Clive Sharples (Senior Partner) first attended Overseas Property Exhibitions, as a solicitor for buyers, almost at their inception in 1987 in Hong Kong. It immediately became clear that there was a genuine overseas interest in investment in the London residential property market due to the level of buyers committing to purchase a new-build property from the outset.
The onset of the recession in the UK through the late 80’s and early 90’s was seen as an opportunity by offshore investors to get a ‘bargain’ and led to London developers and agents making regular trips to Hong Kong, Singapore and other parts of South East Asia to market new developments. Clive Sharples, on the invitation of developers and agents, continued throughout this period to act for prospective buyers on numerous different London development schemes. After a period of 10 years, Clive then set up the Partnership, Riseam Sharples & Fok with partners Colin Riseam and David Fok in September 1997.
Members of Riseam Sharples continue to regularly travel overseas upon the invitation of agents and developers to assist purchasers in connection with the acquisition of off-plan property.
The main centres of business that Riseam Sharples visits are Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia and we are starting to make increasing visits to Shanghai, however over the years the firm has attended various launches across the world including South Africa, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, South Korea, Tokyo, Ireland, Bahrain, Mumbai etc.
As well as travelling overseas, Riseam Sharples does also attend UK property exhibitions where potential UK based investors are invited to make an investment in a new-build development.