The London headquarters for multinational investment bank UBS has been bought for £1bn by a Hong Kong property tycoon
The London headquarters for multinational investment bank UBS has been bought for £1bn by a Hong Kong property tycoon, as Asian demand for "trophy buildings" in the capital grows. CK Asset Holdings, run by Victor Li after he took over the company from his father Li Ka-shing earlier this year, has purchased the prime office real estate from UK property firm British Land and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund GIC. It is the most recent deal which signals increasing Asian interest in London's skyscraper market, following acquisitions of both the "Walkie-Talkie" and "Cheesegreater" to Chinese investors in 2017.
Share this article
"John Woodhouse has played an important role in our growth by brokering all our property acquisitions and meeting our accomodation needs. John quickly grasped the nature of our business and understood our requirements for flexibility, which we achieved in our lease terms. He has also been able to obtain very advantageous Options Contracts for us to allow us to respond to market conditions in years to come. I would recommend the use of Bond Woodhouse to anyone requiring an innovative and pro-active approach to the acquisition of commercial property."
G M Roope | SNC Lavalin
“Having worked with a number of property agents in the past, Mark’s approach was an interesting and refreshing change to the services offered by the large corporate firms that I had used in the past. I have engaged Mark on a couple of occasions now and his methodical, analytical and strategic approach has realised significant benefits for Acre Resources. He is candid, direct and balanced in his style such that the commercial direction he advises upon can to be totally trusted."
Richard Wright, Chief Executive Officer | Acre Resources
Bond Woodhouse helped us to relocate out of our managed office provider into our first conventional lease space, and managed the whole process from searching to securing the right space. Mark was always on hand to ensure that the problems that arose throughout the legal process were dealt with efficiently – even when he was on holiday he was making the necessary calls to ensure our project stayed on track. I have no hesitation in recommending Mark as a dedicated property agent for companies who need to acquire new office premises.
Keith Whelan, Managing Director | Duco
"John and team have provided a thorough and efficient service and have displayed a combination of professional competence and pragmatism. I would not hesitate to recommend them to any business requiring assistance in property matters."
Nigel Ward, FD | John Charcol
"Bond Woodhouse took the time to understand us as a business. They were able to understand, better than we could ourselves, what might be possible in terms of office space. I would recommend anybody considering acquiring an office to consider using Bond Woodhouse. They have literally saved us hundreds of thousands of pounds."
Dr. Simon Galbraith, Joint CEO | Red Gate Software Ltd
"Not only did you understand the needs of our business but you also hammered out an impressive rental agreement and rent free period. I genuinely felt like you made time for me and the information you supplied was clear and understandable - perfect for a client like me!"
Jeremy Taylor, Director | Global Refund Holdings
"Thank you for an excellent service - your experience, advice and hard work has been invaluable in this process. As you know, this is the first time we have been through an experience like this and we did not really know what to expect. Now we really understand the value of the role that you played in the whole process and we would have no hesitation in recommending your services to anyone in a similar position."
Paul Bristow | Deltatre
"Thank you for your support and effort which has resulted in our company saving substantial amounts of money. We are delighted with your services and we would not hesitate to recommend you to other companies"
Dennis Hobbs | Bull Information Systems Ltd
"I would like to say that we have been very impressed with the professional way your team has handled the matter and in particular I feel that special credit should go to Andy Guntrip. Andy has been monitoring progress throughout and when issues have arisen his easy going but focused approach has achieved results."
John Bee | Beechgrove Developments Limited