The origins of the business, Gersh Investment Partners Limited, is, as the name implies, the conception of its founder, Joseph Gersh AM, that after 20 years of professional life, he would cast his fate with his clients as their investment partner, rather than as their legal advisor.
The firm’s counterparties are its valued clients and what distinguishes Gersh from its peers and has been the organising principle of the business in the more than 18 years since its establishment in 2000. The business has been through a number of iterations; but in whatever form its efforts have been manifested – whether as advisors, principal investors or co-investors, fund managers or structured financiers – one guiding principle prevails; the client comes first and we as a firm only profit from our clients success.
It was never our intention to be the largest of our peers. We aspire to be our clients first choice and their most trusted partner. As a consequence of our guiding philosophy, we have been able to attract and retain as clients some of Melbourne’s best-known family offices, some significant overseas investors, such as Supalai PCL, and some significant fund managers.
Perhaps most importantly we have been able to attract like-minded high-quality professionals in their respective fields who, often as principals in the business, are also our investment partners and aligned to the success of our clients. In our 18 years we have been through several stages of the property cycle. But throughout, there has been no compromise of professional standards and no effort spared in securing successful, ethical and profitable outcomes for our clients and their counter parties. We have not been averse to risking the balance sheet of the business. And we have stayed true to our principles.
Recently, we have been pleased to launch our largest debt fund, $500 million, which together with our special purpose funds and private investor base means we are in a position to provide structured finance solutions across all classes of real estate in a competitive and timely manner. And we are in the process of negotiating further major equity placements for our key clients, which will cement our place as the largest pure equity provider in the residential land sphere, as well as a significant presence in built form. Each of our principals contribute to the community at the highest levels; whether in their respective communities, government service, the arts, local government and community security.
We are proud of what we have achieved and our continued commitment to the same founding values which have thus far guided us – our clients and our people are our investment partners, and together we can build even greater success.
Joseph Gersh AM