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Thomas Duffell

Thomas Duffell is the Asia Editor for PEI Media. Based in PEI’s Hong Kong office, he is responsible for the cohort of Hong Kong-based reporters and Research & Analytics personnel as the company’s senior editorial representative in the region. He was previously Features Editor for PEI’s private equity real estate title PERE, where he was responsible for the publication's long-form journalism and analysis.

Colony NorthStar offloads Townsend to Aon

Listed insurance group, Aon, has agreed to acquire the Cleveland, Ohio-based real assets consultant and multi-manager for $475m.

Charter Hall in pole position to acquire Hastings

The leading Australian property group looks at expanding its real asset capabilities with the potential acquisition of the A$14bn infrastructure fund manager.

GIC warns of investor complacency

The current investment environment is considerably uncertain and valuations in many markets are high, meaning returns may be inadequate for the risks being taken, the Singaporean sovereign wealth fund said.

NPS’ global investing bolsters alternatives returns

The world’s third-largest pension fund’s rate of return for FY2016 was 5.74% for domestic alternatives and 12.34% for global alternatives.

GPIF’s first step is to target ‘gatekeepers’

The world’s largest pension fund has made public its investment framework, which will see it target gatekeepers and funds of funds, before making co-investments, and ultimately fund investments.

CIM Group to sell minority stake

Japanese conglomerate Mitsui is set to acquire 20% of the Los Angeles-headquartered real estate and infrastructure fund management firm.

GIC JV invests £227m in UK student housing

The Singaporean sovereign wealth fund has teamed up with Unite Students to acquire more than 3,000 beds in Birmingham.

Cindat makes first move into US healthcare

The Beijing-headquartered investment manager has formed a JV with Welltower and Union Life Insurance to invest $930m in a portfolio of senior housing and healthcare assets.

Alternatives up 25% among world’s largest asset managers

Alternatives growth spiked as traditional equity and fixed income AUM among the largest 500 asset managers declined 7% during 2015, according to fresh research.

AustralianSuper opens London investment office

The Melbourne-based pension giant currently employs two investment professionals in London with expertise in real estate and infrastructure.

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