Graeme Ross | Managing Director - Real Estate
Commonwealth Bank | Australia

Graeme Ross, Managing Director - Real Estate, Commonwealth Bank

Graeme Ross is the Managing Director and Global Head of Real Estate - Institutional Banking and Markets for the Commonwealth Bank. He is responsible for all institutional banking client relationships across the real estate sector in Australia and key overseas markets. The Institutional Banking and Markets division of the Commonwealth Bank is responsible for managing the Group’s relationships with major corporate and government clients and institutional investors, as well as providing a full range of capital raisings, transactional and risk management products and services.
Graeme brings to the role over 20 years’ experience in the Real Estate sector having held leadership positions within local and international organisations such as ING Real Estate, Goldman Sachs , Deutsche Bank and Lend Lease Corporation.
He has worked across all facets of the Real Estate industry within both real estate operating companies, fund managers, and developers as well as being a trusted advisor within the real estate investment banking sector. Prior to joining CBA, Graeme was a member of ING Real Estate Investments executive committee, and assisted ING Group in the repositioning and sale of elements of its global real estate platform. In the investment banking sector Graeme was an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs and Head of Real Estate Investment Banking for Australia and New Zealand for Deutsche Bank AG. His experience encompasses corporate and financial advisory, M&A, and capital raising across equity and debt markets.
Graeme holds degrees in the disciplines of Economics, Law and Architecture and has a deep professional and personal interest in real estate and architecture and, in particular, the ways cities develop from a commercial, social and planning perspective.


REIW Asia 2017 day 1 @ 11:40

Banks & Real Estate Financing: Where are we now?

Despite the belief that banks weren’t playing in the commercial real estate sector as much anymore, at the end of Q3 2015, banks and thrifts had a record USD $1.79 trillion of commercial real estate debt on their books, so what does the future hold?
  • Are banks now only interested in senior debt or is there still some who will step further onto the risk curve and consider mezzanine?
  • Does the emergence of private real estate debt funds create opportunities for banks to diversify their CRE investment strategy?
  • Is the focus on senior debt purely a result of much tighter regulation, or is there simply a general risk aversion at this point? How much is increased regulation raising funding costs and eroding margins?
  • Is there a preference for investing in specific asset classes or industries?
  • What’s the M&A appetite within the banks?
  • Is there any impact from the record Asia Pacific bond issuances in 2015?
  • Which Asian markets provide the easiest opportunities for raising debt?
last published: 30/Sep/19 03:05 GMT

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