real estate

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Shift to Alternative Assets Gathers Pace

Institutional investors are turning into alternative assets. The worldwide trend of opting for investments such as property, infrastructure, private equity and hedge funds has been gathering pace since last year. The shift to alternative assets has also driven up valuations of these illiquid assets – concern over returns is starting to mount up.   Alternative assets under management increasing   [...]

Famous University to Unload Over $2bn of Funds

Famous University to Unload Over $2bn of Funds

One of the world’s most famous universities, Harvard University, is close to selling its private equity holdings. The university is also planning to unload some of its venture capital and real estate funds at the same time. According to the reports, the assets the university is looking to unload are worth well over $2 billion.   Plans are emerging about [...]

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Private Equity Investment Up by 64% in India

Private equity investment in India is booming, according to the latest report by Grant Thornton. The report shows PE investment jumped by 64% in value terms in May. The region attracted $663 million worth of private equity investment during the month, driven by big-ticket investments.   Deal value improving, but deal numbers declining   While the deal value increased in [...]

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Private Equity Firm in the Biggest Deal of India’s...

  The US-based private equity firm Warburg Pincus has made a big investment in the Indian real estate sector. The firm’s unit announced a $284 million minority stake investment in Piramal Realty. It is another deal big deal in India’s real estate sector, showing private equity firms are optimistic about the long-term prospects of the sector.   The Investment   [...]

Too Much Capital, Too Little Return

Too Much Capital, Too Little Return

  Insurers are looking to less liquid private asset classes to bolster returns, and intend to increase allocations to commercial mortgage loans, infrastructure debt, private equity, middle market loans and real estate equity, according to the latest Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) annual insurance survey, which has the title “Too Much Capital, Too Little Return”. It is worthwhile to consider [...]

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East Asia’s LPs Go Long

An article on Asian asset managers’ strategies, such as  Taiwan’s Public Service Pension Fund Management (PSPFM) and Korean Sovereign Wealth fund (KIC), reveals some insights into how these giants aim for steady returns and outperformance. KIC is owned by the government and yet it has been successful in growing capital in part because it has managed to “match the culture” [...]

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Insights into Family Office Returns

The top performers in a new survey of Family Offices by FOX Global have higher allocations to Private Equity Direct (11% vs. 6%), as well as higher allocations to Real Estate (16% vs. 11%). They were also more likely than the overall sample to have first- or second-generation family leadership (73% vs. 67%). The majority, 93%, say they have an [...]

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FFG – Real-estate project in Lithuania

Low risk - high return investment All 4 projects have an average Loan to Value ratio of 0.53, so it is a potential low risk - high return investment. Two projects are retail buildings with already signed lease agreement with one of Top 4 Lithuanian retailers. Other one is office building in top Vilnius business district and the last one [...]

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Aspen Woolf – Student housing project

Ever-growing student population A building formerly owned by The Mirror Group (TMG), this 61-unit development is within walking distance of local shops, restaurants and bars, and is just a 6 minute drive from the University of Chester, making it an ideal student location. Each studio is fully self-contained including en-suite. Students will also have access to a range of communal [...]

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Private Equity Giant KKR Enters Indian Real Estate ...

New York City based private equity giant Kohlberg, Kravis, Roberts & Co. (KKR) has made its first move into the Indian real estate market, according to a report in The Economic Times. While India overall as an investment destination has lost some of its appeal as an emerging market in recent years, the real estate marketplace in the country is [...]

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Blackstone Leads Third Retail Real Estate Deal

Blackstone Group LP and DDR Corp. are teaming up to acquire 46 US shopping centers for USD 1.43 billion from a unit of Elbit Imaging Ltd., reports BW. The acquisition is the third recent investment in discount retail real estate for Blackstone. It also acquired Kimco Realty Corp., and in June it acquired 585 malls from Australia’s Centro Properties Group [...]