When I joined as an Associate in mid 2008, the world turned upside down. It has been a challenging two years, but the learning experience has been tremendous.
I have two sets of responsibilities: underwriting new acquisitions, and managing our existing investments. Every day is different, with new challenges arising. I might work with a joint-venture partner on new business plans, analyze periodic monthly rental income and cost outlays, perform financial analysis, do due diligence, or give a presentation on new deal opportunities to the investment committee.
It is like being in the quarterback position in an American football team: the coach gives you the game plan and you execute the plays.
My day usually starts around 9.00am but it does vary. You do the hours that are needed to get the deal done. My role is very entrepreneurial. Like any entrepreneur, the greatest challenge I face is making the hard decisions, on whether or not to do a deal and which deals to present to the investment committee. I have to weigh up all the factors and take a view on whether an asset is going to make money for the fund. These are the moments that test your professional judgment. It’s a part of the job that requires a lot of self-belief.