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UBS Asset Management sets up venture for Brazilian real estate

UBS Asset Management's global real estate business is partnering with Brazil-based Real Estate Capital for a real estate venture aimed at direct property investment, equity and debt fund strategies.

UBS said the initiative is meant to capitalize on international investors' renewed interest in Brazil's property market, according to a statement.

The fund will offer products including real estate debt, income-generating equity focused mainly on high-quality assets in the office and logistics sectors and the opportunistic acquisitions of distressed residential units.

The venture will have investment strategies focused on the country's core markets of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

Citing an interview with UBS Group AG's Brazil CEO Sylvia Coutinho, Bloomberg News reported Oct. 10 that the Swiss bank is looking to take advantage of reduced property prices in Brazil after a two-year recession. The office vacancy rate in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo climbed to more than 22% in the second quarter, the report noted, citing Engebanc.