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Event Summary

Chinese-linked activity in Australia's property industry is continuing unabated, but there are risks and opportunities aplenty.

There are strongly opposing views on the future direction of the property market, which will give rise to interesting debate.

300+ delegates are expected including;

  • Chinese, Asian & Australian property developers and investors
  • Wealth managers & deal-spotters/'compradors', property fund managers and syndicators
  • Service providers including financiers, lawyers, QSs, accountants, builders, contractors, site amalgamators, real estate agents, private bankers, corporate advisors, private equity managers, sales/distribution professionals, & architects amongst others

Our 1st Aus-China Property Developers conference attracted 320 delegates. Details here. Our 3 previous Significant Investor Visa (SIV) Sydney conferences covering Chinese private wealth attracted 310 delegates each on average.

Our line-up of speakers and delegates promises to be the largest gathering of Chinese and Australian property developers and investors in one ballroom.

Meanwhile, property funds are increasingly influential in Australia. What will be their impact on the property landscape and could this impact be replicated in China?


Location: Grand Ballroom, Westin Hotel, Sydney

Time And Date: 1.50pm to 7.30pm Wednesday 8 June

Cost: $360 plus GST = $396, for early bird registrations
 $410 plus GST = $451 after 21 May


1:50 pm

Coffee & Registration

2:20 pm

Welcome remarks

2:25 pm

China's impact on Australian property – key insights

  • David Chin, Managing Director, Basis Point
2:50 pm

Panel Discussion 1: Impact of Chinese developers and investors on residential and commercial property prices in Australia

  • What is the outlook for property prices in 2016 from a Chinese developer's perspective
  • What is the impact of currency risks, capital controls, alternative investment opportunities and sentiment
  • Will wealthy Chinese continue to invest in Australia?

Moderator and Panellists

  • Michael Guo, CEO, Visionary Investment Group
  • Wayne Xiong, General Manager, Aqualand
  • Cathy Zhang, Executive Investment Director, Aust & NZ, Fosun Property Holdings
  • Moderator: John Grimble, Commercial Property Partner, Gadens
3:30 pm

Panel Discussion 2: The impact of property fund managers on property prices, development capital and the industry

  • What are the views of fund managers on property prices in 2016
  • The role of property fund managers as sources of development capital, and their impact on the property industry
  • What are the opportunities for property funds in China given how they developed in Australia?

Moderator and Panellists

  • Grant Berry, Director and Co-head of Property, SG Hiscock
  • Peter Davidson, Head of Listed Property, BT Investment Management
  • Adrian Harrington, Head of Funds Management, Folkestone
  • Justin Epstein, Founder and Executive Director, ONE Investment Group
4:05 pm

Coffee break

4:35 pm

What new developers in Australia should know about the local industry

  • Chris Johnson, CEO, Urban Taskforce
5:00 pm

Panel Discussion 3: Development issues in Australia

  • What are the current development interests… residential luxury or mass market, office, education tourism assets, which cities?
  • What are the expansion opportunities eg into property funds management, agribusiness etc
  • How important is access to capital and customers via networks in China
  • What are issues facing Chinese developers in Australia –capital, community, reputation, choosing service providers?

Moderator and Panellists

  • Stephen Fitzpatrick, General Manager, Auswin TWT Development
  • Hao Liu, Executive Director, Starryland Australia
  • Esther Yong, Co-founder & Director,
  • Moderator: David Madden, Managing Director, MBM

Closing Remarks by Sponsor

5:45 pm

Round table networking during cocktails and canapés

7:30 pm


* Agenda subject to change



Michael Guo

Chief Executive Officer
Visionary Investment Group

As the founder of VIG, Michael has drawn on his extensive experience in risk management, property and alternative investments to create a unique and visionary approach to wealth creation. Prior to founding VIG, he was a senior consultant for Wall Street-based Imagine Software.

Wayne Xiong

‎General Manager

Wayne has over 20 years international experience in the property sector, so he understands both the Australian and international property markets. Before Aqualand, Wayne was previously founder & CEO of the Landmax Group, which managed all aspects of development & sales for several high density projects in Pyrmont.


Catherine Hong Zhang

‎Executive Investment Director
Aust & NZ, Fosun Property Holdings.

