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1.Realty Rush!

The Indian real estate sector is rising from a trough, going by the spurt in capital commitments. Amid buoyant industry sentiment, private equity funds investing in the sector are undergoing a paradigm shift to attain equity-like returns with debt-like risks.

2.Shoot beyond the roots

The global gloom turned into panic as the Chinese stock markets tumbled 8.5 per cent on August 24, paving way for speculation that China has lost its stem and is heading for a major slowdown.

3.For India in Australia, it´s more of a service-driven environment

Australia-India trade ties are believed to have become closer than ever. Bilateral trade is currently at A$ 16 billion. Also, both are services superpowers. In Australia´s case, nine of 10 jobs are in services

4.Track Runner

It is celebration time for Vinayak Deshpande, Managing Director, Tata Projects, as a consortium led by the company has bagged the contract for two phases of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor (WDRFC).

5.Brookfield and KKR in race for Jaypee´s cement business

Canada-based Brookfield has emerged as a surprise bidder for the cement assets of Jaiprakash Associates, the flagship company of Jaypee Group, along with KKR and Co already in the league to clinch the largest M&A deal in the Indian cement sector.

6.Today, we have about Rs.18,000 crore of order book

The year 2015 was celebration time for Deshpande. He not just bagged the contract of two phases of the Western Dedicated Freight Corridor, but also signed an MoU with Brookfield Multiplex to develop social infrastructure in India. He elaborates on these two achievements and more.

7.A Walk in the Park!

About 10 years ago, office space in Kharadi - then an emerging IT hub in Pune´s eastern corridor - was leasing at Rs 29 to 37 per sq ft per month; you could buy office property for within Rs 3,000 per sq ft and upmarket residential property for Rs 1,800 to Rs 2,200 per sq ft.

8.Brookfield, Hiranandani in India´s largest commercial space deal

Hiranandani Group has signed an agreement with Canada´s Brookfield Asset Management to sell its 4 mn sq ft of office andretail space in Powai.

9.The idea is to see how we can keep on adding newer and newer spaces

Mumbai-based Hiranandani Group made headlines this year for signing what is being touted as the largest commercial property deal in the country, with Canada-¦s Brookfield Asset Management.

10.Top Deals 2016

Whether it was large-scale acquisitions or private equity (PE) deals, 2016 was a mixed bag as far as investments in real estate were concerned. The market witnessed transactions worth US$ 5.6 billion during the year as against an approximate US$ 4.6 billion in 2015. Further, PE inflows showed a 62 per cent increase YoY.