Hang tight: BPEA intends to ride out stormy Asian property markets

Private equity property managers are facing fierce competition for assets and economic uncertainty. BPEA plans to remain on the sidelines, for now, buying debt rather than equity in countries such as Malaysia. Other property managers should take note.

Private equity real estate funds have money burning a hole in their pockets after amassing a record $18.6 billion last year for Asian deals. It was the only region in the world to show an uptick in fundraising.

BPE Asia Real Estate was one of six funds to raise over $1 billion last year, but rather than rushing to put capital to work, counter-intuitively it is holding fire. 

The US-China trade war, higher interest rates and China’s economic slowdown are clouding the outlook for property prices across the Asia Pacific region.

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