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PFA Learning Series – Raising and Deploying Capital in a Pandemic

Hosted by Centuria, our Fund Managers will discuss Raising and Deploying Capital in a Pandemic.

Both capital inflows and capital deployment have been stronger than might have been expected through the Pandemic period. Steve Bennet, Mark Pratt and Ben Harrop from Fund Managers, Charter Hall, Australian Unity and Centuria, which together represent approximately $60 billion in property FUM, with over $35 billion of that in unlisted property, will reflect on this time. They will discuss the challenges, successes and processes of raising capital before, during and as we emerge from COVID; from the perspective of retail, wholesale and sophisticated investors. They will also look on how they have deployed capital, how they have managed physical inspections, consultants & due diligence; what have been the differences between 2021 and 2020 in terms of opportunities, pricing and thematics; and what are the factors that have supported the funds and enabled them to continue to buy assets and deploy capital.

Moderated by Melissa Kingham, PFA Vice President and Director of Haben Property Group our speakers include: Steven Bennett, Charter Hall; Mark Pratt, Australian Unity Group and Ben Harrop, Centuria

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Event Details

23rd November, 2021
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Event Speakers

Steven Bennett

Charter Hall

Direct CEO

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Steven is the Direct CEO at Charter Hall and manages approximately $10 billion of Australian real estate on behalf of self managed super funds, high net worth and direct investors. His day-to-day responsibility includes overseeing asset management and tenancy matters, managing the financial structure of the funds and stakeholder communications.

Steven has held the position of President of the Property Funds Association, where he committed to furthering the association’s goals: representing direct property investors’ and managers’ interests; promoting the industry; and providing a forum for research and education. Steven is currently the Vice President for the PCA NSW Division Council. Before joining Charter Hall Group, Steven worked for Macquarie Group Limited in both their Sydney and London offices.

Mark Pratt

Australian Unity Group

Executive General Manager - Real Estate Investment

Ben Harrop

Centuria Capital Group

Head of Distribution

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Ben is a seasoned sales leader within the wealth management and real estate markets. His specialist and experienced adviser and investor team works closely with institutional investors, family offices, blue-chip advisers, and high-net-worth individuals. Centuria, via its strong capabilities across listed and unlisted real estate, is a market leader in assisting clients solve their capital and income requirements.

Melissa Kingham

Haben Property Fund

Executive Director

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Melissa has a deep understanding of property and in-depth knowledge of the retail property sector, mixed use development and repositioning strategies. As an Investment Committee Member and Responsible Manager, Melissa is involved in all aspect of the Haben business including funds management, real estate strategy, capital transactions, development management and compliance.