May 2016 | Asia Property

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PREI and JP Morgan join managers’ core Asian funds push

Pramerica likely to focus on Japan and Australia with first Asian core fund, as JP Morgan also plans vehicle More managers are moving into the Asia Pacific core real...

Research

Key data, May: occupiers

• Economic volatility cited as main challenge in occupier survey       • Hong Kong tipped for office rent rises Economic jitters spook Asian CRE heads Fears over the global economy...

Survey

Japan still hot for foreign buyers despite clouds on horizon

Overseas investors continue to target Japanese property and are willing to look beyond Tokyo to find scarce core assets, although signs of a weakening economy suggest the upswing may be...

Company Profiles

IGIS Asset Management

South Korea’s largest asset manager signalled its commitment to overseas investment last year with the appointment of Andie Kang, an NPS veteran with a track record of big European deals...

News

LaSalle eyes $1bn on fifth pan-Asia outing

Follow-up to $585m, 2014 fund adds Hong Kong and Singapore to Japan, Australia and Korean target markets  LaSalle Investment Management may raise as much as $1bn for its fifth pan-Asian...

News

Torre to move from Invesco RE role

Graham Torre is to leave Invesco Real Estate, where he ran its Asia Pacific core business. He will be replaced by Ian Schilling, currently head of Australia for the US...

Survey

Rental growth is back on the office agenda in Tokyo

Rents are rising again in key Tokyo office markets, as lack of new supply brings vacancy rates below the 3% level seen as a trigger for growth. But there are...

News

GIC buys chunk of Northwood’s Paris offices business

Northwood Investors has sold 25% of its stake in Paris office firm CeGeReal to Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC. Northwood bought 99% of the listed French company last year for...

News

New China customs rules aid domestic retailers

Chinese retailers and retail owners will benefit from new tax regulations on overseas purchases, says Fitch Ratings. Higher taxes on a range of goods mailed to China came into effect...

Comment

Will WeWork’s free-beer ethos bring a hangover?

WeWork, the latest tech ‘unicorn’, raised $430m from Chinese investors including Hony Capital in March and is planning a big push towards Asia. Strictly speaking, with a valuation of $16bn,...

News

HNA eyes Canary Wharf office and Euro hotels chain

HNA Group is to spend £131m ($191.3m) on an office building in London’s Canary Wharf. The Chinese airline, hotels and real estate conglomerate is buying 195,443 sq ft office building...

Companies & People

Companies and People

Singapore’s city developments reshapes management team City Developments has made a series of senior appointments, thought to be part of succession planning at the Singapore-listed company. Sherman Kwek Eik Tse,...

Comment

Ancient wisdom beats the clock today

The idea that market cycles repeat with a regularity that can be timed is a risky basis for a property investment strategy, as no two cycles are ever the same....