What sets us apart

A hands-on approach to service

Our experienced property teams work closely with our customers to provide space that fosters collaboration and creativity, where all are welcomed and supported. This personalized level of service and attention to detail have come to be expected by our customers, and it’s an expectation that we're proud to meet. 

 

Development that promotes community

With nearly seven million square feet of active development projects in the pipeline, our buildings are woven into the fabric of our communities, and sustainably designed to create opportunity and foster innovation.

 

Our acquisition expertise and experience

We've been acquiring and selling real estate for nearly a century. Today, we're one of the world's top real estate investors, with properties across sectors and strategically located in major urban centers across the globe.

 

 

Our leadership team

William (Bill) McPadden, CPA

Global Head of Real Estate
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Bill is the global head of real estate and is responsible for originating and managing Manulife Investment Management’s real estate equity and debt investments on behalf of external clients and the company’s general account.

In his role, Bill has overall accountability for the strategic management and operations of Manulife Investment Management’s extensive and diversified portfolio of commercial real estate in key metropolitan centres throughout Canada, the United States, Asia, and Australia. He's also responsible for the company’s commercial real estate debt platform, which places first mortgage debt on high-quality commercial real estate located in major metropolitan areas throughout North America.

Since joining the company in 1992, Bill has held various positions of ever-increasing responsibility. Prior to his current role, he was the senior managing director of North American real estate finance. He's also served in a variety of commercial real estate roles, including investment origination, portfolio management, and workouts.

Prior to joining Manulife, Bill was a controller with the Krupp Companies and a senior auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co.

Michael J. McNamara

Global Head of Real Estate Investments
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Michael McNamara is the Global Head of Real Estate Investments at Manulife Investment Management.  He is responsible for the development, execution, and portfolio management of the company’s global real estate investment strategies for both the General Account as well as institutional investors, which include both public and private pension funds. 

Prior to joining Manulife Investment Management, Mr. McNamara worked at Brookfield Office Properties and was responsible for all U.S. investment activity. Previously, he spent nine years as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers and twenty years at Equitable Real Estate Investment Management Inc. Over the course of his career, Mr. McNamara has been responsible for transactions of over $100B.

Mr. McNamara holds a BS degree from St. John’s University and previously sat on the board of directors of the National Multifamily Council. He is currently a council member and a Global Governing Trustee of the Urban Land Institute, a board member of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, and a member of Real Estate Roundtable. 

Brad Searchfield

Global Head of Corporate Real Estate

Brad is responsible for the overall strategic management of Manulife Investment Management’s corporate real estate portfolio to accommodate the company’s more than 35,000 employees and 70,000 agents worldwide. Brad also has co-responsibility for developing and implementing Manulife Investment Management's real estate investment strategy in Asia.

Brad has more than 25 years' experience in the real estate industry, having held senior roles at Ontario Realty, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization, and CN's real estate group.

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