In Mingtiandi’s latest roundup of regional news headlines, a legal dispute between Chinese developer Vanke and its New York-based partner heats up, JD.com’s logistics arm reportedly mulls an IPO targeting a $40 billion valuation, and the Delhi High Court is weighing whether Amazon’s case against business partner Reliance has any merit.
A legal dispute between partners RFR Holding and Vanke US over their luxury residential condominium development at 100 East 53rd Street in Midtown Manhattan is intensifying.
In response to a lawsuit filed by Aby Rosen’s RFR in late October — which accused Vanke of orchestrating “an irreconcilable and grossly improper conflict of interest” when its affiliate purchased a $115 million participation interest in the property’s construction debt and became a controlling party in the loan — Vanke has now filed a countersuit that seeks to remove RFR as the partnership’s managing member entirely. Read more>>
JD.com Inc’s logistics unit is considering an initial public offering that could raise at least $5 billion, according to a person familiar with the matter.
JD Logistics is targeting a valuation of about $40 billion, the person said, asking not to be identified as the information is not public. The company is leaning towards choosing Hong Kong as a venue for the IPO, the person said. JD has held early discussions with banks, said people familiar with the matter. Read more>>
A battle between Amazon.com and Reliance Industries Ltd to dominate India’s $1 trillion consumer market is stoking nationalist rhetoric in a courtroom and outside, as the two companies tussle over the future of a distressed local retailer.
At the centre of the case is Amazon’s efforts to block Reliance’s planned purchase of Future Group’s assets, saying the Indian retailer violated a contract by agreeing to a sale to a rival controlled by billionaire Mukesh Ambani. The Delhi High Court is now weighing whether the US e-commerce giant has any legal basis to object to the transaction. A ruling is expected in weeks. Read more>>
Cromwell European Real Estate Investment Trust (Cromwell E-REIT) has entered into an agreement via a wholly-owned vehicle to acquire a logistics park in Italy for €52.6 million ($62.6 million).
The freehold intermodal logistics park with 156,888 square metres (square feet) of net lettable area will add about 10 percent to Cromwell E-REIT’s overall portfolio NLA, the manager of Cromwell E-REIT said in an exchange filing on Wednesday morning. Read more>>
The property management arm of mainland developer China Resources Land has launched an initial public offering in Hong Kong that could raise up to HK$12.3 billion ($1.6 billion), the latest in a list of Chinese companies hoping to raise funds on the city’s stock exchange.
China Resources Mixc Lifestyle is offering 550 million shares at a maximum price of HK$22.30 each, the company said in a prospectus released Wednesday. There is an option to sell an additional 82.5 million shares to meet any excess demand. Read more>>
Korean lender Hana Financial Investment is selling $173 million in debt tied to two prominent New York City assets. Hana is selling off a $145 million construction loan on Caspi Development’s luxury hotel project at 456 Greenwich Street in Tribeca and a mezzanine loan on Real Estate Equities Corp’s boutique office development at 1 St. Marks Place in the East Village, Commercial Observer reported.
Newmark Knight Frank is auctioning off the debt with initial bids starting on Dec. 10. Neither of the loans are in default. Read more>>
Embassy Group, which recently entered into co-living business, on Tuesday said it had started its first centre in Bengaluru in a tie-up with a building owner and plans to touch 100 facilities by the end of next year through this asset-light model.
In August, Embassy announced its foray into the co-living segment with a planned investment of $500 million over the next three years to expand the business across major cities. Read more>>