Qatar Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund of the gas-rich, Middle Eastern country, is in talks with Mumbai-based Kotak Realty Fund to invest $200 million in a residential property in India.
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A group led by Singapore-based Perennial Real Estate Holdings will buy the TripleOne Somerset office and retail building for $766 million. Perennial will acquire the Singapore tower from Asia Real Estate Income Fund.
New York, US-based multinational private equity firm Blackstone Group LP acquired a minority stake in Edens shopping center in a deal valued at $718 million.
Australia-based funds management group Alceon has acquired two shopping centers from Mirvac Group in a deal valued at $100 million as part of the listed group's non-core disposal program.
John Hancock Financial, the US arm of Canadian life insurer Manulife Financial Corp. has bought three office properties in New York, Chiacgo and Boston collectively worth $618 million.
Fosun International, controlled by Chinese tycoon Guo Guangchang, is seeking to acquire apartments, hotels and offices in New York as well as in other US cities after its purchase of lower Manhattan landmark 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza.
Manulife Financial Corp bought a 21-story office building in New York's financial district from Mitsui Fudosan Co in a deal worth $166.5 million to capitalize on growing demand, Bloomberg reported.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority has selected Westfield Group to lease out stores at the Fulton Street Transit Center. This would make the Australian shopping center owner a dominant retail landlord in lower Manhattan.
The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Wednesday, including Fortum, National Vision, Saipem, CTT, MTS, Southern Pacific, Warrnambool, Verbund, Bakkafrost, Popular and Marathon Oil.
Blackstone Group, the largest real estate private equity firm, recently said that it targets more real estate acquisitions in Asia. It has invested USD3 billion in the region since making its first deal in 2007.
A source told Bloomberg that property investment and development company Heron International Ltd will be selling a penthouse in its residential tower in London for GBP 18 million.
A report from Cushman & Wakefield revealed that the private equity industry is still optimistic on the Indian real estate market, with private equity deals in the sector increasing 26% in the first nine months of this year.
Cool Japan Fund is looking to invest in TV channels and retail properties in the US and Southeast Asia to promote the country's culture. Cool Japan is backed by the government as well as Japanese companies and is led by a former Carlyle Group executive.
Norwegian bank DNB ASA through its Chief Executive Officer Rune Bjerke rejected predictions on the country's housing market, saying that the claims were unfounded.
The following bids, mergers, acquisitions and disposals were reported on Friday including Statoil, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti, ThyssenKrupp, Mercator, Avivasa Emeklilik, Hayat Sigorta, Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Telus Corp, Atrium Innovations and John Hardy