US-headquartered actual property funding agency Hines has launched a flagship fund for the Asia-Pacific Area, Hines Asia Property Companions (HAPP), with a $400 million funding from Cadillac Fairview, the actual property funding arm of Canada’s largest single pension scheme Ontario Academics’ Pension Plan.

Cadillac Fairview is the lead founding investor within the fund, in line with a press release launched on Tuesday. The transaction in all probability marks its first capital deployment within the area.

HAPP can be a multi-sector, open-ended, diversified automobile concentrating on top-tier markets in Japan, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and Larger China. The fund will spend money on logistics, workplace, residing, retail, and choose area of interest sectors concentrating on core plus returns.

“We imagine that Asia will speed up development and diversification advantages to our portfolio with potential long-term outperformance,” stated Duncan Osborne, govt vp of investments at Cadillac Fairview.

Hines, which entered APAC in 1996 with a presence in China, has expanded all through 13 cities throughout Australia, Larger China, India, Japan, South Korea, and Singapore, with $5.3 billion of property below administration. The agency has acquired or developed 17 tasks totaling 14 million sq. toes.

In January this yr, Hines roped in Chiang Ling Ng from M&G Asia as its chief funding officer for the Asia market. A month later, Hines appointed a director in its Seoul workplace, and an affiliate primarily based in Tokyo.

The agency’s investments within the area embody the One Horizon Centre industrial constructing and workplace tasks in Gurugram and Bengaluru, India.

In the meantime, the C$221 billion ($179.4 billion) Ontario Academics’ Pension Plan opened its Singapore workplace in September final yr to speed up investments in India, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. The pension fund’s APAC headquarters is situated in Hong Kong, which was arrange in 2013.

Cadillac Fairview manages over C$36 billion of property throughout the Americas and the United Kingdom.