GCBS provides advisory services for international funds and private individuals seeking investment in prime markets.
As volatility increases in electronically traded stocks, GCBS focuses on traditional investment structures including: Private Equity, Property Development and Luxury Hotels.
“GCBS supports our clients through the negotiation process, language barriers and international regulatory requirements. The leveraging of established networks within Property, Financial and Legal Services is invaluable when entering the UK and European prime markets as an International Investor”, – GCBS founder, Gerald Blazevic.
The identification and validation of business opportunities is critical to the investment process. GCBS understands the most daunting aspects of investing in international markets. By addressing the challenges of cross-cultural negotiation GCBS enables our clients to effectively remove unnecessary complexity when acquiring new business structures.
ASIAN MONEY SCORES BIG HAULS IN LONDON COMMERCIAL PROPERTY
The reason for London’s attractiveness to Asian investors and developers is the transparency and liquidity of its real estate market, as well as the ability to secure very interesting and profitable long-term development schemes or prime investments. These factors, coupled with the uncertainty surrounding the euro zone, have ensured foreign investment into London remains strong.
In the last few months there have been some significant commercial property investments by Chinese, Singaporean, Korean and Malaysian investors, such as GAW Capital, KWAP, Lembaga Tabung Haji, POBA (Korea) and Permodalan National Bhd, into London. In fact, these five companies alone have invested over £1 billion in just five single acquisitions.This trend looks set to continue – Petro China, securing its new prestigious London office headquarters in the West End of London and a number of other Chinese occupiers, including Huawei, are also expanding and moving to new properties in the Greater London and South East of England area.
On the investment and development side, Chinese companies such as Gingko Tree and Dauphin have either secured, or are looking seriously at, major commercial schemes in London. The recent purchase of the iconic Battersea Power Station by Malaysian fund SP Setia and Sime Darby proves continuing confidence in the longer term London development and investment markets for commercial and mixed-use schemes.
Asian investors are very sophisticated and selective and they see London as a key, strategic global hub. Although commercial yields for prime central London property are at an historical low, real estate in London remains a compelling proposition. With the continuing strength of the renminbi and the continuing shortage of bank lending for real estate in the UK, there are some very interesting and exciting opportunities for Asian investors and developers in London. The potentially lower cost of capital can often prov every effective, especially when linking to a local partner who requires financial backing. Looking at global real estate trends, we believe there will continue to be great interest and confidence from Chinese and Asian investors, at both a corporate and private level,for real estate investment and development opportunities of all types in London. A very important factor in any decision making in our opinion is to have good professional advice from specialists who have the depth of expertise and knowledge of the local markets.