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February 16, 2010

Family-run real estate giant Simon Property Group has made a written offer to acquire rival General Growth Properties in a fully financed transaction valued at more than $10 billion.

Family-run real estate giant Simon Property Group has made a written offer to acquire rival General Growth Properties in a fully financed transaction valued at more than $10 billion.

Highlighting the company's current cash-rich status, SPG's offer includes approximately $9 billion in cash. Existing secured debt on GGP's portfolio of assets would remain in place.

January 21, 2010

The William Pears Group, the property and investment company owned by the UK-based Pears family, are set to co-invest with private equity group Blackstone and investment firm Cambridge Place to launch a new UK bank.

The William Pears Group, the property and investment company owned by the UK-based Pears family, are set to co-invest with private equity group Blackstone and investment firm Cambridge Place to launch a new UK bank.

The family has invested £50 million into the venture according to media reports today, although no family members were available to comment when the firm was contacted by www.campdenFB.com.

November 10, 2009

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, has once again reiterated his desire that one of his children to succeed him as head of the international multimedia company.

Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corp, has once again reiterated his desire that one of his children to succeed him as head of the international multimedia company.
 
In an interview with Sky News Australia, Murdoch said: "I am sure one of them will emerge. It would be nice, every parent wants to see that." The family is in control of 40% of the voting rights for the business and, according to Murdoch, has regular succession meetings.
 

October 26, 2009

Investing in distressed property can prove very lucrative, especially during a recession. The key is knowing the market, thinking long term and choosing the best location

In September 2008, Spanish private bank Banco Urquijo opened its brand-new headquarters to much fanfare on one of Madrid's most exclusive streets. The building on Calle Serrano was unveiled to a 500-strong audience that included some of the biggest names in the Spanish business world.

June 11, 2009

Investment in the property market may seem like an unwise suggestion in the current economic climate, but now is the time to take advantage of the forced-to-sell market. For the long-term investor with a varied portfolio, property can still provide high returns.

Investment in the property market may seem like an unwise suggestion in the current economic climate, but now is the time to take advantage of the forced-to-sell market. For the long-term investor with a varied portfolio, property can still provide high returns.

February 27, 2009

How hunting together as a collective can be a lucrative option for family offices

The growing maturity of the family office sector is resulting in businesses increasingly coming together to implement more sophisticated investment strategies.

Over the last three years, a rising number of family offices have co-invested in a dizzying array of deals in areas as diverse as private equity buyouts and commercial property transactions.

February 24, 2009

Germany’s Otto family is to become the leading shareholder in US real estate investment trust Developers Diversified Realty.

Germany's Otto family is to become the leading shareholder in US real estate investment trust Developers Diversified Realty. The family, via its ECE Projektmanagement company, will dramatically increase its shareholding in DDR to over 20%.

ECE, founded in 1965 by Werner Otto, is the European market leader in the field of inner city shopping centers and a sister company of the Otto Group – the world's biggest mail order operator.

January 9, 2009

A little-known British family has burst onto the country’s property scene in one of the biggest deals of the year so far.

A little-known British family has burst onto the country’s property scene in one of the biggest deals of the year so far.

Telereal, the real estate focused investment and services company belonging to family-owned William Pears Group, has purchased Trillium from Land Securities Group for €835 million.

Trillium, the market leader in property partnerships, has been sold for roughly half the price Land Securities was hoping to secure for the asset when it put it up for sale early last year. The two new companies will bring together combined revenues of €1.1billion.

October 6, 2008

With property markets in freefall, where does this leave the family estate asks James Moore

With the global economy in a pronounced downswing, the seemingly never-ending rise in real estate values across the world has, in many economies, come to a juddering halt and gone into reverse.

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