Asia-Pacific Investors Summit

Online, January 20, 2021


Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 9:00–10:00 AM HKT
(Tuesday, January 19, 2021, 9:00–10:00 PM EST)

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact economics, politics, and demographics, investors are eager to understand what the implications of the present mean for the future—especially in the relationship between Asia and the US.

In this quarterly AFIRE virtual event, the first of 2021, panelists will review current “COVID-proof” investments, including life sciences, data centers, and industrial. All have bidding wars and see pricing above preo-COVID levels. Are the fundamentals sustainable as a structural shift, or will this dominance subside as the vaccine is rolled out and the world returns to its “new normal?” (And what will the new normal look like?)

What is the pro/con case for the office sector—historically a favored asset class, but currently an outlier compared to other assets? Is the value of working from home overstated, or will a prolonged work-from-home period in the US create negative pressures in the US office sector, compared to Asia-Pacific markets, which had shorter periods of lockdown?

Experts will discuss the key indicators for distress, opportunity, and risk—including those introduced by continued economic, political, and trade uncertainties. What will be the structural changes in office, hospitality, and retail that will impact investment horizons? What is the state of debt pricing, availability, and leverage in US capital markets?

This event is open to all members and invited guests.


Doug Harmon, Chairman of Institutional Capital Markets, Cushman & Wakefield

Divesh Makan, CEO, ICONIQ

Will McIntosh, Global Head of Research, USAA Real Estate

Gijs Plantinga, 
Director, Northern American Investments,
Bouwinvest Real Estate Investors B.V.


Designed as part of AFIRE’s membership program, AFIRE Virtual Events provide a recurring digital format for AFIRE members to stay connected beyond in-person meetings.

AFIRE Virtual Events are recorded and made available for members only.


Asmait Tewelde, Meeting Director 202 312 1404

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