- June 1, 2011: Vol. 3, Number 6

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RMB Funds: Developments and Opportunities Exist for Foreign Investors in Real Estate Private Equity Funds in China

by Jim Zhang

In the past few years, the global economy has gone through a period of major change and adjustment, and China’s ever-increasing contribution to the global economy means it will continue to provide major investment opportunities to global investors.

Foreign real estate private equity (REPE) funds started their investments in China about 10 years ago. Their strong recent growth means that the domestic REPE funds denominated in renminbi (RMB) now dominate the industry. There is a lot of interest from foreign investors and fund managers as to investing/managing Chinese RMB-denominated REPE funds. However, the complexity and intricacy of the corporate governance issues seem to be creating much confusion, and therefore reluctance, among those to get involved.

This research article attempts to answer the following questions: What laws and regulations apply to such investors? What are the recent and future developments of REPE funds, and where are the future opportunities?

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