Wingate Property Equity Fund

The Wingate Property Equity Fund (WPEF) has been established in response to calls from our partners and investors for co-investment access to property equity and preferred equity investments.

WPEF is a private equity style fund that makes equity and preferred equity investments in select property investments and developments in Australia.

The Fund targets a gross return (before costs and fees) of 15% to 30% p.a. per investment, and an overall net investor return of 20%+ p.a.
To date, Wingate has achieved a weighted average gross return of more than 50% p.a. on realised equity and preferred equity property investments, illustrating our capacity to deliver superior equity returns without compromising our disciplined approach to investment. This is underpinned by an experienced property team, deep ongoing partnerships with strong property investors and developers and Wingate’s risk-first approach to investment management and investment decision making.

Wingate has a strong existing property investment pipeline and is poised to capture further attractive opportunities as the property and debt markets evolve.
WPEF aims to provide investors with access to a diversified portfolio of property equity investments. Further, WPEF investors will be granted priority top-up co-investment rights with the Fund in the event that additional capacity is available on an investment-by- investment basis.

Key Features

The Fund’s capital is anticipated to be invested in six to eight equity and/or preferred equity investments in Australian property transactions over the Fund’s first two years of operation;

  • Target gross returns: 15% to 30% p.a. per investment;
  • Target net investor return (after costs and fees): 20%+ p.a.;
  • Single investment exposure: maximum of 20% of the Fund’s committed capital.
  • Fund size is $50m

WPEF Investment Committee

Farrel Meltzer

Group Managing Director

B.Comm, B.Acc (Cum Laude), Adv. Dip Banking (Cum Laude), Chartered Accountant

Farrel founded Wingate in 2003 after a highly successful career as an investment banker, including positions as head of ANZ Private Bank and Group Managing Director of Investec Bank (Australia) Ltd.

Recognised as one of Australia’s outstanding specialised financial service innovators and business builders, Farrel’s experience spans property investment & financing, listed equities, corporate and consumer debt and private equity

Farrel is an advisor to and confidant of many of Australia’s largest private investment groups and families and serves on several boards and investment & risk management committees.

Ryan Levin

Managing Director, Property

B.Sc, Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (UK), Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (USA)

Ryan is an actuary, specialising in risk management and financial structuring. He has spent two decades in the financial services industry holding roles ranging across product development, financing and property. Ryan has business-building and investment experience across three continents and brings substantial marketing, innovation, analytical and entrepreneurial skills to the Wingate, as well as specific experience in the finance, insurance and loyalty industries.

Prior to joining Wingate, Ryan founded Destiny Health, a Chicago-based health insurance company, spearheading what is now commonly referred to as the “Consumer Driven Healthcare” sector in the USA.

Richard Blumberg

Managing Director, Consumer Finance

B.Comm, B.Compt, Chartered Accountant

Richard has over 20 years of experience in financial markets, including advisory and principal investing roles in equity and debt markets in Australia and offshore. Richard’s career has included senior roles at ING Barings, Investec Bank, Hindal Group and River Capital where he developed a strong track record in mid-market advisory, private equity and debt.


Geoffrey Tauber

B.Comm, B.Social Work

Geoff sits on a number of Boards pursuant to the management of his family’s investment holdings which range across property, equities, fixed income and private equity in Australia and globally. Geoff is also a director of the Precision Group which is involved in the acquisition, management and development of commercial property with interests in the retail, office and hospitality sectors of the property market.

Thomas (Scott) Keck

Fellow of Australia Property Institute, Associate Real Estate Institute, Certified Practising Practitioner (Finance), Certified Development Practitioner, Certified Facility Manager, Certified Practising Valuer (Business)

Scott Keck is Chairman of Charter Keck Cramer, a leading Australian independent, strategic property consulting firm. Scott has 48 years property valuation and Corporate Real Estate experience across the national markets. He is frequently engaged as a senior negotiator in complex commercial and statutory issues related to the property market and for advice in relation to large portfolio valuations for major statutory and private corporations. He has consulted to many corporate clients on asset acquisition and disposal and accommodation solutions. He regularly appears as an expert witness in litigation proceedings. Scott has a strong understanding of corporate governance, accountability, growth strategies and operations.

Jeff Cohenca

Jeff has more than 25 years’ experience in property finance and associated areas during which time he has built an outstanding track record in meeting clients’ objectives. He spent 10 years with BankWest and was responsible for establishing the successful BankWest Property Finance Unit in Perth in 1995.

He spent several years as a Director at Ashe Morgan Winthrop where he established the company’s structured finance capability in Melbourne and its national commercial property lending business under a CMBS program.  Prior to founding Cohenca Consulting, Jeff was Division Director Real Estate Structured Finance at Macquarie Group.