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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.

July 28, 2008

The ousted chairman of family-owned Sun Hung Kai Properties has hit back at family members by saying the real estate company should look outside the family for more suitable leaders

The ousted chairman of family-owned Sun Hung Kai Properties has hit back at family members by saying the real estate company should look outside the family for more suitable leaders.

Walter Kwok, who was replaced by his mother following a disagreement with his two younger brothers in May, said, "Rather than key positions in the company being taken by the family, we should be more inclined to have the most suitable person fulfil the key positions."

May 28, 2008

The ongoing feud between the Kwok family at Hong Kong’s biggest property developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, has come to a head with Walter Kwok’s 79-year-old mother, Kwong Siu-hing, replacing him as chairman of the company.

The ongoing feud between the Kwok family at Hong Kong’s biggest property developer, Sun Hung Kai Properties, has come to a head with Walter Kwok’s 79-year-old mother, Kwong Siu-hing, replacing him as chairman of the company. Kwong is the wife of SHKP’s late founder and currently owns just over 41% of the company.

May 16, 2008

A behind-the-scenes feud between second-generation members of the Kwok family has burst into the open.

A behind-the-scenes feud between second-generation members of the Kwok family has burst into the open. The Hong Kong-based Kwoks, owners of Sun Hung Kai Properties, have been arguing over who should run the $45 billion company. At the centre of the dispute is a fierce power struggle between the three Kwok brothers – Walter, Thomas and Raymond.

April 7, 2008

The Bank of Scotland has taken a minority equity investment in The Miller Group, the UK’s largest privately-owned property business.

The Bank of Scotland has taken a minority equity investment in The Miller Group, the UK's largest privately-owned property business.

The investment is the most significant financial transaction in the group's 74-year history and is a combination of both equity and debt.

January 1, 2006

Dubai’s Al-Ghurair family is one of several groups feverishly constructing a commercial powerhouse for United Arab Emirates – and building a competitive future for both the Emirati and the economy as a whole. By Melanie Stern

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business.

Dubai's Al-Ghurair family is one of several groups feverishly constructing a commercial powerhouse for United Arab Emirates – and building a competitive future for both the Emirati and the economy as a whole. By Melanie Stern

March 1, 2005

Research suggests that investors are increasing their exposure to real estate. But if that’s where the hot money is going it’s much less clear how to invest, where to get advice and who to work with for the best results, says Richard Willsher

Richard Willsher is a freelance journalist specialising in finance.

Research suggests that investors are increasing their exposure to real estate. But if that's where the hot money is going it's much less clear how to invest, where to get advice and who to work with for the best results, says Richard Willsher

April 1, 2002

REIT stocks can offer family business owners a low-risk investment opportunity – an attractive alternative to direct ownership of real estate where the investor still gains stability and diversification benefits combined with quality professional management

REIT stocks can offer family business owners a low-risk investment opportunity – an attractive alternative to direct ownership of real estate where the investor still gains stability and diversification benefits combined with quality professional management

This article is intended to provide background for family business owners considering an investment in a real estate investment trust (REIT stocks). Before making any investment or sale decision you should consult with your financial and legal advisors.

April 1, 2002

It is no longer just the larger institutions dominating the commercial property investment sector. There has been a significant increase in private investors making long-term investments in commercial property. Here, we explain some of the reasons for this and offer a few tips on those considering it as an option

It is no longer just the larger institutions dominating the commercial property investment sector. There has been a significant increase in private investors making long-term investments in commercial property. Here, we explain some of the reasons for this and offer a few tips on those considering it as an option

Property investment has taken centrestage for family businesses and wealthy individuals as a safe haven for cash as well as an opportunity to seal complex deals that are protected from some of the ravages of the financial markets.

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