London The World’s Most International Market

London captured 27 percent of all cross-regional investment transactions during 2009 and the first half (H1) of 2010, according to new research by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE), which explores, among other trends, the degree to which investors making direct commercial real estate investments outside their domestic markets gravitate towards the largest, most liquid commercial property markets.

A prominent feature of the current cross-regional investment landscape is the degree to which it is concentrated in a small number of major cities. This was evident during the boom period, but has become even more pronounced during the recent recovery in commercial property markets. Of the €22.4 billion of cross-regional investment activity recorded over the last 18 months, over €6 billion has been invested in London. This cross-region concentration also made London the world’s most international market, with buyers of 27 different nationalities completing acquisitions in London over that period.