perspectives podcast

EP14: Why property investors want metropolitan offices

Economic uncertainty and changing work habits are forcing real estate investors to look outside city centre office markets

October 23, 2020
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Meet our speakers

Grant Nichols
Fund manager, Centuria Office REIT

Grant has responsibility for the operation, performance and strategy of Centuria Office REIT, which is Australia’s largest ASX-listed metropolitan office investment vehicle. He has more than 15 years’ office investment management experience, having joined Centuria from Australian Unity, where he was the fund manager of the ASX-listed Australian Unity Office Fund. Prior to that, Grant held funds management, portfolio management and transactional roles at Investa Property Group.

Luke Billiau
Head of capital markets – NSW, JLL

Luke leads JLL’s NSW capital markets team and specialises in the transaction of commercial office assets in the Sydney CBD and fringe markets. Luke’s focus is on institutional-grade investment assets and significant development opportunities, including structured transactions and forward-funding deals. Luke is also responsible for JLL’s capability and commitment to middle markets and metropolitan investments and has broad experience in this market.

Andrew Ballantyne
Head of research – Australia, JLL

Andrew is in charge of JLL's thought leadership program, and leads the Australian research team. A well-respected commentator and analyst in the commercial property industry, he works closely with JLL’s capital markets, corporate finance and leasing business units, as well as provides strategic advice to clients. Andrew is an experienced industry analyst with more than 15 years’ industry experience, working both in Australia and the UK.


Rebecca Kent (intro)
Uncertainty around COVID-19 is continuing to change the behavior of office workers. And now, investors are evolving their investment strategies, too.

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