January 16th, 2020, Shanghai – New Ease, a leading logistics real estate platform today announced it has entered into an agreement with Actis, an international investor in growth markets to establish a joint venture to develop modern logistics properties in China’s gateway cities. The first batch of projects will be launched in the core areas in Chongqing, Quanzhou and Tianjin with a total investment of approximately US$200 million.
New Ease was founded by Mr. Sun Dongping and the management team, focused on investing, developing and operating state of the art modern logistics properties in China. Since its establishment in 2018, the company has rapidly expanded its footprint across the country backed by global blue-chip institutional investors. As of the end of 2019, New Ease has accumulated approximately 4 million square meters of logistics assets in operation or under development.
Actis’ Asia Real Estate is one of the earliest international private equity real estate teams to have entered China with a solid experience supported by their deep understanding of the local China property market and their global vision. Actis’ Asia real estate business invests across Greater China, India, South Korea and South East Asia, investing with, and providing strategic value to, high-quality operating partners, across diverse property types.
Mr. Sun Dongping, the founder and Chairman of New Ease, said: “We are very excited to partner with Actis, a leading international institutional investor with deep experience in the emerging markets and the logistics sector. With the continuous urbanization and robust growth of the domestic consumption in China, we found the modern logistics warehouses serving as the backbone infrastructure in the selected gateway cities are greatly demanded. By leveraging the network and industry experience of our team, we have assembled strong pipelines in such locations and look forward to working with leading investors and partners like Actis in future.”
Brian Chinappi, Partner and Head of Actis Asia Real Estate, commented: “Despite the rapid growth in demand,there remains a supply of quality logistics facilities in China , we are delighted to partner with New Ease to address this gap. We are deeply impressed by Mr. Sun and his team’s successful track record in the Chinese logistics property market. Actis identifies market leading development partners in each region, in order to deliver high quality properties where demand is unmet and deliver attractive investment returns for our investors.”
Actis, is a leading growth markets investor, with c.120 investment professionals operating across 15 offices. With a growing portfolio of investments across Asia, Africa and Latin America, Actis has raised over $15bn since inception and deployed capital across the real estate, private equity, energy and infrastructure asset classes.