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Asia Pacific Expert Insights | October 2022

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Real estate markets across Asia Pacific are in recovery mode, as investors and occupiers tactically navigate macroeconomic and post-covid challenges. Are there new pockets of investment opportunities and good growth prospects in the region?

In this month’s edition of our Expert Insights, we uncover top trends in Australia’s hotel investment market, evaluate biopharmaceutical valuation trends in China, identify big themes around workplace and office flexibility in India, get updated on Singapore’s industrial market, and explore Thailand’s condominium, hotels and retail sectors. 


Markets to highlight this month:

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Australia | H1 2022 Hotel Investment Market

Despite macro-economic volatility, the market is showing maturity in its ability to react to new pricing norms to sustain activity

Investors continue to be drawn to the sector, as Australians show appetite to spend on travel and tourism. Moreover, there is still a weight of money looking to invest and by historical standards, debt is still relatively cheap. As a result, diverse capital sources, with distinct investment drivers are currently pursuing opportunities.

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China | Biopharma Valuation Inside Out

Biopharma remains attractive even as healthcare industry faces capital market headwinds

China’s listed biopharmaceutical companies have seen valuations decline since 2020, with the equity market concerned over companies that are not yet profitable and still require large R&D investment. Relaxed capital market regulations are expected to boost valuations of companies with diverse R&D pipelines, sufficient funding, and remarkable clinical trial results. 

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India | Workplace & Flexibility: C-suite Survey

Flex spaces most preferred distributed workspace strategy due to ease of adoption and benefits for employees

To gauge how occupiers are re-imagining their future workplaces, Colliers and flex space operator Awfis conducted a survey of CXOs to understand their strategies around distributed workplaces and the role of flex spaces. Occupiers are looking for a workplace model that furthers business goals, as well as creates a comfortable working environment for employees. 

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Singapore | Q2 2022 Industrial Market Report

Industrial prices propelled by higher yields and limited availability

Demand caught up with supply in Q2 this year. However, with planned supply coming onstream by 2025 and expected completions this year, the pace of rental and price growth may temper. Further impact may come from rising commodity prices, global supply chain disruptions, and higher capital costs. In the long term, industrial space demand will still be driven by tailwinds such as Singapore’s increasing focus on higher-value manufacturing and biomedical sectors.

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Thailand | Q2 2022 Trends in Residential, Hospitality, and Retail

Recovery across Thailand’s real estate sectors gathering momentum

Condominium space around future mass transit stations and universities are in demand, where developers are integrating co-working spaces, e-sport rooms, libraries, among other new features to attract young professionals and students supported by parents. Thailand’s hospitality sector is on a steady path upward with nationwide hotel occupancy rates expected to recover in the medium term. Return to brick-and-mortar retail outlets buoying developers’ confidence to launch new projects.

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Key Takeaways

The key takeaways in the infographic below reflect some of the main data points from each of the reports and articles profiled above.

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For recommendations and insights into commercial real estate opportunities in these markets, reach out to our experts Karen WalesFlora HeRamesh NairLynus Pook and Tysen Kamin.

View more of our expert thought leadership here, or visit our research library for past market insights across Asia Pacific. 

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Karen Wales

Head of Hotels, Australia | Transaction Services



Karen has over twenty years of experience in the hotel industry and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Australian Graduate School of Management. She brings with her a specialised knowledge of the Asia Pacific hotel investment market and an ability to drive fresh capital into Australia’s hotel markets. She has developed an exceptional network over the past two years across Asia and the Middle East and within government, in her capacity as Senior Investment Specialist Tourism Infrastructure at Austrade and her knowledge of new entrants into the growing Australian tourism sector is second to none.      

