I've spent the past 17 years in Asia, with 7 of those years spent working in brokerage in Shanghai, China assiting MNC's who wished to establish or expand their China operations.
I have been based based in Singapore since 2011 managing our Regional Tenat Representation platform team and providing strategic Real Esate advice to corporate occupiers all across the Asia Pacific region.
I currently lead the Colliers Technology Occupiers Practice Group for Asia
I was the project lead on the establishment of multiple Regional Headquarter campuses for Fortune 500 companies - each with a footprint of 200,000 sqft and above.
In the Colliers APAC Awards of Excellence I have received the CEO’s award for Client Service as well as an “Outstanding Achiever” Award
I have transacted over 5 million sqft for Technology sector occupiers in recent years
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Information Technology & Telecommunications
Memberships & Involvements
IAMC, CoreNet Global, USGBC
I have represented some of the world's largest multinationals throughout the region including :
Microsoft, Spotify, Twitter, DellEMC, Oracle, Expedia, AMAZON, Philips, Flextronics, Dolby, Xilinx, VeriFone, Boston Consulting Group, Grant Thornton, Manulife, Generali, Ipsos, BMW, Nike, L’Oreal, Diageo, Singapore Airlines, Maersk, BASF
Michael and I worked together on a difficult relocation project in Singapore. Our requirements are somewhat unique and are very different from most of the space on the Island. He always put us first and never wavered, no matter how many times we changed course. We finally concluded an excellent transaction, despite the landlord's best efforts to delay, differ, and derail us, Michael held it together, working with patience and skill, moving the deal forward bit by bit to bring it a successful conclusion earlier this year. I can thoroughly recommend Michael - he is an excellent partner to have on your side of the table.
I have had the pleasure of working with Michael on various projects. Indeed, one of the most hardworking and honest persons I know. He is not one to shy away when problems arose. On the contrary, on at least two occasions, he led his team in providing full support to the client in the quick resolution of complications that arose from unreasonable landlords and/or unavoidable shift in the requirements of client. Michael is a professional with a good spirit and the right attitude. Extremely ethical and reliable.
Michael combines two attributes that for many are mutually exclusive - passion and discipline. His passion is contagious - he is fun to be around, easy to work with, and engages fully in whatever he is working on. At the same time, Michael is a disciplined student of the game of business - he thinks strategically, always looks for ways to improve himself, and never makes excuses. His passion and discipline help make Michael incredibly accountable - you will enjoy working with him, and you can 100% rely on him to get the job done.
- George McKay / South Asia Director & Asia Technology Solutions Practice Group Leader at Colliers International
I have observed Michael to be one of the most diligent, hardworking and mutually fair people to deal with, across several challenging projects. he has a unique ability to well represent his client, while at the same time considering the interests and motivations of all key stakeholders in a project.
Areva China (now Alstom Grid) hired Michael Bowens as their exclusive Real Estate agent to help with a consolidation of existing office and R&D locations. The aim of the project was to establish a regional HQ consisting of several business lines with a special focus on R&D and testing. We considered Michael a tremendous asset on this project and highly recommend his service to other who might need to undertake such a complex assignment.
Michael is the sort of real estate broker that you will glad to pay commission / retainer for. He has the location and process knowledge you seek, the transactional experience in this environment you want, the nous to work out the behind the scenes action, and the ability to give you a straight answer, all done in a professional yet relaxed manner.
Michael always proved himself to be professional, reliable and flexible service provider. His work was consistently of a high quality and in line with the project brief. He can function effectively in a fast paced and "fluctuating" environment and always delivers.
Joined Corporate Solutions in 2011 as a fresh graduate from National University of Singapore. Am actively involved in transaction management, lease adminstration, financial analysis and portfolio analysis. Major clients include Microsoft, Flextronics, Singapore Airlines, Philips and Xilinx.