The LCN Interview: Caroline Ma

We are honoured to interview Caroline Ma, the Managing Partner of Stanley & Partners – the Shanghai-based Real Estate Investment Management firm which pioneered the real estate investment banking service industry in China by providing a bridge between international capital providers and domestic developers. Caroline is the co-head and founding member of the investment, research & consultancy team.

Why did you get into property?
I was offered a scholarship on studying real estate in university so it was an easy choice for me. My father was a property developer when I was growing up. There are some family influences there.

Who has been the most influential role model for your business life?
Dr Stanley Chan, the Founder of Stanley & Partners.  Dr Stanley Chan has been a career mentor for me since my third year in university.

What’s the one thing you would like to know about investing in UK property development project?
How to manage the whole process and what to expect in different stages of the development.

What’s the biggest obstacle you think Chinese property developer would face if they invest in UK?
Currency control/moving funds from China into UK, and the uncertainty around the UK leaving the EU.

What’s the number 1 reason you think Chinese investors invest in UK property?
Well-established education system and asset risk diversification.

What would you want UK developer and construction firms to know about you?
In addition to our investment management and investment banking services, we also provide market analysis reports on proposed projects in China, including reports on how government policy may affect a development in a particular location. Our partnerships have been developed over a period of 16 years, and enable us to find co-investment partners for projects. Our clients include Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and LaSalle Investment Management and Wells Fargo, as well as Chinese developers and financial institutions.

In a movie of your life story, which actor would you like to play you?
Someone who is elegant, graceful and stylish.

What do you do to relax?
Travel. I especially enjoy traveling with my team which I think is a great way for team building.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?
South Africa.

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