Western asset owners are steadily adding real estate investment capabilities in Asia, while local players have refocused attention onto their home region.
The Canadian pension fund and other investment experts believe that infrastructure investments with sustainability themes will see far greater asset inflows this year.
Oxford Properties plans to move its Asia Pacific head to Singapore to spearhead a push to diversify and ramp up its regional exposure to as much as a quarter of its global assets.
Deal sourcing and origination of infrastructure assets have been affected by the pandemic, but the Canadian public pension fund was able to close some transactions.
Korea's ABL Life wants fund houses to be clearer about Covid-19's impact on infrastructure assets, while Canadian pension Omers' infra head has a fairly sanguine outlook.
The $83 billion Canadian pension fund’s global head of infrastructure says it is looking at investing in new markets in the region, beyond Australia and India.