Mid-Year China Property Update

Deep dive into how the Chinese real estate sector has reacted to the crisis


With Covid-19 making waves through the property market, AustCham Shanghai’s Built Environment Committee has brought together a panel of experts to deep dive into how the Chinese real estate sector has reacted to the crisis. Join us as we explore the major changes in the last 6 months and unpack the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead. Panelists from JLL, Savills and EY will each offer a unique perspective on the market, providing insights into the influence covid-19 has had on the areas of Design, Leasing and Investment.


4:00pm – 4:30pm Registration

4:30pm – 4:35pm Welcome and Introduction

4:35pm – 5:20pm Presentations

  • 1st – Tong Sun – Design Perspective (15 min)
  • 2nd – James Macdonald – Leasing Perspective (15 min)
  • 3rd – Gary Liu – Investment Perspective (15 min)

5:20pm – 5:40pm: Q&A

5:40pm – 7:30pm: Networking on rooftop

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Tong Sun

Managing Director, Corporate Solutions Development, China

Tong is currently the Managing Director of Corporate Solutions Development in China and the Co-representatives of Corporate Solutions in China. Before joining JLL, Tong was part of a global design, engineering and management consultancy firm; and has had his hands on multiple leadership roles in firm management, business development and operations in various MNC companies, mainly in the UK and China. From 2010 to 2011, Tong was seconded to the UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), where he actively promoted British expertise in China—particularly in the infrastructure sector— bridging the two business worlds together. Tong is a licensed Chartered Civil Engineer with an Executive MBA degree from the prestigious Cambridge University Judge Business School. In addition, Tong has been elected as the Vice Chairman of British Chamber of Commerce Shanghai since May 2015, after serving two terms as Board Member. Tong is also a professional examiner or reviewer of the UK Institution of Civil Engineers.

Gary Liu

Partner Transaction Advisory Services - Real Estate Transaction Support at EY

Gary is based in Shanghai and a key member of the Real Estate team in EY Transaction Advisory Services. Gary has led over 500 M&A projects for property developers and real estate development funds for their investments in China. These projects includes hotel, residential, commercial, warehouse and office properties at various stages of development. He also has significant experience in pre-acquisition financial due diligence and commercial experience in project screening, evaluation, negotiation and completion.

James Macdonald

Head of Research, China at Savills Research

James Macdonald was appointed as Head of Savills Research, China in 2007. He has the overall responsibility to ensure the successful delivery and expansion of Savills research capabilities; by consolidating and integrating all research activities across mainland China.

Jane Xu

Director of Operations & Management at ANKEN Group

Jane Xu is the Director of Operations & Management at ANKEN Group which is a sustainable real estate development company that invests in, develops & manages memorable places in Shanghai.