As we grow older, feelings of deja vu might become a bit more common. It is probably due to accumulated life experience or maybe the mind is just degenerating.

Anyway, when I read that e-Shang Redwood Ltd (ESR) became a substantial unitholder in Sabana REIT about a week ago, I got a feeling of deja vu.

ESR are the people who bought a majority stake in the manager of Cambridge Industrial Trust (CIT) not too long ago and they also own 12% of CIT.

e-Shang Redwood is a pan Asian logistics entity. Don’t play, play.

This reminds me of the time when CIT tried to take over the distressed MacArthurCook Industrial REIT (MI-REIT). Chris Calvert, the CEO of CIT, who was then formerly the CEO of MI-REIT used CIT’s resources to buy into MI-REIT.

There was a big fight over MI-REIT with the team led by George Wang. Fortunately, George Wang et. al. won the fight and AIMS AMP Capital Industrial REIT was formed…