Cathy works for Fosun Property Holdings on PRC/overseas M&A, joint venture partnerships, business development. She completed deals with value over US$1 b, both domestic and cross border. Prior to joining Fosun, Cathy worked for Great Pacific, Macquarie Bank China Property Fund and Vanke.


Stephen Fitzpatrick

Auswin TWT Development

Stephen is the General Manager of Auswin TWT Development whose parent firm is Beijing based TWT Global. He is also the founder of the Kinsale Property Group which acts as the strategic marketing and commercial management arm of TWT Global.


Hao Liu

Starryland Australia

Hao is the Executive Director of Starryland Australia,he oversees all facts of the property development process.

John Grimble

Commercial Property Partner

John is a Commercial Property Partner at Gadens. He acts for Asian in-bound property investors and developers. John specialises in providing his clients with simple efficient solutions that overcome the possible hurdles presented by FIRB, transaction structuring and a sometimes complex local development environment.


David Madden

Managing Director
MBMpl Pty Ltd

David co-founded MBM in 2002, and has grown MBM to become one of the largest Quantity Surveying firms in Sydney.
David has over 30 years' experience in the construction industry, and has worked extensively with Chinese developers including Poly, Greenland, Yifang, & Auswin TWT.


Adrian Harrington

Head of Funds Management

Adrian joined Folkestone in 2011 following the acquisition of Equity Real Estate Partners where he was a founding partner. He was formerly CEO Funds Management, UK and USA for Mirvac Group


Grant Berry

Director and Co-head of Property
SG Hiscock

Grant is one of the founding principals and a Director at SG Hiscock, a boutique $2b funds management company. He has joint responsibility for AREIT investments as well as active involvement in Global REIT portfolios through a j.v with La Salle Investment Management.


Peter Davidson

Head of Listed Property
BT Investment Management

Peter is responsible for the portfolio management of BTIM's range of listed property securities funds. He has senior analytical responsibility for the property, retail, insurance and infrastructure sectors, and also has direct property experience as a non-exec director of the Industry Superannuation Property Trust.


Chris Johnson

Urban Taskforce

Chris Johnson is the CEO of Urban Taskforce Australia, an organisation that represents the property industry. Chris has produced papers on the structure of local government in NSW and on the future of our cities. He was previously Executive Director in the NSW Department of Planning.


David Chin

Managing Director
Basis Point

David established Basis Point in 1996 as a consultancy specializing in high-net-worth and institutional investment flows in Asia and Australia. Clients include global exchanges and governments in Asia. He is the former head of marketing at the Sydney Futures Exchange.


Esther Yong

co-founder & director

Esther is the co-founder of, Australia's largest Chinese language property website. She is Australia's key opinion leader and expert in real estate marketing to Chinese buyers. ACproperty is the only Chinese website that has successfully penetrated into the Australian Chinese market and has a loyal following in China.


CT Johnson

Managing Director
Cross Border Management

CT is the M.C for the event. He is a Mandarin speaker and cross border sales and management expert who previously lived in China and worked as a senior executive for China's largest private company. He specializes in business issues between companies in China and the West.


Justin Epstein

Founder and Executive Director
ONE Investment Group

Justin founded One Investment Group ("OIG") in 2009 as an independent provider of Responsible Entity and Trustee services. Today, OIG also offers Registry, Fund Administration and Custody services, has 150+ funds and $8bn of funds under administration, and is the 3rd largest provider of R.E and Trustee services in Australia


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Gold Sponsor

MBM was established as a quantity surveying firm in 2002 and has now grown to one of Australias largest property consultancies with 7 offices throughout Australia. This growth has come on the back of MBM's diversified  services including quantity surveying, asset and building consulting, technical and FM advisory, Infrastructure and tax depreciation. With the core values of Precision, Integrity and Reliability, MBM strive to deliver the advice and analysis that clients need to make informed decisions around their development or property acquisition. MBM's success is due to it's people, their collective expertise and their ability to provide innovative solutions to clients large and small. MBM provide services to property owners at all stages of the development cycle from inception through to ongoing asset optimisation.

Gold Sponsor

Gadens is a leading law firm with a significant footprint in the Asia Pacific region. We have more than 135 partners and 1100 staff across our offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth, as well as in Port Moresby and in Singapore. Gadens has a proven record of success in providing construction, property, planning, corporate and commercial, and banking and finance legal services to premium development companies operating across Australia. Our record of success also extends to a number of Chinese developer entities operating in Australia. Our business units and lawyers are repeatedly recognised as leading legal service providers in the Chambers Asia Pacific and The Legal 500 Asia Pacific legal directories.

