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“It provides us with a new opportunity to service the Indian equities market with a powerful combination of desktop
content, analytics, feeds and transaction capabilities,” Thomson Reuters Managing Director, India, Swarup Choudhury
said.
Founded in 1997, Omnesys is headquartered in Bangalore with offices in Mangalore, Chennai and Mumbai. Its Managing
Director Srikant Pandit will continue to lead the Omnesys business and oversee its integration with Thomson Reuters.
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Chicago based Aon Hewitt strikes Rs 800-cr leasing deal with Unitech
The deal for 800,000 sq ft plot in Gurgaon's Infospace Tikri SEZ is likely to improve real estate absorption rate, which has
seen some upside recently. The slowdown in the real estate market notwithstanding, US-based Aon Hewitt has signed a
Rs 800-crore leasing deal with Unitech for an 800,000 sq ft plot in the Gurgaon Infospace Tikri special economic zone
(SEZ). Aon Hewitt offers human resources solutions and other consultancy services. When contacted, Unitech declined
to comment.
According to sources privy to the development, the lease tenure is about 15 years. On completion of the SEZ, spread
across 25 acres, the total leaseable area would be 3.32 million sq ft. In terms of the area, the last major deal in the
leasing space was seen in May 2012, when US banking major Goldman Sachs had leased 1.6 million sq ft of office space
in Bangalore. However, the size of the deal wasn’t announced at that time. Just a few days ago, automobile company
Volvo said it was planning to buy 1 million sq ft of office space in Bangalore for a slated Rs 700 crore.
In the Tikri SEZ, about 700,000 sq ft of area is already operational; tenants include Genpact, Colt, Cognizant and NTT.
According to brokers operating in the region, the area commands rents of about Rs 60 per sq ft, per month, while lease
tenures range from nine-15 years. Unitech’s SEZ is located near its under-construction residential township Uniworld
Resorts.
The real estate segment is battling a slowdown, with low sales and high inventory. However, it is expected the Unitech-
Aon Hewitt deal would improve the absorption rate, which has seen some upside recently. In the quarter ended June,
both Bangalore and the Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), the primary information technology/information
technology-enabled services property markets, saw manifold jumps in absorption. On an annual basis, aggregate net
absorption in Asia-Pacific declined 26 per cent; it stood at 20 per cent below the three-year quarterly average. China and
India accounted for about 80 per cent of the total take-up in Asia-Pacific.
In the quarter ended June, the NCR region saw a 140 per cent quarter-on-quarter jump in office absorption at 1.7 mn sq
ft, the highest in the past four quarters. Absorption levels rose primarily due to good take-up in Gurgaon and Noida. Net
absorption in Gurgaon rose 105 per cent quarter-on-quarter due to robust leasing activity. In Noida, healthy leasing in
existing stock and pre-commitments contributed to take-up rising to a 20-quarter high, Jones Lang LaSalle said.
However, sluggish leasing in business districts and new supply led to vacancy levels rising 260 percentage points to 27
per cent. Primary leasing deals included Convergys leasing 227,317 sq ft in Park View Business Tower and Dupont leasing
123,000 sq ft in DLF Building 5C in Gurgaon. In Noida, Samsung Engineering leased 350,000 million sq ft in Technology
Zone Towers A and B.
Property consultancy Knight Frank said by 2015, India and China would record two-four million sq m of office space
supply. New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are among the top destinations in Asia-Pacific, with office space supply at
about three million sq m.
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