People Digest: Aquila Capital ropes in CEO Asia Pacific; JLL appoints Vietnam country head

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European investment manager in real asset solutions Aquila Capital has appointed Alexander Lenz as its new CEO Asia Pacific, while Global real estate consultancy JLL has appointed Paul Fisher as the new country head of Vietnam.

Aquila Capital appoints CEO Asia Pacific

European investment manager in real asset solutions Aquila Capital has appointed Alexander Lenz as its new CEO Asia Pacific and picked Singapore as its Asia Pacific hub, according to an announcement.

The firm plans to focus on solar PV and wind energy investments in Asia. After gaining Japan’s DAIWA as an investor in the group in 2019, this is the next step of Aquila Capital’s strategy in the region.

Lenz has been associated with the renewable energy sector since 2007. Prior to joining Aquila Group in 2020, Alexander was the CEO of Conergy, based in Singapore.

At Conergy, Lenz focused on development and investment in solar PV assets – both utility-scale and behind-the-meter commercial and industrial – across the Asia Pacific region. Before moving to Asia, Alexander was the head of corporate development in Conergy’s headquarters in Hamburg, Germany.

He was previously a consultant in restructuring and corporate finance practice at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants in Berlin, and a consultant in the management consulting practice at Deloitte in Duesseldorf.

“There is a strong and growing demand for renewable energy investments in the Asia Pacific region. The region offers immense opportunities for investors in renewable energy assets and other sustainable real assets,” said Roman Rosslenbroich, CEO and Co-Founder at Hamburg-based Aquila Capital.

Aquila Capital is under Aquila Group, an investment manager in real asset solutions. Its sustainable investment strategy focuses on investments in renewable energy, energy efficiency, infrastructure, residential real estate, green logistics as well as timber and agriculture.

JLL names new Vietnam country head

Global real estate consultancy JLL has appointed Paul Fisher as the new country head of Vietnam.

Based in Ho Chi Minh City, he will succeed Stephen Wyatt after his relocation to the UK.

In this position, Fisher will lead the firm across its leasing, tenant representation, property asset management, project and development services, consulting and research, valuations and capital markets business lines.

The leadership change is interpreted as the firm’s bid to enhance its business offerings.

“Vietnam continues to be one of our key growth markets in Southeast Asia and we are excited to strengthen our leadership team by appointing someone of Paul’s caliber and experience,” says Chris Fossick, CEO, Singapore & Southeast Asia, JLL. “I’m confident that Paul’s addition will help to bring our Vietnam team to greater heights and deliver excellent service for our clients across the region.”

Fisher has 17 years of real estate experience in the leasing, tenant representation and capital markets in Europe and Asia. He joined JLL in 2016 and in his role as senior director of tenant representation, he has partnered with renowned multinational corporations and advised on some of the most significant transactions in the Hong Kong market.

“It is very exciting to be taking on this role given the significant opportunity we are seeing in Vietnam’s real estate market, which is increasingly coming into focus for our international clients,” says Fisher.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.