July 3, 2023, Hong Kong – Gaw Capital is thrilled to congratulate Ms. Isabella Lo, Managing Director, Principal – Investments & Head of Japan at Gaw Capital, has been named as one of the PEI Group’s Women of Influence in Private Markets in the real estate category, which recognizes trailblazing women in alternative assets and shines a light on their accomplishments in a previously male-dominated industry. This prestigious recognition highlights Isabella’s outstanding contributions to Gaw Capital’s success and her role as a leader in the private markets.
Isabella has been leading Gaw Capital’s investments in Japan since 2014, spearheading investments in various asset classes including hospitality, logistics, data centers, office, residential, and retail.
Under her leadership, she has successfully completed several significant deals across different asset classes in Japan. In 2022-2023, she acquired the iconic luxury hotel Hyatt Regency Tokyo together with KKR, a high-quality logistics portfolio with seven fully-let assets across Greater Tokyo, a property in Fuchu Intelligent Park for redevelopment into a Tier-III data center, and a 32-asset Tokyo-centric residential portfolio. She also recently completed the US$3 billion privatization of Invesco Office J-REIT, pioneering the first ever REIT privatization in Japan. Total deal transaction volume in Japan exceeded US$1.7 billion in 2022, and the AUM in Japan grew 46% from US$2.6 billion to US$3.8 billion in the past 18 months. Gaw Capital also raised its first Japan-only and its first core discretionary fund in 2022.
Isabella Lo, Managing Director, Principal – Investments & Head of Japan at Gaw Capital, said, ” It is an honour to have been named one of the Women of Influence in Private Markets by PEI Group. I am grateful for the support provided by Goodwin Gaw, Kenneth Gaw, Christina Gaw and Humbert Pang in addition to the many mentors that I have had throughout my career. Gaw Capital is a firm committed to not only creating value for our investors, but also to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion. I am proud to be part of the firm and look forward to continuing to advance these values going forward within our firm and our industry.”
Isabella’s dedication to Gaw Capital’s success in Japan has been invaluable. She has led the Japan team to expand its capability and track record to now include hotel, logistics, IDC, office, and retail, as well as privatization of JREITs. With her unwavering efforts, she successfully led the team to achieve “PERE’s Firm of the Year – Japan”, with the support and recognition from institutional investors and business partners.
Isabella has over 20 years of experience in real estate and investment advisory, spanning from acquisition, asset management, and investment banking. In addition to her exceptional achievements in real estate investments at Gaw Capital, Isabella is a strong advocate for gender equality within the company and is actively involved in the development of the private equity industry and the educational sector in Hong Kong. She is a member of the Real Asset Committee of Hong Kong Venture Capital and Private Equity Association and the facilities committee of Hong Kong International School Board.
About Gaw Capital Partners
Gaw Capital Partners is a uniquely positioned private equity fund management company focusing on real estate markets in Asia Pacific and other high barrier-to-entry markets globally.
Specializing in adding strategic value to under-utilized real estate through redesign and repositioning, Gaw Capital runs an integrated business model with its own in-house asset management operating platforms in commercial, hospitality, property development, logistics, IDC and education. The firm’s investments span the entire spectrum of real estate sectors, including residential development, offices, retail malls, serviced apartments, hotels, logistics warehouses and IDC projects.
Gaw Capital has raised seven commingled funds targeting the APAC region since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in the US, a Pan-Asia Hospitality Fund, a European Hospitality Fund and a Growth Equity Fund, and it also provides services for credit investments and separate account direct investments globally.
Gaw Capital has raised equity of US$23 billion since 2005 and commands assets of US$36 billion under management as of Q1 2023.