YCH Group, Forchn Holdings join forces to deepen Belt and Road Initiative investments

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MOU signing between (seated, from left) YCH Group's chief investment officer James Ong and Forchn International's managing director Koh Chaik Ming. The companies will explore the joint launch of a US$150 million BRI Logistics Real Estate Private Equity Fund.
MARCH 03, 2018 - 6:00 AM

SUPPLY chain management company YCH Group and e-commerce logistics services firm Forchn Holdings announced on Friday they have signed a memorandum of understanding to deepen cooperation in investment opportunities along the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) corridor.

Under the partnership, YCH and Shanghai-based Forchn said they will explore the joint launch of a US$150 million BRI Logistics Real Estate Private Equity Fund to invest in warehousing and logistics assets located in South-east Asia and China.

Robert Yap, executive chairman of YCH Group, described the fund as crucial in establishing the company as a key player in the BRI, and would further strengthen their offerings in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Many of our clients see the BRI as an opportunity, and now they will be able to tap on our infrastructure and expertise to expand and scale the reach of their businesses," said Dr Yap.

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In their joint announcement, both firms cited the New Frontiers report by Knight Frank which said Singapore is one of the most important markets in the region which can contribute to the success of the BRI.

In addition to the fund, YCH will also collaborate with Forchn's e-commerce logistics subsidiary, Ruyicang, to jointly offer e-commerce and omni-channel logistics services in the Asean and China regions.

Both parties also announced their intention to work together to "maximise the potential" of each other's real estate portfolio.

Forchn Holdings chairman Zhang Guobiao said the partnership with YCH was a key milestone for Forchn Holdings as it continues its expansion beyond China through Forchn International in Singapore, its overseas headquarters.

He added that the collaboration with YCH will ensure sustainability and "cements Forchn's position as a leading logistics real estate investor and e-commerce logistics services provider along the BRI".

YCH has built a comprehensive network in Greater China since the mid-1990s, expanding its growing presence in key cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Tianjin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunshan, Nantong, Chengdu, Xiamen, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Macau and Hong Kong.