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An early exit in data centers

With a 2005 bet on data centers, one Bethesda, Maryland-based private equity real estate firm turned a $100m foreclosure buy into an $800m sale.

PERE LA: How to use technology for retail fundraising

Blockchain and other innovations could help to remove some of the hurdles in reaching individual investors.

WATCH: Starwood’s Colket discusses tech’s impact on its RE business

The managing director and head of Asian acquisitions at Starwood Capital Group tells PERE that the firm may look at venture capital-style investments and investments in technology-driven logistics centers, but its core real estate business will not change.

When it comes to talent, PERE firms could learn from tech

Most managers would benefit from rethinking their compensation structures and corporate cultures – or else risk losing their best young employees.

EY: PERE firms losing talent to tech industry – Exclusive

The sector is responsible for more than 50% of the departures of professionals from private equity real estate in recent years, according to the firm’s global real estate, hospitality and construction leader.

Big data could lead to automation in real estate investment

Speakers at PERE’s annual Asia Summit in Hong Kong still believe gut instinct cannot generally be automated when it comes to underwriting deals. But the market’s biggest risk-return strategy may be the exception to the rule.

WeWork JV buying NYC retail building for $850m

With its property fund co-manager, the $20bn co-working startup is purchasing Lord & Taylor’s flagship New York store at a $200m premium.

PERE Asia: ‘tech disruption in every asset class’

Private real estate executives in Asia spent much of the first half of the opening day of the PERE Asia Summit discussing the challenges they face in accommodating ‘disruptor’ businesses. 

WeWork lines up RE fund

As the co-working and co-living company prepares to move beyond leasing space, one major investor has words of caution for the startup’s real estate ambitions.

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