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Top 25 Mall Developer and Operator

Issue:
The economic downturn forced mall owners and operators to become more competitive. One aspect of this was to fix CAM costs. The fixing of these costs resulted in the need to ensure that energy management systems are as efficient and effective as possible.


Approach:
Rather than strictly focus on the energy cost issue, GPG Advisers took a broader approach to solving this issue and has been able to provide this client with a complete smart building strategy. The implementation of this strategy includes the design and construction of a fiber backbone in each of its malls, meter updates, centralizing of the energy management function through technology updates and operational changes. In addition, through the construction of the fiber backbone our client is able to offer shoppers Wi-Fi in all of its centers and has found alternative revenue sources through sponsorships and advertising on this network.


Benefits:
From our unique perspective we have been able to provide the following benefits to our clients.

  • Energy cost savings
  • Reduction in capital spending
  • Enhanced amenities for shoppers and tenants
  • New revenue sources through the monetization of Wi-Fi system
  • Movement of a cost center to a revenue stream

Top 5 Global Pension Asset Manager

Issue:
This client wanted to transform the global business to come up with a consistent approach to managing the investment lifecycle from initial contact through the investment approval, monitoring and accounting processes. Complexities included 3 global offices with different processes, seven asset classes and an ever changing regulatory environment. Additionally the client was upgrading other critical systems including client/fund accounting, treasury and trading and master data management.


Approach:
GPG Advisers managed the Alternative Investments project which included partnering with the business to define the future state operating model and gaining sign off from across the business, documenting business processes, and selecting and implementing a new investment management software solution. A critical part of the role was managing interdependencies with the other transformation program workstreams.


Benefits:
The project is continuing in the implementation phase with expected benefits to include significant freeing up of time and resources across front and back office, a streamlined approach to managing investments, and the ability to meet client and regulatory reporting requests in a far more timely and efficient manner. Integration of all transformation program applications is also a major benefit.

Real Estate Fund Manager

Issue:
The client wanted to improve the processes around calculating distributions to the GP and investors under a complex waterfall model. This was a very manual process done in an offline Microsoft Excel model.


Approach:
GPG Advisers integrated the models with the core fund accounting software and ensuring an automated calculation process ran successfully each quarter. Reports were created to validate results and report to investors with sufficient transparency into the calculations.


Benefits:
The client is able to manage their complex distribution and promote calculations without taking large amounts of time form the office of the controller to manually work the distributions offline each period.

State Pension Fund

Issue:
This client had selected a software application for the management of their alternative investments but wanted to ensure they incorporated industry ‘better practices’ into the implementation.


Approach:
GPG Advisers was engaged a subject matter expert to advise the client and software vendor leveraging access to industry practices, direct experience and importantly lessons learned by peer pension funds.


Benefits:
The client had a successful implementation and avoided several pitfalls related to external manager data collection, data migration, information processing and reporting.

Organization Providing Global Business Support

Issue:
Inefficient and manual processes and staffing changes within the Compensation Services Team brought about the need to assess the activities owned by the team and improve the processes enabled by the technologies.


Approach:
The scope of GPG Adviser’s approach was twofold: 1) define, assign and communicate the roles and responsibilities of the Compensation Services Team and 2) implement a near term and long term solution which would lead the organization to utilize the technology systems in a more efficient and concise method.


Benefits:
The benefit of the end result was to enable improved interim and long term standard operating procedures. Additionally, having well documented processes and procedures allowed better positioning of the Compensation Services Team within the organization and led to the implementation of a global Human Resources Information System as well as identified areas for a potential use of an Alternative Service Delivery Model.

Our Mission

GPG Advisers is an advisory firm with a unique focus on real estate owners and operators, investors, and managers of alternative investments. Our business model combines the talents of industry leaders and experts in service delivery to assist clients in maximizing their structure, operations, and technology. We resource our client engagements with targeted, skilled individuals to meet specific needs. Our knowledge, approach, and integrity ensure client goals are achieved and make us the right choice.


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