Property Funds Research buy-back

At 1stOctober 2011, Feri EuroRating Services transferred the trade and assets of the PFR business, which it bought in 2008, back to Andrew Baum and Jane Fear. Andrew Baum said of the recent transfer deal, “We are grateful to Feri for the support they have given us over the past three years and we wish them all the very best for the future and their own business development. Jane and I are very excited to have PFR back under our ownership. We will, with the help of the team in Reading, be focusing on the development of the business from its strong information base covering the global indirect real estate market to a business which will meet the strategic consulting and research needs of the fund management industry as we face challenging times ahead. We would like to thank all our clients and staff who have supported and encouraged us over the last few months and we very much look forward to working with them in the future.”

If you have any questions regarding PFR,please do not hesitate to contact Jane Fear on 0118 9585848

Property Funds Research acquired by Feri EuroRating Services to create a global leader in real estate funds research  

Reading, 1st October 2008 – Property Funds Research (PFR), the leading research and information business focused on the global real estate funds market, announced today that it has sold its trade to Feri EuroRating Services AG.

Feri EuroRating Services’ acquisition of Property Funds Research guarantees the quality and the objectivity of the unique PFR datasets and will provide the further improvement in the interactive Private Property group of products (UK, Europe and Global). The common goal is to develop a wide range of products and services in the industry.  It presents a unique opportunity for PFR to raise its profile within the German-speaking market, and also for Feri EuroRating Services to expand its services into the UK market.

Feri EuroRating Services AG is a leading European rating agency specialising in the investment market and product ratings, and one of the largest economic research and forecasting institutes in Europe. Feri’s research into real estate markets throughout the world is the foundation for the company’s analysis and ratings of direct property, property portfolios and indirect open-ended and closed-ended real estate funds and real estate companies. Feri is based in Bad Homburg, Germany, near Frankfurt, and has additional offices in London, Paris, and New York.

Property Funds Research, formerly branded Oxford Property Consultants (OPC), published the first dataset of European (and later global) unlisted property funds, and OPC’s investment arm was instrumental in creating one of the first property fund of fund vehicles.  OPC was sold to CBRE Investors in 2006. The current PFR management, Andrew Baum and Jane Fear, led the immediate buy back and re-branding of the information business in order to maintain its independence. 

Andrew Baum and Jane Fear, Chairman and Managing Director of Property Funds Research, said: “We are truly delighted to have finalised this merger of our business with Feri EuroRating Services.  We can expect to further improve the depth of our information resources, the quality of our service and the reach of our client base.”  Jane will continue to head up the business in the UK, supported by the existing PFR team.  Andrew will become a consultant and continue to be closely involved with the new business.

Dr. Helmut Knepel, Partner and Chairman of Feri EuroRating Services AG, said: “Through this relationship we will achieve both the geographical expansion of our core business and the deepening of our information and research resources.  We very much look forward to working with the Property Funds Research team.”

Feri EuroRating Services AG will operate the Property Funds Research business from Reading and London.

PFR launches Private Property Global

The launch will be held at 8.30am on 31st October 2007 at The Adam Room, 28 Portland Place, London W1. It will include presentations by Melville Rodrigues, Partner, Mayer Brown International, on the structuring of global vehicles and a pioneer in global property.

Private Property Global is a complement to Private Property UK and Private Property Europe PFR’s established products, currently sponsored by 25 leading investment managers and advisors. Private Property Global concentrates on vehicles investing in Asia, Australasia, North America, Latin American and the Middle East and Africa as well as global unlisted property vehicles (pan-region), the global capital sources which invest in them, the money managers and vehicle operators.

Please contact Jane Fear ( or +44 (0) 118 958 5848 if you would like to attend.


London, 16th June 2006 – Oxford Property Consultants (‘OPC’), the property research and investment business which established the first European and global dataset of unlisted property vehicles, and became investment advisor to one of the first European fund of funds vehicles, announced today that it has agreed a full de-merger of these two businesses.

A new company, Property Funds Research Limited, has acquired the research and information business of OPC. OPC, together with the investment management business, has at the same time been sold to CB Richard Ellis Investors (‘CBRE Investors’) to launch a new business, CBRE Investors Global Multi Manager.

Property Funds Research Limited will be majority owned by the existing management of the OPC research and information business. Jane Fear has been appointed Managing Director, and Andrew Baum will continue as Chairman. Property Funds Research will continue to operate from the former OPC office in Reading.

Jeremy Plummer and the OPC multi-manager team will transfer to CBRE Investors and will join with their existing multi-manager team to create CBRE Investors Global Multi-Manager. Andrew Baum will continue a part-time involvement in this business as chief strategist and chair of the Global Multi-Manager investment committee.

This de-merger preserves the independence of the unique Property Funds Research datasets, and will provide more resources for further investment in the inter-active Private Property group of products (Private Property UK, Private Property Europe and Private Property Global) and for new product development.

Andrew Baum, Chairman of Property Funds Research, said: “OPC’s successful move into fund management means that it is a natural development to separate these businesses for the benefit of our staff, and our customers and clients. We look forward to energetically pursuing Property Funds Research’s objective to be the leading provider of high quality data and research describing the major sources of capital, investment vehicles, managers and advisors which together largely define the UK, European and global institutional property markets.”


Property Funds Research News:

Property Funds Research has become a joint owner of an exciting new global real estate publishing company, Capital Financial Publishing (CFP), which is run by Simon Butterworth, ex-publisher of IPE Real Estate. CFP will publish a series of annual investor directories (EMEA, Asia, Americas) supported by a regular magazine which is due to launch in March 2007.

We are excited by the prospect of working closely with Simon and CFP, who like us, are committed to building the best available data and information on the global indirect real estate investment market. PFR will contribute regular research pieces to the Real Estate Capital magazine as well as assisting in the production of the Directories. PFR will continue to provide market level information and conduct bespoke surveys for other publications and we will not be limited to working solely with CFP.

PFR remains firmly committed to the continued maintenance and development of the Private Property database and websites as well as building strong working relationships with our product sponsors. With this in mind we are currently working to expand our dataset to incorporate listed Real Estate Investment Trusts which we hope will be of interest and value to you. We anticipate most of this work to be completed by Easter 2007.

For more information please contact Jane Fear on +44 (0)118 958 5848

or Simon Butterworth on +44 (0)1279 219800 or


Jane Fear, managing director of Property Funds Research, said separating OPC's fund management and information businesses would reinforce the integrity of the data business.

OPC created the first European and global dataset of unlisted property vehicles, but some funds have been reluctant to submit full data because of fears of a conflict of interest with the fund management side.

Fear said: "We have always operated with Chinese walls, but saw that conflicts of interest have hampered data collection. Now that we are independent, managers will feel happier. There will be no special relationship with CBRE Investors.

"Our aim is to be both responsive to the market and looking ahead for future trends. We have taken on two more staff and will be looking to increase data to include real estate investment trusts."

PFI will operate from OPC's former office in Reading.

Source: EG, author Robert Gibson 24/06/2006

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