Hong Kong to allow cross border Reits

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong offers a carrot and stick for Hong Kong''s Reit market by allowing cross border Reits to be listed, while intensifying the regulation of the Reit managers.

In a move designed to put some impetus back into the Hong Kong Reit market, the SFC yesterday announced that it was allowing cross border Reits to be listed in Hong Kong. Under the terms of the Reit regime that came into practice 18 months ago, only Reits with properties physically in Hong Kong could be listed. Now any property anywhere in the world will be able to be listed in a Hong Kong Reit.

According to Alexa Lam, executive director of the SFC, the change will be completed in June after completion of a consultation period, but interested parties can start talking to us now, she says.

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