China Young Professional Apartments REITs Special Project founder, Gehong Wang.

China’s first quasi-REIT security, China Young Professionals Apartments (CYPA) REITs Special Project, has successfully been issued on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

The product has received approval from the Chinese government to access funding from both retail and institutional investors by securitising real estate assets, in a largely similar manner to conventional REITs in more established economies.

We asked its founder what his plans are for CYPA REITs Special Project, and overall vision for REITs investments in China.

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By Ridzwan Rahmat

Ridzwan has been analysing REITs and business trusts since 2008, and personally manages a portfolio comprising mainly of SGX-listed REITs. He founded REITsWeek in 2013.