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Allianz Real Estate’s India deal highlights growth of investor appetite in this high growth market

German insurer’s collaboration with construction giant Shapoorji Pallonji Group among other global funds taking a stake in India’s commercial property sector

The real estate arm of German insurer and asset manager Allianz announced that it is partnering with Indian Sharpoorji Pallonji Group to establish a fund worth US$500 million, targeting the office market in India. Real estate consultancy JLL advised Sharpoorji Pallonji Group on the transaction.

The deal by Allianz, a global real estate player, is the latest in a series of high-profile investments into Indian real estate by institutional investors this year. Recent transactions include Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC's US$1.4 billion joint venture with DLF Cyber City Developers for a portfolio of office and retail assets across India in August; Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board's investment of US$500 million in a joint venture with Indian property developer Indospace in May; and Blackstone's investment into K Raheja Corp's Mindspace business park portfolio in March.

"We're seeing a significant rise in demand for Indian real estate opportunities," says Stuart Crow, Head of Asia Pacific Capital Markets, JLL. "International investors – particularly pension funds and insurance companies – are looking to expand into new markets and India's growth story is very compelling. With the country's growing technology and e-commerce sector, this is creating demand for both office space and logistics facilities, something that investors are keen to be part of."

Rushabh Desai, CEO of Allianz Real Estate Asia Pacific, noted, "We are looking to deploy approximately 60 percent of our Asia-Pacific allocation to growth economies. The Indian economy has been consistently outperforming. Strong secular growth, stellar demographic trends, and improving transparency are supporting stable real estate occupiers as well as investor demand, in particular the office sector which is ideal for global long-term investors like Allianz."

India's standout performance

The World Bank has projected a seven percent growth in GDP for India for 2017-2018. According to JLL's latest City Momentum Index, six Indian cities are in the world's top 30 in terms of speed of economic and real estate development, with Bangalore ranked at number one.

Based on JLL's Global Capital Flows data, India was among the best-performing countries in Asia Pacific in Q3, as investor confidence remains buoyed by government initiatives.

"The Indian government has laid out policies and incorporated various modifications in the last two and a half years to improve transparency in real estate along with making it easier for foreign capital to enter the Indian real estate market," says Shobhit Agarwal, Head of Capital Markets, JLL India.

Mumbai, NCR, and Bangalore are the top three cities for investors. "These cities have received more than two-thirds of total investments," says Mr. Agarwal. "Sector-wise, capital is going into office – core and core plus – and residential assets under development."

In addition, government initiatives such as the Goods and Services Tax increase the need for integrated logistics services and improve interstate transportation of goods, giving the sector a boost. India's logistics market is expected to grow to US$307 billion by 2020 according to data from The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India.

About JLL

JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a leading professional services firm that specializes in real estate and investment management. A Fortune 500 company, JLL helps real estate owners, occupiers and investors achieve their business ambitions. In 2016, JLL had revenue of $6.8 billion and fee revenue of $5.8 billion and, on behalf of clients, managed 4.4 billion square feet, or 409 million square meters, and completed sales acquisitions and finance transactions of approximately $136 billion. At the end of the first quarter of 2017, JLL had nearly 300 corporate offices, operations in over 80 countries and a global workforce of more than 78,000. As of March 31, 2017, LaSalle Investment Management had $58.0 billion of real estate under asset management. JLL is the brand name, and a registered trademark, of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit


JLL has over 50 years of experience in Asia Pacific, with 36,800 employees operating in 95 offices in 16 countries across the region. The firm won the 'World's Best' and 'Best in Asia Pacific' International Property Consultancy at the International Property Awards in 2016 and was named number one real estate investment advisory firm in Asia Pacific for the sixth consecutive year by Real Capital Analytics.