DWS has appointed Junghoon Kook head of real estate for Korea and Leiting Deng (pictured) head of real estate for Singapore.
Both report to Christopher Kimm, head of real estate for Asia Pacific.
Kook joined DWS in 2021 and has 18 years of industry experience. Since joining DWS, he has led the transactions team in Korea, helping to grow DWS’ real estate footprint locally. Prior to joining DWS, Kook was head of the real estate and structured finance division at Shinhan Asset Management, where he led both overseas and domestic investments as well as capital raising.
Deng joined DWS in 2013 and has more than 16 years of real estate experience. Her expanded role will see her continue as a portfolio manager for the Asian funds business in addition to overseeing the growth of the Singaporean real estate platform.
Prior to joining DWS, Deng was the portfolio manager of a real estate core fund at LaSalle Investment Management and an investment and asset management analyst in CapitaMall Trust (now CapitaLand Integrated Commercial Trust).
“It is a great privilege to lead the Korean real estate platform at DWS. Our strategic focus will remain on servicing our international and Korean institutional clients through our asset management expertise in key regions, as well as broadening our strategies as we move higher up in the risk spectrum to pursue opportunities across different segments of the capital stack,” said Kook.
“I am thrilled to take on this newly-created position at DWS. Singapore remains a key investment market for international investors, given its stable and transparent investment environment. The platform will continue to seek opportunities across relevant sectors for our investors,” said Deng.