News & Views

  • 11/7/2018

    Viewpoint – An ethical high street

    A comment piece in The Times newspaper recently caught my eye. It was written by Julian Richer, the owner of electrical retailer Richer Sounds in the UK, who had some interesting observations on the retail sector in the UK and how ethics have a bigger impact on retailer success than most people imagine. As investors, […]

    Read more

  • 5/7/2018

    Viewpoint – Commercial office outlook: the disruption dynamic

    Much has been made of the impact that big data, artificial intelligence and “the cloud” will have in disrupting traditional business models, but not of the seismic effect that it will have on the market for corporate real estate, writes Nick Judd, founder and head of investment at 90 North. It will, though, have a […]

    Read more

  • 30/5/2018

    Viewpoint – Summer slowdown?

    As we are now in the holy month of Ramadan and with the thermometer and thoughts of summer starting to rise in the Middle East, we would normally expect investor interest in Islamic real estate investments to have started waning by now, which is certainly what I have seen in previous years. However, we seem […]

    Read more

  • 25/4/2018

    Viewpoint – Swiss Shariah sunrise

    Spending a week skiing in Switzerland over the recent school holidays reminded me of what a beautiful country it is, particularly among the mountains and around the lakes. Not wanting to turn our trip into a busman’s holiday, I got to thinking of excuses to come back, perhaps with a spot of real estate investment. […]

    Read more

  • 28/3/2018

    Viewpoint – Return on empathy

    Reviewing my morning IFN Alerts, I was interested to read of Olive Investments’s launch of their Shariah compliant fund to invest in Australian medical properties. It is great to see more Islamic investment focus on Australia and in this case in the healthcare sector, one that Islamic investors have been drawn to frequently over the years. While […]

    Read more

  • 28/2/2018

    Viewpoint – Postcard from my travels

    I’ve just returned from two weeks of travel, meeting with both existing and prospective Islamic investors in Southeast Asia and the Middle East. With eight flights covering close to 16,500 miles, there was plenty of time to sleep, watch the latest films, but also catch up on my real estate reading. The recently released JLL […]

    Read more

  • 14/2/2018

    Press Release – Property Funds World – 90 North kicks off 2018 with USD135m Lenovo HQ exit

    90 North Real Estate Partners has completed the sale of Lenovo’s headquarter campus in North Carolina, US, for USD135,300,000.  The buyer is Mumtalakat Holding Company, the Kingdom of Bahrain’s Sovereign Wealth Fund, in partnership with Sentinel Real Estate Investment Corporation. The recently completed transaction – 90 North’s first in 2018 – involves the sale of […]

    Read more

  • 25/1/2018

    Viewpoint – Islamic Finance News – What’s the Alternative?

    Welcome to 2018! My year started by waking on 1st January in a beautiful and thankfully warm treehouse amongst the English countryside. As a colleague described it: “Philip is up a tree”, but it really was a fantastic experience with my family, and on reflection this set the tone for the year so far. One […]

    Read more

  • 2/1/2018

    In the Media – UK Islamic Finance – 90 North: A year in review

    The allure of real estate for Islamic investors goes back a long way. Whilst equities and Sukuk will always be a significant part of a Shariah compliant investment portfolio, there is something about the bricks and mortar of real estate that eternally appeals. PHILIP CHURCHILL of 90 NORTH takes us through the past 12 months […]

    Read more

  • 2/1/2018

    Press Release – Property Week – 90 North adds Leamington scheme to student offering

    90 North Real Estate Partners has acquired a student accommodation scheme in Leamington Spa.   It acquired The Union for £17.2m from Alumno Developments. The 64,000 sq ft building was completed in September 2017 and has 187 bedrooms – a mix of ensuite rooms and studio flats – used to house Warwick University students. It […]

    Read more