Silver sponsor

Coverforce was established in 1994 and has grown to become Australia's largest privately owned insurance broker.

The insurance brokers at Coverforce want your business to succeed and work closely with you to ensure that your assets are protected. They help mitigate your risks, provide you with smart solutions, and always strive for the most cost-efficient approach.

We have an expert property and construction team with a presence across the nation, helping some of the largest builders and developers in Australia.

With a client retention rate that is well above industry benchmarks, we welcome the privilege of insuring your success.

One Investment Group
Silver sponsor

OIG provides trustee, custody, registry, fund administration and tax services to fund managers. OIG is the leading provider of corporate trust and fund administration services in the Australian market with more than 250 funds and $10bn funds under management. In short, if you want to set up a fund, you should talk to OIG.

Silver Sponsor

Since 1991 EstateMaster has been developing a suite of powerful, flexible and easy-to-use property development, valuation and investment software, designed from the ground up by property professionals for property professionals.

EstateMaster is used by over 20,000 users worldwide. The financial models play a pivotal role in decision-making between developers, financiers and valuers; and strive to achieve world's best practice for development feasibility, development management, investment analysis and valuation practices.

Silver Sponsor

Telstra is Australia's leading telecommunications and information Services Company, offering a full range of communications services and competing in all telecommunications markets.

There will be nbn specialists from Telstra at the conference to answer your queries about nbn infrastructure and how high speed connectivity in dwellings is becoming a major selling point for developers and owners.

We believe the more connected people are, the more opportunities they have. That's why we help create a brilliant connected future for everyone, everyday."

Gallagher Jeffs

Gallagher Jeffs is a development advisory and project management practice with a wealth of residential development, subdivision and hotel experience. We help clients create value in development opportunities, manage projects through government approvals, reduce development risk and ultimately create successful, profitable projects.

With offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, we currently manage over $3.2 billion in projects including major projects for many of China's largest developers in Australia. We provide development feasibility modelling, project team structuring as well as design and construction phase management allowing our clients to focus on growing their business.

When you choose Gallagher Jeffs, you can move forward with confidence.

Lefand Group and Lefand Services

Lefand Group and Lefand Services provide total building management solutions; from asset and building management to service maintenance and management programs.

Our solutions are relied upon by over 2,500 buildings and projects worldwide, and saves builders, developers, managing agents, owners and occupiers both time and money.

Our expertise at bridging the gap between developers, strata and managing agents, owner occupiers and service contractors means we are perfectly placed to help you start relationships the right way and grow them in to long term partnerships.


Informed by global thinking, ROTHELOWMAN delivers market leading, commercially intelligent Master Planning, Architecture and Interiors on major mixed-use, commercial, multi-residential, hospitality and retail projects. Since the firms founding in 1991, their team has been at the forefront of an innovative and design led approach to create purposeful spaces and better cities.

Committed to providing exceptional customer service from Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney studios, they are proud of their collaborative client and consultant work philosophy. /p>

With projects throughout Australia and Asia, servicing both national and international clients, ROTHELOWMAN has a reputation for crafting projects that stand the test of time.


CoreLogic Australia is a wholly owned subsidiary of CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), which is the largest property data and analytics company in the world.

CoreLogic provides property information, analytics and services across Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and recently expanded its service offering through the purchase of project activity and building cost information provider Cordell.

With Australia's most comprehensive property databases, the company's combined data offering is derived from public, contributory and proprietary sources and includes over 500 million decision points spanning over three decades of collection, providing detailed coverage of property and other encumbrances such as tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information.

Urban Taskforce Australia
Supporting Organisation

Representing the most prominent Property Developers and Equity Financiers in Australia, the Urban Taskforce is about improving the quality of our urban communities as one of the greatest challenges we all face in the 21st century.

Growing cities and regions provide the engine room for the economy - creating jobs and investment benefiting everyone. We need to balance the economic benefits with initiatives that protect our environment and quality of life

The Urban Taskforce is a non-profit member only organisation. We provide a forum for people involved in the development and planning of the urban environment to engage in constructive dialogue with both government and the community.

The activities of the Urban Taskforce are overseen by an Executive Committee elected by the Taskforce's membership. The committee includes some of Australia's leading property developers.

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