In brief: Asian real estate giant moves into climate tech

Gaw Capital Partners has hired a veteran of Macquarie and the CEFC to ramp up an Australian climate tech strategy.

Gaw Capital Partners, one of the largest private equity real estate managers in the world, has hired a verteran of climate tech investing to build an Australia-focused unit, the firm said in December.

Oliver Yates joins the firm having held some significant positions in the climate tech investing space. He was the founding CEO of Australia’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation, the influential state-backed investment vehicle. He also head senior roles at Macquarie Group, among other positions.

This marks the expansion of a major real estate manager into growth investments: Gaw is the 17th largest private real estate firm in the world according to affiliate title PERE, and the third largest headquartered in Asia.

“Gaw Capital Partners is committed to expanding its investment activities in the climate tech, energy transition and sustainability sectors,” the firm said in a press release.