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May 1, 2008

With the current credit crunch shaking up the global economy, it is a tricky time for families who are looking to divest real estate. James Phillipps looks at some of those who are selling parts of their portfolio and offers some advice on the best way to do it

With the current credit crunch shaking up the global economy, it is a tricky time for families who are looking to divest real estate. James Phillipps looks at some of those who are selling parts of their portfolio and offers some advice on the best way to do it

Family businesses can accumulate considerable amounts of real estate over generations and divesting properties has often been extremely lucrative. But with the credit crunch biting hard, choosing which properties to sell and when is becoming an increasingly difficult decision.

May 1, 2008

Once a family has its real estate portfolio in place, it faces the issue of ownership. Should it be owned by the family or the company? James Moore asks how this issue can affect family dynamics and how it can easily be resolved

Once a family has its real estate portfolio in place, it faces the issue of ownership. Should it be owned by the family or the company? James Moore asks how this issue can affect family dynamics and how it can easily be resolved

January 7, 2008

Liquid Real Estate magazine has named family-owned property firm Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) as the Best Global Developer, making it the only Hong Kong developer in the world’s top 10.

Liquid Real Estate magazine has named family-owned property firm Sun Hung Kai Properties (SHKP) as the Best Global Developer, making it the only Hong Kong developer in the world’s top 10. It was also designated the best developer in Hong Kong and Asia for the third year running in the magazine poll.

March 1, 2006

Observers had been convinced he would make it too costly, but Gordon Brown’s thumbs up on the launch of UK real estate investment trusts mean family investors have some new investment options to examine – from both the buy and the sell-side, finds Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Observers had been convinced he would make it too costly, but Gordon Brown's thumbs up on the launch of UK real estate investment trusts mean family investors have some new investment options to examine – from both the buy and the sell-side, finds Melanie Stern

March 1, 2005

Many Swiss and foreign investors are looking to invest in Swiss real estate through collective investment vehicles. Although Switzerland does not offer the option of a REIT, the Swiss real estate investment fund may be more flexible and tax efficient for the investor, explains Stephan Pfenninger

Stephan Pfenninger is a partner with Tax Partner AG, Zurich, Switzerland. www.taxpartner.ch

Many Swiss and foreign investors are looking to invest in Swiss real estate through collective investment vehicles. Although Switzerland does not offer the option of a REIT, the Swiss real estate investment fund may be more flexible and tax efficient for the investor, explains Stephan Pfenninger

November 1, 2004

UK REITs could offer families the liquidity and diversification they search for without the hair-raising volatility of hedge funds and conventional stocks, says Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

UK REITs could offer families the liquidity and diversification they search for without the hair-raising volatility of hedge funds and conventional stocks, says Melanie Stern

March 1, 2004

Spot an opportunity and see it through could be the Khayyat family motto. But ‘one door closes and another one opens’ seems more apt for the canny family behind Meatco, Jordan’s masters of survival and economic opportunism

Scott McCulloch is Editor of Families in Business magazine.

Spot an opportunity and see it through could be the Khayyat family motto. But 'one door closes and another one opens' seems more apt for the canny family behind Meatco, Jordan's masters of survival and economic opportunism

January 1, 2004

One of the top concerns of a family is confidentiality in its investments. Real estate investment means that, through an appropriate investment vehicle, the ultimate owner of property is protected from identification, liability and reporting requirements, says Bárbara Schuck

Bárbara Schuck is a principal of Bridgemer Investment Properties, Zollikon, Switzerland

One of the top concerns of a family is confidentiality in its investments. Real estate investment means that, through an appropriate investment vehicle, the ultimate owner of property is protected from identification, liability and reporting requirements, says Bárbara Schuck

January 1, 2004

Although signs of economic recovery are emerging in key markets around the globe, Robert Game suggests that investors looking to extend their property portfolios should look at the big picture before taking the plunge, particularly in terms of capital appreciation versus wealth preservation

Robert Game is Head of Real Estate Advisory at The Citigroup Private Bank Europe.

Although signs of economic recovery are emerging in key markets around the globe, Robert Game suggests that investors looking to extend their property portfolios should look at the big picture before taking the plunge, particularly in terms of capital appreciation versus wealth preservation

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