June 2013 | Asia Property

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Vanke boss plays down fears of China property bubble

China Vanke chairman Wang Shi confirmed his views that the China property market has bubbles, but said investors do not need to worry about them. “China is unique,” he...

Fund Management

Average time taken for real estate funds to close

Fund raising steady, but it’s taking longer to close

Capital raising for real estate funds remains tough and signs toward the future are often contradictory. According to data provider Preqin, in the first quarter of this year only $5.2bn...


ULI research shows growing optimism and confidence over investment and development in 36 Chinese cities

Investors and developers have grown considerably more optimistic about China’s prospects in the past 12 months, an Urban Land Institute study has found. The ULI Mainland China Real Estate Markets...


There are many stories to be played out in China

By the time this issue of AsiaProperty comes to hand, you may have already read about Wang Shi’s address to the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai, but it is...

Market Talk

Market Talk

“Cheap capital being transported to the UK, mainly london, from the far east will not  go to places like Rotherham*” Michael Marx, CEO of UK property firm Development Securities states...


Tokyo Offices

Investors favour Shanghai, Sydney, Beijing and Jakarta

Survey of investment intentions reveals top cities in logistics, offices, residential and retail, with logistics property proving popular across the board. Tokyo and Sydney offices and China logistics are favoured...


June Diary

No hotel is an island – unless it’s been built by Mobilona There was a minor stir last month in European newspapers with the announcement of plans for a €1.5bn...


Government puts Hong Kong office block on sale

A Hong Kong government building that is coming to the market is expected to fetch more than HK$4bn ($515m). The Murray Building in Central is being put out to tender,...


SPH’s shopping centre REIT cleared for Singapore listing

Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has received approval from the Singapore stock exchange to list two of its shopping centres through a real- estate investment trust (REIT), raising around S$1bn ($795m)....

ASEAN focus

Phnom Penh’s satellite cities set to deliver diamond standard

Six new satellite cities are planned around the cambodian capital of Phnom Penh, one including what will be asia’s second tallest tower. But many will be waiting to see if...


Warburg Pincus takes first Vietnam steps

Warburg Pincus is to invest $200m into retail projects in Vietnam. The US private equity group’s move, its first investment in Vietnam, signals a revitalisation of interest in the country,...

Companies & People

Companies & People

Queenan is COO of CBRE Asia arm… Daniel Queenan has been appointed by CBRE as chief operating officer for its Asia Pacific business, based in Hong Kong. Queenan, who joins...


Carlyle takes 49% stake in two Chinese malls

Carlyle Group is to buy minority stakes in two shopping centres in China. The US private equity player will acquire 49% stakes in Suzhou In-City Mall and Hangzhou Gudun In-City...


Star Capital to raise $979 for China Mainland property fund

Star Capital, the asset manager backed by some of China’s wealthiest businesspeople, is set to raise RMB6bn ($979) for a Mainland property fund. The manager was only launched in 2010,...

Company Profiles

M&G real estate

M&G Real Estate is expanding in Asia Pacific in a drive to diversify and expand its key product, the longest-established core fund in the region. The UK-based investment manager, previously...

Fund Management

Less churn as top 10 managers remain largely unchanged

Brookfield Asset Management has overtaken CBRE Global Investors as the world’s largest real estate manager and broken the $100bn barrier in the process. The Canadian company has more than $109bn...


Sun Hung Kai chairmen on trial next year

The co-chairmen of Asia’s largest real estate company will go on trial next May in what will be the biggest corruption case in Hong Kong’s history. The criminal trial of...


Tenant’s market lifts Singapore retail


Abenomics signals return of consumer confidence in Japan