Goodwin is the Founder and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, a uniquely positioned real estate private equity fund management company that focuses on markets in Greater China and other high barrier to entry markets globally. Gaw Capital has raised five commingled funds targeting the Greater China and APAC regions since 2005. The firm also manages value-add/opportunistic funds in Vietnam and the US, a Pan-Asia hospitality fund, a European hospitality fund and provides services for separate account direct investments globally. Gaw Capital Partners has raised equity in excess of USD$16 billion as of 2019 Q2 and currently commands assets of over USD$23 billion under management encompassing residential developments, retails centers, hotels, commercial and logistic properties.
Goodwin has over 20 years of real estate investment and management experience in the United States and Asia. He founded Downtown Properties in 1996 and serves as Managing Principal. He is especially passionate in bringing new lease on life to heritage properties and used real estate to create positive impact to the neighborhoods. These include the renovation of the iconic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and conversion of over 456,000 square feet of empty historical buildings into hip residential lofts in downtown Los Angeles including the acclaimed Bradbury Building. He also served as Vice Chairman of Pioneer Global Group.
Goodwin received “Asia Industry Figure of the Year” in 2013, 2015 and 2018 by PERE, a market-leading award voted entirely by private equity real estate industry professionals, recognizing his trusted leadership in real estate investing. He recently received “Urban Visionary Award” from Asia Society in 2019 which recognized his accomplishment in building a world-class real-estate portfolio by connecting the past to the future. He reimagines historic buildings for modern consumers, transforms obsolete industrial space into smart offices and breathes fresh life into staid commercial complexes. As Chairman and Managing Principal of Gaw Capital Partners, Goodwin has created one of the most respected and profitable private-equity companies investing in real estate.
Gaw Capital’s award-winning property projects include Pacific Century Place, Beijing’s first retail-to-office conversion, revitalizing a previously-desolate department store into an innovative workplace and lifestyle hub. It was recognized by MIPIM Asia as the Gold winner of the Best Refurbished Building in 2017. Another outstanding project which just won the ULI Asia Pacific Awards for Excellence 2019 in Shanghai is ‘People’s Place – Kai Yip Recreation Centre’, a revitalized recreation space in Hong Kong, where Gaw Capital successfully transformed a desolate cluster of basketball courts to attractive and popular recreational facilities for the local residents, bringing vibrant energy to the community.
Goodwin is currently a member of ULI’s Global Board and an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in Hong Kong Chapter and Intercontinental Chapter. He is also the member of the Board of Overseers of the School of Engineering and Applied Science in the University of Pennsylvania and the board member of Lawrenceville School.
Goodwin received a B.Sc in Civil Engineering from the School of Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, a B.Sc in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.Sc in Construction Management from Stanford University.