Asian outbound investment remained strong in H1 2018. Activity was led by Singaporean groups, which accounted for 36% of the total.
Europe attracted the largest share of Asian capital, with several big ticket transactions and portfolio deals completed during the period. London remained the preferred city destination.
Property companies were the most active investor type. Major transactions included the purchase of a large logistics portfolio by a Singaporean property company for US$2.3 billion. REITs also turned more active in overseas markets in search of higher yield.
Chinese investors are buying less and selling more. The period saw several Chinese groups dispose of properties in the U.S. and Europe, either to improve their balance sheets or lock in profits from earlier investments.