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Global PE Players To Attend NAREDCO’s Real Estate And Infrastructure Investors’ Summit 2015

Monday, October 05, 2015
By A Business Reporter

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Global Private Equity and real estate bigwigs like Sanjay Nayar, CEO - KKR India, Keki Mistry, Vice Chairman & CEO – HDFC; Loh Wai Keong, Managing Director and Co-Head Asia - GIC Real Estate; Khushru Jijina, Managing Director- Piramal Fund Management; Matsuo, President and CEO- Genkai Capital Management, Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman - Hiranandani Group are among a host of dignitaries from the real estate and private equity sector to attend the NAREDCO global Investor summit to be held in Mumbai today.

The NAREDCO (National Real Estate Development Council), the National Real Estate organisation in association with APREA (Asia Pacific Real Estate Association) a non-profit body that represents the real estate investment industry in the Asia-Pacific, will host this two day Real Estate & Infrastructure Investors’ Summit in Mumbai to provide a pivotal platform for real estate developers to interact with investors and global leaders.

The two day summit will include panel discussions, debates and presentations on various topics such as Foreign and FDI Investors - Opportunities and Challenges for investing in Real Estate in India, InvITs and REITs - Challenges for the Indian market and learning’s from the other markets, Impact of global economies on India and how India compares as an investment destination, Real Estate in India - Equity and Debt markets, Innovative Financing - Meeting capital needs through investment structures of equity, debt, mezzanine, inventory and other mechanisms etc.

Private Equity has emerged as a major funding channel for the realty sector since the past decade. Post the global crisis of 2008, banks and central bank have taken a hawkish view on real estate, construction and infrastructure credit, slowing down capital availability. Development companies have taken recourse to private equity, NBFCs and other private capital taps to fuel demand and keep up the growth trajectory.

The year 2015 has seen a sharp spur in PE investments on the back of government initiatives for growth of the housing and infrastructure sectors. Targeting the positive market outlook, USD 3,222 million was committed or invested by domestic and offshore PE, pension and sovereign funds in the first eight months of 2015, an increase of 2.5 times from the same period a year ago.

There is a substantial need of private equity injection into the realty sector on back of Government’s vision for “Housing for All by 2022”, to supplement India’s consumption and growth story through the real estate sector.  In light of the above, the two day Real Estate & Infrastructure Investors’ Summit will primarily discuss issues concerning policy initiatives and foreign investment norms, significant opportunities and challenges that the real estate sector presents, key investment themes prevalent in the real estate sector and India’s standing as a global investment destination.

NAREDCO National President Sunil Mantri said, “Attracting global funding for the Indian real estate sector can go a long way in bridging the huge capital requirement of the industry. The basic aim in hosting this summit is to create a perfect platform bringing together PE players from across the globe and Indian developers on the same dais. This gives them an opportunity to interact with each other on a personal level as well as discuss investing in the real estate sector.”

Amit Goenka, MD- Nisus Finance and Convener of the Summit stated “The re-emergence of India real estate sector as an attractive investment asset class is evidenced by the surge of capital especially towards affordable housing and completed commercial projects. It was imperative to create a cohesive dialogue between the government agencies, regulators, investors and developers to create a common roadmap to achieve the Prime Minister’s vision. We are glad that this event has seen strong support from the government, global and domestic investors and financial institutions as well as the developer community. India has a USD 20 billion private equity and REIT opportunity waiting to happen for the RE sector, this platform attempts to deliver it for the nation!”

Commenting on the summit APREA CEO, Peter Verwer said, “India’s strong long-term growth prospects should make it a magnet for the world’s capital. This summit will raise awareness about the ongoing modernisation of India’s financial systems and the nation’s economic fundamentals. The summit also provides a forum for a frank assessment of the initiatives needed to place India at the centre of international investors’ radar screens.”

Several corporate honchos from the construction and urban infrastructure industries, urban planners, top developers, private equity firms, housing finance companies and banks will also join to share their thoughts.

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