Echo Base comes out of stealth – led by Bryan Lim, an experienced real estate investment banker, and backed by Mr Min-Liang Tan, Razer Inc co-founder and CEO and SGX Mainboard-listed Boustead Projects Limited
Echo Base-BP Capital Pte Ltd (“Echo Base” or the “Company”), a Singapore-based digital real estate startup, today launched its next-generation real estate fund management and services platform focused on the development, investment and management of smart buildings and integrated developments in Asia Pacific and selected global gateway cities.
Echo Base will be led by experienced real estate investment banker Mr Bryan Lim, who has extensive experience in the real estate space, with more than 16 years working and leading the regional real estate investment banking franchises of Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse, and is backed by SGX Mainboard-listed Boustead Projects Limited (“Boustead Projects”) and Moor House Capital Pte Ltd, an investment holding company majority controlled by Mr Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and CEO of Razer Inc.
Mr Bryan Lim, Echo Base Managing Director and Co-Founder said, “Traditional real estate is ripe for disruption. There is much we can do at Echo Base to provide next generation services for smart buildings and cities of the future. I strongly believe in each shareholder’s different strengths that will be able to contribute to the success of the Company. My extensive experience in investment banking with regards to real estate capital markets and advisory work, coupled with Min’s vision and technological knowhow to provide the tech layer and Boustead Projects’ more than 20 years of real estate solutions expertise, truly provide a unique platform for existing and future investors of Echo Base-managed projects.”
The foundations for Echo Base have been laid over the last few months and with the announcement of the Razer Southeast Asia Headquarters as the Company’s first project under management, the Company is now well positioned to realise the shared vision of Mr Min-Liang Tan and Boustead Projects to create the region’s leading real estate fund management startup.
Echo Base’s objective is to integrate traditional real estate fund management services with technology-driven smart solutions for digitally-connected communities, offering greater stakeholder engagement, product differentiation, cost optimisation and value creation across the entire asset lifecycle – from development planning and costing to design and construction, and finally operations and maintenance.
Mr Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO said, “Echo Base represents the future of real estate with seamless technology integration for smart buildings and smart cities under its management. This creates a significant competitive advantage versus traditional real estate projects by enhancing the user experience – be it for landlord, tenants or customers – with the provision of targeted and customised services, which can only increase the attractiveness of the developments and their overall value.”
From Smart Buildings to Smart Cities
Echo Base’s smart buildings and smart cities approach will be premised upon the disruption of traditional real estate by offering a comprehensive digital experience which is intended to form the core of each integrated development project.
The goal would be to create the definitive work-live-play-learn community for the growing youth and millennial populations across the region and selected global gateway cities. By bridging the digital and traditional real estate divide, Echo Base expects to work closely with technology providers and real estate corporations to focus on creating an integrated platform.
Project Pipeline: Upcoming Smart City in SEA
In addition to the new Razer Southeast Asia Headquarters as the Company’s maiden project, Echo Base has already secured its first smart city project in Southeast Asia to be developed over the next few years.
The smart city concept has been very well received by a combination of governments, private developer partners and investors as a way to connect with the youth and millennials of today and the Company will continue to evaluate such opportunities in the various cities under its mandate to ensure an exciting pipeline of projects over the short to medium term.
More information on the smart city project will be revealed in due course by Echo Base.
Mr Wong Yu Wei, Boustead Projects Deputy Chairman and Executive Director said, “Boustead Projects is excited and pleased to embark on our new partnership for a real estate fund management platform with world-renowned Singaporean entrepreneur, Mr Min-Liang Tan and experienced real estate investment banker, Mr Bryan Lim. Boustead Projects has already begun integrating technology-driven smart solutions in our industrial and business park developments and we expect that our partnership in Echo Base will facilitate our entry into non-industrial asset classes across a wider geographical reach. Supported by Boustead Projects’ existing suite of comprehensive industrial real estate capabilities, Echo Base has first-mover advantage in offering compelling real estate fund management solutions for both industrial and business park developments.”
Moor House Capital Pte Ltd is a joint venture company, between majority shareholder Min-Liang Tan and Bryan Lim, with the primary objective of disrupting traditional real estate development.
Bryan Lim co-founded Echo Base as Managing Director in 2019 and is responsible for all businesses in growing Echo Base’s funds management and services platform. Formerly an investment banker for over 16 years, Bryan has extensive knowledge and experience in capital markets, IPOs, structuring and advisory work for real estate related companies, REITs and business trusts.
Prior to Echo Base, Bryan was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse (“CS”), heading the bank’s leading Southeast Asia real estate investment banking franchise. Before joining CS, Bryan was an Executive Director with the Goldman Sachs Asia Pacific real estate team for more than a decade, where he led a team involved in advising and raising capital across multiple capital market instruments in the region. Bryan has also worked at UBS Investment Bank, where he was based in Hong Kong and was a key team member that brought the Hong Kong Housing Authority’s divestment of the Link REIT (the first REIT in Hong Kong and largest REIT in Asia) to market in 2005.
Established in 1996, Boustead Projects Limited (SGX:AVM) is a leading industrial real estate solutions provider in Singapore, with core engineering expertise in the design-and-build and development of industrial facilities for multinational corporations and local enterprises. To date, it has constructed and developed more than 3,000,000 square metres of industrial real estate regionally in Singapore, China, Malaysia and Vietnam. Its wholly-owned design-and-build subsidiary, Boustead Projects E&C Pte Ltd (“BP E&C”) is approved by Singapore’s Building & Construction Authority (“BCA”) for Grade CW01-A1 and General Builder Class 1 License to execute building construction contracts of unlimited value.
Boustead Projects’ in-depth experience in designing and constructing custom-built facilities covers the aerospace, business park and commercial, food, healthcare and pharmaceutical, high-tech manufacturing, info-communications, lifestyle, logistics, oil & gas, precision engineering, research & development, technology and waste management industries. It is also a leader in pioneering advanced eco-sustainable facilities under the BCA’s Green Mark Programme and the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Program. In Singapore, BP E&C is one of only nine bizSAFE Mentors and also a bizSAFE Star, the highest qualification that can be attained in recognition of a company’s workplace safety and health (“WSH”) management programmes. Boustead Projects’ WSH efforts have been further recognised with five prestigious WSH Performance Silver Awards and 11 SHARP Awards to date.
On 30 April 2015, Boustead Projects listed on the SGX Mainboard. It was awarded the Singapore Corporate Governance Award in the Newly Listed Category at the Securities Investors Association (Singapore)’s 18th Investors’ Choice Awards 2017. It is also listed on the MSCI World Micro Cap Index and FTSE ST Fledgling Index.
Boustead Projects is a 53%-owned subsidiary of Boustead Singapore Limited (SGX:F9D), a progressive global infrastructure-related engineering services, geo-spatial technology and healthcare group which is separately listed on the SGX Mainboard.
Visit Boustead Projects at www.bousteadprojects.com.
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