Abana Capital has built a reputation for excellence since our founding in 2010. In the intervening years, we have an eye on becoming Western Canada’s premier, full service private real estate investment house.
We’re guided by
principle and performance
Our guiding principle is maximizing the return for our investors. We achieve this through highly efficient capital deployment through superior fund performance and prudently using the right leverage while maintaining minimum overhead. We are a boutique investment firm, with access to highly unique, localized street market intelligence. We are also capable of considerable speed of execution due to our size and unique structure, which allows us to deliver returns not possible with institutional funds.
- Dedicated to Performance
- Disciplined in Action
- Driven by Process
- Guided by Experience
- Diversified in Risk
- Ideal Fit to Purpose
Board Of Advisors
Franz is a native of Switzerland who has spent the last 35 years living between Europe and Canada. Franz Gehriger provides proficiency in many facets of international real estate investment, management, development and finance. He studied at the famous Swiss Business University of St. Gallen, and in Canada at the University of British Columbia. As captain in the Swiss Army, he received excellent leadership training. In the late 1970’s he was employed with a large Swiss bank, Credit Suisse, with responsibilities in international financing and taxation.
In 1979 he became President of Polaris Realty (Canada) Ltd. where he consolidated and diversified the company‘s portfolio of developments worth in excess of 500 million dollars across Canada.
As CEO of SwissReal Investments Ltd. his activities include developing and managing condominiums and industrial and commercial properties. His latest project, the iconic 31-storey commercial building at the heart of Vancouver‘s financial district, called “The Exchange” was completed in 2018.
Richard Bell, B.A., LL.B
Lawyer, Bell Alliance
Richard is a practicing lawyer and entrepreneur and the owner of Bell Alliance which has a team of 45 lawyers and support staff. In addition, Richard is the co-founder and Executive Chair of Avesdo, a point of sale technology for presale real estate. Avesdo technology processes over $10 billion across the platform annually in Canada with expansion to the U.S. in 2018.
Previously, Richard was the founding Chair of Invis, a Canadian mortgage broker and co-founder and President of Cervus Financial, a Canadian mono-line lender.
In addition to his business activities Richard is active in his community. He is currently the Chair of the Arts Club, Director of Small Housing B.C. and an Ambassador for World Housing.
Jeremy Billan, CFA
Director, Growth Equity - Growth & Transition Capital Prairies
Jeremy Billan is Director of Growth Equity in our Vancouver office. Jeremy has over a decade of successful experience as a value-added investor in the private equity and mid-market buyouts sectors. He has a tremendous track record in direct investments as well as mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries such as manufacturing, distribution, industrials, consumer products and business services. He is involved on the board of his investee companies, including BID Group and Delco Automation.
Before joining BDC Capital, Jeremy was Managing Director at Appellation Capital, a venture capital and private equity firm. Before that, he was Vice President for Tricor Pacific Capital, a leading private equity firm for North American companies where he successfully executed 7 private equity investments with an aggregate value exceeding $600 million. He also worked as an Investment Banking Analyst for RBC Capital Markets, where he worked directly with senior bankers to complete $3.5 billion of mergers & acquisitions advisory mandates and capital market transactions. Jeremy is a CFA charter holder and a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business with a certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Daniel Lai, CPA, CA
Partner, Smythe CPA
Daniel has a natural talent with numbers with a BBA degree in accounting and finance. He is a Senior Partner at Smythe, one of the top 10 largest accounting firms in Vancouver. Daniel is primarily focused on providing accounting, assurance, tax planning and consulting services to private and public companies in various industries including real estate and construction, hospitality, technology and manufacturing. Daniel is a member of the Real Estate and Construction Industry Group.
Daniel formally joined the board of advisors at Abana in 2016. He graduated from SFU with a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in accounting and finance. He joined Smythe in 2008 as a student and obtained his CA designation in 2011.
At Abana Capital, our commitment is solely to provide our clients with the utmost in transparency, coupled with unique real estate investment opportunities, including large projects traditionally inaccessible to private investors. Our dedication to maintain low overhead, combined with the tremendous agility offered by our nature as a boutique firm, allows us to easily diversify real estate holdings and portfolios. We give our clients the ability to swim with the big fish in the world of finance without taking on the cost major firms can carry.
Our services or asset management capabilities ensure diversified options and balanced risk.
Amin is a serial entrepreneur and a visionary leader with a passion for Real Estate investment, finance and technology. Graduating with an advanced degree in Engineering from University of British Columbia, he started investing in Real Estate while in college. He worked at IBM as a management consultant for 12 years, advising major financial institutions such as banks and large insurance
companies on transformation strategies and enterprise change managements. During his tenure at IBM, he gained valuable insights about the investment and financial industry in the Canadian landscape.
Success of his investment strategies in Real Estate eventually led to widespread recognition in the community and in 2012 he joined forces with his long-term investment partner, to found Abana Capital Management. Amin brings a wealth of experience in Real Estate, finance, corporate governance and as Managing Partner shapes strategy and direction for Abana Capital.
Navid started his career in the software industry as founder of BITAA Technology in 2005 before graduating from Simon Fraser University in 2009. As founder and operator, Navid was instrumental in building the company from the ground-up and building teams, processes, and technology to manage the operations with fluidity and efficiency.
His next venture was Nautic Marketing, a marketing and portfolio management company specializing in Real Estate marketing for major development projects across Metro Vancouver. Combining his software and marketing background, Navid not only provided customized investment portfolio management solutions to developers and their investors, but also developed digital marketing plans and implemented sales strategies that ultimately lead to faster and higher sales compared to competition.
In 2015, Navid joined Abana where he leverages his extensive operational experience to oversee Abana’s internal processes, manage business development activities, and implement marketing strategies. Navid is also in charge of compliance and investor relations.
Erika Buzzolo joined Abana Capital as an accountant in 2017. She has over 14 years of book keeping experience combined. She prepares all the accounting work for Abana’s investment portfolio and plays a lead role in the preparation of audited financial statements, tax returns and investment reports and schedules to support financial reports to the board.
Sean Chan is a serial entrepreneur and has capital raising experience for more than 30 businesses. Holding advisory positions at multiple firms and 5 years of senior management experience at various ventures, he has helped many companies to fundraise and introduced to many accredited investors for. Sean’s entrepreneurial ventures namely EquitySoft Investments and BlueSeed Holdings has also provided him a unique insight into the world of private equity, pre-IPOs, venture capital, and the family office investment arena.
Ferial Ahwazi joined Abana Capital in 2017. Overseeing all the administrative functions in the office as an Executive Administrator. She directly handles all marketing and general administrative tasks. She has a diploma in Business Administration and over 4 years of administrative experience in a corporate environment.
Why Abana is different
One aspect that sets Abana Capital apart, other than our agility and boutique nature, is that we work only for our clients. We are dedicated to performing due diligence on each and every project to ascertain risk versus reward. Our dedication to personalized service and the fact that Abana Capital is highly localized further differentiate us in the industry.PROJECT PORTFOLIO
Our focus & priorities
At Abana Capital, our focus is on providing our clients with proven, unique methods to grow wealth while limiting risk through innovative, unique investment vehicles. Our priority is always providing our clients with accurate information and the quality services needed not only for wealth building, but for peace of mind concerning their assets.MARKET RESEARCH