John So, CFA is a Managing Director of Metropolitan Real Estate, a Carlyle Solutions Group company. He Co-Heads the broader Metropolitan business, is the Head of Asia Pacific based in Hong Kong, and co-manages Metropolitan’s co-investment funds and separately managed accounts. With more than 25 years of experience in real estate investing, he is also responsible for sourcing and evaluating investment opportunities in Asia Pacific and sits on the Global Investment Committee.
Prior to joining Metropolitan, Mr. So was Director of Grosvenor, where he was employed since 2000 and held responsibilities including Managing Director of Investments, Head of China, Head of Fund Management Asia (serving on the Global Fund Management Board), and CEO of the Grosvenor Land Property Fund (a joint venture with Hongkong Land). At Grosvenor, he actively invested in China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore, creating five funds and building an operating platform of more than 80 staff across those markets. He was also previously a Director of Jardine Fleming Securities, where he headed the Regional Real Estate Research team. From 1995 to 2000, he was consistently ranked by clients as one of the top property equity analysts in leading financial surveys done by Institutional Investor, Asiamoney, Euromoney and Greenwich.
Mr. So is a Urban Land Institute (ULI) Trustee and Co-Chair of UrbanPlan, a Founding Committee Member of the Asian Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (ANREV), and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Mr. So received his B.A. in Urban Studies from Brown University and his Masters in Urban Design (with Distinction) from the University of Hong Kong.