Micah Schulz

Head of Office, Investment Management, Lendlease

Micah is Head of Office for Lendlease’s Investment Management business. In this role, Micah is responsible for driving strategy, innovation and best-in-class execution and performance for investors. This includes leading the team of office fund managers, investment managers, valuation managers, leasing managers and analysts collectively managing 27 Australian office assets totalling over $18bn in value.

Prior to this, Micah was the Fund Manager of Lendlease’s $6bn wholesale office fund Australian Prime Property Fund Commercial, where he was responsible for setting and executing a future-focused strategy centred on the fund owning an unrivalled portfolio of highly connected, vibrant, sustainable office precincts. Across this portfolio, the team’s focus is on delivering an exceptional Worklife® experience for customers, leveraging the breadth Lendlease’s integrated business model to support this.

Takes part in

  • Future of Office Space SummitView Full Event
  • 11:50 - 12:30

    Meet the managers - Capital markets and investor perspectives on Commercial Real Estate

    The future for office commercial space looks increasingly uncertain, as more and more people work from home and some employers consider making it a permanent arrangement. This could significantly affect office real estate investment trusts, or REITs, at least in the short to medium term, according to analysts. However, some are still somewhat positive on the longer-term outlook. 

    Back by popular demand, we invite some of Australia’s leading commercial fund managers to lift the bonnet and crystal ball gaze into the trends of commercial real estate from the viewpoint of investors and the capital markets.  

    • Examining the short, medium and long term prospects for office space. What are the current occupancy rates, impacts on leases, price per sqm and yields etc? 
    • What are the view of REITS and fund managers regarding office investment returns? Is there evidence of a flight to quality in the office market and a longer term structural shift to certain types of office assets, and what sort of assets are in demand? 
    • Assessing if the ‘risk adverse’ money is moving away from office and into other sectors such as industrial & logistics as investors seek safer, more ‘risk adjusted’ returns? 
    • Reviewing what lenders are doing and thinking in the face of the WFH-driven uncertainty? Also, what can landlords do to influence the outcome of the WFH versus in-office contest? Lastly, what has happened to LVRs and underwriting? 
    • Examining how are office landlords are adjusting to climate change pressures? Building operations are a major source of emissions and as capital allocators look for sustainable investments, does the property industry have any choice but to de-carbonize? 
    Panellists include:
    Gemma Moulang Divisional Director – Asset Management, EG
    Micah Schulz Head of Office, Investment Management, Lendlease
    Rodney Timm Director Property Funds, Panthera Property Group
    Mark Fischer Global Head of Real Estate, Qualitas
    Moderated by:
    Ben Aitkenhead Managing Director, Pacific Oak Capital Advisors

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