We're active in the market

We actively seek out acquisition opportunities in office, industrial, multifamily, retail, and land.

We’ve been acquiring and managing real estate for nearly a century

Our experienced acquisition and disposition team has a combined 124 years of real estate investing experience. As one of the world’s top investors in real estate, our properties are diversified across sectors and strategically located in urban centres across the globe.

Our approach

We buy and sell office, industrial, multifamily, retail, and land in major metropolitan areas, established suburban markets, and select secondary cities across the United States, Canada, and Asia-Pacific. 

Our objectives

Our geographically focused and vertically integrated operational platform provides us with the scale and expertise to identify opportunities in real estate markets globally. Our teams are empowered through our bottom-up process, contributing to a wide source of off-market opportunities. We look to acquire core, core-plus, value-add, and opportunistic properties in Canada, the United States, and Australia, as well as across Asia.

An upscale multifamily acquisition in Montreal’s borough of LaSalle

EQ8, Montreal, QC

  • 16 stories and 300 units

  • Suite sizes ranging from 500 to 1,350 square feet

“The city of Montreal’s economic story is positive. Infrastructure investments, a tightening labour market, and government support for technology have all contributed to economic advancement and, ultimately, a market we’re looking to expand in.” 

The two, newly constructed multifamily buildings stand at 16 stories and encompass a total of 300 units. Catering to young professionals and families, EQ8 features an attractive suite mix of 32% one-bedroom units, 48% two-bedroom units, and 20% three-bedroom units. Suite sizes range from 500 square feet to 1,350 square feet and are accompanied by an attractive mix of amenities and high-end finishes.

The property is ideally located in Montreal’s borough of LaSalle, situated on the southwest portion of the city. Acting as a major industrial and commercial hub, LaSalle is equidistant from downtown Montreal and Trudeau International Airport. Residents of the area benefit from access to 2.3 million square feet of retail space, including two large retail centres adjacent to the property, as well as immediate access to public transit and main arterial highways.   

Leading our acquisition activity

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.

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