- January 1, 2016: Vol. 8, Number 1

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Ensuring a path: China’s insurance companies to lead next wave of global real estate acquisitions

by David Green-Morgan

The liberalisation and increasing maturity of China’s insurance market are set to lead to the next upsurge of outbound real estate investment, as these funds seek assets with recurring income streams to help meet their long-term liabilities.

Over the past three years, Chinese developers and sovereign wealth funds led the first wave of global real estate investment into key gateway cities, with China Investment Corp, Greenland Group and Dalian Wanda Group Co among the most active buyers into Europe, Australia and the United States.

Recently, however, insurance firms such as Ping An Insurance Group Co and Anbang Insurance Group Co have been actively seeking real estate assets overseas, as regulations surrounding outbound investment have been loosened.

Only the beginning

We are seeing a structural shift with Chinese insurance companies globalising their investment portfolios, including real estate. They are starting to follow their global

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