Malaysian investors favour UK property

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LondonInvestors from Malaysia have poured no less than $3.8 billion into the UK property market since 2010, new data from global real estate form Jones Lang LaSalle shows, with the vast majority of the funds going into commercial property, mainly offices in London.

This is by far the highest concentration of funds which were used by Malaysian investors to buy foreign property. The UK accounted for 62 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation’s investments in commercial properties abroad over the past 3 years, the study revealed. Far lower investment has been made in China, the US, Australia and other Asian countries.

Big-time investors from Malaysia include the country’s largest state-owned asset manager Permodalan Nasional Berhad, the Employees Provident Fund, the pension fund KWAP, and the Muslim pilgrims’ fund Tabung Haji.

One of the most notable acquisition by Malaysians was the purchase of the derelict Battersea Power Station at the banks of the River Thames, which was bought by a group including Malaysian developers SP Setia and Sime Darby for £400 million in July 2012 with the plan to adapt it into a mixed-use building with a large office component.

Other Malaysian deals included investment fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad’s acquisition of two office buildings for about £570 million that house the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Malaysia is now among the top overseas property investors in the UK, along with Germany, Qatar and Brazil.

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Investors from Malaysia have poured no less than $3.8 billion into the UK property market since 2010, new data from global real estate form Jones Lang LaSalle shows, with the vast majority of the funds going into commercial property, mainly offices in London.

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LondonInvestors from Malaysia have poured no less than $3.8 billion into the UK property market since 2010, new data from global real estate form Jones Lang LaSalle shows, with the vast majority of the funds going into commercial property, mainly offices in London.

This is by far the highest concentration of funds which were used by Malaysian investors to buy foreign property. The UK accounted for 62 per cent of the Southeast Asian nation’s investments in commercial properties abroad over the past 3 years, the study revealed. Far lower investment has been made in China, the US, Australia and other Asian countries.

Big-time investors from Malaysia include the country’s largest state-owned asset manager Permodalan Nasional Berhad, the Employees Provident Fund, the pension fund KWAP, and the Muslim pilgrims’ fund Tabung Haji.

One of the most notable acquisition by Malaysians was the purchase of the derelict Battersea Power Station at the banks of the River Thames, which was bought by a group including Malaysian developers SP Setia and Sime Darby for £400 million in July 2012 with the plan to adapt it into a mixed-use building with a large office component.

Other Malaysian deals included investment fund Permodalan Nasional Berhad’s acquisition of two office buildings for about £570 million that house the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Malaysia is now among the top overseas property investors in the UK, along with Germany, Qatar and Brazil.

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