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

Rob Maulden

Global Head of Real Estate Development
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Rob Maulden is Manulife Investment Management’s Global Head of Real Estate Development. In his role, Rob is responsible for overseeing all development projects for various types of real estate assets.

Rob has over 30 years of experience in real estate investment and prior to his current role Rob was Managing Director of Real Estate Investments where he was responsible for the company entering into the U.S. market rate multifamily acquisitions business.  Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President, Director of Acquisitions for John Hancock Realty Advisors, a wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock Financial Services and Manulife Financial Corporation. Rob was accountable for investing in various real estate investment vehicles including housing and historic tax credits, market rate housing, private equity funds involving commercial and market rate housing properties, and various types of joint venture partnerships.

Prior to joining Manulife Investment Management, Rob worked for Daedalus Projects, Inc., where he was responsible for development and project management, and Migliassi/Jackson & Associates, Inc., where he was responsible for multi-family housing design services. 

Rob is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects as well as many other industry organizations.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington where he graduated from both institutions with various awards and distinctions.

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 member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate along with a member of the Real Estate Roundtable.

Gregory Sweeney

Head of Canadian Real Estate Investments
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Gregory leads Manulife Investment Management’s real estate investment team in Canada. He's responsible for executing the investment strategy for both its general account and third-party clients, which include all aspects of investment management such as origination, underwriting, structuring, and negotiation of transaction documents in support of real property acquisitions, dispositions, and development activity in Canada. 

Since joining the company in 2011, Gregory has completed investment transactions across all property types and regions. In addition, he's participated in several strategic corporate initiatives, including the development and launch of Manulife’s inaugural Canadian commercial real estate pooled fund and real estate due diligence in support of Manulife’s acquisition of Standard Life’s Canadian operations.

Pritesh Patel

Head of U.S. Real Estate Investments
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Pritesh is Manulife Investment Management’s senior managing director, head of U.S. real estate investments. In his current role, he leads Manulife’s investments and dispositions platform. Pritesh has 28 years of experience in the real estate industry, executing over $10 billion in value-add, opportunistic, and core transactions. 

Pritesh joined Manulife Investment Management in 2015 after 13 years with GE Capital Real Estate, where he served as senior director. While at GE, he was responsible for the origination of investments and direction of asset management activities. 

In the decade prior to joining GE, Pritesh worked at MetLife, Goldman Sachs, Lowe Enterprises, and HFF, holding various director positions in acquisitions, portfolio and asset management, and development, completing transactions for both debt and equity nationwide.

Pritesh is an active member of both the Urban Land Institute and the Commercial Real Estate Development Association. He earned a Master’s in Finance and Real Estate Development from the University of Southern California.

Kenny Lam

Head of Asia Real Estate Investments
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Kenny is Manulife’s head of Asia real estate investments and is responsible for overall real estate investment activities in Asia-Pacific. In his role, Kenny leads the formulation and implementation of the firm’s real estate investment strategy and the growth of the acquisition’s platform in the region. 

Prior to joining the company in 2017, Kenny was the chief manager at the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, responsible for the global real estate investment portfolio. Kenny has also held roles in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and New York at Ping An Real Estate, where he was the executive director for strategic and overseas investment; J.P. Morgan Asset Management, where he was the vice president of acquisitions for the Greater China opportunistic strategy; and Citigroup Global Markets, where he was a real estate investment banking associate. Kenny earned a B.Eng. (Honors) in Civil and Structural Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and an M.B.A. in Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Scott Gordon

Head of Real Estate Asset Management, Canada
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Scott Gordon is Manulife Investment Management’s Senior Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Asset Management for Canada. In his role, Scott oversees Manulife Investment Management’s real estate investment assets within Canada across office, industrial, and multifamily. He is responsible for enhancing portfolio performance through accretive asset management as well as leading due diligence of new markets as Manulife Investment Management continues to broaden its real estate platform across the country.

Prior to joining the company in 2020, Scott was the Executive Director, Canadian Investments at Starlight Investments Ltd. where he was responsible for the execution of all acquisitions, dispositions, and financing of multifamily assets within Canada.

Prior to joining Starlight, he held progressive positions with Brookfield Office Properties in New York, working in Brookfield’s Acquisitions/Capital Markets group as well as its Development group. In 2012, Scott joined Brookfield's Real Estate Private Equity team in Toronto with a focus on acquisitions, dispositions and asset management for its global opportunistic real estate investment vehicle.

Erik Gustafson

Head of Real Estate Asset Management, U.S.
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Erik Gustafson is Manulife Investment Management’s Senior Managing Director, Head of Real Estate Asset Management for the United States. Erik joined the company in 2019 and is responsible for real estate investment assets within the U.S., encompassing a 23 million square feet portfolio of office, industrial, and multifamily assets. He is responsible for increasing portfolio performance through active and accretive asset management, developing, and implementing effective programs that maximize portfolio returns with a focus on the needs of our external investment vehicles as well as Manulife’s General Account. He is also responsible for enhancing the asset management platform, as well as leading due diligence of new markets, as the company continues to broaden the asset management platform across the U.S.

Erik comes to Manulife Investment Management with over 22 years’ experience in the real estate and financial services industries. Prior to joining the company, Erik was the Global Head of Portfolio Management at the Pembroke Real Estate group of Fidelity Investments, where he was responsible for overseeing portfolio strategy, strategic asset initiatives, and performance across a 9 million square foot global real estate portfolio in fourteen gateway markets. Prior to heading Portfolio Management at Pembroke, Erik was responsible for targeting and managing investment into multiple new global markets and identifying, developing, and executing investment and development strategies that maximized asset values for Pembroke’s investors. During almost 15 years at Fidelity, Erik spent time based in the Boston and London offices and in 2010 launched Pembroke’s Stockholm office to actively manage and grow a multi-country Nordic portfolio.

Erik began his career with Arthur Andersen and Capgemini Ernst & Young in New York City. Erik received his Bachelor of Arts, Economics at Trinity College in Hartford and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School.  Erik has been active in ULI for almost 20 years in both the U.S. and Europe, and he is currently a member of the Global Exchange Council.

Kenneth Tsang

Head of Real Estate Asset Management, Asia
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Kenneth Tsang is Manulife Investment Management’s Head of Real Estate Asset Management for Asia. In his role, Kenneth oversees Manulife’s real estate investment assets within Asia-Pacific across office, industrial, and logistics. He is responsible for enhancing portfolio performance through accretive asset management as well as investment management support to expand new markets and asset classes.

Prior to joining the company in 2019, Kenneth was the General Manager – Property at KHI Holdings Group where he co-led the acquisition, asset management, development, and divestment of real estate assets across Australia, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and the U.K.

Prior to joining KHI Holdings Group, he was the Executive Director for Development of Real Estate in Asia for JPMorgan Asset Management Real Assets (Asia) Ltd. Within this role, Kenneth was responsible for the development management, asset management, and acquisition support for real estate opportunistic investments in Australia, China, Hong Kong, and Japan. 

Before JPMorgan, Kenneth was the Technical Director for WSP in Asia where he was responsible for development management, feasibility study, and technical due diligence supports for real estate investments and development for real estate funds and property developers in Hong Kong, China, Macau, and Asia.

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