Global Investors Seizing Commercial Opportunities in China

Global funds have been quick to seize on the new increase in opportunities to invest in commercial property deals in China, as cash-strapped developers sell-off assets to survive the current slowdown...

Global funds have been quick to seize on the new increase in opportunities to invest in commercial property deals in China, as cash-strapped developers sell-off assets to survive the current slowdown. Beijing Business Today reported.

Pramerica Financial Group from the US paid 2 billion Yuan for a Guangzhou shopping centre on Monday through a subsidiary, although that deal had been in the pipeline for a year.

On Monday, US-based acquired a large shopping centre development in Guangzhou for 2 billion Yuan through a subsidiary after a year of negotiations.

Last month Capitaland from Singapore paid 2.3 billion to the Poly Real Estate Group for a commercial development in Beijing.

"China is going through the fast-paced progress of urbanization," said Michael Zhang, a DTZ's executive. "There are many opportunities, so the developers are looking at various projects and planning their strategies accordingly."

"The Government's home-purchasing restrictions caused problem of slow cash flow for Chinese developers," he added. "They have to sell commercial projects to get the cash, so that's why foreign funds have gotten in recently."

Jones Lang la Salle recently reported that trade deals involving Chinese mainland retail properties reached a new peak of 26.5 billion Yuan.

"Foreign funds such as The Carlyle Group and Blackstone Group are all looking to find properties to invest in, and Chinese developers in second and third tier cities like Zhengzhou and Changchun want to sell [their properties] for cash," Zhang said.

- Thursday 10 May 2012

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