Arch villains

Soundings - ISSN 1362-6620
Volume 2021 Number 77

Arch villains
Richard Payne pages 71-75
DOI: 10.3898/SOUN.77.05.2021


The privatisation of railway arches, which has led to big rent hikes and many small-business closures, is an example of asset-based capital in action. Arch Co were able to buy a 150-year lease of the arches because of successive governments’ massive programme of privatisation of publicly owned land. It is jointly owned by Blackstone and Telereal Trillium, two global property companies. Blackstone CEO is Steve Schwarzman, formerly of Lehman Brothers and a Trump ally. Telereal Trillium is owned by the William Pears property group, whose advisor, Lord Griffiths, was one of the Goldman Sachs executives involved in the Malaysian 1MDB scandal.

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Richard Payne (2021) Arch villains, Soundings, 2021(77), 71-75.

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