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Spira Equity Partners Inc. is an investment management firm based in Vancouver, Canada focused on executing private strategies offering superior risk-adjusted returns. We invest alongside our proprietary network of institutional, family office and high net worth investors for the long-term. Corporate social responsibility is integral to our mandate.

Spira is currently focused on investing in the U.S. affordable multifamily housing sector, specifically acquiring attractive Section 42 Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (“LIHTC”) properties.

Our intention is to support the rehabilitation and maintenance of affordability restrictions for existing properties. We aim to preserve affordability and improve the underprivileged communities we impact through our investments and partnerships.

People

Stephen Ho

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Stephen is an experienced operator and financier with specific expertise in private equity, real estate and investing. Prior to co-founding Spira Equity Partners, Stephen was Co-Founder and Principal for Sierra Point Group (“SPG”).

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SPG is a U.S. affordable multifamily housing sponsor/developer where he sourced, negotiated, closed, and asset managed projects totaling $72 million across 437 units in California and Washington. Of these projects, SPG successfully rehabilitated their California portfolio utilizing financing from Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (“LIHTC”). Prior to SPG, Stephen was Venture Partner at Vanedge Capital I, LP, a $138 million venture capital fund where he was responsible for fundraising, sourcing investment candidates, due diligence, negotiations and closing transactions. Prior to Vanedge, he was previously General Manager at a 110 full-time employee, luxury 4S automotive retailer where he specialized in maximizing operational efficiencies. Stephen received his M.B.A. and B.B.A., a Joint Major in Economics and Business, from Simon Fraser University. He is an active and selected Member of the Urban Land Institute Affordable and Workforce Housing Council.

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Robert Lee

Co-Founder and Managing Partner

Robert has over fourteen years of experience in private equity, investing and accounting. He is involved with all aspects of acquisitions and operations of Spira Equity Partners.

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Prior to co-founding Spira, Robert was a Vice President with Brookfield Asset Management, a global alternative asset manager with $250 billion of assets under management across over 30 countries, where he focused on acquisitions and other strategic initiatives. At Brookfield, Robert played a key role in the acquisition of over $10 billion in infrastructure and natural resource assets. During this time, Robert also held asset management roles and worked closely with management teams of portfolio companies to maximize returns for its investors. Prior to joining Brookfield, Robert was with the Transaction Advisory group with KPMG consulting clients on M&A due diligence for potential acquisitions. Robert is a CFA Charterholder and Chartered Professional
Accountant (CPA, CA). He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia.

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William R.P. Dalton

Senior Advisor

William (Bill) Dalton is an experienced executive with deep banking and finance experience. Mr. Dalton was Executive Director of HSBC Holdings plc, Chief Executive of HSBC Bank plc and Global Head of Personal Financial Services for the HSBC Group.

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Mr. Dalton was a Director of HSBC North American Holding Inc., CCF SA, France, HSBC Private Banking Holdings (Suisse) SA, Switzerland and HSBC Bank Malta plc, Merrill Lynch HSBC Holdings Limited, UK and Household International, Inc., USA. Mr. Dalton was also a Director of MasterCard International Incorporated and a Director of Swiss Re GB plc. He also served on the board of TUI Travel plc., a FTSE 100 company in the UK and on the Board of Talisman Energy Inc., a Canadian Oil and Gas Company. Mr. Dalton currently serves on the Boards of Associated Electric and Gas Insurance Services (AEGIS), AEGIS Managing Agency for Lloyds of London Syndicate 1225, and United States Cold Storage, a wholly owned subsidiary of John Swire & Sons Inc.

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Benjie M. Thomas

Senior Advisor

Benjie is the Canadian Managing Partner for KPMG’s Advisory Services. Prior to his current role, he was the National Industry Leader of KPMG’s Private Equity Practice in Canada.

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Benjie was a member of KPMG in Canada’s Board of Directors (2013-2016). With over 15 years with KPMG, Benjie has advised on some of the most prominent Canadian transactions. Benjie’s specialties include Private Equity, Pension Plans, Food, Beverage, Manufacturing, Distribution, Retail and Technology. He is also a member of the Management Committee for KPMG in Canada. Benjie is a member of CVCA and the Association of Corporate Growth and is very active in the community. In 2011, Benjie was presented with The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario’s Award of Distinction which honours those CAs who have made an early impact, bringing distinction to themselves and to their profession through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives. In addition to garnering an Award of Distinction, Benjie also was named as the recipient of the Christine E. Sinclair Community Leadership Award.

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Contact Us

Address:

1066 West Hastings Street, Suite 2000
Vancouver BC, Canada V6E 3X2

Email:

info@spiraequitypartners.com

Phone:

604.601.8200