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HSBC Alternative Investments appoints head of real estate investment

HSBC Alternative Investments Limited (HAIL) has appointed Tim Williams as Head of Real Estate Investment. Williams will be responsible for running the direct real estate investment activities for advisory clients, club deals and managing the existing direct property investments for HSBC’s clients.

Based in London, Williams will functionally report to Guy Morrell, Head of Real Estate Investment for HSBC Global Asset Management, and locally to Steven Ward, Chief Executive Officer for HAIL.
Williams joins from CBRE, the largest real estate advisor in the world, where he spent the last 16 years and was a Senior Director in the investment team. He has an extensive track record in deal origination, structuring and transaction management and has advised institutions, property companies, private equity firms, Real Estate Investment Trusts and Ultra High Net Worth Individuals.
Also joining the Real Estate Investment Team within HAIL is Sonal Saluja, who will report to Williams. Sonal joins from the real estate advisory firm 90 North Real Estate Partners LLP where he spent the last five years identifying, structuring and closing real estate transactions along with asset managing development projects. His additional real estate experience includes Emaar Properties in Dubai and Cushman & Wakefield Investors in London.
Guy Morrell, Head of Real Estate Investment, HSBC Global Asset Management, says: “These significant hires form part of a strategic initiative to strengthen further our direct property investment capabilities. This initiative, in which Tim and Sonal will play a key role, is in response to identified client demand for physical property investments. We are seeking to expand our existing direct property offering to HSBC’s clients, which complements our existing global investment capabilities in listed property equities and unlisted direct property funds.”
Williams says: “The real estate team has an extensive existing portfolio and has been successful in acquiring, managing and disposing of previous assets. There is demand from our clients for real estate investments and I am excited to be working with the team to meet this demand.”

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