Team

OCEANA PROPERTY PARTNERS

Risk management is a discipline which can only be sharpened through lived experience.

Our direct property team has successfully executed more $5 billion of transactions across core, core-plus and value-add strategies; and have executive oversight from an investment committee which has been operating in the investment management industry for over a century.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Grant Traub

Co-Founder and CEO
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Mr Traub is a founding partner and CEO of Oceana Property Partners. A real estate finance professional, Mr Traub brings 19 years’ experience in deal origination, capital transactions, asset management, restructuring and debt recovery. Prior to joining Oceana, Mr Traub was the Head of Real Estate at Centennial Property Group and was responsible for the transactions and asset management functions. In addition, Mr Traub has held roles at Dexus working in transactions and as a Portfolio Manager, responsible for the performance of over $1.5 billion of assets.

Mr Traub is responsible for the full life-cycle of investment activities at OPP, from investment initiation to investment realization. Furthermore, Mr Traub has oversight of investor communications, corporate strategy and is a member of the group’s Investment Committee.

David Lewis

Co-Founder and Executive Director
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A structured finance specialist, Mr Lewis has spent more than two decades in the industry. Mr Lewis launched Oceana Investments (Asia) Limited in 2014 and has overseen the growth of Oceana Funds’ flagship Oceana Australian Fixed Income Trust (“OAFIT”), creating one of Australia’s best performing fixed-income investment vehicles since 2016.

Since inception, OAFIT has placed more than $1.5 billion of asset backed securities (“ABS”) with wholesale and sophisticated investors. Mr Lewis also co-founded Oceana Property Partners in 2021 and has since completed the funding and acquisition of its foundation assets.

Mr Lewis believes in structuring, partnership, risk management and taking a ‘best-of-breed’ approach to all of Oceana’s strategic endeavours. Previously, he was Executive Director of Oceana Investments (Asia) Limited, responsible for the management of a structured credit and direct equity investment portfolio focused on the consumer and technology sectors. Mr Lewis spent five years at Investec Bank in the UK, within the structured finance division, and earned an MBA from ESADE Business School in Barcelona. He has a Finance and Operations Management (minoring in Economics) Degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (cum laude) and is a member of the Credit and Investment Committee of FC Funds Management Pty Ltd and a Non-Executive Director of FC Capital Holdings Pty Ltd. He is also an observer to the board of Finstro Holdings LLC.

John Thomas

Chairman & Non-Executive Director (Independent)
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Mr Thomas has been involved in banking, finance and funds management activities for over 40 years. Under his leadership, Howard Mortgage Trust won the Money Management Magazine “Fund Manager of the Year” award on seven occasions.

Mr Thomas is a member of the Credit and Investment Committee of FC Funds Management and Chairman of FC Capital Holdings Pty Ltd and Finstro Holdings Pty Ltd.

OPERATIONAL

Kalen Foster

Head of Investments
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Mr Foster has over 13 years of direct property experience working across a broad range of property and funds management businesses.

Spending much of his career at the front end of commercial transactions in the value-add and core-plus space, Mr Foster has a strong understanding of the value extraction process and the need for stringent acquisition criteria when assessing opportunities. Prior to joining Oceana, Mr Foster led acquisitions at Quintessential Equity, placing the firm’s first blind value-add fund. In addition, Kalen has held various roles at Dexus, including leading industrial acquisitions nationally and at GM Property Group as Head of Transactions.

Mr Foster is responsible for asset origination, execution, and divestments across all sectors for Oceana Property Partners.

Alex Healey

Transaction Manager
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Over the past eight years, Mr Healey has worked in direct property transactions teams on both the buy- and sell-side.

He initially specialised in Queensland office assets at CBRE, before moving to the buy side with Sentinel Property Group. His role as Assistant Acquisition Manager at Sentinel had a broad remit, with its various national funds investing in office, industrial, retail, large format retail and other specialised real assets. Mr Healey completed approximately $220 million worth of transactions during his tenure at Sentinel, including what was (at the time) the largest deal in the fund’s history.

Mr Healey's experience has given him a strong grounding in underwriting, due diligence, transaction management and financial modelling – which are the responsibilities he has been charged with at Oceana Property Partners.

Sean Robertson

Compliance Advisor
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Mr Robertson was a partner and head of the financial services team at McCullough Robertson for 14 years prior to joining Oceana. With over 25 years' experience as a financial services lawyer, Mr Robertson's focus is on managed investments and financial services.

Co-authoring 'A Practical Guide to Managed Investments' published by the Law Book Company (now in its third edition), Mr Robertson regularly lectures on compliance with the Corporations Act 2001 and financial services.

Kevin Wong

Chief Financial Officer
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Mr Wong joined Oceana in 2016 and has held the role of CFO since 2019. Mr Wong is responsible for the accounting and financial work of the business and its underlying funds, working closely with our audit partners for each entity. He previously worked for PwC in Australia and Malaysia and has over six years of experience in providing audit services to clients in the property and asset management industry. Mr Wong is a Certified Practicing Accountant.

Gary Segal

COO I General Counsel
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Sydney-based banking and finance specialist Gary Segal joins Oceana Funds as COO and General Counsel, bringing more than 17 years of industry experience to the role. He joins us from HSBC Bank Australia Limited where he was formerly Head of Wholesale Legal covering HSBC’s global banking, commercial banking and global markets businesses.

A specialist in corporate finance, Mr Segal has extensive experience in cross border (syndicated, club and bilateral) acquisition and general corporate facilities, distressed debt transactions as well as corporate and real estate acquisition financing. He also has broad M&A and structuring/company secretarial experience including setting up structures for investment syndicates.

Mr Segal will be primarily responsible for overseeing, managing and developing the legal function at Oceana Funds.

A graduate of the University of NSW, Mr Segal holds a Bachelor of Laws (graduating with a distinction average) and Bachelor of Commerce majoring in finance and IT.

Mr Segal was recognised as one of Australia’s rising stars on the Legal 500 GC Powerlist in 2019.

Clementene Chaplow

Operations Manager
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As Operations Manager, Ms Chaplow maintains the day-to-day administrative operations of the group. Ms Chaplow has experience working in finance and professional services firms before joining Oceana.

Having worked closely with Executives at CPA Global, Quay Consulting and Rice Warner, Ms Chaplow is experienced working alongside leaders and managing directors, employing agility and efficiency to excel at stakeholder and project management.

Within Oceana, she works closely with the founders, leadership and executive teams, and is instrumental across key policy, planning and strategic decisions and regularly develops, implements and reviews operational policies and procedures. Ms Chaplow manages the recruitment and training of new staff and oversees the company’s budgets, reporting, planning and auditing procedures. She ensures Oceana’s culture for professionalism and collaboration are upheld at all times.