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April 25, 2014: Vol. 22 No. 17

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  • Recent commercial real estate transactions

    The largest transaction was an apartment property in Colorado.

  • U.S. industrial market continues recovery in first quarter 2014

    After gaining momentum in 2013, the U.S. industrial market continued to show improved fundamentals in first quarter 2014.

  • Mexican reforms attract private infrastructure investors

    Recent reforms in Mexico should invite more private investment into the country’s energy and infrastructure markets, according to the report Spotlight on Reforms in Mexico by international law firm White & Case.

  • Virginia commits $104m to value-add European RE

    The $63 billion Virginia Retirement System has committed €75 million ($103.6 million) to Europa Real Estate Fund IV, marking the first time the retirement system has invested with Europa Capital.

  • Embarcadero holds final close for fourth fund

    Embarcadero Capital Partners has held a final close for Embarcadero Capital Investors IV after raising $155 million in commitments.

  • Report: gap in exposure to direct ownership of real assets

    Aquila Capital surveyed European institutional investors about their real assets programs and found 57 percent believe direct ownership is the best way to invest in the asset class but only 43 percent currently use the strategy.

  • Waterton raises $170m for residential fund

    Waterton Associates has raised $170 million for Waterton Residential Property Venture XII, according to a filing with the SEC.

  • Oklahoma Teachers taps L&B Realty Advisors for noncore mandate

    The $13.5 billion Oklahoma Teachers’ Retirement System selected L&B Realty Advisors to manage a noncore real estate portfolio for the pension fund. 

  • China to accelerate railway investment

    In the first week of April, the State Council of China announced it is accelerating railway investments in the country’s central and western regions and has set up a railway development fund to expand funding sources, according to a report by Moody’s Investors Service.

  • Farmland returns slow in first quarter

    Investments in agriculture properties continue to perform well, backed by strong demand for U.S. farm products, especially in the export market. However, the performance of farmland investments in first quarter 2014 dropped off from recent quarters.

  • MassPRIM posts RFP for real estate, timber consultant

    The Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Management Board has published an RFP on its website for general real estate investment consulting services, timber investment consulting services or project real estate consulting services. 

  • Infrastructure project default rates increase

    Moody’s Investors Service reports default rates for infrastructure projects have risen but “remain better than average for project finance bank loans generally,” according to its annual study, Default and Recovery Rates for Project Finance Bank Loans, 1983–2012.

  • Harrison's open-end fund continues to redefine

    The only fund of its type, the Harrison Street Core Property Fund, managed by Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, is an open-end fund that gets core-grade risk and returns by targeting stabilized, income-producing properties in the student housing, senior housing, medical office and self-storage segments.

  • Manhattan's Mobil Building to sell for $900m

    Real estate investor David Werner has agreed to buy the office building at 150 E. 42nd St., also known as the Mobil Building, in midtown Manhattan.

  • Sumitomo Corp. invests in Chicago

    The American entity of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp. has acquired 203 N. LaSalle, an office building in Chicago’s Central Loop District.