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Rong Ren arrested as China Resources graft probe deepens

Former head of state company’s property investment manager joins list of business figures being questioned Chinese real estate player Rong Ren has been arrested as part of the investigation...

Company Profiles

IREIT GLOBAL

Floated this summer, the first S-reit to target european property has focused on the german office sector initially, but aims to expand into austria, Holland, Switzerland and eventually the UK...

Comment

Winner is not so clear in Sino-Japanese contest

Which of the two following markets would you rather invest in? The first has terrible demographics, its people are getting older and fewer, and GDP growth is minimal. The second...

Research

Key data: DTZ Fair Value Index

 ● The Asia Pacific property market continues to present attractive opportunities for investors. The DTZ Asia Pacific Fair Value Index rose from 56 in Q2 to 57 in Q3, when recalculated...

News

Australia urged to enforce curbs on overseas residential buyers

Australia must properly apply restrictions on foreign investment in housing, a parliamentary committee has said. Liberal Party politician Kelly O’Dwyer said: “The framework strikes the right balance in terms of...

Analysis

Big overseas property claims will see Taiwan’s insurers break with institutional traditions

London deals for Cathay Life and Fubon Life signal a new wave of overseas ideals by Taiwan’s insurers, but the way they are run and regulated means they will not...

News

Blackstone greenlights deal for GE’s Japanese resi business

Blackstone has confirmed that it will buy GE Real Estate’s Japanese residential business, as exclusively reported in AsiaProperty in October. The US private equity firm said its funds will acquire...

Survey

Middle classes replace mega-rich in China’s lap of luxury

Retail experts believe falling Chinese sales for high-end brands reflect a change in consumer tastes, as pursuit of the most expensive logos gives way to every-day luxury purchases by middle...

World News

Blackstone offloads US industrial specialist IndCor to GIC

Blackstone has confirmed that it will sell US industrial real estate company IndCor Properties to GIC Real Estate for $8.1bn. Chicago-based IndCor owns about 10.9m m2 of warehouses in 29...

World News

...as Safra snaps up London’s iconic Gherkin

Safra Group is to buy the Gherkin office tower in the City of London. The group, which is controlled by the Safra banking family, is thought to have paid around...

News

Li Ka-Shing firm sells China assets

Li Ka-Shing’s Hutchison Whampoa has sold two Chinese assets for HK$3.8bn ($490.1m). China’s Oceanwide Holdings bought its 71.36% stake in Hutchison Harbour Ring, owner of Shanghai’s Harbour Ring Huangpu Centre...

World News

Asian insurers close to sealing more City of London deals...

China’s Taikang Life and Gaw Capital are frontrunners to buy Milton Gate, while Taiwan’s Fubon Life is close to clinching Bow Bells House in its second City deal Asian insurers...

News

More cuts to come as China boosts property market with surprise interest rates reduction

China’s surprise cut in interest rates will be positive for the property market, analysts say, and more cuts are likely to follow next year. The People’s Bank of China unexpectedly...