls in the U.S. located on the West Coast in California and Nevada and on the East Coast in Florida, New York, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.

QIC’s global real estate portfolio was valued at USD14.5 billion (AUD18.9 billion) on a gross asset value basis as of 30 June 2017.