11 June 2016 – by Alexander Peace

Aberdeen Asset Management has raised $150m (£103m) for a new European conversion-to-residential fund.

Houses

The fund manager is looking to take advantage of the drop-off in competition from housebuilders, concerned about sales and holding stock on their books.

Aberdeen raised the capital for the Aberdeen European Residential Opportunity Fund from a broad range of Asian investors, mainly from Singapore and Hong Kong.



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The fund is aiming for a return of around 15%, using gearing in the region of 50%. It will have a seven-year life with two one-year extension options. Its UK fund manager will be Ed Crockett.

The fund will buy offices, supermarkets, car showrooms, bingo halls and cinemas to convert and will target projects with gross development values of about £50m.

It will target cities with rapidly expanding populations, but will not invest in prime central London.

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