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Robert Johnson, managing director for Asia-Pacific real estate at JPMorgan Global Alternatives, tells our sister publication, PERE, why Japan is in a healthier lending environment today than 10 years ago.
Asian investors were active in their home markets as well as Europe in the first half of 2018, according to data published by JLL.
The Canadian pension fund is looking to increase its real estate credit assets under management to around $6.2bn to $7.7bn in the next five years.
Cosying up to Eastern money is a strategic must for European debt providers as strong demand from the continent for London offices mitigates Brexit outflows closer to home.
Real estate developers in China are turning to private credit managers to meet their financing needs amid a continuing liquidity crunch.
Japan Post Bank is the latest Japanese institutional investor seeking real estate debt and other credit funds that serve a conservative investment approach.
“We made an investment just a few months ago before Brexit happened. I was pretty nervous. No one knows what Brexit means; there is no detailed agenda and a lot of uncertainties. But when we were underwriting the risks, we still believed London will remain a metropolitan and important city. The fundamentals will not change overnight,” said Stanley Ching, head of Real Estate Group at CITIC Capital Holdings.
Dutch bank ABN AMRO has promoted Brian McGirr to head of debt solutions in Asia and announced two other appointments in the team.
Commercial property transactions totalled $1.2 billion in 2015, down 2 percent from 2014, according to the latest Global Capital Trends report from Real Capital Analytics.

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