July 2014 | Asia Property

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Morgan Stanley eyes Asia deals as eighth global fund hits $1bn

MSREF Global VIII pulls in $1bn at first closing as Preqin reports first-half leap in property fund raising  Morgan Stanley Real Estate Investing has raised more than $1bn for...

Comment

Tokyo is set for a pre-Olympics gold rush

After a pretty sluggish start to the year, the real estate investment market appears to be moving again. JLL data show that while Q2 deal volumes did not make up...

Company Profiles

UNION INVESTMENT

As part of a move to globalise and diversify its investments beyond Europe, the German fund manager recently struck its first deals to establish an Australian portfolio and rebuild its...

Diary

July Diary

Free advice is Lau’s cheap policy on China Life London HQ deal It’s not easy going from one of the world’s biggest investors to self-employment. Bei Capital, which is run...

Companies & People

COMPANIES AND PEOPLE

Seek takes chair of GlP board Dr Seek Ngee Huat has been appointed as chairman of the board of Global Logistic Properties, following Ang Kong Hua’s retirement from the board....

Research

Prime Asian Rents and Yields, Q1 2014

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Australia and New Zealand make top five for transparency

Australia and New Zealand are still the most transparent Asia Pacific markets, according to the JLL Transparency Index 2014. They come third and fourth respectively, behind the UK and US...

World News

July World News In Brief

Lend Lease sells chunk of UK’s Bluewater mall to LandSec Land Securities has bought Lend Lease’s 30% stake in the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent for £656m ($1.1bn) and will...

Comment

Time to home in on Japan’s big cities

Japan’s economic recovery is driving a revival in the country’s urban housing sector, which now offers overseas institutional investors an attractive combination of good returns, high liquidity and a stable,...

Investors

International buyers seek to tap Asia’s dynamism

Asia is no longer considered a high-risk region and is on the radar of the world’s biggest real estate investors, offering them the chance to diversify into markets with higher...

News

Townsend lands mandate for NPS’s $400m push in Asia

The National Pension Service of Korea has awarded Townsend Group a $400m mandate to invest in Asia Pacific real estate. Townsend said it would target co-investments, joint ventures, clubs, secondary...

World News

China Life’s Canary Wharf buy is latest in Chinese deal rush

Insurer’s purchase of 70% of Clifford Chance offices follows two other London deals for Chinese investors  China Life Insurance has bought a majority stake in an office building in London’s...

News

Far East set for HK$20bn return to Hong Kong

Far East Consortium International plans to spend HK$20bn ($2.5bn) in Hong Kong, after a decade away from the market. “We have not participated in Hong Kong land sales for 10...

Survey

SINGAPORE

Market-cooling measures have restricted opportunities in the city state’s residential market, but the office sector is recovering, with rental growth set to trigger a move from strata sales to bigger...

News

Wary investors stick with top-tier Chinese cities

China real estate investors remain focused on the top-tier cities, but are less positive than last year, according to the Urban Land Institute. The ULI’s China Cities Survey found Shanghai...