Wednesday, 5th October 2016

On Oct. 4, Asterisk Realty & Placement Agency held “US Real Estate Investment Seminar”, which catered to over 55 Japanese institutional investor attendees. Guest Speakers included professionals from Greenberg Traurig, PwC, and a major US real estate fund manager.

The goal of this seminar was to share valuable information to Japanese institutional investors,  who are becoming a significant group of investors in the global real estate market. Attendees included major public pensions, corporate pensions, banks, insurance companies, FoFs and REIT managers, and so forth. The seminar included sessions introducing insights into US real estate investment, the taxation of foreign investment in the US, such as new FIRPTA, and recent changes in Japanese laws, regulations, and outbound real estate investment structures (direct/fund).

We believe this particular seminar is critical as it will encourage those Japanese investors’ interest in international real estate opportunities by providing them with highly useful and accessible information that they must be understood for their investment decisions.

Based on the feedback we received, many of our attendees showed their interest and demand for both fund investment and direct real estate investment.

As request for applications exceeded our expectations, and seating was limited, we could not accept all registrations. For this reason, we are planning to hold a similar seminar in the near future on this topic.  

Asterisk is a pioneer in outbound investment for Japanese investors and we see the demand for global real estate investment surges among Japanese institutional investors. And so, we strive to plan informational seminars to support both, Japanese and overseas, investors to continue encouraging global investment.     

Asterisk aims to host series of private seminars about the global investment that offers valuable insights into real estate/asset market, as well as provide the different angles of taxation, legal issues and macro economy.

We are actively looking for specialists and fund managers to partner with Asterisk to provide the local insight for following seminars.

Asterisk’s upcoming seminars:

For Japanese institutional investors

  • ASEAN real estate – “Diversification vs Concentration in growing markets” and “Real Estate, asset to secure value and bless with ASEAN growth”
  • UK/EU real estate – “The momentum & opportunities in post-Brexit”
  • Australia real estate – “Long-term investment in Australia, the country with contrasting characteristics to the Japanese economy”
  • Outbound investment to global hospitality asset & industry – “Exporting Japanese capital and management technologies to global hospitality markets”
  • Geopolitics in global real estate & infrastructure investment – “Meaning of long-term investment outside Japan”

For Japanese developers, real estate companies, and government authorities

  • Developing luxury hotel & residence with international luxury hotel brand in Japan – “The new concept with huge potential in Japan market” (2016 November)

If you are interested in any styles of our seminars, please feel free to contact us for further information.


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About Asterisk Realty & Placement Agency

Asterisk is a private fund placement agency for global alternative in Japan. Through our unique and extensive network of Japanese investors, we support global fund managers in accessing Japanese and Asian institutional investors (pensions, financial institutions, real estate developers, other business companies, etc.).

We provide access and strategies for overseas fund managers to bridge the gap between them and Japanese investors.

Asterisk Inc.,

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