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Singapore Fund Promises to Emulate Past Success

By Phil Butler | September 8, 2011

Central Park Hotel Hong KongIn investment news from Singapore, Keppel Land Limited has announced their Alpha Investment Partners arm's closing of its Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund II of over $460 million as of June. According to the news, eight institutional investors made up the bulk of this round of funding.

Alpha Investment Partners Limited (Alpha), is a wholly owned subsidiary of Keppel Land Limited, which in turn achieved great success with the Alpha Asia Macro Trends Fund which operated from 2007. AAMTF focuses on executing profitable real estate strategies to leverage big trends across Asia. AAMTF II targets Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong, as well as China, India and Vietnam, in an effort to emulate the previous fund's $1 + billion dollar successes.

Mr. Loh Chin Hua, Managing Director of Alpha Investment Partners, added this about this latest fund:

"Building on the strong performance of the AAMTF, the successful closing of the AAMTF II reflects the confidence of institutional investors in Alpha's proven track record. AAMTF's return to-date has exceeded 26% p.a since inception. The 2007 vintage funds have generally recorded poor performance, with many affected by the global financial crisis, but we were able to significantly outperform our peers and our absolute return benchmark. Having the discipline not to invest too early and having the courage to act when the markets were down in 2009 has helped AAMTF's performance. Similarly, today's environment has become more uncertain and whilst we have to be more cautious in our approach, we do expect to see some good opportunities emerging in our target markets for AAMTF II."

Right off the bat, AAMTF II has enterned into an agreement to acquire a 142 room Central Park Hotel entity in Hong Kong for a reported $80 million US. The hotel is situated along Hollywood Road on Hong Kong Island, just outside the city center. Current occupancy of the hotel stands at or above 90%, according to this news. Alpha currently manages five funds with assets totalling more than $7 billion US. The company headquarters are located in Singapore, but operate from Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Taipei.

Phil Butler is a former engineer, contractor, and telecommunications professional who is editor of several influential online media outlets including part owner of Pamil Visions with wife Mihaela. Phil began his digital ramblings via several of the world’s most noted tech blogs, at the advent of blogging as a form of journalistic license. Phil is currently top interviewer, and journalist at Realty Biz News.
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