April 2013 | Asia Property

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IGIS leads local bids as GE sells assets in Korea and Australia

GE Capital has moved closer to selling its Australian and Korean businesses. In Korea, local asset manager IGIS is bidding, backed by Samsung Life. It has bid $180m for...

Comment

April Diary

Hitting the poktanju won’t damage your Korea prospects Last month’s ANREV’s Korea conference saw the usual pack of international capital raisers and fund managers out to squeeze some golden eggs...

Analysis

Great Malls of China

At a recent AsiaProperty seminar on Chinese retail, representatives of three key developers and investors in the market gave their dos and don’ts for creating stand-out shopping malls in China...

Analysis

Older population presents new challenges and opportunities for China’s mall developers

Shopping mall developers heading into China should tailor projects to match the profile of a rapidly ageing society with greater spending power in coming years, delegates at AsiaProperty’s China retail...

Comment

Online shopping clicks with China’s consumers

McKinsey’s new research on the Chinese online shopping market contains some fascinating pointers to the future of retail and retail property development in China. The internet allows shoppers in lower-tier...

News

US investor takes stake in Florida Westfield malls

Westfield Group has sold a half stake in six US shopping centres for $700m. US firm O’Connor Capital Partners has taken 49.9% stakes in the Florida portfolio, while Westfield will...

Research

India’s offices primed for rental growth

Indian occupiers are feeling more optimistic about 2013, but expect rents to rise later this year, according to DTZ’s India Office Demand and Trends Survey. DTZ found that last year’s...

News

Buoyant J-REITs secure string of assets in Tokyo buying spree

Japanese REITs have continued to be acquisitive, dominating the core investment market this year. Deals secured in the past few weeks include Mori Hills REIT spending Yen20bn on units in...

World News

KPMG highlights growing investor interest in pooled property vehicles

Pooled property funds are coming back into favour with investors, according to a survey by KPMG. The survey reported that 33% of the investors questioned identified pooled funds as “the...

World News

Asian investors play part in AXA’s City office acquisition

Asian investors were major backers of AXA Real Estate Investment Managers’ acquisition of a major London office building AXA and three investors, two of which are based in Asia, bought...

News

Online shopping may ‘leapfrog’ China retail into digital future

The massive growth of online shopping could transform the retail landscape in China, according to a report from McKinsey. The management consultant’s report, out last month, said that as well...

Company Profiles

Mapletree GCCT

Mapletree Greater China Commercial Trust has been the hottest property debut so far this year. Its S$1.6bn ($1.3bn) initial public offering in Singapore last month was nearly 30 times oversubscribed...

Survey

Yeoido, CBD and Gangnam still in style with investors

The Seoul office market is characterised by dislocation: a gulf exists between demand from tenants and demand from investors. Landlords of the city’s many new office buildings are having to...

ASEAN focus

Fortune may favour the brave investor in Bangkok and beyond

Thailand possesses some of the qualities that tend to make foreign investors run for cover. Instability is embedded in the country’s political landscape and while 2012 was a noticeably calm...

News

Blackstone eyes resi assets as new bidders vie for Australand

A raft of potential bidders has emerged for Australian listed property group Australand. The company, in which CapitaLand owns a 59% stake, rejected a A$3bn ($3.1bn) bid from GPT for...

Companies & People

Kwoks plead not guilty in bribery case

Companies & People

Raynor moves up to run Grosvenor FM

Companies & People

New Ivanhoé Cambridge role for Voizard

Companies & People

Taubman names new China MD

Companies & People

Ascendas India appoints finance head

Companies & People

Lai Sun changes company secretary

Companies & People

Fresh Canadian focus for JLL’s Fletcher