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Risks and Benefits of Owning Office Space in China

Only a small portion of multinational firms from Western countries own their office space in China, while most companies rent. Reasons may include a higher flexibility for growth, high... 


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Park Place / 越洋广场

District: Jingan Dist
1601 West Nanjing Road
Proximity to Metro Line: Line 2 & 7
Approximate Rental: 13-14RMB
Built In: 2008

Plaza 66 / 恒隆广场 I

District: Jingan Dist
1266 Nanjing Road (west)
Proximity to Metro Line: Line 2
Approximate Rental: 13-14RMB
Built In: 2001

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Bjarne Bauer - Managing Partner

Industrial & Office Investment

 Bjarne Bauer has been working in the commercial real estate industry for thirteen years: four in Germany and nine in China. During this time he has advised numerous multinational companies on matters relating to China's real estate market. He has extensive hands-on experience in purchase transactions and rental transactions of office space, retail space and industrial space.

As NAI Sofia Group's Commercial Director, Bjarne steers the overall direction of the organisation and takes final responsibility for all aspects of its business. He directly oversees the operations of NAI Sofia Group's office space consulting business, and also plays a supervisory role in the projects of the Group's design and construction units.

Bjarne sees trust as fundamental to the growth of the company — trust that clients place in the firm, as well as mutual trust between members of the NAI Sofia Group team. To this end, he strives to foster a company culture of honesty, integrity and mutual cooperation. He encourages employees to share and learn from their experiences together, and invites them to help determine which strategies are best for the company's long-term sustainability.

A founding member of the Shanghai Real Estate Club, Bjarne studied Chinese at Beijing University prior to launching his career in China.

Amanda Zhu - Senior Director

Industrial & Office Leases

 Before joining NAI Sofia Group five years ago, Amanda Zhu held sales management positions at Kerry Properties, Savills and DTZ. She is a graduate of Shanghai International Studies University, where she majored in Japanese, and in addition to her mastery of that language she also speaks fluent English.

As Operations Manager, Amanda oversees property inspections, landlord and customer coordination, and contract negotiations. She also provides continuous input and support to the Commercial Director on strategic matters such as marketing and personnel recruitment.

Amanda says that what she finds most rewarding about her work at NAI Sofia Group is its challenges. She enjoys communicating with people from diverse cultures, and her spare-time activities include travelling and visiting history museums.


June Zhang - Director

Retail, Industrial & Office Renting

 Exceptional organizational and communication skills that June demonstrated while working for NAI Sofia Group as an intern in 2012 gained the notice of management, who quickly decided to put her on a fast-track towards assuming a key role in the company. In the ensuing three years she accordingly gained exposure to all aspects of company operations while taking on assignments in administration, accounting, procurement, property valuation and project management. Her accomplishments as a PM included successfully overseeing office relocations for the consulates of Denmark and Malta.

An avid fan of travel and cinema, June is a graduate of the Shanghai University of Science and Technology where she majored in Japanese. She is fluent in English, Shanghainese and Mandarin.

Mary Hoo - Senior Key Account Manager

Office & Industrial Renting

 As passionate about her work now as she was before taking an extended maternity leave to raise two boys, Mary, one of the earliest employees of NAI Sofia Group, worked as an employer assistant program specialist before joining us. She brings balance to our mostly young group with her maturity and holistic perspective on work and life.

When it comes to securing spaces in crowded buildings and negotiating leases on behalf of clients, Mary is the ultimate fighter. To anyone who is not a landlord, she is the sweetest person you ever met. As our client, you will of course meet the latter.

Jolie Yang - Senior Key Account Manager

Office & Industrial Renting

 If Jolie were not in property consulting, she could probably make a career for herself as a chess master: Her analytical, disciplined mind seems to always be 3 steps ahead of everyone else. She is also always putting everyone else ahead of herself, which makes her a great asset to our team.

At NAI Sofia Group Jolie manages projects in the areas of office renting, industrial plants renting and property appraisal. Frequent listening to international pop music is perhaps what replenishes her ability to remain composed in the most challenging of situations. Colleagues and clients alike admire her strong command of English.

Franziska Yang - Key Account Manager

Office & Retail Renting

 Generosity is the hallmark of Franziska’s contributions to NAI Sofia Group: she is the team’s go-to person for support of any kind.

Speaking German and English with the savior faire of a native Shanghainese who studied as an exchange student in Bonn, Germany, Franziska likes to travel, shoot photos and paint in her spare time.

Ray Yang - Key Account Manager

Office & Industrial Renting

 Ray came to NAI Sofia Group as an intern and decided to stay on after obtaining his degree in Food Science and Engineering.

Clients appreciate Ray's frank, no-nonsense style of communication, which strongly resonates with our company’s commitment to tenant-only representation.

Jet Guo - Senior Key Account Manager

Industrial Appraisal & Brokerage

 Jet joined NAI Sofia Group as an Information Technology intern when he was still completing his degree in optical electronics at Harbin University of Science and Technology. He eventually began helping out with report writing and project budgeting, and has also applied his mathematics expertise to overseeing land valuations for several of our multinational clients.

Now fully devoting his time to client communication and project coordination, Jet is still the hero who steps in to save the day when a problem arises with our computer network.