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Flora He

Head of Valuation & Advisory Services | China

Valuation & Advisory Services


Flora has worked in real estate and finance field for over 15 years at Australia and China. She owns intensive experience in property and portfolio valuation & advisory services. She has successfully provided market research and valuation services to a pre-IPO portfolio with over 60 mixed-used developments in China, and responsible to market research, valuation services for prime office/ retail/ hotel/ apartment properties in Beijng, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and other second tier cities. Flora is also responsible to provide market feasibility study and analysis, property market research and positioning services,  and specialized in investment analysis and consultancy.

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Ramesh Nair

Chief Executive Officer | India

Managing Director, Market Development | Asia

Mumbai (Corporate Office)

Ramesh has over 24 years of experience in consulting across top-tier International Property Consultants (IPCs). As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), India & Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Ramesh drives Colliers India’s overall direction, strategy and growth. He is responsible for developing new client relationships, ensuring consistently superior levels of service delivery, and incubating new specializations. Having worked across diverse asset classes such as office, land, warehousing, industrial, retail, residential, data centers, and hotels advising leading domestic and multinational owners, investors, and occupiers, he aligns all business lines towards the firm’s strategy internally and externally.

He develops a country-wide growth plan, manages revenues, operating expenses, and profitability to drive results, identify trends, and take corrective action. Ramesh also creates our workforce to provide innovative future solutions and help clients define and deliver successful real estate projects of the highest quality. As Managing Director, Market Development, Asia, Ramesh uses his considerable industry experience to add value beyond the boundaries of India and develop services, expand client relationships, and attract other talented professionals to the company. Ramesh also serves on the Colliers Asia Executive Board.

Before joining Colliers, Ramesh served as the CEO & Country Head of JLL India, where he oversaw the work and outputs of ~12,000 professionals working across transactions, consulting, and annuity businesses. During his tenure, he successfully grew the company to record heights. Previously, Ramesh held other leadership positions at JLL, such as COO – India; MD - West India; South India Markets Head; India Head of Land; MD – Industrial; MD – Chennai; and MD – Hyderabad. Ramesh was one of the youngest International Directors and Country Heads of JLL globally. He has also been a member of the Asia Pacific Executive Board of JLL and the J8, a group of JLL’s eight most prominent countries in terms of profits and revenues globally amongst 80 countries.

Easily one of the most recognizable persons in real estate in India, Ramesh is one of the influential thought leaders in the Industry. He has written widely for prominent publications like the Times of India and Economic Times. He frequently appears on business shows across leading business channels such as CNBC.

A firm believer in the value of education, he has been a guest lecturer at prestigious institutes such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kolkata, ISB Hyderabad, JBIMS, and SP Jain.


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Lynus Pook

Executive Director

Industrial Services


Based in Singapore, Lynus is tasked with identifying new business opportunities and developing relationships with data centre and industrial owners, occupiers, developers and investors as part of the regional industrial advisory strategy.

Lynus joins Colliers from Cushman & Wakefield, where he was Director of Data Centre & Real Estate Brokerage and spearheaded the company’s data centre operations in Singapore. With more than 12 years of real estate experience, he is a Certified Data Centre Specialist and has also managed transactions in the Technology & Telecommunication and Aviation sectors. Prior to joining Cushman & Wakefield, he also held roles at Credit Suisse Beijing and Savills Singapore.

Having joined the fastest growing real estate services company in the world, Lynus is incredibly excited to continue to build on the existing platforms of collaboration and strategy that have already been established and will look to further develop and provide market-leading solutions to accelerate the success of our clients in this dynamic sector.

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Tysen Kamin

Deputy Managing Director

Advisory Services


As Director of Advisory with Colliers International Thailand, Tysen is responsible to lead a multidisciplinary team of experienced professionals to analyze and drive innovative real estate investment strategies in Thailand. Tysen and his team perform full feasibility studies including market studies, development recommendations, and financial analyses for Colliers’ clients.

With over ten years of experience in real estate development, Tysen’s expertise is in formulating and executing the acquisition and development strategy based on analytics and market data. Tysen also has expertise developing finance strategy and plans for capital structure and overall optimal profitability for service members.

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