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Qatari Venture Wins Approval for Almost 1,000 London Homes

A Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. venture won approval to build almost 1,000 homes in the U.K. capital’s Elephant and Castle district. Southwark Council approved the revised plans to replace a shopping mall with apartment towers, a new college campus and stores late on Tuesday. Investor Delancey, Dutch pension fund APG Asset Management NV and the […]

How London lost its mojo to Manhattan

How London lost its mojo to Manhattan

I love an Americanism. Only boring people don’t. Next time you’re talking to someone over 45, casually drop in a “trash can” or a “sidewalk” and see what happens. It adds pep to a conversation. London’s property developers seem to agree. Except, not content with alarming my centrist dad, they’re full-on rebranding swaths of the […]

Taxing times ahead for the UK: how to advise clients

Taxing times ahead for the UK: how to advise clients

To understand what tax changes have been brought in. To list the various measures affecting the advice process when it comes to tax. To ascertain how to advise clients about property disposals. The UK has been expanding the tax exposure and compliance burden of overseas investors in UK property. November and December 2017 saw the announcement […]

Deutsche Finance International/Yoo Capital consortium buys Olympia London in £296m deal

A joint venture of institutional investors led and advised by Deutsche Finance International (DFI), a global investment firm and part of the Deutsche Finance Group, and Yoo Capital (YC), a UK focused institutional investor, developer and asset manager, have announced it has acquired Olympia London Exhibition Centre from listed London property company Capital & Counties […]

Thai firms among Asian property investors eyeing expansion in UK

Thai firms among Asian property investors eyeing expansion in UK ASIAN PROPERTY firms, including a number of Thai developers, are looking to expand their investment in the United Kingdom following the country’s referendum vote in June to leave the European Union. Singha Estate is said to be eyeing more hotel acquisitions in Europe, especially in […]

Corruption Currents: Panama Papers Reveal Laundered Money Behind London’s Property Market

Corruption Currents: Panama Papers Reveal Laundered Money Behind London’s Property Market Bribery: A FIFA ethics judge resigned after being named in the Panama Papers scandal. The document leak raised  questions about the reform credentials of the new leadership. (AP, Suddeutsche Zeitung, NY Times, Guardian) In local politics: A Cypriot justice official testified in his corruption […]

Property investors delay UK commercial deals on Brexit fears

Property investors delay UK commercial deals on Brexit fears Major international property investors are delaying purchases of UK real estate assets until after the referendum on the country’s membership of the EU. While opinion polls so far suggest most UK voters want to remain in the EU, support for the Leave campaign is high enough […]

China market jitters ‘may increase demand for London property’

China market jitters ‘may increase demand for London property’ With the recent financial market jitters in China, investors who have lost money may find it more difficult to buy overseas property, says a leading London agency. However, London’s reputation for being a safe haven, is likely to help its cause, says Camilla Dell, Managing Partner […]